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Community Advisory Panel

Jonathan Palumbo

Bill Hopkins

Bill came to Sarnia in 1967 to work at Polymer Corporation as a research chemist. He retired from Bayer (formerly Polymer Corporation) in 2002. His wife, Helen, battled bipolar disorder from 1993 until 2007 when she died from inflammatory breast cancer. Bill has been an advocate for better awareness of mental illness for almost 20 years, and is the Chair of the Board of the Lambton Mental Wellness Centre (formerly Consumer Survivor Association of Lambton/Lambton Family Initiative). He is a member of teams that provide National Alliance on Mental Illness education programs to service providers and other family members/care givers/  Bill is a volunteer to the Adopt a Scientist program with the Lambton Kent District School Board and a member of the advisory group for the Mental Health curriculum at Lambton College.  He is also a member of the Golden Kiwanis Club.

Darren Nesbit

Darren is a graduate of St. Clair Secondary High School and Business Administration – International Trade at Lambton College. He is active in the community as Vice-Chair of the Sarnia Planning Advisory Committee, a guiding coalition member for the 2009 Circles Program, and Vice-President the Board for Community Legal Assistance Sarnia. He cares deeply about the future of healthcare in this community.
Charity Ngo

Charity serves families within the community in her current position as a child protection worker at Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science Degree and a Master of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Degree in Child and Youth Health from Western University. Charity has been involved in many health sciences research studies including exploring the settlement and resilience of refugee youths to Canada, investigating safety culture within healthcare settings, examining healthcare services for immigrants with disabilities, and body mapping experiences of undocumented workers in Canada.

Karen Phipps

Karen is the current Chair of the Hanna Memorial School Parent Advisory Council and serves as a community member of Bluewater Health Community Advisory Panel in this position. She is employed as a Registered X-Ray Technologist at Bluewafter Health.

Eric Power

Eric and his wife Janice, both originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, relocated to Sarnia for their retirement years. Eric has over thirty years of healthcare experience in NL and Alberta, including acute care, long-term care and community care. He has held a number of senior positions including most recently Acting CEO and Vice-President – Financial and Corporate Services. As a professional Certified General Accountant (CGA) he also worked as a public accountant and operated a number of his own businesses. Eric’s volunteer services included performing as an auxiliary RCMP police officer, a board member of CGA-NL, President of CGA – Central NL Chapter, and a board and executive member of a Group Home for Young Offenders. Eric now provides consulting services in healthcare administration, management and financial services.

Deb Siebert

Deb was a Bluewater Health Nurse and Discharge Coordinator for over 16 years. During this time, she was a member of the Quality of Work Life Committee, various accreditation teams, including mental health, human resources, and surgical and medicine programs to support improvements in the hospital’s clinical environment. She was the liaison with multiple community partners, including the Sarnia-Lambton Community Care Access Centre and long-term care facilities. Deb now works as a secondary school teacher with the Lambton-Kent District School Board where she facilitates the Personal Support Worker Certification Program.

Nick Spanton

Nick is a student of Lambton College. He was involved in "Speak Up," which is a St. Patrick's High School leadership group, P.A.I.R.S., which is a Lambton-Kent leadership group involving all high schools, the Safe Schools initiative, and enjoys curling. He has curled for his school for three years and outside of school for approximately eight years, both recreationally and competitively. He has worked part-time at Little Caesars Pizza for the past five years. Nick feels very proud to be a part of the Bluewater Health Community Advisory Panel.
Ken Stothers
Ken & his wife Devonna are Brights Grove residents.  Ken was the Executive Director of Huron House Boys Home for 32 years, retiring from this position in 2002. He is a long time Lambton County resident, completing high school in Sarnia, an undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University, a Masters degree (Guidance & Counseling) at Wayne State University, and a Doctorate in Education (Management of Programs) at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Ken presently teaches business courses at Baker College in Port Huron, Michigan and mentors doctorate students online in their research at Nova Southeastern University. Ken is a 25 year member of the Sarnia Seaway Kiwanis Club, Secretary for the Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm Foundation, and Co-chair of the Kenwick On The Lake Park Makeover Committee.
Angela Ventura

Angela was born and raised in El Salvador, and moved to Canada over 25 years ago. She initially studied business administration with a specialization in international marketing and was a Business and Export Consultant for almost 16 years. In this position, she assisted Canadian and Latin American companies to export their products, services and technology within the Americas Region. She also assisted immigrant and refugee women to start small or micro businesses, aiming to help their families have a better future. She completed the Paralegal Program in 2009 and established Spanglish Legal Services in Windsor and Leamington in 2011, providing paralegal services in English and Spanish. Currently, she is considering opening her practice in Sarnia, having moved to Corunna with her husband Ken and daughter Monica in 2013.

