Governance

Board Administration

Our Board is made up of 10-12 members from our community plus a past-chair. The Board meets monthly (excepting July, August and December). Since 2001, our Board has used the Consensus Model of Decision Making – both at committee and board meetings.

Currently, our Board has seven standing committees. Terms of Reference for each committee are reviewed and approved annually – click on the links below to access the Terms of Reference for each committee.

Accountability to the Board

ConnectWell Community Health reports to the Board through:

 

  • Monthly reports from the Chief Executive Officer to the Board.
  • The development of annual workplans aligned with our strategic objectives and funding agreements.
  • Detailed team and/or program presentations to the Planning and Review Committee of the Board on an 18-month cycle, followed by a subsequent presentation to the Board.

ConnectWell Community Health Board Minutes

Board Bios

Deborah Duffy - Chair (Lanark Highlands)

After being called to the Bar of Ontario, Deborah served as in-house Counsel and General Counsel in a number of private and public sector corporations, including Bank of Canada. Following early retirement, Deborah obtained a diploma in Horticulture Technology from Algonquin College and consulted as a landscape designer.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and as President and Board member of the Perth and District Community Foundation, chairing the steering committee of the inaugural Vital Signs project.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of The Table Community Food Centre and an informal consultant on governance matters to several local, not-for-profit organizations. Deborah is also a member of the Board of the Community Foundations of Canada, where she hopes to bring a rural perspective to CFC’s nation-wide work.

When not at a computer or in a meeting, Deborah enjoys gardening at her Lanark Highlands home, travelling, pursuing a long-standing interest in the visual arts including making messes on canvas as the least-accomplished member of the MERA Arts Circle, and riding her bicycle along the local byways.

Richard Schooley - Vice Chair (Perth)

Richard grew up in Ottawa through Grade 10, then moved to Perth. Except for a four-year stint in the GTA, Lanark County has been his home.

His life partner, Karen, who was born and raised in Lanark Village, is a retired RN, graduating from Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing. She enjoyed a varied nursing career; the most exciting as an OR nurse, and the most satisfying as her time in community nursing with the VON in Lanark County.

They have three children and six grandchildren, all living within 40 minutes of them.

Richard spent 47 years as an Insurance Broker and Risk Management Consultant.

The firm operated from offices in Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls, Kemptville, and West Ottawa, with over 60 employees. While the brokerage was multi-faceted, his personal practice focused on insurance and risk management services to the municipal, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors.

Immensely curious, he grew up needing to understand how things worked, and equally, why things do not work or are challenged. Hence the affinity for risk management as a tool, enabling dynamic community.

His community engagement started in high school; he has contributed as a municipal councilor; a Business Improvement Area, Tennis Clun and Church Council inaugural chairs; Provincial Broker Association Directors; and most recently, eight years on the Board of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, with terms as Finance, Quality and Board Chair.

His most satisfying involvement in healthcare was the establishment of Rideau Tay Health Link and putting proof to the tremendous contributions to healthy community that can be realized through the focused integration of a myriad of health, social, and community services and collaboration between those services, through the lens of the person receiving care.

He admires the indispensable contributions of CHCs, supporting and enabling services integration in advancing health communities.

Kim O’Connor - Secretary/Treasurer (Carleton Place)

Kim has worked in the Developmental Services field for 35 years and has been in team leadership for over 20 years, more than ten of those at senior levels of non-profit organizations, including reporting to a Board of Directors and to government Ministry officials.

She has been particularly focused on working for individuals with complex health and behavioural needs, helping them to live high quality lives in their communities. Inclusion and equality are her guiding principles and passion.

She and her family have also been respite and HomeShare providers for persons with intellectual disabilities. While thorough and professional at all times, she enjoys finding the laughter in life and making sure everyone has the opportunities they need to succeed.

She has received many gifts and contributions of grace and perseverance throughout the years from the people that she has worked for and it is now time for her to “pay it forward.”

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Tom Baumgartner - Past Chair (Drummond-North Elmsley Township)

Tom has been retired since 2005 after a career in the data communications and telecommunications industry and now spends his time at golf, tennis, curling, fishing, bridge, software programming, building websites and reading science fiction.

Tom worked in both Canada and the U.S.A. He started in Engineering and then moved into Marketing with leading vendors of telecommunications and information technology products. His experience ranges from start-ups to $100+ million companies and from individual contributor to manager of a 150-person department. His most noted accomplishment was being an editor of the original IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard (popularly called Wi-Fi).

His formal education was at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, BS EE with Honors, 1967 and Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, IL MBA with Distinction, 1992.

