Board of Directors

Dr. Stephen Cooper, Chief of Staff

 

Dr. Cooper moved to Manitoulin soon after completing his residency in Montreal. He wanted to work in a small hospital that delivered babies and in a setting close to the water.   After 2 years of working in Quebec he wanted to try working in a different province. He has been very pleased with his choice of Manitoulin Island, having been here for more than 25 years. Dr. Cooper spent four years serving as President of the Medical Staff before becoming MHC’s Chief of Staff in 2007.

 

Dr. Cooper is a member of the Quality Assurance, Executive and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board as well as being Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Small Hospital ED LHIN 13 Committee and the Chair of the OMA Section of Rural Medicine.

 

Dr. Cooper is married with 2 children & enjoys sailing in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.

Dr. Mike Bedard, President of Medical Staff

 

Dr. Mike Bedard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Medical School and Residency Program. Mike first joined the medical staff of Manitoulin Health Centre in 1992 and has worked at both hospital sites during his tenure on the Island. Mike continues to maintain Active privileges at Manitoulin Health Centre while working as a full-time family physician at the Assiginack Family Health Team.

 

Dr. Bedard was elected President of the Medical Staff in November 2015. In his role as President of Medical Staff, Dr. Bedard sits on the Medical Advisory, Resource and Quality Assurance Committees as well as MHC’s Board of Directors.

 

Dr. Bedard is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and a member of the Manitoulin Wilderness Medical Educators (WildER Med), a Not For Profit Corporation, of like-minded practitioners and learners interested in furthering their knowledge base in wilderness and outdoor medicine.

Lynn Foster, President & Chief Executive Officer

 

Lynn was appointed to the role of President and CEO of Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) in October 2018.

 

She has close to 37 years of leadership experience. After a rewarding career serving Canada as a military officer, she focused her attention to the business world where she earned her Chartered Accountant designation and later was awarded a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction, specializing in Leadership.

 

Lynn’s career includes various progressive leadership roles within both the private and public sector. She has served Manitoulin Health Centre for close to 14 years. Most recently as Vice President Corporate Support Services and Chief Financial Officer where she led some of MHC’s most significant projects.

 

Lynn and her family feel blessed to live on Manitoulin Island and especially enjoy their summers on the North Channel aboard Joie de Vivre.

Terry Olmstead, Chair - Board of Directors

 

Terry Olmstead is a Human Resources Professional with 35+ years of experience in Logistics, Retail Operations and Manufacturing.

 

Currently Terry is providing Human Resources Consulting services through Teros H.R. & Compliance Services Inc. to the Manitoulin Group of Companies and other clients. Previously he held the role of Director of Human Resources, Manitoulin Transport Inc.

 

He has been a speaker at several HR Industry Conferences focusing on the area of Harassment & Discrimination and has developed many Internal Training Programs.

 

Terry is currently a member of the Sudbury and Toronto Chapters of Human Resources Personnel Association.    

Dennis McGregor, Vice Chair - Board of Directors

 

Dennis McGregor was appointed to the Board in 2015. He worked as a Marketing Manager for a major Insurance company in Toronto for 15 years, before returning to his home community of Whitefish River First Nation (Birch Island) in 1992, where he went on to work as the Band Economic Development Officer for another 17 years until semi-retirement in 2010. Dennis has served on numerous community boards including: Mnidoo Mnising Employment & Training, Whitefish River Development Corporation, Waubetek Business Development Corporation, and the Great Spirit Circle Trail. Dennis recently retired from Cambrian Insurance in Little Current and brings a strong business, economics, and insurance background to his Board role.  

 

Dennis is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board and a member of the Executive, Resource, Strategic Planning and Governance Committees. Previously, Dennis was Chair of the Resource and Nominating Committees.

 

Dennis and his partner, Georgina, enjoy travelling, camping, and volunteer work in their community.

 

Barbara Baker, Member - Board of Directors

 

Barbara, raised on the Manitoulin during the summer months for most of her life, moved to Little Current with her husband Dale in November of 2013. Recently retired from TELUS, Barbara has a solid financial background and owns her own financial business known as $umthing that teaches basic money management and computer skills.

 

Barbara has an event planning background and has worked on large events from World Skating Championships, Pope Visits and G7 Summits. Barbara is a great believer in giving back to whatever community she lives in, and has been a board member for a variety of community groups in the provinces in which she has lived.

