LWDHF Board of Directors, 2018-19

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


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.


Holly Friesen
Owner and Artist, studio HAF

Holly Friesen, LWDHF Vice-Chair, 2018-19

As a resident, parent and business owner I have an interest in having a healthy medical community.

I strongly believe that the community is what we make of it together.  As such, I have been involved with many volunteer organizations in Kenora, including being a founding member of LOWAC, President of Kenora Swimming Sharks, Harbourtown Biz arts liaison and responsible for promotions for several organizations.

Along with being a professional artist and owning a gallery in Kenora, I have a science and marketing background.  I was a Senior Researcher with a global marketing firm before moving to Kenora and to the arts as a profession.  I continue to operate as an independent consultant for clients across North America.  I’m hoping to bring a different perspective to the Board and offer assistance based on my past experiences.


Jackie Hailstone
General Manager – CIBC Kenora Banking Centre

Jackie Hailstone, Secretary/Treasurer, 2018-19

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.


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.

Dominique Kyle
Business Development Executive, The Chia Group – Lake of the Woods

Dominique Kyle, Director

I am a born and raised Calgarian that gave up the beautiful Rockies for the equally outstanding destination of Lake of the Woods! After four years of life in North Western Ontario and I am never looking back; other than the annual ski trips out west!  

In my journey to this point in my life, I am so grateful my parents encouraged travel to be an integral part of my education.  I had the privilege to be a part of program called Class Afloat where we sailed from North America, to Europe to Africa to South America on a Barquentine Tall Ship. This epic journey, along with annually accompanying my father on business trips to South America gave me the gift of seeing, respecting and appreciating a world beyond mine.  It was no surprise that I was driven to study International Business Management at University.  This degree required me to study in Mexico City at Universidad Panamericana, and by the time I left I was fluent (I now wish I still was!).  Upon completion of my degree I then had 5 fantastic years with Canadian Pacific Railway.   I left Calgary in 2005 and moved to Cork, Ireland to support my husband in achieving his dream;  a degree in Medicine.  After 5 incredible years in Europe, we now reside full time in Kenora with two children, and have thankfully found the careers and life we were striving for.

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.

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.

Kayla Borup (née Renaud)
Communications Manager, Copperfin Credit Union

Kayla has volunteered with the Lake of the Woods Concert Group and the Festival of Trees Committee for the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. She was a LWDHF board member the last year and a half she was in in Kenora before moving to Redlake in October 2014. Kayla, her husband and new son are returning to Kenora this summer.

She originally moved to Kenora in 2009 after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours BA in Global Studies and Spanish. Her education allowed her the opportunity to work overseas for two summer terms with the Northern Ireland Housing authority where she did research in the areas of housing development and social welfare.

“The quality of life that we have here in Kenora is in large part due to organizations like the Hospital Foundation that work to ensure we all have access to quality health care equipment and services. Being a part of the Hospital Foundation Board would mean that I can use my skills in marketing and communications to contribute to the health and well-being of our community… and there is nothing I can think of that feels better than that!” – Kayla Borup