Board of Directors 2016-2017
Wayne is a Pembroke resident and Professional Accountant with 35 years of experience in the Accounting, Finance and Business Development areas. He is currently employed with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as General Manager, Business Development and Commercial Ventures. Wayne is passionate about improving health care in the local area, and has been involved with the PRH Board since 2008. A strong believer in giving back to the community, in 2002 Wayne was the recipient of a Province of Ontario – Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of his volunteer activities.
Heather Ball, Vice-Chair
Heather is a Pembroke resident with 35 years of health care experience who has worked in both hospital and community settings in the U.S. and Ontario. Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wayne State University with nursing experience in the Intensive Care Unit and Public Health sector. She retired in June 2009 from her position as a Client Services Manager at the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). While in this position she implemented the Health Care Connect program which links unattached patients with doctors from the Champlain LHIN district and she was a member on the Chronic Kidney Disease Advisory Group for the Champlain LHIN area, the Regional Operations Committee for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Clinic, and the Champlain Professional Pediatric Planning Group for District Education. Heather also worked as an Acting Quality Advisor from June, 1999 to March, 2000 where she chaired the Quality and Ethics Committees.
Garry Yaraskavitch, Vice-Chair
Garry currently resides in Pembroke and works at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) as a General Manager of Site Operations. He is a passionate and driven safety leader winning the Workplace Health Safety Compensation Commission Safety Leadership Award in 2005. Garry was previously a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and The Boys & Girls Club in Miramichi, NB.
Kelly Hollihan, Past Chair
Kelly Hollihan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Carleton University. Kelly brings a background in Quality Assurance and Operations Management in the field of Customer Care. She presently leads a small consulting firm in the Ottawa Valley offering services in training, leadership development, operations management and customer satisfaction for business-to-customer organizations. Kelly resides in the Pembroke area and is motivated to make a difference for her community through inspiring corporate citizenship and civic duty.
Pierre Noel, President and CEO
Born and raised in Pembroke, Pierre assumed the position of President and CEO of the Pembroke Regional Hospital in the fall of 2006. Before assuming this role, Pierre was the President and CEO of the Wellington Health Care Alliance. Prior to this, Pierre held a number of senior positions in both the public and private health care sectors. Pierre is currently the chair of the board of directors of the Ontario Hospital Association and the past-chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Francois Lemaire, Vice-President Patient Services - Acute Care, Chief Nursing Executive
Francois has both a Bachelor in Nursing and an MBA from the University of Ottawa and has had part-time teaching roles in the nurse practitioner program at the University of Ottawa and in the nursing program at La Cite Collegial in Ottawa. As a seasoned health leader with a very human touch Francois has been in his current role since November, 2012. Prior to that Francois worked at the Montfort Hospital where he held the position of Director of Critical Care, Emergency and Surgery for five years. He has also held a variety of progressively more senior roles at The Ottawa Hospital, the Trillium Gift of Life Network and in hospitals in the province of Quebec.
Dr. Tom Hurley, Chief of Staff
Dr. Tom Hurley is serving his fifth year as Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and is now a member of the Board in his new role as Chief of Staff. After completing his MD (University of Western Ontario, 1995), Dr. Hurley’s initial work was as a Flight Surgeon with the Canadian Armed Forces. This included such unique experiences as working with the Disaster Assistance Response Team and providing front-line healthcare during the NATO mission in Kosovo. After leaving the military, he pursued additional training in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. When not occupied by medicine, Dr. Hurley enjoys his most important job as a father of five children.
Dr. Scott Murray, President of Professional Staff
For 35 years, Dr. Scott Murray has held a solo urological practice in Pembroke. He is now a member of the Board after being elected for a second time to the position of President of the PRH Professional Staff. Dr. Murray has a Bachelor of Science from Carleton University and earned his MD at the University of Ottawa. In 1980 he completed his specialty training in urology after which he was also Board Certified in urology in the U.S. In recent years, Dr. Murray sat as a Board member of the West Champlain Healthy Community Corporation (2006 – 2014). He is currently a lecturer for the University of Ottawa’s Department of Surgery, and a Medical Advisor for Carefor Health and Community Services Pembroke-Renfrew County for programs at the Mackay Centre.
Diana Gagne, PRH Auxiliary President
Diana is a 17-year volunteer with the Pembroke Regional Hospital Auxiliary who has served as secretary on their Executive for 15 years and last year assumed the role of president for a three-year term. Diana also volunteers in the hospital’s Mural Café, Sunshine Gift Shop and she volunteers at the Auxiliary’s Bingo events twice a month. Outside of the healthcare field, Diana has volunteered as the ladies’ co-captain at the Pembroke Golf Club for two years and also served in a secretarial role with the Pembroke Curling Club for eight years. Professionally, Diana enjoyed a 30-year career in a supervisory role with Bell Canada.
