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Board of Directors

David Foster

Board Chair

David Foster was born in Montreal, raised in Toronto, and moved to Kingston with his wife, Jill, where he started his career in banking. Twenty-seven years, seven communities, three banks and two kids later he is now happily retired. David spent three terms on the council of the Town of Wasaga Beach, his adopted home since 1995. David is past President of the Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay. He has been an active member of Team Diabetes Canada and is currently the Chair of the Wasaga Beach Terry Fox run and a member of a number of community Boards. David was awarded the John Graves Simcoe award in 2106 for his history of charitable and community involvement.

Alice Grottoli

Vice Chair

Alice spent over 35 years in the non-profit and charitable sector, working with local organizations including the YMCA, United Way and Community Connection/211 Ontario. She held a variety of responsibilities and roles with these organizations including Executive Director, community and media relations, marketing and promotions, fundraising and information and referral specialist. These roles allowed her the opportunity to participate in a variety of County wide and local initiatives and to engage with community members on various social and health related issues.  Alice is a founding member of the Centre’s steering committee and the first President of the Board of Directors of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, helping to oversee the hiring of the organization’s first employees and the opening of the current location of the Centre.

John Robbins

Past Chair and Chair of the Resource and Capital Project Committees

Formerly a senior executive in the corporate business world, John now operates a financial planning business, and lives in Wasaga Beach. Determining strategies to relieve the financial pressures for individuals that face barriers in life (caregivers, aging seniors and special needs individuals) is a key focus of his business. Other local volunteer positions include Chair of the SGBCHC Resource Committee, Board Member, Breaking Down Barriers (Chair of Strategic Planning Committee) and Vice Chair of Wasaga Beach Town Accessibility Committee.

Andre Gougeon

Treasurer

Andre graduated in 1972 from the University of British Columbia with a Certified General Accounting (CGA) designation followed by a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Canadian School of Business Management at U of T. He has 50 plus years of financial experience in public practice, government, manufacturing, distribution and consulting. He currently provides his diversified personal and small business clients with accounting and consulting services.

Trent Gow

Chair of the Governance Committee

Trent is a semi-retired professional public policy advisor and advocate. Over a 40 year career, Trent has held senior executive responsibility within the federal government (Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Finance, Labour Canada, Bank of Canada), the Canadian banking industry (Bank of Montreal, Chase Manhattan), and the public affairs/ government relations consulting sector (GPC Policy Consultants, TGA Policy Solutions).

As a consultant, Trent had a primary responsibility for over 500 research, advisory and advocacy mandates in the areas of health policy; public sector governance/ accountability; environmental impact and policy; and financial services legislation/ regulation.

Trent has considerable personal experience in governance, having served as founding Chair of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute; Chair of Queen Elizabeth Hospital; Director of the MDS Life Sciences Technology Fund; Director of the Hospice Association of Ontario; Director of Hospice Huronia; Director of The Dorothy Ley Hospice; Chair of the RCMP Pay Council; Vice-Chair of the Ontario Development Corporation; Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Children’s Aid Society;  Director of Innovation Ontario; Director, Lumira Capital; and now Director South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre.

Locally, Trent is an Advisor to the Advocacy Committee of the Owen Sound and District Chamber of Commerce and an Advisor to Hospice Huronia in Penetanguishene. He is also a principal participant on the South Georgian Bay’s 99.7 FM The Beach’s weekly Wise Guys commentary radio show and monthly on 560 CFOS Owen Sound. He also prepares and deliver regular Making Waves radio commentaries on the Bayshore Broadcasting Network.

Trent holds an M.A. degree in Economics and Ph.D. comprehensive requirements in economic theory, monetary economics and labour economics from the University of Toronto. Trent is fluent in French and English.

Doug Abbott

Born and raised in Toronto, Doug spent most of his summers working on his uncle’s farm where a passion for agriculture was seeded. He studied agriculture at the University of Guelph and became a dairy farmer in Northern Ontario. Shortly after getting married, he and his wife decided to travel and work in Europe for two years. They now have two children and 3 grandchildren. When Doug left farming, he started a construction business and pursued a career in alpine ski coaching. During those years he grew his construction business and furthered his coaching career until he became the Ontario Women’s Head Coach. Doug’s construction business grew until ski coaching was no longer an option and he retired. In addition to being president of Village Builders Inc., Doug spends his leisure time hunting, skiing and enjoying his grandchildren.