Stephen Bird (Perth)

Stephen Bird grew up in Perth with multi-generation roots in the Almonte and Pakenham area. Stephen practised law (1990-2010) with the Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Legal Clinic (now The Legal Clinic) which serves low income residents of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, and North Frontenac counties.

Stephen served on the Board of the North Lanark County Community Health Centre when Lanark Community Programs joined to form Lanark Health and Community Services. When he returned to the Board in 2012 Whitewater Bromley CHC became part of LRHCS. He has served as Vice Chair, Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and Past Chair of LRHCS. Now, with his return to the Board in 2020, he will serve as Chair of the Governance Committee. Stephen has a J.D. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and an M.A. from the University of Waterloo.

Cynthia Carver (Lanark Highlands)

Cynthia is a physician practicing psychotherapy and family medicine part-time. She received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and worked in a Toronto Community Health Centre (CHC) and then in private practice. She did a Master’s in Public Health, was the Assistant Medical Health Officer for Regina, and later, at Health Canada, worked towards the transfer of health programs to the control of First Nations. She was a health policy/program consultant for the province, a Board member at the Britannia Park Coalition (environment) and the Olde Forge (seniors). She was Chatelaine’s medical columnist for ten years, and did medical segments on CBC TV’s Midday program.

Cynthia brings to ConnectWell experience in health administration, public health, program evaluation, training of health care workers and work with diverse communities. Being on the Board will provide an opportunity to serve her own community with others who share her desire to ensure that future health needs are met with comprehensive, high-quality, user-friendly services.

She has lived in Lanark Highlands since 1990, has three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She reads historical fiction, and plays Celtic and classic fiddle/violin.

Lindsay Jackson Derraugh (Lanark Highlands)

Lindsay holds a Masters Degree in Science and is a long-standing Professor at Algonquin College. She has extensive experience in postsecondary education, working in various roles and with vulnerable populations. Lindsay considers herself a lifelong learner, and has completed courses in Lean Management, business accounting, payroll administration, learning and teaching theory, course development, mental health, and inclusivity. She is formerly a co-owner and managing partner of Aruma, a wellness centre located in Lanark Village, with a vibrant team of employees and a vision to support health within the community.  

Lindsay was born, raised, and currently resides in Lanark County, and she believes in giving back to her community. She is looking forward to using her unique skills, experience, and perspective in her capacity as a Board member. She loves to laugh and smile, and in Lindsay’s spare time you can find her in a forest, on a lake, next to a bonfire, or on top of a mountain – usually with her golden retriever in tow. 

Maddy Dever (Carleton Place)

Maddy Dever (they/them) is an Autistic parent of five children with three also on the autism spectrum, living in Carleton Place. They advocate at both provincial and federal governments for inclusion and acceptance of Autistic individuals and for Autistic people to have their own voice in policy decisions. Maddy is a former member of the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel, and current member of the Ontario Autism Program Implementation Working Group.

Maddy is a founder of Autistic Bridge, an Autistic self-advocacy group, and a leader in the National Disability Strategy movement to build a nationwide coalition of disability organizations advocating for a barrier-free Canada that meets all needs of all disabilities at all ages. They are also a member of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) where they are providing an Autistic view on the development of policy and helping with aspects of developing a National Autism Strategy and presenting at the annual CASDA Summit.

Maddy has also led workshops and panels on topics surrounding Autism and education and has spoken about Autism with many groups including ECHO Autism where they are now part of the Expert Hub, which works to educate and inform health professionals on issues related to autism. Maddy writes on the blogs matthewdever.ca and autismwordsmatter.ca and has a podcast called “The Autistic Rambler.”

Carole Devine (Eganville)

Carole Devine is a nurse by training who spent the majority of her career at Algonquin College as a professor and then at a variety of healthcare settings in the Ottawa Valley, including RVH, Bonnechere Manor, and most recently at Supples Landing as the Executive Director. Carole believes strongly in inclusive and upstream models of health and wellness and is committed to building communities where everyone belongs.

She lives in the Ottawa Valley with her husband and most recently has supported the growth and expansion of their family business, Conway’s Pharmacy.

Carole has made long-term commitments to supporting a number of organizations, including the Eganville Rotary Club, and she recently chaired the Bonnechere Valley Health Committee. She is an avid bridge player, enjoys walking and biking, and believes in the importance of prevention as a key determinant of health and wellness.

Jean Dunning (Lanark Highlands)

Jean grew up in Montreal but moved to Ottawa in 1972 and began frequent visits to Lanark Highlands in the late 1970’s.  In 2005, she and her husband retired and moved to build their home in Watson’s Corners.

