Meet Our Board
The Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Board has 10 elected members, 2 vacant positions and four non-voting members in accordance with Public Hospitals Act Regulation 965. The elected members can serve a maximum of three, three-year terms and the terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the board. The four non-voting members include the President and CEO, the Chief of Staff, the President of the Medical staff and the Chief Nursing Officer.
One of the Board's standing committees is a Nominating Committee, which is charged with recruiting nominees to stand for election to the Board on an annual basis. The Chair of the Nominating Committee is the Past Chair of the Board.
2021-2022 Board of Directors
Dave Perley, Chair
Faith Bird, Vice Chair
Bonnie Lowry Bagshaw
Ex-Officio Directors (non-voting)
Jason Hann, Integrated Vice President, Patient/Resident Care and Chief Nursing Executive
Dr. Graeme McKillop, Chief of Staff
Dr. Jordan Milko, Medical Staff Association President
Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO/Board Secretary
Dave Perley - Chair
Dave is a retired Hewlett Packard executive with over 30 years in the high-tech industry. He is past president of the Canadian Information Processing Society, past Chair of the Public Sector Business Committee of the Information Technology Association of Canada and past President of the Kanata, Goulbourn and West Carleton Chamber of Commerce. He is a frequent lecturer at Algonquin College in the areas of business, marketing and leadership skills. He resides in Almonte and is a serving Board member of the Ottawa Valley Hunt while assisting his wife with her real estate business. Dave was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in 2016, was the Board Vice-Chair in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and appointed Board Chair in June 2020.
Faith Bird - Vice Chair
Faith Bird graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981 and began her nursing career in Sault Ste. Marie. With her husband and 2 daughters they moved to Brockville in 1986 & Faith worked as a Public Health Nurse serving the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark areas. In 1997, she joined her husband in the franchise grocery business, No Frills, first in Brockville and now, currently in Arnprior. Since moving to Almonte in 2008, Faith and her family have built & presently operates a Hunter-Jumper Equestrian facility. Faith served for many years on the Board of Director of Family & Children’s Services of Leeds & Grenville (Brockville), Lanark (Perth) and then the amalgamated agency of Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, serving terms as President for both boards. Faith was appointed on the AGH Board of Directors in 2016 and Vice Chair in June 2020.
Mary Wilson Trider - Secretary
Mary has been the President & CEO of Almonte General Hospital since October 2010. She previously held Vice President positions in several hospitals in the GTA. Mary has been active in numerous committees at the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She currently sits on the H-SAA Steering Committee as an OHA representative and on the OHA's Small Rural Northern Leadership Council. She is co-chair of the Champlain LHIN Hospital CEO Leadership Forum. A graduate of Queen’s University, Mary is a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a member of the Queen’s University Board of Trustees. She is past chair, United Way of York Region and past vice-chair, Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services.
Lyman Gardiner has over 35 years experience engaged as a public accountant, providing assurance and income tax services to private enterprises. Lyman is a Licenced Public Accountant and holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designations. He is an active volunteer in his profession and community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Mississippi River Power Corporation and Pakenham Curling Club. Lyman and his wife, Doris, live alongside the Mississippi river in Pakenham where they have raised their two children. Lyman was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in December 2018.
Dr. Louise Heslop is a Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emerita in the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and remains active in PhD supervision and research. She holds a Ph.D. in Business from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. During her career in university teaching, research and administration, she held senior university administrative positions as Director and as Associate Dean of the Sprott School of Business and of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She has served on numerous industry and business academic associations. She has a background of over 40 years as an active volunteer contributor in local and regional community committees and functions. She is currently a member of the Executive of the Board of Valley Heartland CFDC and of the Ontario Trillium Foundation regional Grant Review Team. She is passionate about the value of primary health care in Mississippi Mills and has previously served as an AGH Board member and Chair and member of the AGH-FVM Foundation Board. She and her husband have owned a farm in Ramsay for over 30 years.
