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Board Members

Kevin Walsh

Kevin Walsh

Chair

Kevin grew up in Kitchener and moved to the Peninsula in 1985. Kevin started Kevin’s Mobile Mechanic in 1987 and built a repair shop on Hwy 6 in 1992. He retired in 2017 after 37 years of self employment in the Auto/Ag and Heavy Equipment repair business. Kevin proudly handed down the reins of Walsh’s Garage to his kids upon retirement.

Kevin got recruited to fund raise for the new MRI campaign and from there to the Foundation Board. Kevin maintains that this is a twist in his life he did not see coming and raising awareness for health care has become a good focus to work on in his retirement. His hobbies include travel, golf, camping, wood working and curling.

Connie Slaughter

Connie Slaughter

Chair of Strategy & Governance

I moved to Georgian Bluffs with husband from Waterloo in 2015, after retiring from the University of Waterloo, where I worked in administration for 13 years. Prior to that I worked in retail and finance, but more importantly I was a stay at home mom for 19 years as we raised our four children.

I grew up in Laval, Quebec, graduated from Vanier College, attended McGill University where I studied Marine Biology before moving to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s Fashion Design program.

We moved to this area for the beauty and pace of the Bruce Peninsula and for the proximity of the hospitals.  We feel as we age  good healthcare become a very important part of our lives. That is why I volunteer  for the Bruce Peninsula Hospitals Foundation as well as the Wiarton Hospital Auxiliary.  We need to keep good healthcare close to home.

 Dr. Brian Taylor

Dr. Brian Taylor

Director

Brian grew up in farm country near Dorchester, Ontario, and spent many summer vacations on the Bruce and Manitoulin. He went to medical school at Western in London, completed his training in Colorectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and was a teaching surgeon at Western from 1983 until he retired in 2015. During his career at Western, he looked after many patients from Grey-Bruce with complex surgical problems. He and his wife Cathy had always planned to retire to the countryside near Lion’s Head, and they felt very much at home here. But Brian lost Cathy to cancer in 2019, and will never forget the tremendous support he received from their village, from Home Care/CCAC and Palliative Care, and from the Lion’s Head and Owen Sound Medical Staff and Hospitals. He saw what the health care system here could accomplish. With this knowledge of this vibrant community of Lion’s Head, and with his past experience as Chief of Surgery in London, and with the ongoing information he has gained from working with the surgeons in Owen Sound as assistant when required, he feels that he can make a strong practical contribution to the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation. Brian is also a member of the Lion’s eHead Hospital Auxiliary, and is also the current Board Chair of Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home in Lion’s Head.

James (Jim) Preston

James (Jim) Preston

Director

James (Jim) Preston grew up in London Ontario and is a grandfather of 5. He has had a home in Oliphant since 2006 after visiting family and vacationing on the Bruce since 1979.

He has had a career in the food service industry and joined The TDL Group (Tim Hortons) in 1991 and over the next 21 years served as Regional Vice President for Atlantic Canada, Western Canada and Ontario and retired in 2012. Currently I am co-owner of 2 Tim Hortons locations in Hepworth and Wiarton and still actively support the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation Camps charity.

“I think it is important to not just live in a community but to be an active participant in the community. Our local hospitals are always there to provide care for residents and visitors and need our support.

 

Ann Iles

Ann Iles

Director

Anne was raised in Owen Sound and moved to Sauble Beach in 1973.  After owning The South Sauble Trading Post she moved to Blanc Sablon, 4 miles from the Quebec/Labrador border.  After the discovery that she was expecting twins, she made the move back to Sauble Beach to raise her 4 sons.  She worked on the Wiarton Hospital fundraising project.  Ann then spent the next 31 years in the school busing industry.  She moved back to Sauble Beach after retiring in 2019.  Ann has spent many years as a volunteer with Rotary and the Shallow Lake Minor Hockey.  She shares that it feels good to give back to her community.

Helen Thomson

Helen Thomson

Director

Helen moved to Lions Head in 1971 with her parents.  After spending her youth in Lion’s Head and completing her education she worked in the financial services industry.  After marrying, Helen moved to Wiarton and then the Sauble Beach area.  In 1989 Helen completed her Certified Financial Planning designation. In 2000 she established her own financial planning office.  During those years Helen volunteered her time on various different boards, one of them being the Bruce Peninsula Hospital Foundation.  After a 6 year hiatus, Helen has joined the board again.

“Being on the Bruce Peninsula Hospitals Foundation Board is a true honor, allowing me to give back to the community and its residents, in keeping health care close to home.”

Helen and her husband Roy enjoy time with family, travelling, downhill and cross country skiing.

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