Board of Directors

Donna Howard, Chair

Donna joined the hospital board in July 2012 after being a beneficiary of the services of the hospital for over 35 years. She completed a 38 year tenure at the Bank of Canada in 2014 as Adviser to the Governor at the Bank of Canada and following an extended career that involved heading the Financial Markets Department, chairing the Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee, strategic planning, policy advice and sponsoring a major information technology project.  In 2012, she received her designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is presently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and is a consultant with Promontory Financial.

Originally from Hudson, Quebec, she spent a brief period in Kingston where she graduated from Queens University with a degree in Economics, and an even briefer period in Toronto.  Donna and her husband Paul moved to Smiths Falls in 1976 and their children; Shannon, Andrew and Jordan, were all born at the PSFDH.

Wayne Johnson, Vice Chair

Wayne joined the Board in June 2011. A Human Resources executive by background, his career has included senior executive appointments in Maple Leaf Foods, Stentor and Royal Trust. He currently operates a management consulting practice specializing in organizational effectiveness and human resources management.

He has an M.A.Sc. degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo and a B.SC. from McGill.

Wayne and his wife Jean are Perth residents and try to take advantage of everything that wonderful Lanark County and surrounding regions have to offer.

Cheryl Beckett, Vice Chair

Cheryl joined the hospital board in 2010. Cheryl resides in Smiths Falls with her husband and two boys and enjoys spending time at their cottage in Tay Valley Township.

She is Director, Contracts & Corporate Affairs at BTI Systems, a high tech company in Kanata, Ontario with responsibilities for the in-house legal and contracting functions at the company. Prior to joining BTI Systems, Cheryl acted as general counsel for various other high technology and telecommunications companies in Ottawa and worked in private practice specializing in corporate/commercial matters in Ottawa and Toronto.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Political Science and History from the University of Saskatchewan and a LL.B law degree from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Peter Roney, Chief of Staff – information to follow.

Beverley McFarlane, Secretary, President & CEO

Bev McFarlane has a Critical Care and Emergency Nursing background with 25 years of health care leadership experience.  She is a graduate of the baccalaureate nursing program Laurentian University and has a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph.  She has also studied Quality Management at McMaster University and completed the Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership program.

Bev is an engaged senior healthcare executive with experience in a broad range of clinical, corporate and systems portfolios in a community hospital setting.  Her focus and passion surround both patient experience and the science of health quality improvement.

She is the President & CEO of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, a multi-site hospital located in the Rideau Lakes region. Bev and her husband Fraser reside in Perth, Ontario, after recently relocating from the Muskoka area.  They have a son and a daughter who both also live and work in Eastern Ontario.

Richard Schooley, Past Chair

Richard was welcomed to the hospital board in February 2008 and brings with him a lengthy list of volunteer and business skills and experience. He has served as Chair of the Lanark Communications Network, Co-Chair of the Perth & District Community Strategic Plan and continues to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the Hospital Capital Campaign Committee.

Richard commences his term as chair of the board following 6 years as a board member, chairing the board’s Quality and Finance committees and Vice Chair. He has recently retired from a lengthy career as a principal of an insurance, risk management and financial planning business operating from offices in Perth, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and Kemptville. He is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and holds a diploma from the Canadian Risk Management Society.

A 50 year resident of the Perth Community, he lives with his wife Karen, a retired registered nurse, in Tay Valley Township. They have 3 adult children, two who remain active in the insurance business, the third is health professional in the Kingston area. An ambition to take an active part in supporting and enabling holistically healthy communities, has seen Richard serve as a town councillor, planning board chair, service club president, church council chair and community strategic planning co-chair. Community physical and mental health are his current interest and passion.

Other Board Members – Alphabetical by Surname

Michele Bellows, VP, Patient Care Services/CNE

Michele Bellows currently resides in Carleton Place, ON and has been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years. She graduated from the General Hospital School of Nursing in St. John’s NL and went on to complete both her Bachelor and Master’s of Nursing.

Michele has worked in Acute Care, Long Term Care and Community Health. Her last 15 years have been in management positions across the healthcare sector. These have included, Director of Nursing in LTC, Manager of Clinical Services in a Community Health Center, Acute Care Manager of Acute Inpatient and Surgical Services.   In 2013 Michele became the Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.

Michele has been a volunteer on a number of boards including North Lanark Community Health Centre, Canadian Vascular Access Association and for 4 years on the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Board of Directors as the Regional Representative.

Michele continues her with her philosophy of life long learning by just successfully completing her Certified Health Professional (CHE) designation and is currently completing her Human Resource Professional Certification.

Thomas (Tom) Belton

Tom Belton was born and raised in Sarnia ,Ontario, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University. A now retired businessman, he was President of Eastern Brick and Stone and Glaze Bloc Products Inc, of Ottawa and Carleton Place. His companies supplied masonry materials to a number of prestige projects throughout Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. He is currently a Member of the Board of the Parkinson’s Research Consortium at the University of Ottawa; a long time volunteer of Sleeping Children Around the World; a Member of the Rotary Club of West Ottawa; and a supporter of many charitable causes.

Tom and his wife Laura reside in the Elgin, Ontario area.

