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.
Brad Harrington became the Vice President, Finance & Operations at Markham Stouffville Hospital in February 2021. Brad is the former Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at the Quinte Healthcare Corporation and the inaugural Chief Financial\Information Officer at the Sherbourne Health Centre in southeast Toronto. Brad has held numerous other roles with Ontario hospitals and has consulted in an Information Systems capacity during his career. Brad has always given back to the communities in which he has worked and resided and has volunteered on numerous health care boards; including being the current Chair of the Board for Belleville Quinte West Community Health Centre. Brad has an undergraduate honours commerce degree and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Brad is also a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives (CHE) and a Chartered Director (C.Dir) from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
Brad joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in September 2015.
James graduated from McMaster University, training to become an Occupational Therapist. In his working life as an OT he always enjoyed working in Community Mental Health which is where he first heard about Community Health Centres (CHCs). He started to learn about social justice, wellness, literacy, and started working with marginalized groups (such as outreach to people who are homeless). James hopes he can bring his perspective from his career in community health work and his own personal experiences with the health system to Board discussions. James, his wife Kelly and their 2 children have lived in Belleville since 2007. Currently James volunteers as a BQWCHC Board Member and as a volunteer driver for Gleaner’s Food Bank. He also volunteers at his children’s schools when possible. Through his work and life experiences, James has come to recognize there are barriers for many people in our community to access health care and support. Some of these are obvious, and some barriers are hidden. The work of the Board and staff of the Community Health Centre is to discover and lower these barriers, to help make our community a better place for all of us to live.
James Huff joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2016.
Wendy is an accountant who has lived in Belleville since the 1990s. Before retiring in 2018, she was the Comptroller at InterfaceFLor Canada, Inc., the Director of Finance for University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and Plant Finance Manager at Procter & Gamble. In these roles she provided leadership in the areas of Strategic Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Analysis, Risk Management, Human Resources and Health and Safety. Before moving to Belleville, Wendy taught and did research at the DeVry Institute of Technology and Western University, and worked as a design engineer at Jacuzzi Canada and Gandalf Data Limited. Wendy served as a volunteer board member and Treasurer of Hospice Quinte and the United Way of Hastings, Prince Edward. She has a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Joining the CHC Board of Director’s has exposed her to the broad range of services that make up comprehensive primary healthcare, the social determinants of health, and how far we, as a society, have to go to achieve health equity.
Wendy joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2014.
Secretary of the Board
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.
Scott joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in November 2018.
Kathey 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.
Kim Egan is the Executive Vice President and 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 Centre. 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 boards.
Lorrie joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2015.
Deborah Hierligy brings over 25 years’ experience working with no-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.
Deborah joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in January 2019.
Dawne Brown 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 and Healing Touch modalities along with Tai Chi, and much more. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and 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.
Jae-Marie is a General Pediatrician at Quinte Health Care in Belleville and an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University in Kingston. She is a physician who practices with a patient, family and community centered approach. Jae-Marie is passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations and reaching people where they are – in the community. She joins the Board with extensive experience developing innovative community and hospital programs. Jae-Marie has a special interest in addressing the Social Determinants of Health in order to help people optimize their health goals.
Jae-Marie joined the board in February 2021.
Patricia Sukha has a military background as a specialist technician and is currently a Registered Nurse with experience in long term care, maternal-child care, emergency care and health research studies. She has a passion for reducing barriers to safe, quality healthcare and promoting evidence-informed practice. Patricia is an advocate for recognizing the effects of the Social Determinants of health – particularly for those who are not well supported or without life mentors. She has been a member of our Community Advocacy Committee for the past few years and is one of the Centre’s Ambassador Volunteers helping the staff with many different programs.
Pat joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in April 2021.
Frank Hiebert retired from his position as programmer/analyst with Quinte Computer Services Ltd., a local provider of hosting services and custom business applications. Prior to that he worked in the field of mining exploration as a geophysicist, working in Canada, the US and the Middle East. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in geophysics, after initiating two years of studies at the University of Waterloo. Frank is married to Irene and together they have one daughter in Ottawa. He has lived in Belleville for the past forty years, and during that time he has volunteered with community organizations in a variety of capacities (board director, officer, program volunteer). These have included the local YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Quinte Rowing Club, Bridge St. United Church, Quinte Living Centre, United Way, Poverty Round Table and the Affordable Housing Working Group. He also served as a volunteer coach at Quinte Secondary School in junior football and rowing. He has always held a passion for community engagement, youth serving organizations, and a desire to mitigate poverty and to share solidarity with everyone who calls Belleville and Quinte their home.
Frank joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2021.
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