Board and Staff
Harvey Fraser, Board 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.
Nancy Sinclair, Vice Chair
After living on the West Coast of Canada for 20 years, Nancy returned to Grey County and was eager to find a way to give back to the community she was raised in. Nancy gained unique experience out west and was employed in senior administrative and management positions at BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. Nancy now lives in Markdale, works part-time in the bereavement industry, and is thoroughly enjoying being on the Board of Directors of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation supporting the very hospital she was born in!
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 wit
h 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
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.
Peggy Ferris, Director
Peggy was born and grew up in Grey County and was fortunate to work alongside her late husband Wayne in their Accounting firm. She lives on the farm where they raised their family of four. Peggy enjoys gardening, hiking and volunteering at our local school and hospital.
When asked to represent the Auxiliary on the Foundation Board, it seemed like the timing was just right. She is looking forward to working alongside the Board to see our new hospital completed to serve the health needs of our rural community.
"This is an exciting time for healthcare in our community." Peggy states. "A new hospital, while still working to secure our annual donation to GBHS means a great deal of work for this Foundation. I am ready to roll up my sleeves!" We welcome Peggy to the Board.
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 Assist
After over 30 years in vari
ous 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Willard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor
1800 8th Street East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 6M9
376.2121 x2736 M: 519.270.9177
Betty Bassett, Past Chair
A FOND FAREWELL
It is hard to believe that 6 years have passed since Florence Hellyer asked me to join the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation as Director/Auxiliary Representative. So much has been accomplished in those short 6 years (2 terms of 3 years which is the maximum for Directors according to the by-laws).
I was familiar with the Foundation and with the larger GBHS organization, but it still took a bit for me to really wrap my head around things. In my 4th year of service, I was asked, and accepted the challenge of Board Chair.
Who knew that during my time as Chair I would see staff changes, policy changes, virtual meetings, announcement and construction of a new hospital and – oh, a global pandemic! Yet we soldiered on.
During my tenure I was instrumental in meeting the obligations the Foundation needed for staffing, including revision of job descriptions, and titles while making certain the staff had the training and tools needed to maximize performance. I worked hard to realize our first formal operating budget and a reserve fund for operations post new hospital build. I sat as ex-officio of all committees as well as Committee Chair of the HR Committee, Board Development Committee and Volunteer & Donor Recognition Committee where I was responsible for the implementation of many new and revised Board policies, including how donations are received which minimize fees.
Lastly – I had the VERY elite privilege of being the Foundation Chair when, after almost 20 years of waiting, a group gathered (virtually due to COVID-19) as Minister Elliott and Premier Ford made the announcement that construction had been approved for our NEW HOSPITAL! What a great day that was. Construction is now well underway and on track for a 2023 ribbon cutting ceremony. We are poised for a Capital Campaign that I know will succeed.
As I leave the Board, I ponder what I am most proud of. This is a question impossible to answer, as I am proud of so many things. I guess if I had to pick just one – it would be impact. I am proud that I was a part of this organization that has such impact on the community at large. This is a community serious about supporting health care, and that means it is a community serious about helping each other. What better quality can one ask for in a community? It has been a privilege.