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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.
Quentin feels genuinely grateful for the opportunity to become further rooted in the NSMHPCN network as a member of the board. As a volunteer with Hospice Orillia, he finds deep fulfillment and is truly honoured to be able to share space with others during transformative transitions. Quentin is currently a faculty member at Georgian College where he’s constantly co-creating and learning from his students across areas such as Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He also has a passion for the UN SDGs and works in collaboration to promote and embrace those values within the College. Quentin is a life-long learner with degrees from Lakehead (Social Work) and Western (Political Science) and a post-graduate certificate from Humber (Public Relations). He has had the privilege of collaborating with inspiring people through his time helping to design the Food Security Framework for Simcoe County, delivering Social Enterprise coaching and workshops throughout Simcoe and Grey West communities, and helping Georgian College become the first and only college in Canada to attain the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation. While Quentin strives for work-life integration as much as possible, his non-vocational appetites include spirituality, energy healing and seeking to bring intentionality to his own footprints as we all walk each other home.
Born and raised in Oro Medonte, Nicole feels blessed to have been able to serve her hometown community in the bereavement sector. She has worked for the past 20 years at the Mundell Funeral Home as a Licensed Funeral Director, in 2017 taking on the leadership role as the chapel manager of the Mundell Funeral Home and more recently took on the General Manager role of the Mundell Funeral Home (Orillia), Cavill Funeral Home in Gravenhurst and the Reynolds Funeral Home in Bracebridge. Nicole joined Hospice Orillia, from the angle of a compassionate community member – believing there is a great need to inform and improve upon the communication of local palliative & bereavement services through NSMHPCN and is always honoured to serve and learn from a team that instills the same objectives and values. In her off time, she enjoys fitness, spending time with family and her church community, and can be found bowing in an Orillia Mixed League.
Ryan currently works as the Manager of Integrated Care in the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Indigenous Interprofessional Primary Care Team at the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle where he is accountable for community health projects, community addictions supports, and primary care operations. Ryan holds a Bachelors of Health Science degree from Western University and is experienced in health promotion, health systems change management, and social determinants of health. Prior to working at Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin, Ryan worked in mental health policy across Canada with a specific focus on supporting community-based suicide prevention efforts in northern Saskatchewan and Nunavut. Ryan brings experience in the social determinants of health, community engagement, mental health care, cancer care, and health promotion. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys creative pursuits and learning about design.