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Board of Directors

Pauline Stanley, President

Born and educated in England. Emigrated to Canada in 1958. 

Pauline met her husband, David, on the boat to Canada and married the following year. Pauline and David raised two children and ran a business together until 1989. Pauline was responsible for Accounting and Office Management.

Moved to Meaford from Albion Hills, Caledon in 2002. Pauline has been volunteering with the GBHS Meaford Hospital Auxiliary for 13 years, holding several positions - current Asst. Treasurer,  past Membership Convenor, Secretary, President, and Auxiliary Rep on MH Foundation Board and received Local Life and Provincial Life memberships in 2012. She was a Director with the Meaford Hospital Foundation since 2013 and is the current President. She is also current Vice Chair of HAAO. Along with her volunteering Pauline enjoys time spent with her 4 grandchildren, gardening, reading and travelling.



Phone: 519-538-1311
Email: taffy2@rogers.com

Brian Renken, Past President

Brian is senior, and sole remaining partner of the law firm, Scheifele, Erskine & Renken in Meaford.  Brian has been active in the Meaford Hospital since 1987 acting as President of the Meaford General Hospital from 1990-1993.  Brian was also the Foundation Representative on the Grey Bruce Health Services Board and ultimately became Chairman of the Hospital Corporation from 2003 to 2005.  Brian joined the Meaford General Hospital Foundation in 1991 and continued on the board until 2007.  After a year hiatus, Brian returned to the Meaford Hospital Foundation. He is currently past president of the Foundation.

Brian is the former President of the Grey County Law Association and as an avid runner himself, has remained the Race Director for the Meaford 5Km Run/Walk/Stroll since its inception in 1997.  This annual July run has raised over $320,000.00 for the Hospital Foundation. 

Brian and his wife Barbara reside in Meaford where they have raised their two children Andrew and Kayla.

Phone: 519-538-1311
Email: bhrenken@meafordlawyers.com

John Leckie, Vice President

John brings to the Meaford Hospital Foundation a solid educational background earning his BA in Business Administration from Bishop's University and his PMD from Harvard Business School.

John's work experience in the marketing and financial services (over 35 years at the Toronto Dominion Bank) Work Experience:Over 35 years at Toronto-Dominion Bank.Early responsibilities in the 1970's included the marketing of TD's financial services to retail and commercial customers in the GTA. During the 1980's, accountable for marketing to Multinational Companies both in Canada and the U.S., including working for several years on Wall Street and in Chicago. This experience also encompassed acquisitions including managing issues related to leveraged buyouts and corporate takeovers. In 1991, as TD's Vice-President of Global Cash Management Products, accountable for developing newly evolving electronic products and re-organizing TD's cash management and international payments businesses.In the later part of the 90's, in the position of Senior Vice-President of Commercial and Small Business Banking with TD, these assignments included dealing with various public entities including the political community, particularly dealing with legislative challenges TD faced while competing in an increasingly global industry. From 1998 until retirement, as Managing Director of Global Trade Finance, responsibilities included accountability for TD's country risk management and the marketing of international risk mitigation products for Multinational clients exporting their goods and services.

Directorships/Clubs/Interests (past and present):

  • Director and President Harvard Business School Club
  • Director First Nations Bank
  • Director Rutter Inc (TSX listed)
  • Chair Board of Management Calvin Presbyterian ChurchToronto
  • Skiing Golf Curling 

On A Personal Note: John and Ulla have 2 adult children David and Alana. They built their house in Thornbury and moved up here in 2011. They love the geography of the area and the sense of community.

Phone: 226-665-1111
Email: john.leckie@rogers.com

Laurie Bennett, Treasurer

Laurie was raised in Meaford and spent his working life in Toronto as a partner of Ernst and Young.  He has recently returned to Meaford with his wife Patricia who is also originally from Meaford.  Patricia and Laurie have 3 children.
Laurie’s father was Colin Bennett a lawyer from Meaford and his grandfather was a doctor who practiced in Meaford.  Patricia’s father and grandfather were dentists in Meaford.

Phone: 519-538-1311

Frank Clumpus, Secretary

Dr. Frank Clumpus and his lovely wife Barb bought Dr. Wirkkunen's century home in 1998 - Frank continued working in Sudbury every other week to escape the renovation project - till his retirement in 2000.   Together Dr. Clumpus and Barb have 6 adult kids and 9 grand kids.
Dr. Clumpus practiced dental surgery in Sudbury for all of his working life.   Born in Toronto, he attended the Dental Faculty of the University of Toronto with additional training in dental surgery in California.   During the 47 years of his practice in Sudbury, he was a member of the board and assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Governors for Laurentian University; he was also a board member with the V.O.N., and was a dedicated sponsor of arts and culture and health charities.  He retired from dentistry in 2000 and picked up volunteer activities in his new home in Meaford focussed on arts & culture and health concerns.  Dr. Clumpus still actively participates in sports.  He loves tennis, curling, and skiing.   Dr. Clumps is looking forward to participating as secretary of the Meaford Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.   

