Board of Directors

Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Board of Directors 2016/17

Stevenson Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited facility located in the community of Alliston, Ontario, within the Town of New Tecumseth. The Hospital offers a wide scope of medical and surgical services to a catchment area including Adjala-Tosorontio, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth. 

The Board governs the affairs of the hospital and provides strategic leadership and oversight of operations subject to the Public Hospitals Act, hospital by-laws and other requirements.  

Michael Martin, Board Chair

Michael Martin and his family have been residents of Tottenham for more than 10 years. Michael’s extensive experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) working in the role of senior financial officer in both publicly traded and privately held construction companies and a financial services company makes him well suited to serve as Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. Michael holds both a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from University of Toronto. Michael and his wife Catherine run a charitable therapeutic horseback riding organization for people with disabilities from their home in Tottenham.

Colleen Butler, Board Vice-Chair

Colleen lives in Tottenham with her family and works in Alliston at Feehely Gastaldi. Colleen practiced civil litigation at a Bay Street firm for several years before practicing law in New Tecumseth. She is a member of the Advocates Society and the Ontario Bar Association.  Colleen is involved in community organizations and serves as a director for Community Living Association for South Simcoe.

Paul Heck, Board Treasurer

Paul and his wife have lived in the Alliston area for over 13 years. Paul is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) as well as a Certified Public Accountant.  Paul has held senior management positions in finance as well as sales and marketing in a number of different industries including consumer electronics, dental and medical. He most recently was an owner of a medical device company specializing in gastroenterology.

Alan Dresser, Past Board Chair 

Alan lives in Tottenham where he owned two pharmacies since 1992.  Originally from Windsor, Alan was a high school science teacher for 10 years and a pharmacist for 30 years. He has degrees from U of Windsor; Queen’s U; U of Saskatchewan; and York U.

He has coached high school and university football, high school basketball and has officiated basketball at the national level and baseball at the international and major league level.

In the past, Alan served on the finance committee of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association and on the Board of Directors for Pharmasave Ontario. Alan assumed the role as Board Chair in June 2014.  Previously, he chaired the Quality and Governance & Nominating Committees as well as actively participated on many other Board Committees.

Alan enjoys semi-retirement in Tottenham with his wife of over 31 years, Aileen.

Darlene Blendick, Director

Recently retired, Darlene worked for 43 years in the prevention of occupational health and safety injuries, latterly as Vice President, Corporate Services.  In this role she was responsible for finance, human resources, communications and information technology.   Married for 30 years, Darlene has resided in Adjala-Tosorontio with her husband Bill since 2001.

Paul Edmonds, Director

During his 30 year career in the beverage business, working in Canada, USA and Japan, Paul worked for Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and Cadbury Schweppes. Areas of responsibility spanned, engineering, logistics, marketing and general management. After leading a Canadian division of Cadbury Schweppes for over a decade as V.P. and Officer, it was time to retire. Previously, Paul holds an Engineering Degree (BASc) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), both received at University of Toronto.

Moving to the Alliston area, 10 years ago with his wife Linda, he created a Marketing Consultancy business focusing on product development and innovation in the food industry, for North American clients. 

On the Board of Directors of his condominium corporation for five years, he held various positions as V.P. and Treasurer.  He was invited to join Stevenson Memorial Hospital as an Advisory Member on the Finance Committee in 2009. Then, Paul joined the Hospital Board of Directors in 2010.

Wendy Fairley, Director  

Wendy has resided in New Tecumseth since 1973.  Her professional life was spent in education; first as a special education teacher and finally as an elementary school Principal. She continues works in that sector with a focus on Educational Leadership. Wendy continues to serve on several boards locally and provincially. She was the founding chair for New Path Youth and Family Services and the Foundation. During her work with these agencies, she has gained insight into how the various ministries operate, and had many opportunities to examine ways to ensure and support strong governance models.

She has served Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) Board for a year.  She had the pleasure of co-chairing the 2013 SMH Gala raising funds for our valuable local hospital.  As a community member, Wendy is committed to SMH and believes in the ability of the hospital staff to provide excellent health care in a caring environment. She has experience client focused care for her own personal life many times.

Robert A Jurmalietis, Director

In 1980 after completing his Diploma in Business Management and Marketing from Algonquin College Ottawa, Robert owned and operated a variety of small businesses in the Ottawa Valley. In 1989, he joined the Bank of Nova Scotia in Pembroke Ontario as a Senior Consumer Credit Officer. From that time until now, Robert has assumed various and increasingly complex roles within the Bank in a variety of locations across the province. Also in that time he enjoyed furthering his education, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, as well as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Robert has always found time to volunteer with various charities and organizations in each community that he has lived and worked in, including Kiwanis, Chair Person for a Relay for Life event for 3 years, Board Member for the Elliot Lake Economic Committee, Deputy Chair for the Town of Georgina Economic Development committee, to name but some.

