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Board of Directors

David Foster

Board Chair

David Foster was born in Montreal, raised mainly in Toronto, but then moved to Kingston with his wife, Jill, where he started his banking career. 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’s history of charitable and community involvement were recognized in 2016 with the John Graves Simcoe award.

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,consulting, etc. He currently provides personal and small businesses accounting and consulting services to a diversified clientele.

Marie Jaques

Secretary

Marie has been a resident of Wasaga Beach for 10 years. She retired from an admin career in private enterprise, including banking and insurance companies, and she has volunteered on the Planning Committee at Mississauga Hospice. Marie is Past President of New Waves Probus in WB, and she sits on the Friends of the Library Board. She is looking forward to her 2nd 3-year term with the SGBCHC Board.

Mary Ratensperger

Mary is excited to be a part of the SGBCHC team. She admits it will be a learning experience for her, but she brings a wealth of information to the team. She was born in Barrie of a military family and from there she has traveled the world. She trained as a nurse at Kings College Hospital London England and returned to Canada in 1972 with her husband, Richard.  She has been in health care for over 40 years and shares that it has always been a privilege.

Doug Abbott

Born and raised in Toronto, Doug spent most 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, before children, he and his wife decided to travel and work in Europe for two years. They now have two children and 3 grandchildren. When he left farming he started a construction business and pursued a career in alpine ski coaching at the same time. During those years he grew his construction business and furthered his coaching career until he was Ontario Women’s Head Coach. Doug’s construction business grew until ski coaching was no longer an option and he retired. Besides being president of Village Builders Inc, he spends his leisure time hunting, skiing and enjoying his grandchildren.

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.

Valerie Dickson

Val 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. Val 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.”My sense of belonging is rooted in serving my community. I look forward to, and am honoured to be a part of this amazing and dynamic group of directors for the Board of the South Georgia 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.

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