Tom is very much looking forward to contributing to the Perth Smiths Falls District Hospital Board through his experience and personal contacts. Hospital care touches us all in so many ways, especially those requiring health care assistance from our local hospitals. He believes that the guidance and input of the PSFDH Board is vital to local service, with patient care and positive experience a top priority.

Jay Brennan, Municipal Representative, Town of Smiths Falls

Jay joined the Board in 2015. Born and raised in Smiths Falls, Jay has 23 years experience, working on Parliament Hill for an Eastern Ontario M.P. and in Lanark for Provincial Cabinet Minister, Norm Sterling, where he assisted in advocating for many local projects, including the re-development of the Smiths Falls site of Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. He has also owned a business in downtown Smiths Falls.

In 2011, Jay was elected to Smiths Falls Town Council and was re-elected in 2014. During this time, Jay has continued his work on many projects and decisions, not only on Town Council but also in his current role as the President of the Smiths Falls Rotary Club.

Jay looks forward to his role as municipal representative on the Board and fully appreciates the vital role the Hospital plays in the community.

Gardner Church – information to follow.

Dr. Peter Cunniffe, Vice President, Medical Staff – information to follow.

Mayor John Fenik, Municipal Representative, Town of Perth

John first moved to the area in his late teens when he began his studies in the Child Care worker diploma program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. He graduated in 1981 and began work with the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society. A position with Children and Family Services in Lanark County prompted John and his wife Laurie to move to historic Perth in 1987, where they raised their three daughters.

It was in Perth that John embraced community service. He served on his children’s school council and the Block Parent Association, as well as becoming an active volunteer in town events and projects, including the renowned Stewart Park Music Festival. He saw local politics as a way to make a difference in his community and ran for Town Council in 1997. He became Deputy Mayor in 2003, won the mayoral race in 2006 and was acclaimed to the position in 2010. He continues to serve the town proudly with a visionary leadership style that embodies progressive approaches and consultation.

He currently works as a Special Services Counsellor with the Upper Canada District School Board to help at-risk students and their families in communities across Lanark County. John serves as the municipal representative on the PSFDH Board of Directors.

John Hewitt

John joined the Board in June of 2014. Originally from Northern Manitoba, he spent most of his career in executive management positions in health and long term care services in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He was Executive Director of Northern Housing Development which operated nursing homes and seniors housing in the Prince Albert region of Northern Saskatchewan. He was also the Administrator of the Community Health Centre operated by the Health Sciences Center which offered medical and health services within the core area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1987 John joined the Ontario Public Service and served as Administrator of four separate institutions within the Province, the most recent being Rideau Regional Center. For the past fourteen years John and his wife Barb have lived just outside of Perth.

Dr. Warren Hollis

Dr. Hollis joined the board in June 2013. He brings with him a sincere sense of community as seen through his involvement with various committees with the Town of Perth, Lanark Health & Community Services and Perth and District Community Foundation.

He is married to Elaine and they live with their four children on a hobby farm in Lombardy. In partnership with his wife, they are the principle chiropractors of Perth Chiropractic and own and operate Perth Family Health Centre.

Bruce Rigby

Bruce joined the Board in February, 2014.  Having grown up in the area, Bruce returned after spending over 30 years in the Eastern Arctic, in what is now Nunavut.  Currently a management consultant, Bruce has served in a number of senior management positions including: Chief of Staff and Principal Secretary for the Premier of Nunavut, President and CEO of the Qulliq Energy Corporation, President and CEO of Nunavut Arctic College, Science Advisor for Nunavut and Executive Director of the Nunavut Research Institute, and District Superintendent for the Eastern Arctic for Parks Canada.  Bruce is involved in a number of community organizations such as the Perth Rotary Club and the Tay Valley 200th Anniversary Committee, among others.  Bruce lives with his wife, Carol, on Fagan Lake.

Dr. Kate Stolee, President, Medical Staff

Kate Stolee has been a member of the medical staff of the PSFDH since 1993.  She specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She provides consulting services to the In Patient Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital and enjoys working with a wonderful group of health care professionals dedicated to helping patients achieve their maximum function and quality of life.

She received her medical degree from McMaster University in 1986.  She worked as a general practitioner for a number of years then returned to training at Ottawa University to complete her specialty training in 1993.

She is a current board member of the Stroke Steering Committee for the South East LHIN.  In the past she has served on the boards of the Perth and District Community Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County.

Maureen Towaij

Maureen joined the Board in November 2015 and brings with her a business, political and volunteer background.   She worked for 29 years in major corporations in Ottawa’s high tech/telecom sector including Bell Northern Research, Bell Canada and Nortel Networks and held various director positions in corporate services.   Following retirement as a service level executive, Maureen was elected to Tay Valley Council where she was active on several committees and change initiatives including Provincial Mining Act Reform.   She served eleven years on the Tay Valley Police Services Board in council, community and provincial appointee capacities and led community consultations and business plan development.   She was elected and served as the Eastern Ontario representative to the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards from 2013-2014.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where she was a chartered librarian, Maureen and her husband Sabah came to Canada in 1967. They have lived on Long Lake for the past 12 years following 18 years there as cottagers with their three children.   As family beneficiaries of hospital services over the years, Maureen considers it a privilege to serve on the Board and support health care services for the community.

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