Board of Directors
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.
After completing his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario, Brian also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a course in Science Museum Management.
Brian worked for the Government of Ontario for 20 years and enjoyed a range of positions including as Executive Director of Corporate Services at the Ontario Science Centre where he was responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Security, Food Service and Fund Raising.
Brian has always been active in his communities including as:
Board Chair, Supportive Housing in Peel – under his guidance this organization became financially sound in June of 2008 and after being technically bankrupt in November of 2001.
Board Chair, Headwaters Health Care Centre, three years, Treasurer two years and Director 1998-2004
Director, Community Care Access Centre of Peel, (CCAC) Nov. 2003 to August 2005. Local Health Integration Network, Director 2006.
Convenor, Local Steering Committee Central West CCAC –2006.
Town of Caledon Council Volunteer Committees:
Ad hoc Committee on Council Representation, 1993
Code of Conduct Committee, 1996
Vice-President and Coach, Caledon Minor Hockey Association
Coach, Caledon Minor Soccer.
Chair, Mayfield Secondary School Parents Athletic Council. Raised $120,000 during two year term.
Director, Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. Six years.
Chairman, Ontario Sires Stakes Committee for three Years
Director, Inter-provincial Lottery Corporation (1978-1981)
Not surprisingly, Brian was Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism.
In Meaford Brian serves breakfast and purchases the food for the breakfast program two times per week at the local public school with a Church men’s group.
Brian is a Director and Treasurer of the Meaford Hospital Foundation, Chair GBHS Five Foundations Board, a Director of the Grey Bruce Health Services Corporation and Chair of Board Governance Committee and Investment Advisory Committee.
Brian is a member of the Lakeshore Football Officials Association and
referees Minor Football and High School football in Peel and Halton Regions in the summer and fall.
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.
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 Multi-national 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, John was TD’s Vice-President of Global Cash Management Products and 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, he was the 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 Church, Toronto
- 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.
Born and raised in London Ontario, Beth graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in English followed by a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. She started her working career at the Community Information Centre of Metropolitan Toronto managing their database and publications programs for eight years.
As a “stay at home Mom” Beth was anything but, supporting her sons with their participation on competitive sports teams, school and non-profit organization activities. Beth returned to the water for five years with the City of Burlington teaching swimmers of all ages and specializing with Moms & Tots groups and swimmers with physical and developmental challenges.
Beth also enjoyed being an active member of the Rotary Club of Burlington North. Later, Beth joined Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation working on the Marketing and Communications team. Now, having recently retired from Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Beth is pleased to be living full time in Thornbury with her family.
Beth remains an avid skier and gardener and has joined the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club. Currently learning to golf, Beth hopes to give her husband and their two sons some competition on the golf course in the near future.
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.
Provide Mining and Metallurgical Engineering services in Gold/Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Nickel, PGM, Iron Ore, & Industrial Minerals – specializing in Gold, plant commissioning & operation, plant operator training, due diligence studies, Management Assignments. March 2000 – present
Snowden Mining – Principal
Responsible for all things Metallurgical in ‘The Americas’ for SNOWDEN, headquartered in the Vancouver office.
Senior VP – Roxmark Mines
Managed the Exploration of the company’s gold properties, engaged contractors to provide Diamond Drilling services, introduced 3-D Geological imaging of drill results to enhance Ore Reserve estimations, managed the extraction of a bulk sample of Molybdenite Ore and directed the pilot plant run on same. Introduced South Korean Investors to the company interested in securing a source of high grade Molybdenite.
Born & raised in Sudbury, Ontario
Education: Graduate of the University of Toronto 1987,
Honours B.A.Languages (French & Italian)
Work Experience: Alzheimer Society of Canada, Toronto – Event Manager, Yearly National Fundraising Event, Save the Children Canada, Toronto –Corporate Fundraiser/Event Co-ordination, Intrawest, Village at Blue, Collingwood – Real Estate Sales Representative
Volunteer Experience: Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Collingwood. Volunteer Fundraiser 2010 – present
Lora Bay Golf Club
Ladies/Member Guest Committee member
Lora Bay Home and Home Charity Events
Co-Chair – 2016-2018
Lifelong resident of Meaford. Kim has worked at The Owen Sound general and Marine Hospital and later at The Grey Bruce Health Services site in Meaford as a Practical Registered Nurse.
In 1990 she put her nursing career on hold to raise her 3 children. During this time she owned her own Suzuki Piano Studio. Kim presently works in the lab at the Meaford hospital as a Registered Laboratory Technician.
She is a member of The Meaford Curling Club, Lora Bay Golf Club and Toastmasters International.
Donor Recognition & GBHS Meaford Auxiliary Representative
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.
