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Dr. Atkinson completed his undergraduate training at the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario. Following residency training in Calgary, he practiced comprehensive family medicine for 18 years in both Northern and Southern Ontario. He has completed the Physician Management Institute courses through the Canadian Medical Association and has completed the Masters of Medical Management Program with Tulane University. In 2009 he was awarded the CPE (Certified Physician Executive) designation by the American College of Physician Executives. Since 1996, Dr. Atkinson has been involved full time in hospital management, initially as VP Patient Programs with a multi-facility healthcare corporation in New Brunswick and then as Chief of Staff with Lakeridge Health, a large multi-site community hospital. He is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. He has also been actively involved in healthcare planning at the provincial level serving on both government committees and provincial healthcare forums. Dr. Atkinson joined Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, in 2007 as Chief of Staff and Vice President, Medical Affairs. He was responsible for physician professional practice, resource planning and recruitment, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, laboratory services and medical education. He continued in this role until November 2013. Currently he is working with the NSM LHIN as Physician Lead for Emergency Services, continues to have a limited hospital based clinical practice and is enjoying being able to work with several community-based organizations.
Bruce has over 30 years experience in Senior Management roles in the plastics and automotive parts manufacturing sectors. Bruce is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, BA (Honours) degree. Since his retirement in 2010, Bruce has served as a volunteer Board member of Hospice Simcoe, the Barrie & Community Family Health Team, the Family Health Organization and the NSMHPCN.
Deborah Duncan-Randal is Vice President, Regional Programs at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, Ontario. Until the recent hiring of an Executive Vice President, Clinical Services Ms. Duncan-Randal also provided leadership, consultation and advice in the professional development and nursing practice of the hospital nursing staff as Chief Nursing Executive. From 1973 to 1987, Ms. Duncan-Randal moved from staff nurse to Quality Assurance and Patient Services Coordinator at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia, with experience as a head nurse and nursing unit manager along the way. From 1987 to 1999 she was Manager of Health and Professional Services at the Huronia Regional Centre. As a consultant to the Ministry of Health and Community and Social Services, Ms. Duncan-Randal conducted system reviews at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, Thistletown Regional Centre, Syl Apps Treatment Centre, York Detention Centre, Valta Vocational Centre, Oxford Regional Centre and Midwestern Regional Centre. No stranger to multiple appointments, Ms. Duncan-Randal accepted the post of Assistant Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital in 1999. In 2001, Ms. Duncan-Randal was appointed Chief Nursing Officer at Waypoint. As founder of Deborah L. Duncan Consultant Services, Ms. Duncan-Randal has conducted strategic visioning and planning sessions, program reviews and board development workshops with a number of organizations in the public and private sector. Ms. Duncan-Randal is a board member of North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network and provides volunteer training North Simcoe Victim Crisis Services (founding member and chair for six years). Ms. Duncan-Randal is a registered nurse with Nursing Administration Certification.
Sonja has lived in Alcona since July 2009 with her husband Bill and high energy 2-year old husky, Zoe. She was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1992 and is now “semi-retired” (or as some of her colleagues say “recycled”)and supply preaching usually three times a month. Sonja served on the National Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada (ELCIC) for nine years (until summer of 2007). The last four years of which she was the Lutheran Representative to the Anglican Council of General Synod. Following that, she served on the ELCIC Taskforce on Human Sexuality to develop a Social Statement which was adopted in 2011. She chaired the Community Advisory Board for the Newmarket/Maple Health Long Term Care Centres for a number of years; she is the Eastern Synod representative to the Ontario Multi-faith Council; represents Westside Lutheran Church on the Barrie Chapter of KAIROS (an ecumenical social justice agency) and on the Barrie Chapter of Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness. Sonja has volunteered at Hospice Simcoe (since the summer of 2013) in the area of Bereavement providing “one-on-one” and “group” support. Social justice and spiritual care undergird all of her volunteer involvements. She has been a NSMHPCN director since the summer of 2015.
Theresa has 30 years of experience providing accounting, tax and business advice to clients in Toronto, Simcoe and Muskoka. Theresa is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and South Africa. She has a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Cape Town and a B.Sc. Agric from the University of Kwazulu-Natal.
Nancy Roxborough joined the NSMHPCN board in 2016. The CEO of the Simcoe County Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association since 2001, Nancy has an extensive background as a Registered Social Worker in the fields of mental health, supportive housing, and AIDS services. Currently, she is the Board Treasurer for the Barrie and Community Family Health Team and is a Board Member of Pathways to End Homelessness in Barrie. She is very involved in committees across the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, including the LHIN Leadership Council, LHIN Board Council and the LHIN Mental Health and Addictions Council. Nancy also served 4 years as board member for Marathon Dynamics Running Club in Toronto and worked part-time for the Running Room in Barrie teaching Half Marathon Clinics.
Ryan is passionate about health equity as well as celebrating diversity. He has an Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario where he developed a particular focus in health among marginalized populations and health promotion. He currently works as a Prevention and Screening Lead for the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program, developing and implementing health promotion and educational programming throughout North Simcoe Muskoka. Born and raised in Oro-Medonte, Ryan enjoys skiing, canoeing, and hiking with his golden retriever Owen.