Community Advisory Panel Cole Anderson
Cole is currently a Grade 10 student at Sarnia Collegiate High School in Sarnia. His ultimate goal is to become a medical doctor. He has volunteered with the Sarnia Boys Soccer program and participates in many school sports. He is an accomplished wrestler having won numerous titles. Cole was valedictorian of his graduation class in public school and has received many acknowledgments in high school. He will represent his school at a leadership conference in 2013. Cole also works part-time at Staples in Sarnia. He is welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Community Advisory Panel and to help others in the community to the best of his ability.
Gord grew up in Hamilton. After secondary school, he attended the University of Western Ontario earning a History degree and teacher’s qualifications. In 1974, Gord and his wife moved to Lambton County. Over time, he has been involved with Sarnia Little Theatre and The Polysar Glee Club (thankfully everyone realized he had no singing ability). Currently, Gord is President of the Bluewater Foundation. Gord volunteers his time because he couldn't think of anything more rewarding or purposeful than raising money to equip our new hospital with the latest tools for quality care. We are working to create one of the finest hospitals in Ontario.
Rob has been an educator for 17 years and has taught at both St.Patrick’s and St. Christopher's Catholic High Schools. His educational career to date has included two visits to the School Board Administrative office as a Consultant of Secondary Curriculum and as Principal of Curriculum. He was Principal at Holy Rosary school in Wyoming and is currently Principal at St. Patrick's Catholic High School.
Brian is a lifelong resident of Sarnia and has been employed for 31 years in the investment industry, presently a portfolio manager at RBC Dominion Securities. He has 2 children and 4 granddaughters. Brian has volunteered with a number of charitable organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Huron House Boys' Home, Sarnia-Lambton YMCA and St Joseph's Hospice. He and his wife Robbi were also involved for many years with Polysar Glee Club and Bluewater Musical Productions. Rotary is also part of Brian's life and he has served as President of the Sarnia Rotary Club and the Sarnia Rotary Foundation.
Victoria has been a Registered Nurse for 34 years. She moved to Bright's Grove 18 years ago from British Columbia. She has experience in many areas of health care including critical care and education, and is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Community Health Services, Lambton County. She was a member of the Quality Committee of the BWH Board for 5 years.
Bill came to Sarnia in 1967 to work at Polymer Corporation as a research chemist. He retired from Bayer (formerly Polymer Corporation) in 2002. His wife, Helen, battled bipolar disorder from 1993 until 2007 when she died from inflammatory breast cancer. Bill has been an advocate for better awareness of mental illness for almost 20 years, and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Consumer/Survivor Association of Lambton and a member of the Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Committee of Lambton. He is a member of teams which provide give education programs on mental illness to service providers and other family members/care givers. He is also a member of the Board of Lambton Wildlife.
Dave is a licensed and practicing Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of industrial, consulting and international trade and compliance experience. He has served on a number of national and international trade committees and continues this professional association today. Dave’s volunteer work includes directorships of a seniors' retirement community and several youth athletic associations. He has been a dedicated member of the BWH Community Advisory Panel since its inception.
Anna was born and raised in Sarnia-Lambton and is proud of her children who are pursuing studies in health care and social sciences. As an entrepreneur, Anna spent the major part of her career assisting individuals, groups and agencies with government issues. She took great interest in health care after the adverse medical event of a family member, choosing to use that experience in a positive way by working with health care officials and providing input to Ontario’s Patient Safety Task Force. Anna has returned for a second time to serve on the BWH Community Advisory Panel.
Darren is a graduate of St. Clair Secondary High School and Business Administration – International Trade at Lambton College. He is active in the community as Vice-Chair of the Sarnia Planning Advisory Committee, a guiding coalition member for the 2009 Circles Program, and Vice-President the Board for Community Legal Assistance Sarnia. He cares deeply about the future of health care in this community.
Karen is the current Chair of the Hanna Memorial School Parent Advisory Council and serves as a community member of BWH Community Advisory Panel in this position. She is employed as a Registered X-Ray Technologist at Bluewater Health.
Deb was a Bluewater Health Nurse and Discharge Coordinator for over 16 years. During this time, she was a member of the Quality of Work Life Committee, various accreditation teams, including mental health, human resources, and surgical and medicine programs to support improvements in the hospital’s clinical environment. She was the liaison with multiple community partners, including the Sarnia-Lambton Community Care Access Centre and Long-Term Care facilities. Deb now works as a secondary school teacher with the Lambton-Kent District School Board where she facilitates the Personal Support Worker Certification Program.