In September 2013, Scotiabank offered the position of Branch Manager for the Alliston branch of the Bank on the retirement of the outgoing manager. Robert lives in Everett with his wife Diane, and enjoys motorcycle touring, skiing, and visits from his 2 children, and 1 grandchild.

Mike MacEachern, Director

Mike MacEachern is the Executive Director of the Not-for-Profit employment service - FOCUS - where he has worked for the past 22 years.  He is responsible for leading and managing a staff of 20, delivering 8 programs and serving over 3,700 people annually, with a budget of $2.2 million.    Mike served on Municipal Council for New Tecumseth from 1997 to 2014 - 11 consecutive years as Mayor and 6 years prior to that as a councillor.  He has successfully chaired and participated on numerous community, government and hospital committees.  Mike has an Honours Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed intensive Mediation training at York University Osgoode Law School.  As a proud father and an avid runner, he loves helping people and giving back to the community. Mike is a dedicated and hardworking individual who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. 

Catherine Morden, Director

Prior to retirement, Catherine’s experience includes 32 years as an educator for the Metropolitan Separate School Board of Toronto.  She has extensive community leadership experience, including eight years as a member of the Board of the Markham Stouffville Hospital, Chairperson of the Markham Theatre for Performing Arts, and Chairperson of Unionville Festival. She has also served as a committee member for the Markham Achievement and Civic Recognition Awards and the Frederick Varley Art Gallery, as well as Phase President of Briar Hill Community and Director of the Gibson Cultural Centre.  She currently sits as a member on the Banting Homestead Heritage Park Coordinating Committee.   Catherine and her husband Allen have lived in Alliston for past 14 years. 

John Murray, Director

John is a resident of Rosemont where he and his family are engaged in the extensive rejuvenation of a century farm.  A lawyer by profession, John is Registrar, Professional Standards of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and has served as a director and officer of not-for-profit and charitable organizations for nearly twenty years.   

Jan Tweedy, Director

Janet Tweedy has been a resident of New Tecumseth with her husband since 1974. She had a 31 year career in education which included being a secondary school administrator for a local board of education, a curriculum coordinator, and a research consultant for a large city board. She served as chairperson of several professional organizations at the board, provincial and national levels. She travelled Ontario extensively as a trainer for the Ontario Ministry of Education in addition to doing extensive public speaking engagements at professional development workshops and conventions for numerous school boards and organizations. Her management experience ranges from school based to board based and province wide for a variety of positions and projects. She has been on a board of directors for three organizations to date and has served SMH as a Board Director since 2013.

The Chief Executive Officer; Vice-President/Chief Nursing Officer; Chief of Staff, President of the Medical Staff; President of the SMH Foundation and the President of the SMH Auxiliary, are ex officio members of the Board.

Jody Joseph Levac, President & CEO

Jody has been the President & CEO of Stevenson Memorial Hospital since January 2014 and works in partnership with the physicians, hospital staff, and volunteers to oversee the strategic, operational planning and leadership of Stevenson Memorial Hospital. 

Jody has worked at Southlake Regional Health Centre since 1999, where he has held leadership positions within the Mental Health Program. In addition to earning his undergraduate (1989 – Laurentian University) and Masters Degree (1991 – University of Toronto) in Social Work, he recently earned his Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from the University of Phoenix. Jody was also awarded the Leadership Award of Excellence at Southlake in 2010.

In addition to his extensive leadership and clinical skills within the healthcare sector, he was raised in northern Ontario and understands the unique healthcare needs of small, rural communities.

Carrie Jeffreys, Vice-President/Chief Nursing Officer

Ms. Jeffreys brings more than ten years of experience in Strategic Leadership and Nursing with her. She has Bachelor degree in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Toronto where she received a Nursing Leadership Award, and a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences (BHSc) from Western University.  Ms. Jeffreys began working at Stevenson Memorial on July 4th 2016.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Australia, where she won an Annie Wilkinson Prize for the International MBA Student of the Year and was the graduating valedictorian for the MBA class of 2008.

Ms. Jeffreys is a Registered Nurse (RN) certified by the College of Nurses Ontario, and she has also received her Certified Health Executive (CHE) certificate from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has a Graduate Certificate in Perinatal/Obstetrics from Durham Technical Community College.

