CCN Seeking Board of Directors and Committee Members
Community Care Northumberland is seeking community members who have a strong commitment to improving and supporting the health and wellbeing of seniors, adults with disabilities and hospice clients and their families in Northumberland County. CCN’s Board is a group of community members with diverse skillsets and expertise who volunteer by overseeing the governance and stewardship of the organization.
In keeping with CCN’s strategic plan the Board will be focusing its efforts on the following:
- Actively participating in the Ontario Health Team-Northumberland, working together to improve individuals experience with local health and social services
- Ensuring financial sustainability of community programs and Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre
- Launching a new strategic plan
The Nominating Committee is looking to recruit potential candidates with the following skill sets:
- Legal Expertise
- Fundraising Expertise
- Health Care Administration/Policy Development
- Government and Governmental Relations
The time commitment for Board and Committee members is approximately four (4) to six (6) hours per month. The Board meets monthly, and Committees meet approximately every two (2) months, both with the potential for additional ad hoc meetings if required. Board members serve for a period of three years with the possibility of extension. Committee member appointments are reviewed annually. Board and Committee members from all areas of the County geography are encouraged as meetings rotate to different Northumberland communities and are offered virtually. These are volunteer positions without financial compensation.
Interested candidates should request an application package from CCN’s Administration Office by contacting Tina Stephens, Executive Assistant at 1-866-514-5774 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stephen is the Regional General Manager of WestRock and, in addition to being the chair of the CCN board, serves as a board member on the PAC Packaging Consortium. Previously, he served as the chair, vice president and board member of the Holcro Non-Profit Housing Corporation in Georgetown, was a coach with the Georgetown Soccer Club and was the president of the Brampton Men’s Soccer Association. His hobbies include golf, personal fitness and European soccer. Stephen lives in Cobourg with his wife and has two grown children.
Dr. Jacqueline Gardner-Nix
Jackie is a physician who retired from clinical medicine in 2015. She is now an associate professor and instructor at the University of Toronto and the medical director and owner of NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc., organizing trainings for facilitators to deliver mindfulness courses to those in chronic pain. In addition to being vice chair of the Community Care Northumberland board, she is also chair of the CCN governance committee and serves as CCN’s representative on the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland’s governance committee. She enjoys creative non-fiction writing, reading, cooking and running her company. She lives in Port Hope with her husband and between them they have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.
Judy retired from the retail industry a number of years ago and has been a resident of Northumberland County for 23 years, currently living in Hamilton Township. Married, with three grown daughters, Judy enjoys golf and painting in her spare time. She believes volunteering has always been an opportunity to give back to the community. Since moving here, she has been on the Board of Directors of the Northumberland Children’s Aid Society for 6 years, then 6 years on the Northumberland United Way Board of Directors and has been on the Caring for Generations Society with the NHH Foundation for the last 10 years.
Sharyl Ann Milligan
Sharyl Ann retired in 2001 after working for 34 years at Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf and Sagonaska Demonstration School, and previous to that four years as the Medical Secretary for the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children. Sharyl Ann also volunteers at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, the Landmark (Extendicare Cobourg), and as the secretary and junior lawn bowling coach for the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club. Her hobbies include lawn bowling, where she has enjoyed the sport as a distinguished player, technical official and coach, as well as reading Canadian historical fiction, cross-stitching and knitting.
David retired in 2013 as a Class A Truck and Coach, Heavy Equipment Mechanic and licensed Surface Miner. He began his career with St. Lawrence Cement in 1971 as an apprentice mechanic in the Mississauga plant and transferred to the quarry in Colborne in 1985. When he moved to Cobourg, David coached baseball and was on the executive for scouting. He curled for 15 years and was on the executive committee for 12 years. Now, David cares for a 94-year-old woman in Cobourg and his 86-year-old mother, and looks after his 2-year-old granddaughter regularly. He enjoys helping others with casual woodworking and home repair projects and golfs several times a week. David has been married for 46 years and has two sons, two daughters-in-law, two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Selena Forsyth has worn a number of hats through her long working life. She has run restaurants, advertising and promotion for IBM, taught ceramics to school kids and recently retired from running the annual Rotary Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival. She was first and foremost a journalist and writer for print, radio and TV. She was a producer with CBC and TV Ontario and was the Executive Producer of training films for Petro-Canada. She wrote a column for the local Port Hope-Cobourg papers for ten years and was the in-house writer for a local media company. Selena now devotes her time to volunteering. She is the Executive Producer of legacies, a program on the radio station Northumberland 89.7, a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committees for the Municipality of Port Hope and Northumberland County and Vice President of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary. Selena has been a Hospice volunteer since 2005 and is on CCN’s Northumberland Hospice Palliative Care Collaborative.
