Board of Trustees
Grandview Children’s Centre is governed by an 11 member volunteer Board of Trustees who live within Durham Region and are members in good standing with the Grandview Children's Centre Corporation.
The Board of Trustees hold an Annual General Meeting each June for the purpose of:
- reporting to the community on progress in the previous year;
- nominating and electing new trustees to the Board; and
- releasing the Grandview Children’s Centre Annual Report.
Meet the Board of Trustees for Grandview Children's Centre
JACKIE LONG, Chair
Jackie is the current Chair of Grandview’s Board of Trustees and has as over 15 years of diverse experience as a Human Resources Professional in manufacturing, newspaper publishing, and information technology with a focus on organizational development, operational effectiveness and change management. Her areas of expertise include Strategic Human Resources, Performance Management, Employee and Labour Relations, Training and Development, HR Technology Solutions, Pension and Benefits, Workforce Planning and Cultural Transformation.
In her professional life, Jackie’s key focus and passion is enhancing people’s daily lives through facilitative HR leadership and working collaboratively with stakeholders to improve processes, systems, and programs and exploring ways to break down barriers to find solutions and realize improvements.
Jackie is keenly aware of the need for volunteer leaders throughout the community to support the critical work of organizations like Grandview Children’s Centre. She sits on the board of two not-for-profit organizations dealing with rehabilitative services for children.
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and has enriched her professional learning with a Certificate in Employee Benefits (Humber College), Certificate in Organizational Development (Queen’s University) and a Strategic Change Leadership Certificate (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto). As well, she is an MBTI® Qualified Practitioner and Kolbe Certified Specialist, which are tools used for leadership and team development.
CONNIE SHAW, Vice Chair
Connie been with the Bank of Nova Scotia for over 20 years where she is currently the Manager of the Oshawa Main Branch.
Connie has volunteered with the Kidney Foundation and has acted as the Team Leader for four teams.
She has also volunteered with Centre 55 in Toronto, a community-focused organization that helps the underprivileged.
For the previous two years, Connie was the Treasurer for the Grandview Children's Centre Board of Trustees and sat on the Executive Committee.
Connie lives in Oshawa, has three daughters and loves to travel.
WILSON LITTLE, Treasurer
Wilson has more than thirty years experience with design, permitting, construction and commissioning of multimillion dollar capital expenditure projects for the building materials Industry.
He also has twelve years of experience working on the design and construction supervision of municipal infrastructure projects.
Wilson has a B. Sc. (Civil Engineering) 1968, from Queen’s University Belfast.
He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers - UK
Wilson is married and has two daughters, and has lived in Whitby since 1975.
Wilson enjoys classic automobiles and exercise.
CHRIS KOOY, Secretary
Chris Kooy is a life-long resident of Durham Region who resides in Bowmanville. She is married with two sons.
She has been a Health Care Executive who worked for Lakeridge Health Corporation for thirty-seven years until her retirement in February of 2009. The strengths that she brought to Lakeridge Health were community and stakeholder relations, organizational governance, utilization of human and financial resources.
Chris provided strategic leadership, program management, practice transformation, accountability for financial, material, environmental, human resources, quality and professional standards management for her portfolio. She administered a budget of $160 million and provided leadership to 1600 staff.
She held the positions of Vice President Patient Care Services, Vice President Nursing and Head Nurse Emergency from 1988 to 1998.
Chris is a Registered Nurse. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Certificates in the Essentials of Business Administration and Facilitative Leadership.
Todd is a strategic development, growth-oriented executive with 17 years of experience in general business management and 12 years creating and managing high performance sales teams at the senior level. He has acquired overall profit and loss and strategic vision responsibilities for each business unit. Todd is a superior leader with expertise in directing regional and global business with resources in several different countries.
Todd is a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, and was the Director in 2004. He is a member of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce; Toronto Board of Trade; Mississauga Board of Trade; St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce.
He has been associated with the Oshawa Ringette Association where he is also a coach.
Todd lives in Whitby with his wife and children.
Ian is Government Relations Director for Ontario at TELUS. Ian represents TELUS to the province and to local governments on public policy issues and public sector procurement. Ian is a lawyer and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992. In 1995 he went to Queen’s Park to work as a policy adviser and served two cabinet ministers- the Minister of Economic Development, Trade & Tourism (1995-1997), and the Minister of Finance (1997-2000), and assisted in the preparation of three provincial budgets. Ian has extensive government relations experience in the telecommunications, real estate, and automobile sectors, and is a past vice president and member of the board of directors of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.
Ian has a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University at Kingston, an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick, and an ICD from the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Business for directors of not-for-profit organizations.
Ian sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Public Affairs Association of Canada, and is a past director of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, and former Secretary to the TELUS Toronto Community Board.
TINA A. DEMMERS
Tina lives in Port Perry with her husband and children where they run a farm.
Tina has a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy.
Tina has held several positions with Lakeridge Health Port Perry, including: Director of Physiotherapy; Director of Rehabilitation Services; Program Leader for Rehabilitation Services and Outreach Clinics and Director, Rural Health Services and Site Leader.
