89 Norman Street Sarnia, Ontario N7T 6S3 T: 519-464-4408 F 519-346-4705 E: [email protected]
Bluewater Health Foundation Board of Directors 2012-2013
Gord Bristo, President
Born on November 1, 1950, Gord grew up in Hamilton and After Secondary School he attended the University of Western Ontario earning a History degree and teacher qualifications. In 1974, Gord and his wife Kathie moved to Lambton County. Here, they raised their children Megan and Michael. Over time, he has been involved with Sarnia Little Theatre and The Polysar Glee Club (thankfully everyone realized he had no singing ability). Currently, Gord is President of the Foundation.
Greg Bond, Vice President
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.
Marc Guilbeault, Secretary-Treasurer
Marc was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. Following his graduation from Northern Collegiate, he entered the workforce as a Sales Associate progressing in various roles before assuming the position as the Community Affairs Manager, South Western Ontario Region for Bell Canada in London, Ontario. Marc pursued further education completing Management and Financial studies through the Ivey School of Business (UWO), Schulich Executive School of Business (York University) and the Canadian Securities Institute. He later became a Branch Manager for the Bank of Montreal. Recently, Marc and his wife Marlene moved back to the Sarnia-Lambton area where they are raising their two daughters Addison and Renee. Over the past decade Marc has served as a volunteer at St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, London, Kids Help Phone, Western Area Youth Services, Memorial Boys & Girls Club, London, St. John's Kitchen & Kitchener Waterloo Foodbank, United Way London Middlesex. Marc is presently working for the Bank of Montreal as the Commercial Account Manager in the Sarnia-Lambton Area.
Why I Volunteer: "Bobby Kennedy once said: “The future is not a gift ... it is an achievement”. The Sarnia-Lambton Community deserves the very best health care services Bluewater Health can provide. My goal is to do everything possible to make sure we have the best of care today ... and tomorrow."
“Tarek was born in Lebanon (May 1975) and immigrated to Canada when he was 15. He lived in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario where he completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He moved to Sarnia in 2002 when he started working for Imperial Oil as a research engineer. Tarek held a variety of technical and management positions with Imperial Oil leading up to his current assignment as Manager for Imperial Oil's Sarnia Technology Applications & Research Centre.
Tarek and his wife Maysa enjoy living in Sarnia raising their 3 boys: Adam (2004), Sami (2008) and Faris (2012). Tarek enjoys coaching soccer/futsol, cheering on his boys’ hockey teams and working on his golf game when he has time. Over the past decade in Sarnia, Tarek has been actively involved supporting the Sarnia community and most recently as a volunteer with the United Way and as a board member with Junior Achievement.”
Sandra was born in England and immigrated to Canada when she was 8. She has lived in Sarnia most of her life and spent over 25 years in the financial industry. The past 16 years of her career, Sandra was a Branch Manager for a major Canadian Bank and also spent time in a Human Resources role. In addition to Bluewater Heath Foundation, Sandra is also a Board member with the Sarnia Community Foundation and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Sarnia and currently sits on their board.
Why I volunteer: My eldest son had a sports related injury which was quite serious and required surgery. There is nothing more important than your family and on that day I became very aware of how important it is to have the best hi tech equipment and doctors available to those that need it. I knew that one day I would volunteer because I know how important it is to have the best healthcare available to you when you need it.
Marg started her commitment to our hospital system as an Auxiliary member at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital in Petrolia. At that time she was also a volunteer in the Continuing Care Department helping to provide comfort to the patients. She now volunteers her time in the Pat Mailloux Cataract Clinic.
Marg welcomed the opportunity to join the Dream Home Lottery Committee 11 years ago and is currently chair of the committee. She has been a member of the Foundation Board for 3 years.
She and her husband John are very busy with their growing family; they have two married children, Tim and his wife Molley and Lisa and her husband Brett and also three grandchildren that keep them running.
Lori Hamel Johnson
As a long time residence of Lambton and growing up on a farm, Lori has strong ties to the community. Lori’s education continued with a degree in Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario. After returning with her wife, Lisa, to the Sarnia area, Lori joined the Holiday Inn sales team and has merged into the position of Senior Sales Manager for the Fortis Properties Central Region. In Lori’s spare time she enjoys gardening, kayaking and the culture arts of Sarnia.
Why I Volunteer: I wanted to be part of group that is focused on ensuring our community has the best Hospital in Ontario. And by volunteering, I can have a hands on effect in making that happen!
Lorri has lived in the Sarnia area for the past 25 years. Lorri and her husband have three children.