Jean is a nurse by training and practiced in paediatric critical care for 16 years before heading to the University of Ottawa to complete a BScN, followed by an MScN from the University of Toronto and finally a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  The remainder of her career was as a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  Her main research focus was the impact of childhood illness on families.

Jean believes in volunteerism and the impact volunteers make to building community capacity.  She first served on the board of MERA and then joined the Board of Lanark Health and Community Services (LHCS) in 2007.  Most recently, she completed two terms, one as President, of the Perth and District Community Foundation.

Since first joining LHCS, she has witnessed many changes and a great deal of growth in the organization, which is now known as ConnectWell Community Health. She has served as Vice Chair, Chair, Past Chair and has continued her connection as a Community member of the Governance, Nominations and Joint Planning Committees.  This is an important time of significant changes in health care service delivery in Ontario and she is delighted to be given the opportunity to return to the Board and be a part of the next phase of the organization.

Finally, on a personal note, she believes rural living is a wonderful experience that has provided her with easy access and opportunities to fill any spare moments following her cherished pursuits of painting, gardening, cycling and cross-country skiing.

William Enright (Eganville)

William, a native of Ireland (permanently moved to Canada in 2008), has BSc/MSc (Dublin) and PhD (Michigan State) degrees in the areas of agriculture and animal physiology. His career spans university, government, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and consulting environments across four countries (Ireland, USA, Netherlands, Canada). With over 230 publications, he has worked mostly in the animal health industry, encompassing R&D, business development/marketing and commercial operations. He feels strongly that science-based knowledge is crucial to our health and society and he enjoys supporting science on social media and in the press.

Since semi-retiring at 55 and moving to Eganville in 2014 (where he first worked as a student in 1980), William has been interested in community, social services and health; he has a good understanding of social issues in a rural community and wants to make a difference. Since 2015, William has been actively involved in his community: Eganville & District Seniors board 2015-2021 (4.5 years as Board President), Curling Club Executive board 2016-2021, Eganville & Area Community Development Group board 2017-2019, Eganville & Area Long Term Care Corporation (‘Fairfields’) board 2020-date. In 2021, he was also a member of the Patient and Family Group, one of the stakeholders in the Application Coordination Group for the “Network 24” Ontario Health Team.

William loves living in the Ottawa Valley and continuing his semi-retirement career as a consultant and editor on projects for global players in the animal health arena. Hobbies and interests include bridge, reading, golf, tennis, pickleball, travel, curling, trivia and proofreading/editing for friends and not-for-profits.

Sharon Mousseau (Beckwith Township)

Sharon is currently the Deputy-Reeve of Beckwith Township, a position she has held since 2003. She is also a member of Lanark County Council and was elected County Warden in 2011.

During that time, Sharon has chaired the County Community Services Committee four times. That Committee is responsible for Social Services, Housing and Lanark Lodge, and provided her the opportunity to learn and advocate for the many services and issues that are so important to the most vulnerable members of our community. Sharon also served as the County representative on the Lanark Transportation Association Board.

Sharon’s employment background also reflects her passion for social services issues. She was employed at Lanark County Interval House for seven years and prior to that worked for the Child Welfare League of Canada as well as at the ODSP office. In addition to this, Sharon also served on the Boards of Community Home Support and Mills Community Support Corporation (now Carebridge).

Sharon has also been an active member of the community, serving as a Girl Guide leader, Commodore of the Carleton Place Canoe Club, and Commodore of Canoe-Kayak Canada.

Sharon has three children, five grandchildren, and was married to her late husband Gary (a member of the RCMP) for almost 47 years.

Sharon is honoured to serve as a member of the ConnectWell Board and looks forward to continuing her work to ensure our most vulnerable citizens have access to the services and supports they need.

Thomas Todd (Perth)

Dr. Todd is a retired Academic Thoracic Surgeon and Critical Care physician. He was Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Chair of the U of T Division of Thoracic Surgery. While there, he was a member of the Toronto team that performed the world’s first successful lung transplant and was the programs Director for several years.

 He briefly served as Surgeon in Chief of the Ottawa Civic Hospital, as well as Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Shaikh Khalifa Hospital in Abu Dhabi. He directed the Surgical ICU at Toronto General Hospital, was President of the Canadian Critical Care Society, and founded the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, which has served as a model for other clinical research groups.

After retiring from Surgery, he was the Director of Physician Consulting Services at the Canadian Medical Protective Association, and served on the Almonte General Hospital Board for 11 years and was its Chairperson for 2 years. Now fully retired, he lives in Perth and on the Rideau at Jones Falls with Lesley, his wife of 54 years.

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