Marie Watson

Marie is employed by the Sarnia-Lambton YMCA as a Settlement Worker for Community Connections, assisting newcomers integrate into
welcoming communities. She  has been a Rotarian since 1994 with the Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland. She served as President in 1999-2000 and again in 2012-13. She returned to the Club's Board in 2015 as Secretary, a role she was active in for many years.  She is currently Youth Exchange Officer in charge of the Inbound & Outbound students and serves as Assistant Governor overseeing 7 Rotary Clubs in Area 5.  Marie also serves as President of Our Kids Child Care at St. Matthew’s School and is a Board Member of the Fund Development Committee of St. Joseph’s Hospice. Her hobbies include golfing and travelling.

Shirley Wellon

Shirley is a retired educator from the St. Clair Catholic District School Board where she taught at the elementary and secondary levels before becoming a board consultant and facilitator. She represented the board at the provincial level for Catholic education and at the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, preparing teacher candidates to enter Catholic schools. Shirley has volunteered with Sarnia Police Victim Services, St. Joseph’s Hospice, and for 20 years at what is now Bluewater Health. Her role is Supportive Care with a focus on the Palliative Care Unit. Shirley considers it a great privilege to have been involved as a volunteer and is making a firm commitment to the Community Advisory Panel

Rural Health Advisory Panel


Mary Brown

Mary is a graduate of McMaster University (Anthropology and Physical Education) and Hamilton Teachers' College (Bachelor of Education). She is a retired elementary school teacher. Her current volunteer activities include eyeglass washing for Rayjon, sewing quilts with women at St. Michael’s Parish for Pikangikum and the Brigden School for Art Club. Mary is also a Big Sister and this is one of her most fulfilling experiences. After meeting her husband and his two daughters 24 years ago, Mary moved to Oil City with her two children. Mary and her husband’s nine grandchildren are a joy in their lives.

Owen Byers

Owen has been a member of CEEH Foundation board for 13 years, serving as chair since 1997. He was one of the founding members of the Bluewater Health Foundation and was a CEEH board member prior to CEEH's amalgamation with the Sarnia hospitals. Owen is a retiree of Sun Oil (Sunoco) and had an active political career as an Oil Springs Councillor from 1976-1980, Reeve from 1981-1990, Mayor from 1991-1997 and Warden of Lambton County in 1993. Along with his foundation duties, he serves on the Sarnia-Lambton Crimestoppers and Oil Museum of Canada Foundation Boards.

Janice DeVlugt

Janice is married and has three teenage daughters.  She has been a resident of the Wyoming area all her life.  She attended Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained her Honours Bachelors of Business Administration.  After working 21 years as an insurance property claims adjuster she decided to retire.  She loves to both play and coach various teams and volunteers many hours to the local school community.
Jean Dorey

Debbie Freeman

Debbie was born and raised in Petrolia. After living in Wyoming for 20 years, she has recently moved back to Petrolia. Debbie has worked at CEEH of Bluewater Health for over 36 years, the last 15 years as the Executive Assistant to the CEEH of Bluewater Health Director, and provides clerical support for the CEEH Foundation. She has been a member of various committees over the years, e.g., Quality of Work Life, Standards Committee, Rewards and Recognition, and CEEH of Bluewater Health Joint Occupational Health and Safety.

Mary-Pat Gleeson

Mary-Pat is a Town of Petrolia councillor. She has been active and proactive as a founding member of Charlotte’s Task Force for Rural Health and is chair of the Central Lambton Family Health Team. She works as a marketing consultant and served as a board member on the Vancouver Film Festival.