Jeremy joined the Investment industry in 1971 with roles including research securities analyst, syndication manager and international investment baking based in London, U.K.
From 1979 to April 2018 Jeremy was the branch manager and Investment Advisor and appointed 1st Vice President of CIBC Wood Gundy in Owen Sound. In May of 2018 he became the Associate Investment Advisor for The Willson Investment Group in Owen Sound.
Jeremy is married with 2 daughters and 1 grandson and lives in Loree.
Jeremy was a past Director on the Owen Sound Hospital Foundation board for 24 years which included a time as chair. He is also a director of the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club and has raised over $400K over the years for the annual “CIBC Christmas Miracle Fund.” Jeremy is the Chair for “Run Blue Mountains” and is a elder of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. Jeremy loves socio-economics, public speaking, reading, running, equestrian and fishing.
Brian was born and raised in Toronto. While at high school, he graduated as a pilot from the Toronto Island Airport flying school. The love of flying became his career when he was hired by Air Canada immediately after graduating from Queen’s University with an Engineering Degree. His flying career spanned 35 years, flying 12 different aircraft types. His memories included seeing many wonders of the world from an aircraft, experiencing periods of exhilaration and working with some of the finest colleagues in the aviation workplace. Along with the privilege of being an airline Captain came occasional attention getting moments. Brian retired from flying as an Air Canada B777 Captain in 2008.
Shortly after retirement Air Canada requested his continued association with the airline, this time representing them as an aviation consultant helping to modernize the Canadian airspace that commercial aircraft fly within by reducing their carbon footprint. He and his wife Janet moved to Thornbury in 2010 where he commuted to Toronto until 2014.
His flying career did not allow the time for active community involvement but after his second retirement he joined service clubs and community organizations. He is member and past Treasurer and President of the Rotary Club of Thornbury-Clarksburg, a director of the Blue Mountains Ratepayers Association specializing being the watchdog of the Town of Blue Mountains finances and spending, President of his Condo Association and lastly Chairman of the North East Grey Health Clinics, which owns and operates two community sponsored medical health clinics in Meaford (Bumstead Clinic)and Thornbury (The Blue Mountains Community Clinic). Additionally, the clinic’s operating board is charged with the responsibility of attracting and retaining primary care physicians that staff the clinics and the emergency room of the Meaford Hospital. He joined the Meaford Hospital Foundation in 2019 and is a director.
GBHS 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.
Program Manager, GBHS Meaford Site
Rebecca was born and raised in Exeter, Ontario. She graduated from York University with her BScN in nursing in 2006 and worked as an emergency nurse for 10 years throughout British Columbia and Ontario. She moved to Owen Sound with her family in 2008, and started working in GBHS Owen Sound and Southampton Emergency Departments. In 2013, she became the Clinical Nurse Educator for GBHS’s six Emergency Departments, and in December of 2017 she accepted the Manager position at Meaford Hospital. Rebecca recently completed her Master’s of Nursing through Athabasca University in April 2018.
CEO, Grey Bruce Health Services
Gary Sims, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services, has over 30 years of healthcare experience. Gary has served as President and CEO for several healthcare organizations including Blanche River Health, Deep River and District Hospital, as well as St. Joseph’s at Fleming, a 200 bed long-term care home in Peterborough. He has experience in various for-profit and not-for-profit settings encompassing acute care (small, medium and large hospitals), rehab, community, CCAC, and LTC environments. Gary started in the industry at the grass-roots level in the dietary department of a large hospital, working his way through the healthcare continuum as an RN, Surgical Manager, Director of Surgical and Women & Child Programs, culminating in his current role as a President and CEO for the last decade.
Gary’s educational background encompasses obtaining his RN, Master’s Degree in Education, Advanced Healthcare Leadership Certificate from the Rotman School of Business, as well as executive training programs at Harvard Law School and, most recently, MIT. Past professional affiliations include teaching at Trent University and York University. Gary has also been a member of the OHA Small Rural Northern Advisory Council (2014-2019) and is an ardent advocate for small, rural and Northern healthcare issues.
Gary is patient focused, committed to the delivery of quality care and has an excellent understanding of the challenges of rural and multi-site healthcare.
Charitable Giving Advisor, 5 Foundations
Willard promotes legacy giving to The Meaford Hospital Foundation and assists donors in planning will bequests and other special gifts in support of Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation and other GBHS hospitals in Centre Grey, Owen Sound, Southampton, and Bruce Peninsula.
He has more than 25 years experience in the charitable sector and in estate and gift planning. Willard has a BA in Business Administration from McMaster University and Redeemer College. He is a long time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
If you have been thinking about making a special gift to support your Hospital, Willard is available to help you. Call him at (519)376-2121 ext. 2736.
Email: Willard Vanderploeg, Charitable Gifting Advisor