Nick is a student at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School. He is involved in "Speak Up" which is a St. Patrick's leadership group, P.A.I.R.S. which is a Lambton-Kent leadership group involving all high schools, the Safe Schools initiative and enjoys curling. He has curled for his school for 3 years and outside of school for approximately 8 years, both recreationally and competitively. He has worked part-time at Little Caesars Pizza for the past 5 years. Nick feels very proud to be a part of the BWH Community Advisory Panel.
Bryan is a retired secondary school teacher. He has a broad interest in the Sarnia-Lambton community and has been for several years a member of the City's Planning and Heritage committees and Lambton County's Cultural Advisory Committee. He currently holds positions as President of the Board of Community Legal Assistance and Secretary to the Board of the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. His involvement with the Community Homelessness initiative and the Poverty Reduction Network has increased his awareness of the importance of health issues in the community.
Marie Watson is a lifelong resident of Sarnia who currently works as a Settlement Worker in Human Resources at the Sarnia-Lambton YMCA Learning & Career Centre. Her many community commitments include past-President and member of St. Clair Child and Youth Services Board of Directors, current President and member of Sarnia Bluewaterland Rotary Club, current member of Lambton College Alumni Board, volunteer seniors’ aerobics instructor at the West Lambton Community Health Centre, member of the Fund Development Committee of St. Joseph’s Hospice and Vice-Chair of Our Care Child Care at St. Matthews School.
Rural Health Advisory Panel
Owen has been a member of CEEH's Foundation Board for 13 years, serving as Chair since 1997. He was one of the founding members of the Bluewater Health Foundation and was a CEEH Board member prior to CEEH's amalgamation with the Sarnia hospitals. Owen is a retiree of Sun Oil (Sunoco) and had an active political career as an Oil Springs Councillor from 1976-1980, Reeve from 1981-1990, Mayor from 1991-1997 and Warden of Lambton County in 1993. Along with his Foundation duties, he serves on the Sarnia-Lambton Crimestoppers and Oil Museum of Canada Foundation Boards.
Jane has lived in Petrolia for the past 37 years. For a number of years, Jane worked in different capacities for the local newspapers and was employed at a local grocery store prior to retirement. She has been involved in many community organizations and committees, and enjoys keeping busy with this volunteer work. Jane is President of the Petrolia Rotary Club, Secretary of the CEEH Auxiliary, and past-Chairman of the Hospital Auxiliary Association of Ontario.
Dana is a lifelong Petrolia and area resident, married to a retired educator and coach. She is a retired Registered Nurse and was a head nurse, supervisor, unit manager and educator in her 35 year career at CEEH. Areas of responsibility included the Operating, Emergency and Recovery Rooms and others. She was involved with many teams at CEEH including accreditation and has spoken at conferences on the expanded role of the Registered Nurse in small rural hospital Emergency Rooms. Following retirement, she has worked in industrial nursing, insurance medicals, and as a physician office nurse. Community activities include: church, Sarnia-Lambton Seniors’ Association and the Central Lambton Family Health Team. Dana's primary commitments are family and rural health.
Carole grew up in Lambton County. Since retiring in 2002 she moved to Lambton Shores. She is a long serving member of the Board of Directors of North Lambton Community Health Centre. Carole is also on the Board of the Association of Ontario Health Centres. She is block captain for Neighbourhood Watch in her community and serves on the Ipperwash and Area Community Policing Committee.
Mary Pat Gleeson
Mary-Pat is a Town of Petrolia councillor. She has been active and proactive as a founding member of Charlotte’s Task Force for Rural Health and is Chair of the Central Lambton Family Health Team. She works as a marketing consultant and served as a Board member on the Vancouver Film Festival.
Rosanne is a retired high school teacher. She was a teacher/counsellor at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocal Institue in Petrolia for 30 years. She is a founding member of Charlotte’s Task Force for Rural Health and currently serves on the Central Lambton Physician Recruitment Committee. Rosanne currently serves as Chairperson of the Pension and Retirement Concerns Committee for the Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 38, and is in her second term as a member of the Lambton Group Police Services Board.
Margaret was born in Chatham and taught Home Economics. She moved to Lambton County with her husband Gord, an Ontario Provincial Police Officer, to live in Oil Springs. She has been on the hospital and foundation boards in Lambton County for the past 9 years, volunteers with church activities and the CEEH Auxiliary and enjoys baking.
Barb RacherBarb is a Registered Nurse who worked at CEEH for 27 years. At the present time, she is actively involved in the St. Paul's Church choir and the Alvinston Diner's group, and serves as Homecraft Chair of the Petrolia and Enniskillen Agricultural Society and usher at Victoria Playhouse. She is fortunate to have her 7 grandchildren in the area and the opportunity to spend time with them. She continues to be actively involved in a farming operation with her husband John.