Richard is a Chartered Accountant (CPA), retired from his position as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at The Ottawa Hospital, who wishes to continue to contribute and share the knowledge he has gained over his long career in health care. Richard has a deep understanding of hospital financing and governance and currently sits on the board of the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and was on the board of the Eastern Ontario Laboratory Association (EORLA). He lives in Rolphton, which is at the far reaches of our service area.
Mitchell Stillman, Vice-Chair
Mitch resides in Petawawa and is retired after a 35-year career as a senior municipal administrator. His most recent position was Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Petawawa. Mitch brings to the table knowledge and experience in areas such as finance, law, administration, planning and human resources. He joined the Board because he wanted to give back to the community that has supported him over the years.
David Unrau is currently the Director of Public Works for the Town of Petawawa. He brings with him more than 20 years of municipal experience, having held similar roles in other municipalities including the City of Pembroke. David also brings similar expertise from employment in the private sector (CNL) as well as federally through positions held with Defence Construction Canada. His skillset includes those in management, leadership, communications and critical thinking. He has proven to be an excellent resource on the Board and has voluntarily participated in and attended many other meetings and functions in order to gain more knowledge about the Hospital and the Board. He also sits on the Ottawa River Energy Solution Board and national/provincial committees on Asset Management, Active Transportation and Vision Zero.
Sheila Clarke, CHSO (Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario) designate
Sheila is retired and resides in Petawawa, Ontario. She has 40+ years of nursing experience including that of part-time Professor/Coordinator for the Personal Support Worker Program and Practical Nursing Program at Algonquin College. She brings significant experience working in board and committee settings having served two terms on the Board of Health at the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. She is Past Chair/Member of the Petawawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and is now serving her third term on the PRH Board.
Born and raised in Pembroke, Pierre assumed the position of President and CEO of the Pembroke Regional Hospital in the fall of 2006 following 20 years of progressive leadership roles in public and private health care services across the province. He and his family are delighted to be living and working in his home town. Since January of 2018, he has concurrently held the position of President and CEO of the Mattawa Hospital and Algonquin Nursing Home. Just prior to assuming his role at PRH, Pierre was the President and CEO of the Wellington Health Care Alliance, operating three hospitals in three neighbouring communities through a single management team. Pierre has provided extensive leadership in health care at the provincial level having served as Chair of both the Ontario Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of Ontario. He currently sits on the Board of The Change Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Beth Brownlee, Vice-President Clinical and Support Services, Chief Nursing Executive
Since May 2021, Beth has held the position of Vice-President of Clinical and Support Services and CNE (Chief Nursing Executive) at the Pembroke Regional Hospital.
In 2005, Beth joined the Rehabilitation team as a Clinical Educator with our District Stroke Centre. Since then, Beth has held multiple progressive leadership roles as a Clinical Manager and Clinical Director in Rehabilitation, Medicine, Ambulatory Clinics, Surgery/Operating room and Labour and Delivery Program. As Pembroke Regional Hospital’s cancer care facilitator Beth supported many initiatives allowing quality cancer care closer to home and in 2012 Beth lead the successful launch of our Lean Management journey.
Dr. Tom Hurley is a member of the Board in his role as Chief of Staff. After completing his MD (University of Western Ontario, 1995), Dr. Hurley’s initial work was as a Flight Surgeon with the Canadian Armed Forces. This included such unique experiences as working with the Disaster Assistance Response Team and providing front-line healthcare during the NATO mission in Kosovo. After leaving the military, he pursued additional training in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. When not occupied by medicine, Dr. Hurley enjoys his most important job as a father of five children.
Diana Gagne, PRH Auxiliary President
Diana is a 23-year volunteer with the Pembroke Regional Hospital Auxiliary who has served as secretary on their Executive for 15 years and has served as president since 2016. Diana also manages the hospital’s Mural Café, and volunteers in the Sunshine Gift Shop and at the Auxiliary’s Bingo events twice a month. Outside of the healthcare field, Diana has volunteered as the ladies’ co-captain at the Pembroke Golf Club for two years and also served in a secretarial role with the Pembroke Curling Club for eight years. Professionally, Diana enjoyed a 30-year career in a supervisory role with Bell Canada.
As a local business and community leader, philanthropist and EGM Insurance CEO Lisa Edmonds has been a long-time champion of the Pembroke Reginal Hospital and the PRH Foundation. Helping to steer the planning of the annual Black and White Gala every year since its inauguration in 2002, Lisa joined the PRHF Board of Directors in 2017, and currently serves as PRHF Board Chair.
Daniel who is currently in his second year of a second three-year term as a Director on our Board is a Chartered Accountant/CPA who has held his CPA designation since 2014. He has over five years of public accounting experience and has now moved into
the municipal sector in the role of Finance and Support Services Supervisor at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre and treasurer of the Township of North Algona Wilberforce. Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, Daniel is also a volunteer for Carefor's Volunteer Income Tax Program which hosts free tax preparation clinics and arranges for volunteers to complete income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals who have a modest income and simple tax situations.
