Board and Staff

Betty Bassett, Board Chair

Betty has been fortunate enough to work in several careers that she truly loved. Now being retired, she is excited to be a member of the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation. As the Past President of the Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary, Betty understands the value of volunteer work in the community and the great need for funding for our hospital. Although the challenges of fundraising are great, the people that she has had the privilege of working with makes the job enjoyable. She is looking forward to meeting more friends and neighbors as we move towards the build of the new hospital.

Although work is often her hobby, Betty does have a passion for her two Peruvian Paso Horses. She and her husband Roy, recently built a log home near Holland Centre. They share their home and gardens with their chocolate Labrador Retriever. They have one daughter and two beautiful grandchildren who live in Hanover.

Harvey Fraser, Vice Chair

Having been born and raised on a family farm south west of Dundalk (Another Ventry person) Harvey has always been interested in the rural community. He got caught in the Grey County triangle Dundalk, Durham and now 32 years in Markdale.  He spent 46 years in the farm equipment industry having filled most positions from lot lizard to ownership,  retiring in December 2017.

Harvey is married to Terry (Armstrong) a true Markdale girl and they enjoy travelling and gardening.

Harvey is enjoying his time serving on the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Board. There will be several challenging issues over the next number of years but with everyone’s help all can be resolved.  Bring on the new hospital.

Brian Hiltz, Secretary

A local boy;  Brian was born in the Centre Grey Hospital (a few years ago!) and is a graduate of GHSS.  He worked with the Grey County Board of Education for 20 years, then with Kimbergill.  Brian now works as a carpenter/handyman.  He and his wife Terry live outside Feversham.  He has been a member of the Feversham & District Kinsmen Club for 33 years.  Brian enjoys sports, hunting and just relaxing with his 2 married daughters and 6 grandchildren!

Brian was asked to take a position on the Board by Greg Short who was a Board member following his Father’s (Glenn) passing and says “big shoes for me to fill”!  Brian is looking forward to working with the Board to help make the building of the new hospital happen!  Welcome Brian!!

Stewart Halliday, Treasurer

After a 38 year business career in Toronto Stewart and his wife Patricia moved to Grey Highlands in 2000. They now live in their former summer home on Lake Eugenia. During the same year they opened Eugenia Falls Emporium . Stewart served in municipal politics for 12 years.

He was the Grey County Warden for 2018. He remains active in the community as the President of the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on many local boards and committees.  He was a contributor to the initial Foundation funding round and wants to see the new hospital up and running.


Melinda Croft, Director

Melinda’s family has been in the area for numerous generations She grew up in Flesherton and is currently a resident of Markdale where she resides with her two children and her dog Buddy.  For the past 25 years Melinda has been a Medical Laboratory Technologist in the Markdale Hospital.  In addition, she is in her 9th year as President of OPSEU Local 260 and HPD Chief Steward where she represents 1200 employees of Grey Bruce Health Services.

As a former Executive Member of Markdale Minor Soccer, Melinda was instrumental in the organizations’ growth and the creation of the Chapman’s Soccer Complex.

Melinda understands that volunteer work is the backbone of strong communities and is now putting her expertise to use as a valued member of our team.   We are very pleased to welcome Melinda to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Board as our Staff Representative





Nancy Sinclair, Director

Nancy is the daughter of Don Sinclair and Ruth Webber and grew up Ceylon where her parents owned the local bowling alley, bee business and her mom was an elementary school teacher. Nancy always considered Grey County home and returned in 2012 after living in Vancouver for over 19 years.

During her time on the west coast Nancy had senior administrative and management positions in BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. This experience continued at The National Club in Toronto until moving to Markdale in 2015.

Now living back in the area, she finds it satisfying to be giving back to the community she calls home and was honoured to be asked to sit on the Board of Directors.

Robert Bateman, Director

Rob spent his youth growing up in Flesherton and now lives south of Markdale with his wife and three young children. Almost all of his life has been spent in the area.

Robs’ career has been devoted to helping people with disabilities at South East Grey Support Services. He understands that we rely on local healthcare to help keep the people we support as healthy as possible.