Selena is a widow, lives in Port Hope and has two grandchildren, both in university. Her hobbies are books, Scrabble, and creating mosaics. Cooking is her therapy.
Jessica has spent 20 years in healthcare in various roles from frontline services to management. Being born and raised in rural Seymour Township (now Trent Hills), naturally she returned to her hometown as Manager of the Campbellford Memorial Multicare Lodge, Manager of the Trent Hills District Community Mental Health Program and member of the Trent Hills Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) Team with Campbellford Memorial Hospital. Jessica is a proud mother of two children who keep her very busy! She spends as much time outside as she can in her gardens, on the water or hiking in the woods. She recently added a dog named Charlie to her family who loves to torment her two cats Percy and Boom.
For the past 35 years, Elaine has been blessed to work as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in various roles in a variety of health care organizations as well as in local industries in Port Hope and Cobourg, focussing on Infection Control and Workplace Health. She also has her certification in Occupational Health. Elaine has lived and raised a family in Port Hope for 32 years and loves the community. When she’s not at home she can be found at her cottage on Chandos lake where she enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 kids and their partners, one lovey grandchild and 4 dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the garden, reading a book or trying to create stained glass. Elaine looks forward to serving on the board and aspires to share her passion of wellness with the organization. She sees Community Care Northumberland as a wonderful community partner offering many services that she is proud to be part of.
Gord is an Investment Advisor, Chartered Investment Manager and Vice President of Ley Wealth Management Group, CIBC Wood Gundy. In addition to serving Community Care as a board member, co-chair of the Honouring the Journey Campaign for Ed’s House and chair of the future Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre Foundation, Gord has given back to his community as a member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, co-chair of the Cobourg Community Centre Campaign, co-chair of the Northumberland United Way Campaign, a board member of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, a founding member and past chair of the Cobourg Hospital Foundation, co-founder of the Northumberland Breakers Volleyball Club, and Junior Team Canada Olympic Culinary team member. His hobbies include travel, cycling and enjoying and preparing good food. Gord lives in Cobourg with his wife Patti and has four children – Carly, Paul, Stuart and Charlotte.
Sharron is semi-retired and works two days a week as an Administrative Assistant and liaison between the tenants and volunteer board at Haldimand Court Apartments in Grafton. In addition to serving Community Care Northumberland as a member of the board for three years, Sharron has volunteered for CCN for the past 13 years assisting with transportation, community diners, reassurance calls, office administration and hospice services. She currently volunteers at St. Andrew’s United Church in a variety of roles, as well as provides respite support and accompaniment to a woman in Colborne. Sharron is the past president of the Cramahe Horticulture Society and sits on the Board of District 4 of the Ontario Horticulture Society. For many years she organized the Daffodil Campaign and helped canvass for the Canadian Cancer Society. In her spare time, Sharron enjoys reading, walking, knitting, computer work and singing in Choral Legacy, a women’s harmony group. She is passionate about helping seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the health and well-being of seniors. Originally from British Columbia, Sharron has lived in Colborne for over 40 years with her husband Jim. She has one son, two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Cindy has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years for organizations focussed on health and community development. Cindy currently works as the Executive Director for The Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia Association of Canada, an organization that suppports patients and caregivers with 3 rare bone marrow failure disorders.
Cindy and her husband moved from Toronto in 2015 and are enjoying all Northumberland County has to offer. They love kayaking and hiking and live on a 26 acre farm with a menagerie of rescue dogs and have recently added some chickens. Community Care was one of the first places Cindy looked to settle into the area, taking courses, attending fitness classes and volunteering for Hospice Services. Cindy has 3 children and is a proud grandma of four beautiful grandchildren who love to visit Grandma and Grandpa’s farm.
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