Building our future together
Message from the campaign Chair, Harvey Fraser
“As a life-long resident of Grey County, I joined the Board of the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation because I felt it was time for me to give something back, to put my time and effort into the community. To me, one of the most honourable and meaningful places to invest one’s efforts is in health care which benefits everyone in the community. Imagine if we didn’t have a hospital in this area! It’s a long stretch from Owen Sound to Orangeville and covers a large area. We absolutely need this in our community, as Markdale is a central location. Our people deserve the finest health care we can offer, so it’s exciting to realize how a modern state-of-the-art facility will serve Markdale and all the surrounding communities. The hospital is also vital to our economic health, and to attracting families and young professionals, including doctors to the area.
But we cannot complete the project without financial support from the community. That’s why I agreed to serve as Chair of Together in Care campaign. I believe strongly in this community, and in its future. I also believe in the importance of health care investments that will have an impact today and for several generations to come. So, as a Campaign Cabinet, we invite everyone in the area into the task of building our health-care future together. Please join us in the Together in Care campaign.”
- Harvey Fraser, Campaign Chair
Hamilton Hall – Honourary Chair
Dr. Hamilton Hall is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and on the orthopaedic staff at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
In 1974, because of his interest in patient education and rehabilitation, Dr. Hall founded the Canadian Back Institute now CBI Health Group, the largest rehabilitation provider in Canada.
Dr. Hall is co-founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Spine Society. He has served on the editorial boards of Spine, The Spine Journal and The BackLetter.
Dr. Hamilton Hall has received Outstanding Paper and Poster awards from the North American Spine Society and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He is a recipient of the Best Undergraduate Clinical Lecturer Award at the University of Toronto, the NASS Henry Farfan Award for outstanding contributions to the field of spine care and Two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from Stryker Spine and the other from the Canadian Spine Society. He has been inducted into the Toronto Orthopaedic Hall of Fame.
In addition to over 140 published articles and book chapters and over 1300 invited presentations, many as Visiting Professor to universities in North America, Europe and Asia, Dr. Hamilton Hall is author of the best-selling Back Doctor series of books for the lay public.
Ron Goldsmith – Special Advisor
Ron has volunteered with the hospital in various capacities since 2004 when he joined the new hospital fundraising campaign.
He has been a foundation director and chair, a Board member of Grey Bruce Health Services, and a volunteer in the oncology and MRI campaigns.
Ron and his wife, Adele, bought land near Priceville in 1981 as a first step towards moving to this area.
The final step was taken in 2003 when Ron retired (finally!) from his career at Ryerson University – proving once again that the good things in life (new hospitals, for example) may take a little time.
Darlene Lamberti – Campaign Director
Having a hospital close to home was one of the main features that brought Darlene and her family to this community 26 years ago. She has always had a soft spot for the non-profit sector and has donated her time and resources to numerous organizations over the years.
Her general philosophy is “it is much more rewarding to watch money change the world, than to watch it accumulate”.
Darlene has been with the Foundation since 2017. She brings with her an abundance of energy and a head full of ideas. We welcome Darlene to the team and encourage you to stop by the Foundation office and say “hello”.
Lynn Horlor – Financial Officer
After over 30 years in various senior Finance roles with the Town of Oakville, then followed by 3 years as CEO of the Oakville Public Library, Lynn and her husband Tom retired and moved to Thornbury in December 2018. They have always loved the area and along with their two children, have been Beaver Valley Ski Club members for 25 years.
Lynn was looking for an opportunity to utilize her financial and organizational skills and to give back to the community on a part-time basis. The opportunity to work for the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation was a perfect fit, and Lynn came on board in December 2020.
Gerry is the President and owner of Bowler & Company CPA Professional Corporation, which includes a full time staff of 12 including 5 CPA’s and offers a full range of accounting and consulting services. Their main office is located in Markdale with a convenience office in Dundalk.
He, along with his wife Linda and their dog Duncan, live in the Municipality of Chatsworth.
Gerry realizes that having a hospital in the area makes strong financial sense. But the real reason he is committed to healthcare is because not having a functioning local hospital available to him, his family and his community is simply not an option
Mary Margaret Crapper
Chief Communications & Public Affairs
GBHS Lisason to Cabinet
Mary Margaret Crapper is the Chief, Communications & Public Affairs for Grey Bruce Health Services. In this role, she oversees internal and external communications for the six hospitals of GBHS, and works closely with the Foundations the support the hospitals. Prior to joining GBHS in 2011, Mary Margaret worked for Toronto Public Health as the Communications and Media Relations Manager, and with the Ministry of Health as a Communications Advisor supporting the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province. Mary Margaret is originally from Meaford, and has deep roots in Grey County.
Nancy was born & raised in the Markdale area & has always considered this area to be home. She left the area for a few years living in K-W & PEI. After a fulfilled career with Scotiabank, Nancy retired in 2018. Now living in Eugenia area with her partner, Jim. Between them they have four children & five grandchildren which is the love of their lives.
Nancy was a member of the Foundation for for six years & now volunteers on a few committees. Building of the new hospital has been a high priority after joining the foundation board & working with many mentors from the original campaign.
David is a local boy, born in Markdale Hospital and raised on the family farm in Vandeleur. After graduating agricultural college, he married and started his own family and farm not far from the family homestead.
David and his father, have a long history in municipal politics with 46 years served on council between the two of them. David is a Past Warden of Grey County and served as Deputy Mayor for most of his 21 years on municipal council. Along side his political career, he ran the farm and a large residential snow removal business.
Now ‘semi’ retired, David has been appointed to the OMAFRA Appeals Tribunal/Board of Negotiation, fills his passion for the land with his lawn maintenance business, and remains involved with many charitable organizations and events.