Ms. Jeffreys has strong experience in working in hospitals and healthcare, and is experienced in providing leadership during large-scale organizational redevelopment and change. Her work at the South West Local Health Integration Network (SWLHIN) was in System Design and Integration, where she was the Lead for the Hospital Sector and for Clinical Service Planning and acted as the liaison with regional stakeholders in the development and implementation of provincial initiatives. During her tenure, she was responsible for design and implementation of system change initiatives, service redesign methodologies and, using her Lean Black Belt expertise, developing business process improvements in the hospital sector.

She also previously worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health in Western Australia, where she advised the Minister of Health on strategic policy issues relating to population health and population policy and on various programs and practices. Her early career was as a Registered Nurse in Obstetrics at Markham Stouffville.

Dr. Oswaldo Ramirez – Chief of Staff

Dr. Oswaldo Ramirez and his wife Belen are active members of the New Tecumseth community.  Though recently relocated to King, they continue to work and play in Alliston and on their farm in Adjala-Tosorontio.
Dr. Ramirez received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto.  He returned to his native Ecuador to do medical school, but returned to do residency through Dalhousie University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Since starting private practice in Alliston in 2004, Dr. Ramirez was a founding member of the Alliston Family Health Team, and the Alliston Walk-in clinic.  He is an Emergency room physician and was the former Chief of Emergency (2006 – 2015).  He was appointed the Chief of Staff at Stevenson in 2013.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Ramirez can be found fly fishing the local rivers, or hunting on his farm. 

Dr. Shazia Ambreen – President of Medical Staff

Dr. Ambreen has joined Stevenson Memorial in 2012 as Anesthetist and provided occasional shifts at our Emergency department. Dr Ambreen also works for in-patient department as Hospitalist.  Dr. Ambreen has completed her Family Practice Residency from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY and received her Anesthesia training from University of Toronto.  Dr. Ambreen has become Chief of Family Medicine in 2014 and also elected as President of PSA (Professional Staff Association) in 2015.   Dr. Ambreen works closely with hospital staff and management in evaluating, planning, managing and leading the family physicians in the Medical Inpatient Department. Dr. Ambreen is an active member of several Hospital committees. Dr. Ambreen also actively involved in Physician Recruitment for our In-Patient Department. In recognizing for her leadership and commitment to Stevenson and the community, Dr. Ambreen received Dr. MacIntyre Award for Excellence and Dedication in the community in 2015. She was also placed on Stevenson Hall of Fame.

 She resides in the community with her husband Al, who works as Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialist and supports four academic and teaching urban Family Health Teams.  They have three children. 

Dr. Ihab Khalil – Vice President of Medical Staff

Dr.  Khalil joint the Alliston Family Health Team and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in 2011.  He takes special interest in practicing a wide range of rural family medicine including office, in-patient hospital care, emergency department work, and walk-in practice. Dr. Khalil enjoys the supportive, friendly and relaxed atmosphere of a rural lifestyle while at the same time have access to the cultural resources of large urban areas.

Previously, he worked as a family physician in rural Manitoba for four and a half years and a Hospitalist, and provided service in an Emergency room, at two nursing homes, a developmental home, as well as a women’s correctional facility and a walk-in clinic.  Prior to working in Manitoba, Dr. Khalil was a physician in Egypt and worked in a rural health unit for 12 years.

Dr. Khalil and his wife, Mona, have 3 children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and travelling.

President of Auxiliary – Diane Munro

Diane Munro along with her husband Gary reside in Adjala-Tosorontio Township and have two children and two wonderful grandchildren.  During the past 42 years, Diane has based her career in the not for profit field, making the financial sector her priority.  She has volunteered her time with many organizations throughout our community such as Class and Focus.  Diane joined the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 2011 and currently holds the position of President.  Over the years, she has learned that when we commit to helping others we in turn are helping ourselves.

Marg Barber – President of the Foundation

Margaret is a life-time resident of the Alliston area with a thorough understanding of what Stevenson Memorial Hospital means to this community. She became a member of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation in 2003 and has served on many committees including Fundraising, By-Laws, Nominating, Executive, and Communications. Margaret has also represented the Foundation on the Hospital Communications Committee and the Stevenson Redevelopment Committee.

Margaret retired in 2012 from Baxter Corporation, a pharmaceutical company in Alliston, after working in the production area and quality departments for almost 39 years. During her time at Baxter she was involved in a number of quality and production improvement projects and was a member of many quality committees.

In 2009 Margaret became a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the “It’s Crystal Clear” Digital Mammography Campaign and in October 2012 Marg took on the responsibility as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet for the “It takes you…” Capital Campaign. Most recently in 2013 she held the position of Co-Chair for the 2015 Stevenson Memorial Hospital Gala.

In Margaret’s spare time she enjoys golfing and curling and in 2015 she accepted a volunteer position for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Margaret is very proud to be a Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation Board Director and is here to ensure the future success of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital.