Board of Directors

Bluewater Health Foundation
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89 Norman Street
Sarnia, Ontario N7T 6S3
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Bluewater Health Foundation Board of Directors 2015-2016
  Randy Dunn, Chair

Randy was born and has primarily resided in Sarnia for his entire life. He is happily married to another lifetime Sarnia resident who is employed as an RN with Bluewater Health and together they have two teenage boys. After attending secondary school at Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School he attended the University of Western Ontario, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Economics and then the University of Windsor where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce. After University Randy went on to obtain his Chartered Accountants designation while employed with Deloitte & Touche and now acts as one of the Partners at Hazlitt Steeves Harris Dunn LLP in Sarnia.
Away from his office Randy enjoys his time spent coaching and playing lacrosse as well as golfing with friends.

Why I volunteer – Growing up in this community, having a wife employed as an RN and making a number of trips to Bluewater Health over the years, including the births of both my children, I understand how critical healthcare services are to a community and by providing my time and insight to help better our local hospital is just a small measure of repayment I can make to help with the continual improvement of our facilities and care.

  Greg Bond, Past Chair

Greg has been a resident of St.Clair Township all of his life and is married and has two daughters. He spent several years as a part time cash crop farmer. After graduating from Mechanical Engineering at Lambton College he worked at Dow Chemical and for two mechanical contractors in estimating and project management. In 1980, he founded Chemfab Industries Inc. and saw Chemfab grow steadily to become one of the major mechanical contractors in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley, employing a construction workforce of up to four hundred people. Greg has now retired from active management of the company and sits on its board of directors. During his working years he was a director of the Sarnia Construction Association and the Mechanical Contractor’s Association of Sarnia.

Greg is proud of our new hospital and knows that Bluewater Health is vital to the well being of our community, our children and our grandchildren. He is pleased to be involved with raising the necessary funds to ensure that it remains current with the ever-changing state of medical technology.

  Heather Richardson, Treasurer
Heather was born in Ottawa and has lived in many areas of Canada and the United States. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University and then earned her Chartered Accounting Designation while working at Ernst & Young. She continued her education by completing her MBA in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at York University.  Heather spent several years working in the consulting industry, specifically helping clients develop business strategy and successful performance management systems. She relocated to Sarnia in 2011 with her husband Anil and their two children, Evan and Maya. Currently Heather is Professor at Lambton College in the School of Business.
“As a relatively new member of the Sarnia community, I am thrilled to be able to give back to the hospital - an organization so critical and central to our lives. Helping ensure we have a state of the art hospital will make Sarnia-Lambton a strong and vibrant community for years to come.”
  Tyler Casselman, Director

Tyler was born and raised in the Sarnia-Lambton community. He attended King George VI elementary school and Northern Collegiate High School in Sarnia.  Tyler graduated from the University of Windsor School of Law in June of 2010 after first obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo. He was subsequently called to the Ontario Bar in June of 2011.  In addition to Bluewater Health Foundation, Tyler  is a member of the board of directors of the Lambton Law Association, and the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club.  Tyler and his wife Stacey are both lifelong residents of Sarnia and recently were thrilled to experience first hand outstanding Bluewater Health care in welcoming their first son, Avery to the world.

  Denise Kohlmeier, Director

Denise is a lifelong resident of Sarnia. She attended Northern Colligate and went on to McMaster University where she graduated in 1979 with a degree in kinesiology. She then attended Western University and obtained her teaching degree. Denise taught for 32 years, beginning her career at St. Patrick's H.S. and spending the last half of her career as the head of Health and Physical Education at St. Christopher's S.S. Denise enjoyed coaching cross country and track and field throughout her teaching career. As a coach, she and her athletes won numerous provincial titles and experienced personal success and achievements.
She is married to Jace, a lawyer at the firm of GMSB in Sarnia. They have three daughters; Amy, Alyson, and Kristin who are all now just launching their individual careers in medicine, dentistry and teaching.

Denise has chosen to volunteer with the Foundation to give back to the community that has offered her, her family, and her friends so much over her life and career. She knows that Bluewater Health plays an important role in the community and she looks forward to working with the Foundation as a way to improve the health and well being of the residents of the Lambton County.

  Leo Lozier,  Director

Leo has lived in Sarnia for the past 60 years.  Along with his wife Margaret, son, daughter and two grandchildren, he is happy to call Sarnia home. Leo has been a licensed realtor for the past 46 years and is currently the Manager/Broker of Royal LaPage Key Reality.

As an original member of the Sarnia General Hospital Growing Expectations Campaign, and a founding Director of the Sarnia General Hospital Foundation, Lambton Hospital’s Foundation and Bluewater Health Foundation.  Leo has dedicated the last 30 years to healthcare in his community.  He has worked on the Dream Home Lottery since its inception in 1994.  Leo has a strong belief in the work of the Foundation and has personally witnessed the results of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.  He continues to volunteer; believing that the work of the Bluewater Health Foundation is required to ensure the future and quality of healthcare for all our family, friends and neighbours – caring for today and for tomorrow.

  Jason McMichael, Director

Jason McMichael was born and raised in Sarnia, where he continues to live with his partner Adelle and their 4 children. A Custom’s officer since 2000, Jason has spent the last 5 years as the National vice president of the Customs and Immigration union. He is currently the President of the Sarnia and District Labour Council and the Government Relations Officer for LiUNA 1089. This position allows him to follow his real passion which is workers rights and social justice. Between his four children (Julia 12, Nathan 11, Sophia, 9, Claire7), his social justice work and his full time job advocating for workers rights and a fairer more inclusive Canada, he tries to sneak in some time for golf and fishing.

Why I volunteer – My children were all born at Bluewater Health and I recognize that the incredible service and care we received then, and continue to receive now is not free. More and more we have to rely on non traditional sources of funding, and if I can help develop those, then the residents of Sarnia, including my children will continue to benefit from this incredible facility and staff we’ve come to know.

  Natalie Normand, Director

Natalie Normand is the daughter of a career nurse, and it's with her mother in mind that she chose to volunteer with the Bluewater Health Foundation. Her roots are in Hamilton, though she spent time studying at Carleton University and the University of Regina, eventually earning her Master's degree in Psychology. She (and her cat) relocated to Sarnia in 2013. She currently coordinates an accessibility project that assists businesses in being more inclusive, and she is thrilled to be contributing to the health and ongoing success of the Foundation.

  Colin McElrea, Director
  Jonathon Palumbo, Director

Jon and his wife Kendra are both born and raised in Lambton County. They have two daughters, Ella and Laura. Jon is a Wealth Coach and Advisor with Bariil and Company.

Previously, Jon spent many years as a Funeral Director with Smith Funeral Home in Sarnia. In this role, Jon worked with a large number of families in the County and interacted with the Hospital and the Foundation on a daily basis. Here he learned that from cradle to grave, each and every family and person in Lambton County depends on our Hospital. A strong and active Foundation in our community benefits us all.

Jon is actively involved in many teams,clubs and organizations in Lambton. He is a graduate of St. Clair H.S., University of Windsor and Humber College

  Mike Lapaine, President and CEO, Bluewater Health

Mike is a Certified General Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration and a degree in English literature. He has also completed the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program from the University of Toronto.

Since joining Bluewater Health in 2008 as Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Mike's responsibilities have included directing and overseeing various clinical and support services.

Mike has a proven track record from his years of service at Bluewater Health in addition to healthcare leadership elsewhere in Ontario. He is committed, compassionate, known and trusted locally and beyond the Erie St. Clair region, and has strong communication and relationship building skills. He is acutely aware of the organization, its people and the challenges and opportunities ahead to move Bluewater Health forward in an ever-changing healthcare system.

He serves on the Board of Governors at Lambton College and the Board of Directors at TransForm Shared Service Organization.

  Brian Knott, Hospital Representative
Brian was appointed to the Board of Directors of Bluewater Health in June 2014. He is currently a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Quality Committee. Brian recently retired as City Solicitor and City Clerk for the City of Sarnia, a position he held since 2003. Brian has also acted in the capacity of Acting City Manager and served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Municipal Insurance Exchange (OMEX), a municipal insurance reciprocal.
Brian has been active in community groups having been President of the Inn of the Good Shepherd for three years prior to moving into the current Past President role. He has also been a member of the Family Counselling Centre Board for a number of years.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts, and the University of Windsor holding a Juris Doctor Degree. 
Prior to moving to Sarnia, Brian held the position of Solicitor/Clerk for the City of Chatham and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for 18 years. During that time he held community leadership roles as President of the Kiwanis Club and Mental Health Kent.
Brian and his wife Beth live in Bright’s Grove where they enjoy the nearby golf course, the nature trail, and beautiful Lake Huron. They have two adult children who live in Toronto.
  Patti Moss, Auxiliary Representative

Patti was born in London but was raised in Sarnia since childhood. Married to husband Tim for 29 years, she is the proud mother of sons Matthew and Brett. Professionally, Patti has been working in various medical offices for 20 years, the past 15 with Dr. I. Campbell.

In this role, she enjoys interacting with and creating a positive experience for all patients, especially young children. Therefore, it was a natural fit for Patti to volunteer with the Bluewater Health Children's Auxiliary. This dedicated group of volunteers make it their mission to provide medical equipment for and help make a young patient's stay at the hospital as pleasant an experience as possible.

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