David married his high school sweetheart and local girl and thoroughly enjoyed raising their two active children in the Markdale community.
Having raised $120K for Sick Kids Hospital/SUDEP Aware in memory of their 15-year-old daughter Jordan, David understands the power of community coming together for the greater good!
Rob was born at the Markdale Hospital and lived his early years in Flesherton enjoying rural life and playing activities of hockey, baseball and music. After attending Macphail Elementary and Grey Highlands Secondary Schools in Flesherton, he pursued his final 2 years of high school at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora. After receiving a diploma in Funeral Service Education at Humber College, Toronto in 1981 he entered a lifelong service to the bereavement industry for over 40 years owning funeral homes in Woodville, Coboconk, Barrie and Flesherton. Rob founded Georgian Bay Cremation Services in 2000 which serves North Central Ontario and the Muskokas providing cremation products and services to over 2500 families a year. Currently he is the project manager for an Aquamation service in Flesherton, an alternative process to traditional burial and cremation.
Rob also sits on the board of The Hanley Institute a youth centre initiative at the former St. John’s United Church property in Flesherton. He is the father of 6 and grandfather of 10 and is very proud to have been appointed to the Major Gifts Campaign for the new hospital in Markdale.
Sandy grew up in the Feversham area on her parent’s trout farm, Aquafarms. Together with her husband Jamie Gott (also from Feversham), in 1995 they started Ice River Springs Water Company, bottling spring water in Feversham. Today the company has six bottling plants across Canada. Over the years, they have expanded into a family of companies, Ice River Sustainable Solutions which is involved in recycling, manufacturing and organic farming and milling. Sandy and Jamie raised their three children in this area and family members are active and important contributors to the Ice River team. On days off, Sandy loves playing with her grandchildren and her horses (in that order).
The Gott family were early supporters of the Markdale Hospital and Sandy was pleased to be invited to join the Campaign. Having a local hospital is vitally important to the community and to Ice River team members, many of whom live in the area.
After a 38 year business career in Toronto Stewart and his wife Patricia moved to Grey Highlands in 2000.
They now live in their former summer home on Lake Eugenia. During the same year they opened Eugenia Falls Emporium . Stewart served in municipal politics for 12 years.
He was the Grey County Warden for 2018. He remains active in the community as the President of the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on many local boards and committees.
He was a contributor to the initial Foundation funding round and wants to see the new hospital up and running.
A local boy; Brian was born in the Centre Grey Hospital (a few years ago!) and is a graduate of GHSS. He worked with the Grey County Board of Education for 20 years, then with Kimbergill.
Brian now works as a carpenter/handyman. He and his wife Terry live outside Feversham. He has been a member of the Feversham & District Kinsmen Club for 33 years. Brian enjoys sports, hunting and just relaxing with his 2 married daughters and 6 grandchildren!
Brian is looking forward to working with the community to help make the new hospital a reality!
After living on the West Coast of Canada for 20 years, Nancy returned to Grey County and was eager to find a way to give back to the community she was raised in.
Nancy gained unique experience out west and was employed in senior administrative and management positions at BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.
Nancy now lives in Markdale, works part-time in the bereavement industry, and is thoroughly enjoying being on the Board of Directors of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation supporting the very hospital she was born in!
Her latest volunteer position is on the Campaign Cabinet and is thrilled to be ‘together in care’ with my community!
I am pleased and excited to be Chair of the Family Campaign. I was born in Markdale Hospital, raised on a mixed farm near Dundalk, never a dull day as I participated in sports, 4H, Jr. Farmers, completed my Gr 8 piano. I attended GHSS and completed my RPN at McEachern Training Centre at Collingwood Hospital in 1975.
Except for brief time with GreyBruce Health Unit that made me realize I thrive on being at the bedside, helping patients and precepting numerous students. Centre Grey has been good to me and these walls truly do need replaced.
Ron my Husband of 45 years has supported my career while he farmed, painted and helped raise Kym, Cheryl and Jason. Our family is all fortunate to be able to work and play in beautiful Grey/Bruce, also blessing us with 7 energetic grandchildren.
My mother Marjory Pallister was on the foundation when they realized the need to pursue a more functional Hospital and in her memory I have a task to fulfil. As one member of the staff stated in a debriefing after a successful critical event, “we’re not staff, we’re Family”.
My name is Bill Wildeboer. I am the founder and a partner at Royal LePage RCR Realty, working out of our Flesherton office. My wife Shawnie and I moved to our farm in Grey Highlands 25 years ago and we both love this area.
Markdale Hospital has been very important to our family and friends. Therefore, I am honoured to be part of the Together Care fundraising campaign and assist our community by investing in the future of the Markdale Hospital.
Major Gifts Committee
- Bill Wideboer (Chair)
- Gerry Bowler
- Michelle Patey
- Bob Pringle
- Ruth Ann Risk
- Wayne Shier
- Paul Stewart
Leadership Gifts Committee
- Sandy Gott (Chair)
- Deb Fawcett
- Rob Fawcett
- Paul Stewart
Family Campaign Committee
- Heather Torry (Chair)
- Betty Bassett
- Karen Brown
- Marni Goss
- Dr. Will Gott
- Lori Hudson
- Hailey Irwin
- Beth Kennedy
- Megan Sherson
- Nancy Sinclair (Chair)
- Peter French
Community Campaign Committee
- Nancy Evans (Chair)
- MaryLynn Bernard
- Brian Hiltz
- Jerry Lynn Levitt
- Lesley Priddle
- Don Black
- Gerry Bowler
- Gerry McNalty
- Paul Stewart