Board of Directors

Open Board Meetings

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) invites members of the public to attend meetings of the Board of Directors. The organization values a close working relationship with all stakeholders including the public and will conduct Board business in an open and transparent manner. The Board may exercise its right to hold “in camera” or special meetings that will not be open to the public where it determines it is in the best interests of the organization to do so.

The agenda of the Board meeting will be distributed at each meeting. Support material will only be provided to the Board of Directors. In order to ensure sufficient space is available, individuals wishing to attend a Brock CHC Board meeting must give 24 hours notice to the Board Secretary by calling 705-432-3322, ext. 108. Attendees will be asked to identify themselves. Individuals wishing to make a deputation must notify the Board secretary at least seven days in advance of the scheduled meeting. Deputations will be limited to five minutes. Members of the public may address the Board or ask questions of the Board only when permission is granted by the Board Chair.

Recording devices, videotaping and photography are prohibited.

Community-Based Governance

John Grant

John Grant is Chair of the Board. He is a resident of Beaverton where he co-owns two businesses.  With a longstanding commitment to community service, he has served as a volunteer and leader for numerous organizations and service groups including:  Beaverton Thorah Health Centre Board of Directors; Brock Non-Profit Housing; Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 135; Kinsmen; Beaverton/Cannington Arthritis Society; Brock Board of Trade; Thorah Island Ratepayer’s Association; Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority; Beaver River Trail Committee; and more.  John is the former Mayor of the Township of Brock.

Norm Wilson

Norm Wilson is Vice-Chair of the Board. He grew up on a farm just north of Uxbridge. For the past 19 years, he and his wife have called their Sunderland hobby farm home. After spending 17 years as a partner in a dairy farm operation, he has spent the last 30 years in sales and management in the automotive industry. Having retired from his general manager position in 2017, he continues to work for Taylor Ford in Port Perry on a part-time basis and help his wife with their Sunderland business, The Dark Horse. Norm has had experience serving on the Board of Trustees of an Uxbridge church and on the Ontario County Milk Producers committee. He currently serves as a Director of the Sunderland Agricultural Society. He has been both a youth soccer coach and leader of a young men’s program.

William Basztyk

William Basztyk is Treasurer of the Board. He is CEO/Chairman of 4UGO Inc. Management Group, CEO/President of Interpro Bioscience Inc., and Principal Designer with Kinetic Tech. William is a retired professor with the Faculty of Business, George Brown College. He holds several degrees in business, finance, bio-chemistry and 2 and 3 dimensional design and technology. In addition, Dr. Basztyk was Hon. Consul for Canada and Head of Post, Consulate of Suriname. He is currently a member of the Durham Environmental and Climate Advisory Committee. Previous service includes Durham Energy From Waste-Waste Management Advisory Committee, the Committee of Adjustment for Brock Township and as founding secretary, vice-president and director of the Brock Board of Trade. He is a resident of Beaverton area.

Brenda Stewart

Brenda Stewart is Secretary of the Board. She is a lifetime resident of Brock Township. She has worked at Chimo Youth and Family Services for many years where she was supervisor of the girls’ residence and is currently Durham School Programs Supervisor. She has been a member of the board of Women’s Resources in Lindsay, including being board chair for one year. Brenda has volunteered with North Durham Hospice. She lives in Beaverton and has been a strong advocate for community partnerships and making north Durham a better place to live.

Heather Allison

Heather Allison is Member at Large of the Board. She has lived most of her life in Brock Township – growing up in Beaverton and settling in Sunderland when she and her husband bought their first house. She is a CPA, CA with over 20 years of experience in public accounting. Heather is a partner with BDO Canada LLP – the 6th largest accounting firm in Canada and approximately 50% of her assurance clients are non-profit. She has previously served on the Board for the Brock Minor Hockey Association and Brock Youth Centre. She also belongs to the School Community Council for Sunderland Public School where her three kids have attended.