Kim is excited to be in her second term as a Board member. She is currently Chair of the Board Quality and Patient Safety Committee. She is also an active member on the Governance Committee as well as the Resource and Audit Committee and has had exposure to the workings of the Hospital through her active participation on these committees. Kim is also the Treasurer of the PRH Foundation and is an active volunteer in the community. Her professional background is in the accounting/operations field and she is currently the Coordinator and full time professor of the Accelerated Business Diploma Program at Algonquin College's Waterfront Campus.
Neil Nicholson, Director
Neil joined the Board in 2019 and will be participating in the Board Quality and Patient Safety Committee. Neil is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran with a keen interest in Emergency Management having obtained a master's degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University. As a father of four, much of his time is invested in their activities and community activities within the Township of Whitewater Region.
Rebecca is currently employed as a Mental Health Leader with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board working with teachers, staff, and students to promote a greater awareness of mental health issues which involves speaking at community events and providing professional development to staff. She currently lives in Pembroke and has completed social service administration advanced diploma courses through the University of Toronto.
Dean has a degree in Political Science and Public Policy from Carleton University and is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Laurentian Valley. He is a Certified Municipal Officer who has his roots in the area. He has an extensive background in municipal government (29 years) and is currently Past President of the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Marianhill and currently sits as Vice-Chair of their Foundation Board.
Amy Sicoli, Director
Amy is passionate about working with children and families, having worked in the education field for more than 20 years as a teacher, a consultant and a principal. She is also President of the Pembroke Soccer Association's Board of Trustees. Married with two young boys, family is very important to Amy. Her other passions include cooking, running, singing and playing the piano and she loves to travel, particularly anywhere with hot weather, a beach and an ocean.
Caitlyn Symsyk-Dekker, Director
Caitlyn Symsyk-Dekker was called to the bar in June 2016. She graduated from Windsor Law in June 2015 and from Queen’s University in 2010. Having grown up in Scarborough, Caitlyn’s first job was at the local YMCA. This is where she quickly learned that her “calling” was to work with children and families.
Not wanting to follow too closely in the foot steps of her parents - who were both school Principals - Caitlyn opted to pursue law school, with a focus on social justice. In 2012, Caitlyn summered at the Centre for Child Law in South Africa having won the Social Justice Fellowship Award. The following summer she worked at The Catholic Children’s Aid Society in Toronto. From there, she articled and was legal counsel at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society until 2018. “Cait” has been in-house counsel at Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County since June 2018, and has held the role of Senior Counsel and Supervisor of Legal Services since April 2019. Caitlyn has been with FCSRC since June 2018 and although the harsh winters have been a shock to her system, she is proud to call the Eastern Ontario region home.
Michelle is in her second year on the Board as a community member on the Resource and Audit Committee and the Board Ethics Committee. Michelle is employed with Vale, an international natural resources company, as Superintendent of Engineering Systems. Professionally, Michelle is a licensed Engineer, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, and is a Project Management Professional. Michelle obtained her Master's in Business Administration from Laurentian University. She has worked on multi-million dollar construction projects in the mining sector. Michelle's areas of expertise are in project management, strategic planning, engineering management and leadership. She is a Board member for the Petawawa Minor Soccer Club and is busy raising her young family in the Ottawa Valley.Dr. Rosemarie Gilbert
Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rosemarie and her family emigrated to Canada in 1973, settling in Pembroke in 1975 where her husband worked as a general surgeon. Rosemarie opened a solo practice which included obstetrics and palliative care in 1987. Over the years she also provided family practice coverage, emergency department coverage and coverage for obstetrics while raising four children of her own. She and her husband retired early in 1997 so that they could travel to Africa, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea as part of World Medical Missions. She and her husband also spent time working in Iqaluit and Moose Factory. With specialty training in palliative care, Rosemarie spent 11 years in Pembroke as a palliative care specialist, a role which ended in 2012. Rosemarie's other interests include music with involvement in locals choir groups and the Pembroke Community Choir. She's also a member of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers organization and enjoys spending time with her family.
Suli retired from a career in research science which included clinical trials and development of PCR technology in her early years. More recently, she worked at CNL as a Root Cause Analyst, a Nuclear Oversight Auditor and finally as a Regulatory Specialist for the NRU Reactor. Suli is passionate about contributing to the local community and has volunteered for PSP and PMFRC. Prior to the pandemic, Suli volunteered for employment services in Petawawa and taught ESL under the citizenship program for new comers to the area. Currently, Suli is the Co-Chair for the Pembroke Diversity Committee and a member of the working groups for the Local Immigration Partnership for Lanark & Renfrew counties.
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