Phone: 519-538-3345
Email: barb.clumpus@sympatico.ca

David Glass, Director

As both Dave and his wife Sonja grew up in small towns next to large bodies of water, they felt instantly at home when they arrived in Meaford in 1987.  After graduating from the University of Toronto in the early 80's, they worked in Brantford for 6 years before discovering southern Georgian Bay. Dave joined the Board in 2005 to help out with the Capital Campaign which was underway at that time.  He feels that a strong Foundation will help ensure that the Hospital continues to provide much needed care to the residents of the area and help to attract new medical personnel in the years to come. Dave also serves on the board of Meaford Community Living, the Meaford Business Improvement Association and the Meaford Harbour Run/Walk.  Other interests include his wife and family, his dogs, golf, fitness, and skiing. Dave presently holds the position of Director on the Meaford Hospital Foundation board and Chair of the current Hospital Campaign "...creating possibilities".  Dave has held the President, Past Pres. and Vice Pres.positions on the Meaford Hospital Foundation Board.

Phone: 519-538-1381
Email: sglass1217@rogers.com

Barb Little, Director

Barbara was born in Saskatchewan and grew up hearing her grandmother Perle Bumstead talk about the beauty of the Georgian Bay. While teaching in Germany she met her husband Clark and began life as a military spouse. While the postings to Air Force Bases across Canada provided a challenge she managed to teach in Germany, 6 provinces, and in Hong Kong with students from Grades 2 to 12 and at the college level where she instructed in the Teachers of English as a Second Language Department.

She and Clark retired to Meaford in 2006 and began an adventure in their sailboats starting in the waters of Florida sailing over 2000 nautical miles to the Abacos, Cuba, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. In 2015 they sold their boat and took up permanent residence in Meaford so they could travel, golf, ski, cycle, hike, and practice yoga while helping with community initiatives.

Barbara has serviced her communities in the many Provinces she has lived in focusing on parent-teacher boards, flood relief in Manitoba, and sports boards in curling communities where she competed in competitive play. In 1997 she founded the Invisible Ribbon Campaign on behalf of Military Families across Canada. Presently she is a director on the Meaford Hospital Foundation, a volunteer at Meaford Hall Foundation, Fundraising and Educational Co-chair for the Meaford Refugee Welcome Group, and a member of the Stakeholder’s for Syrian Refugees Committee.

She is a proud stepmother to Cassidy and Katie and she and Clark travel often to England to visit their Granddaughter Allegra who is a busy toddler.

Phone: 519-538-1407
Email: littleb6@gmail.com

Brian Shannon, Director

Phone: 519-538-3224
Email: bcarle59@hotmail.com

John R. Woodcock, Director

Jack and his wife Sandra became seasonal residents of Meaford, (Sunnyside Beach) in 1987. Boating filled the summer, and skiing (Alpine Ski Club) the winters. In 2007 they replaced the water with the mountain in Summit View in Clarksburg, on a full-time basis, nearby the Georgian Bay Golf Club which now provides their major frustration. Over all those 25 years, Meaford Hospital has been a very important asset for the extended Woodcock family.Their two daughters and five grandchildren are resident in the area, and business owners. Jack is now semi-retired, having operated an investment banking business since 1987, following a management consulting career, and having served as an executive in the marketing and advertising industries. Jack graduated in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, (now Ivey) in 1962.  

Phone: 519-599-6180
Email: summitview@rogers.com

Maureen Strickland, GBHS Meaford Auxiliary Rep

Maureen was born in England and raised in Canada. She had a very active early career in the insurance industry and later in legal administration. Upon retirement in 1994, Maureen and her husband, Ken, moved to Meaford and at that time she joined the Meaford Hospital Auxiliary where she served as President from 1998 until 2001 and is presently the Treasurer. Her first involvement with the Meaford Hospital Foundation was as Auxiliary Representative, later becoming a Director in the early 2000s. Maureen is once again the Auxiliary Rep to the Board. Her main function on the Board is heading the Donor Recognition Committee.

Her volunteer career includes: United Way, Women's Shelter, Director of Education and also Director of External Affairs, HAAO and currently her local library and condo board.

Maureen is an avid traveller having visited many countries, especilly those offering good underwater activities. Spare time is taken up with reading and photography.

Phone: 519-538-4978
Email: mlskhs@rogers.com

Theresa Smith, Staff Representative

Theresa was raised in this scenic Georgian Bay community of Meaford. She started working at the Meaford General Hospital in 1982, in the Food Services Department operating under Beaver Foods and later under Grey Bruce Health Services. During the mid 90's, Theresa earned her diploma in Food Services Management and membership in Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. In 2011 she was the successful candidate for the position as Departmental Supervisor for GBHS Food Services, and while based in Meaford, as part of her position she travels to all GBHS sites.

Phone: 519-538-1311
Email: tsmith@gbhs.on.ca

Martha Richards, GBHS Meaford Site Manager

Phone: 519-538-1311
Email: mrichards@gbhs.on.ca

Lance Thurston, GBHS President & CEO

Lance Thurston joined Grey Bruce Health Services as President and CEO in August of 2014. Prior to joining GBHS, Lance was the Chief Administrative Officer for Grey County and the Commissioner of Community Services for the City of Kingston. A graduate of Queen's University, Mr. Thurston has over 25 years of executive experience leading large, complex, multi-site public sector organizations.

Phone: 519-376-2121
Email: lthurston@gbhs.on.ca

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