Barbara Schoof, PRH Foundation Chair
Barbara Schoof retired in June, 2000 after a 34 year career in education. She was a classroom teacher, consultant, vice-principal and principal of several schools for the CFB Petawawa Board of Education as well as for the Renfrew County District School Board. She holds a licence in teaching, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa as well as a Masters of Education Degree. Barbara was elected to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Board of Directors in June, 2000. She served as Chair of the Board from December, 2004 until June, 2012. She continues to serve on the Board as the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation designate. Barbara holds Level 2 Credentialing with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Health Care Trustee Institute and OHA Leadership Certification for Hospital Board Chairs.
Sheila Clarke, CHSO (Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario) designate
Shelia Clarke is retired and resides in Petawawa, Ontario. She has 40 years of nursing experience including that of Professor/Coordinator for the Personal Support Worker Program and Registered Practical Nursing Program at Algonquin College. She brings significant experience working in board and committee settings having served two terms on the Board of Health at the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. She is currently Chairperson for the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and is now serving her second term on the PRH Board.
Daniel Burke, Director
Daniel was an excellent resource as a community representative on our Resource and Audit Committee for the 2015/2016 year. He is a Chartered Accountant/CPA who is working at a local accounting firm and he brings additional financial acumen to our Board. Born and raised in the area, he recently purchased a home in Pembroke.
Frank Christinck, Director
Frank Christinck resides in Bonnechere Valley Township near Golden Lake. He has two teenaged children. He brings with him a breadth of knowledge, having worked as a Landscaping Manager at Gerber’s Nursery and now as a Professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. He teaches anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology and is an academic advisor to first year students. In his free time, Frank enjoys the outdoors. He’s into gardening, canoeing, sailing, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Frank has been a member of the PRH Board for five years. This past year he chaired the Patient Care, Quality, and Risk Management Committee and was a member of the Governance Committee. He is excited about the role our new Patient and Family Advisory Council plays in ensuring that the patient perspective is considered in all decision making at PRH.
Kim Drake, Director
Kim was a community representative on our Resource and Audit Committee and Executive Compensation Committee and has had exposure to the workings of the Hospital through her active participation on these committees. Her professional background is in the accounting field and she is currently the Coordinator of the business program at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley.
Dean Sauriol, Director
Dean is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Laurentian Valley and has his roots in the area. He has an extensive background in municipal government and has also served on the Board of Directors for Marianhill and currently sits on their Foundation Board.
Mitchell Stillman, Director
Mitch recently retired as Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Petawawa and has an extensive background in municipal government. Mitch indicated that he wanted to give back to the community in his retirement with his solid understanding of not-for-profit governance issues and service planning.
Richard Wilson, Director
Richard recently retired from his position as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at The Ottawa Hospital and wishes to continue to contribute and share the knowledge he has gained over his long career in health care. Richard has a deep understanding of hospital financing and governance and currently sits on the board of the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and was on the board of the Eastern Ontario Laboratory Association (EORLA). He now lives in Rolphton, which is at the far reaches of our service area.
Community Representatives who sit on Board Committees
Mike is an electrician by trade and has significant managerial experience in recent years at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in the areas of maintenance and site operations. He has a longstanding attachment to the area and a desire to give back to the community.
Linda is the newly arrived Pastor at Wesley United Church. Linda has been working in the hospital as part of the Pastoral Care On-Call Clergy Team and wishes to extend her contribution to the hospital beyond her current involvement.
Brenda is currently the Director of LEADS Operations for the Canadian College of Health Leaders and works closely with health care organizations in the development of leadership capabilities at all levels within an organization. She lives in Westmeath and has been actively involved in a number of volunteer activities in the area such as her children’s competitive hockey teams, the Dr. Kim Armstrong Turkey Trot, and the Krista Johnson Memorial Run.
Rebecca is currently employed as a Mental Health Leader with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board working with teachers, staff, and students to promote a greater awareness of mental health issues which involves speaking at community events and providing professional development to staff. She currently lives in Pembroke and is working towards her Advanced Diploma in Social Service Administration through the University of Toronto.
David has been the Director of Public Works for the Town of Petawawa since October 2013 and manages and ensures appropriate performance of the Public Works Departments including the operation and maintenance activities associated with the Municipality’s infrastructure. He currently lives in Petawawa and is involved in a number of activities within the community such as Civic Centre Days, annual clean-up days and coaching several minor league sports.