Board of Governors
Ross Memorial Hospital held its Annual General Meeting on June 22nd. During this meeting, the election of the Hospital’s Board of Governors took place.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall governance of the Hospital and is comprised of volunteers from the community. Its members set the Hospital’s strategic priorities and ensure they’re met; they assess the quality of the care provided, and ensure financial resources are managed appropriately. In addition to monthly Board meetings, members serve on various committees of the Board.
The 2017/18 Board consists of the following individuals:
Val Harris, Chair, is a retired financial consultant who joined the Board in 2009. She has sat on the Boards of the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative and Village Housing. She has been the President of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.
Wanda Percival, Vice Chair, joined the Board in 2014. Wanda is a retired Principal in the local school board and was also an Education Officer in the Ministry of Education. Wanda sits on several volunteer boards including VCCS Employment Services, Cambridge Street United Church, Women’s Probus Club of Lindsay, CKL Library Board and the CKL Active Transportation Committee, and she volunteers at the Kawartha Lakes Food Source.
Dave Kimmerly, Treasurer, joined the Board in 2017 and brings experience from a long career in law enforcement. Dave is a member of the Board of Kawartha-Haliburton Crime Stoppers. His previous board experiences include Cornerstone Community Association, Lakeridge Health Corporation and the Oshawa Vikings Rugby Football Club.
Bill Charlton joined the Board in 2012. Bill is the Managing Director of WFC Financial Services and has been associated with several charitable and service organizations, including the Community Care Foundation of Kawartha Lakes, the Rotary Club of Lindsay, the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, and the Lindsay Curling Club.
Kyle Cotton joined the Board in 2013, and brings his experience in the long term care sector most recently as the Administrator at Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes on McLaughlin Road. Additional Board experience includes the Valentia Church and Community Centre, and Community Living of Kawartha Lakes.
Larry Hope joined the Board in 2016 and brings experience as the Director of Education for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Larry is also a member of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, and served on the campaign cabinet of the CKL United Way in 2013/14. Before moving to the City of Kawartha Lakes, he was a Board member on the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation and the Sioux Lookout Public Library.
Bonnie Kennedy joined the Board in 2014. Bonnie is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment, a national organization supporting more effective ways of assessing and recognizing workplace skills and competencies. Bonnie’s past board experience includes RMH, Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Lindsay Montessori Pre-school.
Bob Nielson joined the Board in 2015. Bob has extensive financial experience and is currently the Vice President of Finance at Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. His past directorships include Cephas Christian Reformed Church, Fisher Gauge Ltd., Rhema Christian School, the Austin Foundation, and Junior Achievement.
Christine Norris joined the Board in 2017 after retiring as Manager of Revenue and Taxation with the City of Kawartha Lakes. Christine is currently on the Board of the Children’s Services Council and the Kawartha Lakes United Way. She is also past president of the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association and the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario.
Ivan Reynolds joined the Board in 2010. A partner in the law firm Gemmill, Farn & Reynolds, he has extensive volunteer experience in a variety of volunteer organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Society, the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce, the Estate Planning Council, the United Way, church committees and sports teams. He also served ten years volunteering on the RMH Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Nancy Rooney joined the Board in 2012. She is an Administrator at Extendicare Kawartha Lakes & Lakeland Village and has extensive experience in the long-term care sector. Nancy is a member of the Four Counties Palliative Care Steering Committee, the Ontario Long-Term Care Association and our local Health Links. Nancy also volunteers her services as a Youth Group Leader and Children’s Liturgy Teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Nancy is currently a student at McMaster University completing her Business Administration Degree.
Meri Saunders joined the Board in 2016 after serving as a community representative member on the Resources Committee. Meri has more than 35 years of experience in government and non-profit financial management and community development, including 16 years as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. Meri is also a member of the Ontario Joint Funding Reform Forum, the Ontario Non Profit Network and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association.
In addition to the ten elected members listed above, the Board also includes a number of individuals who are appointed by virtue of their roles, including the President of the RMH Auxiliary Ward Levine, City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Pat O’Reilly, RMH President & CEO Dr. Bert Lauwers and VP of Patient Care Anne Overhoff.
The Board has representation from our dedicated medical staff: Dr. Bharat Chawla, Chief of Staff, Dr. Jamie McNabb, President of Medical Staff, and Dr. Joan Dafoe, Vice President of Medical Staff.
This talented and dedicated group will help to ensure that the Hospital is positioned to meet the health care needs of the communities within the Hospital's catchment area. We thank them for their commitment to quality health care.