Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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.

Alan Mathany


Alan obtained his Masters of Social Work in 1978 from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Social Worker. Alan has recently completed his Certified Executive Coaching designation from Royal Roads University and has established an Executive Coaching business, primarily intended to serve executive level managers in the health and social services sector.

Since 1973 Alan has worked in health and social services, in a variety of direct service and management positions.  For the past twenty-six years he has managed community mental health programs, providing services to people with severe and persistent mental health issues.

At the clinical level, Alan has directed services such as mobile crisis, case management, assertive community treatment teams, vocational services, addictions, dual diagnosis, court support, spiritual care and residential treatment.

Throughout his career he has had extensive involvement in program and system development throughout Southeastern Ontario and Provincially. He has chaired numerous local, regional and provincial committees related to improving mental health and addictions services. He also was instrumental in creating the original District Health Council for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and chaired it for over five years.

Alan joined the BQWCHC Board in December 2012.

Sandie Sidsworth

Vice President

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. 

Wendy Osborne


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. 

Brad Harrington


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. 

Kathy Baker

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.

Kathryn Brohman

Kathryn is an associate professor at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and co-author of Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization and forthcoming book entitled Sustainable Execution. Kathryn’s leading edge work combines practice with theory to explore ways organizations can effectively execute strategy and change with a specific focus on the impact of technology and digital service delivery. Kathryn’s current research focuses on integrated and coordinated models of healthcare delivery and how these models scale and transform from an early adopter stage of development into a sustainable service delivery models. She is currently leading the evaluation of the Community Paramedicine Remote Patient Monitoring program and the scalability initiative of integrated and coordinated care models in collaboration with the Southeast LHIN. Dr. Brohman is an expert in how increased connectivity and data processing capability is influencing the emergence of complex, distributed network structures that are enabling the creation of new markets and redefining the traditional views of strategy, leadership and management. Kathryn’s research has been published in premier journals including the Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Communications of the ACM.  

Kathryn joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in June 2015.  

Christine Chomyn

Christine comes to the Board with a varied background and as a BQWCHC client.

Prior to becoming a Certified PSW, providing homecare to Seniors, and working with medically fragile children, Christine volunteered her time with many organizations and has been involved on various women’s health related groups such as the Quinte Midwifery Committee.

For the past eight years Christine has been running her own business, helping seniors in their homes or in hospital. She is passionate about her community and is committed to her advocacy role with raising awareness of women’s rights. She currently volunteers with the Alzheimer Society by running a yearly Christmas sing-along, providing a holistic therapy at the annual caregiver retreat.

It is fair to say that Christine is motivated to “see a need and fill it” by her compassion and desire to help others.

Christine joined the BQWCHC Board of Directors in September 2015. 

Christine Durant

Christine Durant is the Executive Director of the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward. She has worked in Europe conducting research on critical community development with a focus on organizing for rights with newcomers to movement, housing, education and food security. In Malawi Christine worked with government departments (Forestry, National Parks and Wildlife and municipal based Community Development departments), non-profit organizations (Wildlife and Environmental Society, Emmanuel International) and local communities on land use, on livelihoods and in researching, planning, implementing and assessing collaborative programs for poverty reduction. In Canada, Christine has been involved in the Community Development and Health Promotion Advisory Committee of Davenport Perth Community and Neighbourhood Health Centre in Toronto, and acted as the Canadian Outreach for the Canada Africa Partnership on AIDS. Locally, Christine worked on the cleanup of the Bay of Quinte. Christine holds a Masters in adult education with specialization in community development.

Christine joined the BQWCHC Board in January 2017.

Kim Egan

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

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. 

James Huff

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.