The Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre Board of Directors is made up of people from the community who are in touch with community needs and changes and who support the mission and values of BQWCHC.
Sandie Sidsworth is a poverty advocate, with a focus on mental health and domestic violence. She has been in the field over 25 years, with experience in child welfare, addictions, domestic violence and mental health. Within this front line role evolved a strong interest in hoarding and squalor, with the evolution of protocols and practices for hoarders within a mental health framework of support.
Sandie currently is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hastings and Prince Edward Branch, and in her spare time “Making Connections” a program out of Women’s College Research Institute on removing the silos between mental health, addictions and domestic violence.
Sandie joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in September 2012.
Brad Harrington is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Quinte Healthcare Corporation. Prior to this role Brad was the Chief Financial & Information Officer at the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Brad was instrumental in the capital redevelopment of the formal central hospital into a new model of health services delivery which encompasses innovative primary health care, counselling, infirmary care, outreach, and health promotion. Brad led Sherbourne since inception in achieving the goal of having an electronic medical record for all clients Sherbourne serves.
Brad started his career in public practice accounting and since then has worked and been involved in governance in a financial and information systems capacity in numerous levels of the health services delivery system including acute care and tertiary services, primary care, and home care. Brad is a former consultant with Healthtech, assisting many large hospitals in both a financial and information systems capacity. Brad’s community service includes being Past Chairman of the Board of Personal Attendant Care; an organization dedicated to providing high quality personal support and assisted living services to physically challenged adults in the Durham region. Brad has also served as a volunteer Board member and Treasurer with the Oshawa Community Health Centre and as a member on the Audit and Finance committee of 3S0; a shared services organization supporting the regional hospitals in southeastern Ontario.
Brad has an undergraduate honours commerce degree and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Windsor and is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) certified management accountant (CMA) and a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CHE).
Brad joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in September 2015.
Wendy is a CPA, CMA and has an MBA from Ivey. She has lived in Belleville since the late 1990s, working at Procter and Gamble (ultimately as plant Finance Manager) and as the Director of Finance and Administration at the hospital foundation in Kingston. She has extensive experience in process analysis, interpreting and reporting results for various stakeholders, and providing transparent updates on progress versus goals. Before moving to Belleville she taught and did research at DeVry and Western University, and worked as a design engineer at Jacuzzi and Gandalf.
Wendy joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2014.
James graduated from McMaster University, in Hamilton, with Degrees in Kinesiology and later Occupational Therapy. He worked as an OT for 14 years in community mental health, in Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, and later in the Quinte area. His first experience on a board of directors began in Ottawa at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists where he served as acting Director for Ontario. In 2007 James came to work and live in Belleville. He joined the Assertive Community Treatment Team, a community mental health team serving Belleville, Quinte West and North Hastings. In 2014, James decided to leave his OT work to allow more time helping to raise his children and caring for his aging parents and volunteers as a soccer coach in schools where his children attend. Social justice, wellness, literacy, and working with marginalized groups (such as outreach to people who are homeless) have always been important to James. He brings his perspective from his career in community health work which involved helping people connect with and use the services of community health centres and his experience in helping to navigate through the health system. James strongly believes that community health centres must support the wellness of those in our community who may have the most difficulty connecting with typical programs.
James joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2016.
Kathy Baker is a Registered Nurse with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nursing and a Master’s degree in Leadership (Health specialization). She has worked in the field of Community Seniors Mental Health and Behavioural Support Services at Providence Care for 15 years as a Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant and is now the Regional Director of that program. Her passion is to develop a person and family directed system of care. A systems and possibility thinker at heart, Kathy is always looking for ways to partner and integrate to improve the system of care and patient/client/family experience. Kathy is intrigued by and fully endorses the CHC model of care as she has seen evidence of the great work done at the BQWCHC both personally and professionally.
Kathy joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2016.
Dawne is a client of the BQWCHC, and comes to the Board with a varied background – gas fitter, project leader, quality manager, systems analyst and trainer. Many years of dealing with severe and chronic pain led Dawne to learn about and develop a unique blend of medical and alternative therapies to alleviate her health problems and improve the quality of her life. She studied and practiced Therapeutic & Healing Touch modalities along with Tai Chi, and much more. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. In St. John’s NL, Dawne wanted to make the practice of yoga available and accessible, so in addition to teaching at a yoga studio, she taught free-to-the-public yoga classes in community centres in lower income neighbourhoods. Wherever she lives, Dawne is community-minded; she is a strong proponent of the power of belonging, the importance of activism, and the development of personal practices that support one’s own health in body, mind and spirit. She looks for opportunities to help others create their unique suite of practices, and believes they arise organically through regular participation in mentored practice. Dawne joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in October 2017.
Kim Egan is the Executive Vice President & CFO at Belleville based GH Manufacturing Inc., a leading contract packaging and manufacturing firm. Working together with the owner of GH from the date of incorporation, Kim has been instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of Finance, Administration, Information Technology, and Human Resources. With over 17 years’ experience, Kim has a broad and diverse background. Over the past 13 years, she has sat on a number of volunteer boards and committees in the community including the United Way Hastings, Prince Edward, Hastings Children’s Aid Society, and the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Center. Holding various positions such as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Campaign Cabinet volunteer, Kim has provided leadership and commitment. Kim, CPA, CMA, also holds a Chartered Directors designation from the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with McMaster University. With a strong sense of community both in and outside of work, Kim has worked hard to support equal opportunities for all. She continues to hold ethics and responsibility for the community at the highest level.
Kim rejoined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2016.
Lorrie Heffernan is the Chief Executive Officer for Pathways To Independence. Lorrie has over 30 years’ experience in the social services field. She has her MBA from Queen’s University and has completed the Advanced Health Care Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Lorrie was involved in the transfer of social services from an institutional based approach to the current community based model. More recently Lorrie has been active in the creation of community based residential options and services for adults who are living with an acquired brain injury. She has an extensive background in the development of community programs and services and has sat on a number of local and provincial board of directors.
Lorrie joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2015.
Deborah Hierlihy brings over 25 years experience working with non-profit and charitable organizations, health care providers and public sector organizations and is committed to supporting positive social change, social justice, and inclusive communities. Her work in project management, program evaluation and research has focused on developing and enhancing mental health, housing, homelessness and community service initiatives. She is skilled in partnership development, communications, knowledge exchange and facilitation.
Scott Robertson has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and has worked in the social and affordable housing sector for over 30 years. He has delivered and administered housing services at the municipal level, written policies and legislation for the Province of Ontario, and worked at a community youth agency. His experience providing housing and mental health services for a youth agency for 10 years, administering housing at the municipal level for 12 years, his work at the provincial level and working with the private sector has provided him with a unique perspective and ability to find successful solutions. make partnerships happen and function effectively.
Gerry Watts is a retired secondary school Principal who has recently moved back to Belleville with wife Laurie after 33 years working, living, and raising their three children in Waterloo County. During retirement, Gerry has volunteered for a number of organizations, notably as a member of the Board of Directors, and recently as Vice-Chair, for Langs Community Health Centre in Cambridge, Ontario. A strong supporter of the community health centre model in Ontario, he looks forward to joining the Board and serving the Quinte West and Belleville communities.