 

Barb is currently the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Resource Committee and a member of both the Executive and Governance committees of the Board. During her tenure, Barb has held the position of Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Angela Becks, Member - Board of Directors

 

Angela Becks returned to the Board of Directors in June 2018, having previously served from 2006 to mid-2017. During her tenure on the Board, Angela served on numerous committees, including the Quality Assurance, Resource, Executive and Fundraising Committees.  She also held the position of Chair and Vice-Chair of many committees.  Angela is currently the Chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Executive, Quality Assurance and Nominating Committees.

 

Angela is a former Educator. She holds a BA, OCT membership, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Qualifications, and Specialist Certification in both Special Education and Deaf Education. Her work experience was both urban, in the cities of Guelph and London and rural, on Manitoulin Island where she was privileged to work for the First Nations Community in M’Chigeeng, the Manitoulin Board of Education, and the Rainbow District School Board of Education.

 

Angela’s association with the Ontario Trillium Foundation as a member of the Grant Review Team for Sudbury, Algoma, Manitoulin, and Cochrane is another volunteer position much enjoyed.    

Don Brisebois, Member - Board of Directors

 

Don was appointed to the MHC Board of Directors in August 2017. He has been visiting Manitoulin from a young age and summered here for a number of years, before purchasing a permanent residence in Little Current in late 2013.

 

Prior to that Don resided in the Sudbury area for nearly 60 years. He was a tradesman at Vale (former INCO) prior to retirement in 2004. Don was involved in Health and Safety as a worker safety representative and a certified Workplace Health and Safety Committee (WHSC) instructor. During that time he also attended Cambrian College where he earned a certificate in Addiction Counselling.

 

After retirement, Don became involved in community projects and chaired a Community Action Network. He was also appointed Ward Rep of the Sudbury Green Space Advisory Panel. Don also sat on a few community boards, including the Social Planning Council of Sudbury. As a member of our Board, Don is the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning and Nominating Committees. Don has also served on the Resource and Fundraising Committees.

 

Don enjoys birding, fishing, wildlife photography and he is a member of the Manitoulin Nature Club.

Sal Brunetti, Member - Board of Directors

 

Sal Brunetti is a CPA, CA, CMA Professional with 30 plus years of experience in accounting/finance and logistics. Sal is currently working with Manitoulin Transport Inc. as the Director of Pricing and is a member of the Gore Bay Rotary Club.

 

Sal enjoys cycling, skiing and travelling.

 

As a member of our Board, Sal is currently the Chair of the Resource Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. 

Derek Debassige, Member - Board of Directors

 

Derek Debassige, a McMaster trained Physiotherapist, is proprietor and Clinical Director of the Manitoulin Physio Centre located on the M’Chigeeng First Nation.

 

He has worked to create a broad skillset, aiming to service the diverse needs of a northern rural setting. Having set his sights on integrating service delivery across private and public sectors, he has developed a unique access point to physiotherapy services. Currently his multi-disciplinary team provides outpatient and home-based occupational therapy and physiotherapy services, on and off First Nation communities.

 

Prior to joining the Manitoulin Health Centre Board of Directors, Derek served as Board member for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and also served as former Chair of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. As well, he was elected councillor on his home First Nation’s council.

 

In 2008, he was recipient of the Health Recognition Award from the Union of Ontario Indians. In 2009, he was recognized as Waubetek Business Development Corporation's Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and, in 2010, he received the First Nations Business Award of Excellence from the Northern Ontario Business Awards. In 2016, he received the McMaster University Distinguished Rehabilitation Science Alumni Award and most recently, in 2019, Derek’s leadership and advocacy efforts were recognized by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.

 

Derek is currently the Chair of the Quality Assurance and Nominating Committees and the Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Cora Hayden, Member - Board of Directors


Cora Hayden was elected to the Board of Directors of Manitoulin Health Centre in 2011 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Resource and Nominating Committees. During her tenure, Cora has served in the capacity of Vice-Chair of the Board, as Chair of the Resource, Governance and Quality Assurance Committees, and as a member of the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees.

 

Cora returned to Manitoulin in 2010 after more than 40 years in Sudbury. She has a background in business administration and accounting and has worked in the private and public sectors, with the majority of her experience in the not-for-profit area. Cora has participated as a volunteer in many areas, including Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers, Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Canadian Cancer Society. She was honoured  with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for community service in 2002. Currently she participates on her community recreation committee and the Friends of Misery Bay Provincial Park, and works part-time in the judicial system.