Haley Heidrich
Haley is a Grade 11 student at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCCVI) in Petrolia. Haley earned the Academics Honours award in Grades 9 and 10, and is involved with many school sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball and badminton.  She also enjoys horse-back riding and plays on the Sarnia Girls Soccer Club L5 travel team and the Twin Bridges travel volleyball team. Haley volunteers with the West Lambton Community Health Centre “Cooking Buddies” program at the Bridgen Fair Grounds teaching children ages 6-11 how to cook. She has also volunteered for the Kidney Foundation and the Brigden Fair. Haley works at Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre in Sarnia in the kitchen, expediting/serving food and has responsibility for the cash. Haley hopes that being a Rural Health Advisory Panel member will provide her with insight into the healthcare field,  a better perspective on hospitals and health services in Sarnia-Lambton and provide an opportunity to be more involved in her local community.  

Jennifer Kumpf

Jennifer is a high school teacher at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCCVI) in Petrolia. She has taught Family Studies, English and Special Education throughout eight years with the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB). Born at CEEH in Petrolia, Jennifer has always lived in rural Lambton County, exclusive of the time she attended Western University and D’Youville College. Jennifer is a member of the LKDSB Mental Health Working Group, which aims to maintain and improve the mental wellness of LKDSB staff and students. She has also held a variety of roles with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation locally, and is currently the branch president at LCCVI.
Megan McGrail
Megan is a currently a Grade 12 student at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute ( LCCVI) in Petrolia. Megan earned a position on the Principal’s Roll of Distinction for her academics in Grades 9 and 10. She is a senator on the LCCVI Student Council. She also participates in many school sports including volleyball, basketball and badminton. In the community, Megan has been captain on her travel volleyball team, Twin Bridges Thunder,  in Sarnia for many years. She also works summers at Country View Campground and Peggy Sue’s Fry Truck. Megan hopes that by serving on the Rural Health Advisory Panel, she can expand her knowledge in the medical field so one day she can pursue her dreams in the health services field.

Sarah Milner

Sarah has been a Registered Nurse for over 19 years with the majority of her career focused on community mental health. She grew up Inwood and attended high school in Watford and then in Petrolia at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCCVI). During her secondary school years she volunteered as a candy striper at CEEH. Throughout her career she has always strived to establish strong partnerships in the community. Currently Sarah is the executive director of the Central Lambton Family Health Team in Petrolia.

Rosanne Orcutt

Rosanne is a retired high-school teacher. She was a teacher/counsellor at Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute in Petrolia for 30 years. She is a founding member of Charlotte’s Task Force for Rural Health and currently serves on the Central Lambton Physician Recruitment Committee. Rosanne currently serves as chairperson of the Pension and Retirement Concerns Committee for the Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 38.

Barb Racher

Barb is a Registered Nurse who worked at CEEH of Bluewater Health for 27 years. She currently serves on the Lambton Seniors Citizens Home Corporation Board and is actively involved in the St. Paul's Church choir and the Alvinston Diner's group. Barb serves as Homecraft Chair of the Petrolia and Enniskillen Agricultural Society and usher at Victoria Playhouse. She is fortunate to have her seven grandchildren in the area and the opportunity to spend time with them. She continues to be actively involved in a farming operation with her husband John.
Jeff Werden
Jeff is a chiropractor at the Lambton Chiropractic Centre in Petrolia. He grew up in rural Alvinston and attended Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCCVI where he is currently a volunteer wrestling coach. He has his Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario where he was captain of the varsity wrestling team. Jeff has his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing hockey.
Bev Woolaver
Bev is originally from Nova Scotia but Petrolia has been her home since 1975 and where her three sons were raised. She is a retired elementary school teacher, having spent the last 17 years of her career as an Occasional Teacher. She has served on the Executive of the Occasional Teachers, the Block Parent organization, and chaired the Board of Referees- Employment Insurance.  Bev is actively involved in her church, ushers at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, is a member of the Petrolia & Enniskillen Agricultural Society and has volunteered at the Pat Mailloux  Eye Clinic since it opened. Bev has also been a long serving member of the CEEH Auxiliary  which includes being volunteer coordinator for the local Blood Donor Clinics and other roles. She also sews pillow cases for the Optimists which are given to children admitted to Bluewater Health. Bev is the proud grandmother to 6 grandchildren and enjoys community involvement.