Her volunteer work/community involvement includes:
Scugog Community Care
Physician Recruitment Task Force
Brock Township Health Summit
Sunday School Teacher
Lecturer in stress, osteoporosis and back care management techniques to various groups within the community
Principle, Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions
Scott Ovenden Scott is an experienced clinical care provider, operations leader and process improvement coach. He is the Director of the Transformation Management Office at Rouge Valley Health System where he supports the development of organizational improvement capabilities to deliver measurable results.
Over the past 7 years, Scott has supported several province-wide quality improvement projects. These experiences have provided him the opportunity to work with a wide range of healthcare personnel, from clinicians to senior executives, from a number of hospitals and community care providers. His ability to synthesize and distill information to identify priorities and apply structured process improvement methodologies enables him to consistently contribute as an effective change leader.
Prior to becoming a management consultant, Scott served as a clinician, operations leader and improvement coach. In the hospital environment, he has worked as a Professional Practice Leader, Clinical Manager, Patient Flow Improvement Lead and Leader (Director) of Performance Improvement. His career and education paths have enabled him to work at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Central East LHIN and The Centre for Healthcare Quality Improvement.
Specializing in patient access and flow, Scott has supported the implementation of two province-wide quality improvement projects, The Flo Collaborative and the Emergency Department Process Improvement Program. To sustain improvements in operational performance, Scott works with organizations to effectively deploy strategic priorities and create ‘lean’ management systems. These experiences have provided him the opportunity to work with a wide range of healthcare personnel, from clinicians to senior executives, in a number of hospitals and community care providers.
Scott holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration (MHSc) from the University of Toronto, a BSc (PT) in physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University and a BPE from McMaster University.
Judy has a Master of Health Sciences from Charles Sturt University in Australia, a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University in Peterborough, and a Nursing Diploma from Oshawa General Hospital in Oshawa.
Judy is currently the Vice President, Academic at Durham College and an Assistant Professor, at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario and Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Executive Director, Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA)
EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS FROM GRANDVIEW CHILDREN'S CENTRE
LORRAINE SUNSTRUM-MANN, Executive Director
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DR. CAROLYN HUNT, Medical Director
Dr. Carolyn Hunt is a Developmental Paediatrician and has been working at Grandview Children’s Centre since 2002. She has been the Medical Director at Grandview Children’s Centre since 2008. Prior to this she was a staff Developmental Paediatrician at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (HBKR) in Toronto. Dr. Hunt did her paediatric training at the University of Western Ontario and attended medical school at McMaster University, graduating in 1996. Prior to this, she completed Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology.
Dr. Hunt has extensive training in the area of developmental paediatrics and completed a Fellowship in developmental paediatrics with the Department of Neurology at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) from 2000-2002. She currently has an appointment at Sick Kids as an assistant professor and is a regular contributor to the Community Section of Developmental Paediatrics group. She also is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is supervising 1 undergraduate research student and is on the thesis advisory committee for two masters students in the department of Health Sciences.
Dr. Hunt has a strong interest in building capacity in parents of children with special needs and providing opportunities for education for parents involved with the centre. She co-authored our guidebook for families receiving a new diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy entitled “Opening the Door for Children and Families with CP”. This project was done in collaboration with one of our former clients, who have cerebral palsy Allison Partridge. A similar project was completed at HBKR prior to her move to Grandview. Dr. Hunt provides an annual education night for families who have a child diagnosed with Autism and is beginning work on a project to develop video resources for families to use after a recent diagnosis.
Dr. Hunt has championed the development of a research program at Grandview Children’s Centre. She is the chair of our research committee and successfully advocated for the position of Research Associate which is held by Dr. Meghann Lloyd, kinesiologist at UOIT. At any given time we are participating in 8-10 outside research projects and in 2012 received Research Ethics Board approval at UOIT for our first independent project. Several other projects are under development. Please refer to our Research portfolio for a full listing.
Dr. Hunt is the chair of Grandview’s Admission Committee and is responsible for leading our team to consider new and innovative ways to stretch our ability to serve more children, while directing children who may be served better by another organization appropriately. She is keenly interested in utilizing evidence based practice in her own work as well as fostering a culture of inquiry among our therapists and team members.
In addition to her duties as Medical Director, Dr. Hunt has an active developmental paediatrics practice and has 500-600 clinic visits per year. The majority of her practice relates to diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and diagnosis and ongoing medical management for children with Cerebral Palsy. She is the team leader for Grandview's Medical Services which include a second developmental paediatrician, Dr. Mary MacDonald, a physiatrist who runs our spasticity management program, Dr. Mark Mason, and an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Unni Narayanan. She also supervises our clinics which include psychology services, nutrition, transitions and spasticity management. She hopes to expand this portfolio over the course of Grandview's Strategic Plan 2012-2017.
Dr. Hunt has lived in Durham Region for 10 years and grew up in nearby York Region. She currently resides in Brooklin with her husband, three children and a hamster.
Board of Trustees Executive Committee
Jackie Long, Chair
Connie Shaw, Vice Chair
Wilson Little, Treasurer
Chris Kooy, Secretary
Geoff Wilkinson, Chair, Grandview Children's Foundation Board of Directors
Finance and Facilities Committee
Wilson Little, Chair
Adrienne Laas, Community Representative
David Williams, Community Representative
Priorities and Performance Committee
Todd Ramsey, Chair
Governance Excellence Committee
Chris Kooy, Chair