Her community volunteer work includes; Bluewater Health Board of Directors, Bluewater Health Foundation Board of Directors, Ontario Municipal Social Service Association, Zone One; Community Homeless Initiatives Network; Lambton Student Nutrition Committee, Sarnia-Lambton Elderly Abuse Network and Lambton County Going Green Committee. Lorri volunteers to give back to her community.
Lorri holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from York University and has a post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Lambton College. Lorri has held a number of positions in the social services sector, working for the federal government in income security programs and currently for the County of Lambton as a Social Planner in the Social Services Division.
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 41 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.
Len has lived in the Sarnia-Lambton area for the past 27 years. He is a graduate of Lambton College and has been in the insurance industry for 20 years.
Over 10 years ago, Len started up LBM Consulting, a local insurance and financial brokerage which focuses primarily on corporate employee benefits and pension plans, as well as individual insurances and investment products.
In 2007, Len was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce “Ontario Business for Young Entrepreneur Award”. He has also been recognized for his professionalism and client focus by the insurance industry through the various prestigious awards he has received.
Len is actively involved in the community and has supported such organizations as St. Clair Child & Youth, Community Living – Sarnia/Lambton, and the Bluewater Health Foundation. At Bluewater Health Foundation, Len has sat on the Board for the last four years and is now currently on the Executive as the Secretary Treasurer.
Len has been married to his wife Brandie for 6 years and they have a 3 year old son named Brody.
Marty is the President/CEO of MIG Engineering Ltd. He has 39 years experience on engineering, survey and infrastructure projects and is registered with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist. He studied project management at York University. Marty is Past Chairman of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Co-Business Chair, State of the Heart Campaign for Bluewater Health Foundation, past member of the Board of Directors, Sarnia Heavy Construction Association, Campaign Executive Leadership Team member, Pathways “Building for Children” Campaign, Board member, CLCDC/UWO Research Park – Sarnia Campus and Mentor for young entrepreneurs.
Marty is a “hard oiler” having been born in Petrolia. He is married to Pamela and they have six children and nine grandchildren. Marty and Pam love to cook and entertain from their river front home in downtown Sarnia. Marty’s Foundation Board membership is a continuation of his strong support of the Sarnia Lambton Community.
Donna was born at Sarnia General Hospital and was raised in Point Edward. Following her marriage, she lived in Courtright on a farm for 35 years. Her career was as a secretary at both Polysar and Novacor. She has five sons, nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters. Donna’s hobbies include walking, bowling, volunteering at both the Imperial Theatre and the Bluewater Health Auxiliary and is also a member of the SHARE Group in Sarnia.Donna has been a volunteer at Bluewater Health for the past 23 years. Her position was in the former Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop as the bookkeeper and clerk. She held the position of Secretary of Bluewater Health Auxiliary for three years and is currently in her 8th term as President.
Why I Volunteer: "The Bluewater Health Auxiliary’s mandate is to raise funds for Bluewater Health Foundation. Over the years the Auxiliary has donated large amounts of money to the Foundation for a variety of patient needs. At present, the Auxiliary continues to raise funds through their Hairdressing Shop and the sale of Nevada tickets. Donna is very proud to be a volunteer at Bluewater Health and the Bluewater Health Auxiliary."
Tanya is Past President of the Rotary Club of Sarnia and Past Governor of Rotary International District 6330. A graduate of the University of Guelph, she is now ‘retired’ from her career in the retail and internet floral business. She has been active with many non-profit organizations throughout our community. She has also been a volunteer on health related missions and fundraising activities that have taken her around the world. Tanya has lived in the Sarnia area all of her life and has three children.
Why I Volunteer: "Volunteering gives ordinary people extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible."
Ernie attended the University of British Columbia earning a degree in engineering. He moved to Sarnia to begin his working career in petrochemical industry in 1973. His job allowed him to be very active in community outreach programs. Ernie and his wife, Catherine raised their children Jeff, Doug and Grace in Sarnia.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to work for the Foundation to provide the best possible hospital equipment for our community now and in the future.
Sue Denomy, President/CEO
Sue Denomy, RN, Honours B. Comm, MBA is President and CEO for Bluewater Health. Sue’s health care leadership experience spans over 30 years and has encompassed all aspects of health care leadership developing expertise in Clinical, Corporate and Operational health care environments within a large community hospital. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Sue is responsible for directing and managing the operations of the hospital however, Sue has focused her efforts to improving quality and safe patient care, creating a healthy workplace founded on the principles of respect, and developing a sound financial base for the organization. Sue’s strategy has been to focus on continuous quality improvement, negotiations, conflict resolution, strategic orientation, and building relationships.