LWDHF Board of Directors, 2020-21

If you would like to contact any of LWDHF’s Directors, we can be reached by using the contact form below, or email:  lwdhf@lwdh.on.ca

Chair

Anthony Sharp
Operations/Base Manager (Kenora), Ornge Air Ambulance

Anthony Sharp, LWDHF Chair, 2018-19

I believe that my experience in both the not for profit and health care delivery sectors make me an excellent candidate as a board member. I began my professional career working in the not for profit sector with The Trans Canada Trail Foundation, where my responsibilities included being the board liaison with the operation, along with being the liaison to provincial trail building boards. More recently I have worked with one of the hospital key external stakeholders and community partners Ornge Transport Medicine. My work with Ornge both as a paramedic and a the Base Manager have provided me with the opportunity to see the importance and impact the Hospital Foundation has both on the hospital and our community.

From a personal standpoint the Lake of the Woods Hospital has not only played a major part in my immediate family, as both my children were born there, but also multiple generations of  my extended family have been born and cared under its roof. I feel very strongly about being able to give back to the Hospital through volunteering my time to its Foundation, because it has and will continue to be a central part in caring for my family, and the community we live in.

Vice Chair

Kim Mejia
Partner, Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP

Kim Mejia, Director

Kim was born and raised in Kenora and is now an Associate at Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP.

Kim left Kenora shortly after graduating from BBSS in 2006 and returned in 2014 after obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Throughout her time away she has volunteered her time with a number of community legal clinics and charity events such as the CIBC Run for the Cure. She is now a volunteer coach for the Kenora All Star Cheer and Dance team and acts as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Kenora District Law Association.

Kim believes in the integral role that the foundation plays in raising awareness for projects and services that help to maintain quality patient care at our Hospital. She is looking forward to giving back to the community through her position with the foundation.

Secretary/Treasurer

Jackie Hailstone
General Manager – CIBC Kenora Banking Centre

Jackie Hailstone, Secretary/Treasurer, 2018-21

Jackie Hailstone is the General Manager at the CIBC Kenora branch. She was born and raised in Emo, ON and graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She has been with CIBC for 17 years working in Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, Dryden and Kenora. Jackie loves Northwestern Ontario and has been enjoying Kenora for the last 11 years.

As the manager of the CIBC in Kenora she has been able to participate and support community events such as Run for the Cure, United Way Campaign, and Boobie Nights. Jackie and her husband Sean have two small children and believes in the value of a strong health care facilities for all families in the area.

Directors

Brock Chisholm
Manager, Rehabilitation Department, LWDH

Brock Chisholm, Director

Brock Chisholm has been the Manager of Rehabilitation at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora since 1993, a position that includes program and financial planning and evaluation, human and physical resources management, Quality Assurance activities, clinical coordination of all student activities, clinical preceptorship, and clinical assessment, treatment and consultation.

After graduating in 1989 from the University of Toronto, he initially worked as a staff Physiotherapist at St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay, where he specialized in rheumatology and geriatrics.

In addition to his current management and clinical role at the LWDH, Brock is also the Physiotherapy Co-ordinator with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Studies Program, where he both coordinates student placement activities and Continuing Professional Development for Physiotherapists in Northwestern Ontario.

Marc Bissonnette
Owner, Bell’s Septic & Environmental Services

Marc Bissonnette, Director

I was born and raised in Keewatin and graduated from BBSS in 1989.   I left Kenora to go to school in Ottawa but moved to Calgary and graduated from Mount Royal College with a marketing diploma in 1992.   After graduation I was given a contract position with Molson Breweries that turned into a full time position in Thunder Bay. I worked as a sales rep with Molson’s from 1993 till 1999.  As a result of cut backs I was forced to change directions so I decided to take 6 months off to prepare myself for the next challenge that life would present to me.  In October of 2000 I purchased Hap’s on the Harbourfront and was owner/operator till November of 2012 when I realized family and quality of life are more important. In January of 2013 I took a job as a account manager for Acklands-Grainger.

Since moving back to Kenora I was lucky to find my wonderful wife Lana and we have two wonderful kids, Luc and Leah, four and two respectively.  I tried to give back through my business by giving to the hospital foundation and through multiple charities with our charity beef on a bun. 

I have been involved in many different business organization including Kenora BIZ, Economic Business Development Commission and Business Attraction Committee. I look forward to raising my children in Kenora and give them all the opportunities that Kenora and the Lake of the Woods have to offer. One of the biggest lesson I hope to give my kids is giving back to your community.  I look forward to helping the foundation accomplish all of its goals and believe I will be a valuable member.

Barry Marmus
Commercial Branch Manager, The Standard Insurance

I was born and raised in Rainy River but have made Kenora home for the past 22 years with my wife and daughter.

I co-owned and operated our family run business until 2011 at which time I then became a Broker and partner at Standard Insurance.

Throughout the years I have developed my career with hard work, determination and integrity, which are all qualities I will bring to the Board.

I have previously been involved in various community organizations and thought this would be a good opportunity to again become involved and give back while helping to support an integral part of our community.