Recently, when asked by a CGHSF board member if he would consider becoming a member he said yes without hesitation. Rob is very happy to be a new member of the hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Gerry Bowler, Director

Gerry is the President and owner of Bowler & Company CPA Professional Corporation, which includes a full time staff of 12 including 5 CPA’s and offers a full range of accounting and consulting services.  Their main office is located in Markdale with a convenience office in Dundalk.

He, along with his wife Linda and their dog Duncan, live in the Municipality of Chatsworth.   Gerry realizes that having a hospital in the area makes strong financial sense.  But the real reason he is committed to healthcare is because not having a functioning local hospital available to him, his family and his community is simply not an option.




Russ Severnuk, Director

Russ was born and raised in the GTA where he began his career as a computer technician before moving into a sales role with an international firm.  He then moved into the telecom industry selling voice and data network services.  During his tenure in sales, Russ discovered Grey County and eventually left the city to live in his chalet.  After meeting his wife Karen, Russ got his Real Estate License and they moved their real estate firm into Kimberley, a central point in the Beaver Valley.   During these past 20 years or so, Russ has volunteered on the Municipal Economic & Development Committee, The Talisman Task for as well as the Amik Water system task force.  Most recently Russ and Karen began a Charity Golf Tournament for the hospital which introduced him to the Foundation.  Wanting to give back to Grey Highlands, Russ Happily accepted an invitation to join the Foundation Board of Directors.

Gary Sims, GBHS CEO & President, GBHS Representative

Gary Sims is the President & CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services. GBHS is a large regional health centre with six hospitals and an addictions treatment facility serving the Grey Bruce region as part of an integrated rural health system.

Gary brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to the table from both the acute care and long-term care sector. Before coming to GBHS, Gary served as founder, President, and CEO of Blanche River Health (Kirkland and District Hospital & Englehart and District Hospital). He is the former CEO of Deep River and District Hospital, and was the CEO of a 200-bed long-term care facility in Peterborough prior to that.

Gary started his career as a hospital Pot Washer, before going back to school to become a Registered Nurse. In addition to receiving his BScN, Gary holds a Masters of Education with a focus on research methodology and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Care Leadership Program at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has done executive training programs at both Harvard Law School, and most recently at MIT in Massachusetts.  Gary is a member of the OHA Board of Directors.

Darlene Lamberti, Executive Director

Having a hospital close to home was one of the main features that brought Darlene and her family to this community 22 years ago. She has always had a soft spot for the non-profit sector and has donated her time and resources to numerous organizations over the years. Her general philosophy is “it is much more rewarding to watch money change the world, than to watch it accumulate”.

In January 2017 we invited Darlene to join our team. She brings with her an abundance of energy and a head full of ideas. We welcome Darlene to the team and encourage you to stop by the Foundation office and say “hello”.


Lynn Horlor, Financial Officer & Fundraising Assistant

After over 30 years in various senior Finance roles with the Town of Oakville, then followed by 3 years as CEO of the Oakville Public Library, Lynn and her husband Tom retired and moved to Thornbury in December  2018.   They have always loved the area and along with their two children, have been Beaver Valley Ski Club members for 25 years.

Lynn was looking for an opportunity to utilize her financial and organizational skills and to give back to the community on a part-time basis.  The opportunity to work for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation was a perfect fit, and Lynn came on board in December 2020.


Willard VanderPloegWillard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor

Willard promotes legacy giving to Centre Grey Hospital and assists donors in planning will bequests and other special gifts in support of Centre Grey Hospital and other GBHS hospitals in Meaford, Owen Sound, Southampton, Wiarton and Lions Head.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the charitable sector and in estate and gift planning.  Willard has a BA in Business Administration from McMaster University and Redeemer College.  He is a long time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

If you have been thinking about making a special gift to support your Hospital, Willard is available to help you.  Call him at 519.376.2121 ext. 2736 or email

Contact info:
Willard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor
1800 8th Street East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 6M9
T: 519.376.2121 x2736  M: 519.270.9177