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.

Kim Mejia
Associate, 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, Weyerhaeuser Kenora Timberstrand

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 Weyerhaeuser’s Kenora Timberstrand business. Prior to that she spent 11 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.”