Laci Dingwall
Public Relations Manager, The Dingwall Group

I’m happy my family and I get to call Kenora home. 

After moving here in 2008, I have tried my best to involve myself in our community as much possible. Starting my business career at Woodlake Marine in Finance, I quickly grew a huge respect for the lake and fisheries and became a director on the Kenora Bass internationals board of directors. Now 8 years later I am the Director of Sponsorship and Co-chair of the Tournament. I have also been a member on the Community Foundations Marketing Committee, The Kenora Recreation Centre’s Expansion Committee and am currently a Director for the Kids Can Fish ice fishing Tournament.

I have spent the last 4 years as the HR & Marketing Manager for the Dingwall Group of Companies. In this role I have been able to reach the community on so many other levels through organizing various charitable functions. This role has allowed me to strengthen my educational background in business marketing while creating great partnerships within the community!

Kenora is not only beautiful to look at, but is a town with the biggest heart. I’m a huge people person and it’s the people that truly make a strong and thriving community and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.

Melanie Buffett
Human Resources Manager, Lake of the Woods District Hospital

Melanie was born and raised in Dryden and has lived in Kenora with her daughter for the last 15 years. After graduating from Wilfred Laurier University in 1998, she moved to Toronto and worked in marketing and sales before returning to Northwestern Ontario in 2000.

Melanie has a 20-year background in Communications and Human Resources. She currently is the HR Manager for Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.  Prior to that she spent years serving in various HR and Communications roles at the Northwestern Health Unit.

“I have seen firsthand the positive impact that access to health services has on the overall health of a community.  I’m passionate about the work LWDHF does to support the facilities and the treatment opportunities they offer at Lake of the Woods District Hospital. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of the Foundation team, and help make a difference in building a healthy, vibrant and supportive community for all.”

Angela Kuchma
Broker of Record, RE/MAX NorthWest Realty Ltd

As a proud Kenora local and longtime resident of Northwestern Ontario, Angela has always been deeply connected to Kenora and Lake of the Woods.  As the Broker of Record/Owner of RE/MAX Northwest Realty Ltd. she is passionate about her team, her clients and the community and brings that same enthusiasm to her role with the foundation.  Prior her career in real estate, Angela excelled in corporate sales, customer service and marketing for over 20 years, working in both Canada and the U.S but felt that the Lake was always calling to her.   She finally made the decision to follow her heart and move home to Kenora in 2007 and has never looked back.

She is a strong believer in giving back to the greater community and the people who live, work and visit Kenora and the surrounding area. As a result, she is always involved in numerous fundraising activities for charitable organizations.  These include the Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation as one original founders of the well known Boobie Nights annual fundraiser in support of raising funds for the digital mammography unit, a long time passionate advocate and fundraiser for It’s a Dog’s Life Fostering Network and the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. She also serves as a Director for Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp and formally as a Director with Kenora District Chamber of Commerce. You can find her in her spare time enjoying the many things our area has to offer and enjoying the lake all times of the year.

Shauna Aubin
Owner, Home Daycare

I was born and raised in Kenora and after graduating High school, I continued my post secondary education at Lakehead University. Graduated with Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education. Taking a position with Dufresne Furniture & Appliances in early spring of 2001, I loved the connections I made from our seasonal residents plus serving our community year-round. In spring of 2003, I stepped in to a management role and headed west to Calgary and was Sales Manager at that location until fall of 2005 when I realized that my heart was meant to be in Kenora. I returned to the Kenora store until my husband and I brought our daughter into the world. After our family was complete with our son arriving, they were my world and being home with them was where I needed to be. I made the decision to leave my management position of 10 years and started my own Home Daycare. This is where I have been since. Raising my own children as well as many others has been a huge blessing. My whole life I’ve always been involved in our community right from my high school days until now. I currently am holding the chair position of School Council at Valleyview Public School. It’s been a big part of my soul to give back, be a part of and do right by our community. I’m excited to use my home grown roots of our community to bring energy, passion and drive to the foundation to bring greatness to our hospital.

“Volunteering isn’t about having the time, It’s about having the heart”

Stephen Mitchell
Director, Ministry of the Solicitor General

I recently returned to Kenora, but originally moved here in 2007 to work as the Manager for Youth Justice Services.  I have lived a significant portion of my life in Northern Ontario moving to Thunder Bay from my hometown Saskatoon in 1998 to attend Lakehead University to complete a Master of Arts degree.  I have worked in both the non-profit sector and within the Government of Ontario, primarily in the Justice Sector with Probation, Parole, and Youth Justice.  I also have work experience working in the Children’s Mental Health and Child Welfare sector.   I am currently the Northern Regional Director for Community Services, with the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Through my life I have worked on numerous Boards of Directors in both Thunder Bay and Kenora with a variety of interests including Crime Stoppers, Aids Committee of Thunder Bay, Alzheimer’s Society of Thunder Bay, and Pinecrest Home for the Aged.  The opportunity to contribute to the long term health of our community through the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation Board is exciting for me as a way to contribute to well being through the health sector medical needs of our community.  My family and I are also active with many outdoor activities including skiing, cycling, boating, snowmobiling and sailing.