Randy Larkin is the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer at Health Canada. Over 25 plus years in the federal public service Randy has had a rewarding career and the opportunity to work in areas such as: tax administration; social program delivery; business development in scientific research and development; major IM/IT and telecommunications project implementations; organizational transformation and renewal; strategic and corporate planning; and financial management. Randy is a Certified Public Accountant – Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA), and has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Randy was the AGH Board Chair from June 2017 to June 2020.
Bonnie Lowry Bagshaw
Bonnie has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Child Studies) at the University of Guelph, as well as a Master of Science (Occupational Therapy) from McMaster University. She has worked for 16 years as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings including community, hospital, private, and rehabilitation. Her primary employment has been with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre which is now known at CHEO. During her career, she has sat on many committees targeting improvement to service delivery, accreditation, infection and prevention control, and until recently a representative at the Lanark Leeds and Grenville Special Needs Strategy planning table. Over the past year, Bonnie has chaired the Patient Family Advisory Committee at the AGH / FVM. Additionally, she has volunteered and participated in many local groups and charities. Bonnie lives in Almonte with her husband and 3 children. Bonnie was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in 2018.
Susan Muston and family arrived in Canada from England in 1986 and have lived in Almonte ever since. During her career, Susan worked in several roles in the avionics software industry latterly leading software test teams. This work included choosing, customizing and managing off-the-shelf and custom IT software packages. For many years, Susan has been a volunteer with particular interest in supporting medical charities and organizations. As a member of CHEO auxiliary and a volunteer at AGH as the hospital shop buyer, an in-service volunteer on the Rosamond wing and 8 years on the AGH board. In 2012 and 2013, Susan chaired the Finance and Audit Committee. Now retired, Susan rejoined the Board in 2016 and was re-elected for another 2yr term in 2017.
Oosterhoff is a senior writer and editor with a background in nursing, law, and
ethics. Her healthcare experience includes obstetrical and neonatal
intensive care nursing, clinical studies in nursing turnover, and a 4-year
research fellowship in bioethics, examining substitute and
end-of-life decision-making. Dawn’s policy experience includes work for
public health during provincial downloading of services, development of policy
and clinical guidelines when Ontario introduced its consent legislation,
and issues management for the Ontario Medical Association.
Dawn and her partner moved to Almonte in 2020, having deliberately chosen the
ward and its village life for their forever home. Dawn is passionate about
the benefits of small hospital, community-based care, and in 2021, she joined
the AGH board to embrace the challenge of advocating for and managing the
resources needed to sustain and grow that service.
Michel G. Vermette has spent nearly 40 years working for Canadians, of which 20 were as an executive in the Canadian Federal Public Service.
Michel holds Bachelor and Master of Science (Biology) degrees from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Business Administration from Western University. He was a Parliamentary Intern in 1987-1988. From 2015 to June 2019, Michel was Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada. APEX is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the professional needs of its members, the senior leadership of the federal public service. Michel also worked in the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, other federal organizations, the Canadian Blood Agency and Canadian Blood Services. Currently he lends his assistance to charities and not-for-profits (and sometimes for-profits) when he is not tending to his farm and was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in June 2019.
Bruce Young P.Eng graduated from Queen’s University in 1975 and has lived near Pakenham with his family the majority of time since then. He has extensive experience in managing national impact assessment programs, public reviews, intergovernmental relations/negotiations, Indigenous consultations and leading skilled professional teams. He has directed and chaired community consultations, meetings, hearings and public sessions all over Canada. He has represented the federal government in consultations with Indigenous groups and communities and presented papers and talks to national and international conferences. Following his retirement from the federal government, he established a consulting practice that provided impact assessment policy and guidance to several federal departments, agencies and northern Indigenous environmental impact review boards. Bruce is a registered engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario and has served on the Board of Directors with the Ontario Association for Impact Assessment. He was appointed to the AGH Board of Directors in June 2019.