Maria Buragina

Maria Buragina has been a resident of Cannington since 2001; she was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Maria is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She has had the opportunity to work in various areas of health care which include hospital, teaching, and currently in the Community Care setting. For over 21 years, Maria has worked in the role of Care Co-ordinator, which incorporates assessing patients for home services, working collaboratively with other health care professionals and providers, and linking patients to community supports. She has also been a past member of the Cannington Historical Society where she volunteered as publicist. As an entrepreneur, she established a home-based business “Basket Works” which continued for 12 years.

Patricia Cousins

Patricia Cousins led Social Enterprise for Canada (SEC), a charitable organization headquartered in York, from 1992 until 2023.  The organization serves over 24,000 newcomers, children and adults annually in the Regions of Peel, York, Durham and Simcoe.  A Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 finalist, Patricia has established expertise in public service innovation, strategic thinking and collaborative leadership.  Patricia has served on numerous planning committees, Regional task force groups and boards of directors, including hospitals, cities, Boys and Girls Clubs, colleges and parole facilities.  She is the past Chair of the Welcome Centre Principal Partners Group, the Region of York’s Community Planning Council and  the York Workforce Planning Board.  Patricia and her husband Dan built a home just outside of Port Bolster in 2015.  Patricia feels strongly about contributing to community and is excited and honored to be able to help Brock CHC grow and develop as the needs of the community evolve.

Peter Elliott

Peter Elliott is a retired Durham District School Board administrator and has extensive professional and volunteer experience with numerous educational, social service and community initiatives. Peter is a resident of Cannington.

Alan Ely

Alan Ely was born and raised in Toronto and spent all his summers at Cedarhurst Beach and is the 3rd of 5 generations to do so. He and his wife, Marsha, moved to Beaverton full-time in 2003. Alan was the 3rd generation proprietor of Ely Limited (1972 – 1997). Among his volunteer commitments, he has served as chairperson of UNICEF Canada, VHA Home Healthcare and St. Andrew’s United Church (Beaverton). His hobbies include singing, golfing and gardening.

Andrea Kay

Andrea Kay has resided in Brock Township for over 35 years. She has been a Registered Nurse for 25+ years, with work experience at Bon Air Nursing Home in Cannington, Lakeview Manor in Beaverton, Uxbridge Hospital Medical and Emergency Unit and Ross Memorial Hospital Emergency Department where she was elected as the local Bargaining Unit President for the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), and later as the Regional Local Coordinator. In 2012, she shifted her career path to work as a Labour Relations Officer at the ONA and since has advanced in the organization and has held several leadership positions including the Manager Team Lead of Professional Practice, Manager of Labour Relations for Eastern Ontario, Senior Executive Labour Relations, and in 2022, promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Andrea has extensive experience in health care as a front-line nurse and is an advocate for the profession and policy governance, including lead roles in strategic planning and quality of service. As an extension of her position with the ONA, she currently is a trustee on the HOOPP pension plan Board of Directors.

Gene Laundrie

Gene Laundrie has been a resident of Beaverton for forty years. He has been a volunteer Board Member with Brain Injury Services Barrie for over twenty-five years. As an accident survivor since 1987, Gene has a personal interest in helping others navigate the health and social services systems to get the help they need.

Ted Smith

Ted Smith has extensive board and volunteer experience having contributed to such organizations as Brock CHC, Sunderland Coop, Durham Dairy Producers, Durham 4-H Association, Sunderland Agricultural Society, Sunderland Historical Society, and many more.  He is the former Township of Brock Regional Councillor and Deputy-Mayor where he served as Chair of the Township of Brock Planning and Community Affairs Committee, Finance Committee, Committee of Adjustment, Negotiating Committee and other committees.  He is the Past-Chair of the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival Committee and the Board of the Kawartha Conservation Authority.  Ted also serves as a Director on the Board of Durham Non-Profit Housing.  He is a resident of the Sunderland area.

Election to Brock CHC’s Board of Directors

Qualified members of Brock Community Health Centre are eligible to be considered for election to the Brock CHC Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting. If you are interested in being considered for election to the Brock CHC Board of Directors, please download, print and complete the Board Recruitment Questionnaire and return to Janet McPherson, Executive Director, Brock Community Health Centre, P.O. 279, 720 Simcoe Street, Beaverton, Ontario, L0K 1A0 or email to [email protected].