Dale Biddell

Dale spent most of her career focused on the non-profit sector and held executive, consulting and community leadership positions. She began an independent consulting practice in 1996, following a number of development and advancement positions within the higher education, community services and public sectors.

Since joining United Way, Dale has undertaken an organizational restructure and developed a new business model with an aligned growth strategy. She initiated and completed a collaborative process that has welcomed the District of Muskoka, creating a regional United Way.

Dale has served on numerous boards in the children and youth sector, health, education, sport and recreation and social services. She has a passion for children’s mental health and served on the Board of Directors for nine years, including the President’s role, for Kinark Child and Family Services – a provincial children’s mental health agency. She also served as a Director and Chair of Major Gifts for the Kinark Foundation. She is ex-officio and Board Secretary to the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka and is active within the national community of United Ways through the United Way Centraide Canada.

Dale has established four charitable foundations and earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University, MN. She volunteers her time to social justice issues locally.

Valerie Dickson

Valerie is currently the General Manager of Leadership Development for the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka. Prior to this leadership role in partnership with Lakehead University, Valerie spent the last seven years as General Manger of the Wasaga Beach YMCA. Valerie continues to be invested in promoting volunteerism across the association as chair of the Volunteer Product Group and remains committed as a Trainer Educator for YMCA provincially. Valerie’s commitment to community collaboration has also led to her involvement with the Wasaga Beach Rotary Club and as a second term Board member for Breaking Down Barriers, most recently as the Board Chair. Valerie’s sense of belonging is rooted in serving her community and she is honoured to be a part of the Board of Directors for the South Georgia Bay Community Health Centre.

Eleonore Eaves

Eleonore’s diverse background over the past two decades began with her graduate studies in the UK, followed by positions with renowned institutions such as the London School of Economics. Upon her return to Canada, she held positions in both the public and private sector, where she acquired best practices from various organizations to develop her management style. Eleonore strongly believes in the importance of a strong health care system, and is excited to merge her skills with her passion at the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre.

Kim Lattimore

Kim currently works as a Resident Relations Coordinator in long-term care. As an RSSW, she advocates and supports residents and families. She sits on a variety of committees including; the Wasaga Beach Accessibility Advisory Committee, the NSMHPCN Conference Planning Committee, and the LHIN Ethics Committee. Kim and her husband, John, have lived in Wasaga Beach for 20 years and are currently raising 4 teenagers. She is excited about sitting on the SGBCHC Board and serving the local communities.

Tony Morra

Tony spent over 40 years working at the Bank of Nova Scotia and held many senior positions within the bank in Toronto and Barrie. Tony was born in Italy and his family immigrated to Canada when he was five years old. He was raised and educated in Toronto, Ontario. He and his wife, Anne, have two sons and three grandchildren. Tony and his family owned a seasonal residence in Wasaga Beach and permanently relocated to the area in 2000. Tony now operates a consulting company and spends time with his family on the waters of Georgian Bay.

Fiona Ryner

Fiona had a long career in various aspects of health care, including front line service, senior management, project management, program and facility planning, manager training, association management and government relations. She also found time to sit on, and chair various health related Boards. Since retiring to Wasaga Beach in 2003, Fiona has been an active volunteer for Ontario Parks and for the Town. She also sits on two Town Council Advisory Committees and their subcommittees and on the Board of the Friends of Nancy Island. Being an outdoor person and lover of nature, Fiona truly appreciates all that this town has to offer.

Bruce Young

Bruce has worked in the Building Material Industry for over 30 years. Bruce moved to the South Georgian Bay area in March 2016 with his wife, Cecile, after raising their four children in Mississauga. The natural surroundings of the area are what drew them to South Georgian Bay. In the summer you can find Bruce swimming in the bay and mountain biking on the trails in the area. In the winter you can find him skiing or hitting the gym that he and his wife own in Thornbury, Ontario.

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