Board and Staff

Fay Harrison

Fay Harrison, Board Chair

Fay has been employed as a Laboratory Technologist at the Markdale Hospital Grey Bruce Health Services since 1988.  She is the hospital staff representative to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Board and currently the Board Chair.

Fay is looking forward to working with all of our Board Directors, Foundation Staff and community members as we continue to move towards the new hospital project.  Shovels can not go into the ground soon enough!

The Foundation's mission is: To raise, manage and disburse funds to support and enrich quality health care for residents of and visitors to our community.

It is a huge challenge to meet the increasing financial needs of local health care but extremely important.

Fay and her family live in Southgate and operates a cash crop farm.  She enjoys baking, gardening and having fun with the grandchildren.

Betty BassettBetty Bassett, Vice 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.

Mora FosterMora Foster, Secretary

Before her retirement from teaching, Mora had contributed to, bought items and volunteered at the Silent Auction and supported the Building Fund for the new Hospital. In 2014, she became a Foundation Board member and Chair of the Communications committee. She is part of a team that informs our community about the need for equipment and facilities in the Markdale hospital mainly. Since 1998, the 5 hospital Foundations that surround and include Owen Sound Hospital have joined to work together as Grey Bruce Hospital Services. These needs are presented to the community as well.

As a cancer survivor, Mora has personally experienced health care close to home. She volunteers her best efforts so that these services will continue in this community and believes that every effort from each of us, advances health care close to home.

Mora encourages you to look over the list of possibilities and see if you can help too.

Rob BatemanRob Bateman, Treasurer

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.

Nancy EvansNancy Evans, Director

Nancy was born and raised in Grey County with her six siblings. She left the area for fifteen years but returned in 1994 and raised her own children in Grey County. She resides in Eugenia with her spouse, Jim and enjoys spending time with her family and four wonderful grandchildren. Nancy’s roots are Grey County and supports the local community.

During the week, Nancy can be found performing her duties as Branch Manager of Markdale Scotiabank. Her financial background has been put to good use on the Foundation where she sat as Treasurer for three years and now sits as member of the Finance Committee and Investment Committee.

Nancy SinlclairNancy 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.

Gerry McNaltyGerry McNalty, Director

Gerry and his wife Anne live in the Ventry area near Dundalk. They are parents to three children (now six counting spouses!) and grandparents to two little boys born in 2017.

Gerry is the Property Manager/ Health & Safety Coordinator at South-East Grey Support Services based in Flesherton and appreciates the current and future value of local health care.

Harvey FraserHarvey Fraser, Director

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

I am married to Terry (Armstrong) a true Markdale girl and we enjoy travelling and gardening.

I look forward to serving on 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 HiltzBrian Hiltz, Director

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!!

Lance ThurstonLance Thurston, Director

*representative for Grey Bruce Health Services

Lance Thurston is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS). He joined the organization in August 2014 after serving four years as a member of the GBHS Board of Directors.

Prior to joining GBHS, Lance served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Grey County, overseeing county services including Land Ambulance. Before moving to the Grey Bruce area, Lance was the Commissioner of Client Services and Community Development for the then newly amalgamated City of Kingston, a portfolio that included: long-term care, social services, social housing, fire and rescue, emergency management, land planning, building and bylaw services, and culture parks and recreation.

As a community developer Lance is passionate about people, health, social inclusion, community engagement, service excellence, and making Grey and Bruce counties a preferred location for sustainable work/life balance in Ontario.

Darlene LambertiDarlene Lamberti, Foundation Co-ordinator

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 as Foundation Coordinator. 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”.

Carey MeyersCarey Meyers, Financial Administrator

Carey Meyers came to us in July of 2016. She has lived in Markdale since Kindergarten. She is also a partner at Dragonfly Designs, a web design and development company which has been in operation for over 14 years. Her interests include photography and traveling.

In addition to this, Carey still finds time to spend one day per week in the office with us where she works as the Foundations’ Financial Administrator. Carey’s over the top organizational skills, aptitude for numbers, and friendly attitude is exactly what we needed to round out our team. We welcome Carey to the Foundation.

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