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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.
Michelle Gettins-Magill has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years, working in a variety of settings including Acute Care, Community Palliative Care, Hospice and Long Term Care. Michelle has held a variety of front line and management positions throughout her career with a primary focus on Palliative Care in each of them. Michelle is originally from the Oshawa area where she worked as a development support worker for 10 years before becoming a nurse. She moved to Muskoka 19 years ago with her family and has never looked back.
Tracey has been on the NSMHPCN Board of Directors since June 2017 and she is currently a lawyer at Devry Smith Frank’s Barrie office. Prior to joining DSF, Tracey achieved her B.A. in Psychology from McMaster University, B.A. in Political Science from University of Toronto and J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to Bar in 2004 and practised law at a Bay Street law firm prior to moving to a large regional firm in Barrie where she worked for 7 years before opening a boutique law firm where she has worked for the last 4 years. Tracey brings with her exceptional experience with wills, trusts and estate planning, estate litigation, consent and capacity law, not-for-profit and charity law, and general corporate law expertise. In her free time, Tracey spends time with her two daughters and takes care of her various pets. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Wendat Community Services and Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County.