 

Cora and her husband, Art, live in the Evansville – Elizabeth Bay area.

Jane Hohenadel, Member - Board of Directors

 

Jane was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2016 and is currently the Vice- Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning and Resource Committees. During her tenure on the Board, Jane has also served on the Governance and Audit Committees.

 

Jane has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and graduate degrees in Epidemiology and Statistics. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care system in Ontario, both in the public health and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) sectors as an epidemiologist and decision support specialist.

 

Jane and her husband, Randy, have lived in the Municipality of Gordon/Barrie Island since 2008.

Judy McKenzie, Member - Board of Directors

 

Judy joined the Board of Directors as the Mindemoya Auxiliary President in April 2015. Judy is currently the Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee as well as a member of the Quality Assurance and Fundraising Committees. 

 

Judy moved to the Island in 2007 after retiring from a career in Transportation in Sudbury. She worked in Sales and as a Regional Sales Manager.

 

Judy and her husband, Ralph quickly became involved in volunteer work on the Island. She volunteers for the United Church Women, the Providence Bay Curling Club and Community Living Manitoulin. Judy also still belongs to a Sudbury branch of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), a national charitable women’s organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service and citizenship programs.

 

Judy enjoys knitting, scrapbooking, gardening and curling.

 

Terry McCaffrey, Member - Board of Directors

 

Terry McCaffrey assumed his duties as Chief of the Wiikwemkoong Tribal Police on July 30, 2018. He is an experienced First Nation Policing veteran with more than 22 years of service across Canada.  He has worked for the Dakota Ojibway Police Service in Manitoba, Blood Tribe Police Service and Tsuu T’ina Nation Police Service in Alberta. For the past 10 years, he has served with the Treaty Three Police Service in Kenora, Ontario. 


Terry is Anishinaabe from the Territory of Cross Lake, Manitoba and as culturally centered, he enjoys sharing nature with his wife Arlene and his three children, Michael, Mikayla and Kole.


Terry joined the Board of the Manitoulin Health Centre because of his personal commitment to give back to the communities in which he serves. Terry is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning and Governance Committees.

 

Dave Sylvester, Member - Board of Directors

 

Dave Sylvester joined the Board of Directors as the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary representative in April 2014. Dave is the Past President of the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary and currently serves on the Fundraising and Audit Committees. Dave previously served as Vice-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

 

Both born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Dave and wife Leona retired to Little Current in 2008 to be close to family. They have been involved with the Manitoulin Health Centre Auxiliary since their arrival.

 

Dave worked for 40 years in sales and management in Kirkland Lake servicing the mining and industrial needs throughout the north. He has been volunteering for many years in his community and parish. An avid sports fan he is forever faithful to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays.

Debby Turner, Member - Board of Directors

 

Debby Turner was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2012 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Quality Assurance and Fundraising Committees. Previously, Debbie served on the Fundraising and Nominating Committees, as well as Chair of the Fundraising and Quality Assurance Committees.

 

Debby was born and raised on Manitoulin and has spent most of her life here. Debby owns and operates a 5th generation family business which has been serving Manitoulin for over 134 years.

 

Debby has been active in the Community through years of volunteering with the Little Current Figure Skating Club, the Ski Club, Community Service Advisory Committee, Downtown BIA, Classic School of Dance, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Downtown Beautification, and Centennial Bridge Committee.

 

Debby is married with 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys skiing, sailing, gardening and time spent at their cottage.

Sharon Terry, Member - Board of Directors

 

Sharon Terry was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manitoulin Health Centre in June 2018. Sharon is currently a member of the Resource, Quality Assurance, Fundraising and Audit Committees.

 

Sharon spent over 30 years of her working career at the Memorial Site of Health Sciences North where she worked in three different capacities: Nursing, Ward Clerk on a Cardio Vascular Floor and in the last 20 years as a Pharmacy Technician. She served on various Quality Assurance Committees. Sharon also served as an OPSEU Union Stewart for Clerical and Paramedical Staff.

 

Sharon and her husband reside in Manitowaning where they enjoy entertaining both family and friends. She has two children and two grandchildren who all enjoy visiting and touring on Manitoulin Island.

 

Sharon is a member of the Nature Club and enjoys hiking and snowshoeing. She has always been an active member of the United Church both in Copper Cliff and Little Current where she currently sings in the church choir.