Dr. Bob Henderson - Chair
Bob has been practicing family medicine in Trent Hills since 1977 and has been the Medical Director of the Trent Hills Family Health Team since its inception in 2006. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto where he founded their Rural Residency Program. Bob completed over 10 years as Chief of Staff at Campbellford Memorial Hospital in 2008, and has served for many years in various capacities on the board of EMAS Canada, a Christian medical humanitarian NGO. In 2009 Bob was honoured as Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Danielle Rinsma – Vice Chair
Danielle is a Registered Nurse and has been working in hospice palliative care for the past 13 years. She has worked in both community and long term care settings. She currently works at Community Nursing Home Warkworth as a staff nurse and is also Chair of their Palliative Care Committee. Danielle has been part of the Trent Hills community since 2001.
Vicki Vannieuwenhuyze - Secretary/Treasurer
Vicki has worked with RBC Royal Bank since 1994 and is currently the Branch Manager in Norwood. She is very active in dance and choreography, sports and other activities. She knows from personal experience how important a residential hospice is for the patient and the family. Vicki moved to Warkworth from Mississauga in 2004.
Roxann moved to Cobourg from Toronto in 2007. She is a graduate of Ryerson University and studied Accounting Principles at the Toronto School of Business. Previously she was a District Manager for a food service management provider overseeing the dietary departments of 15 rural hospitals and homes for the elderly. In Toronto she volunteered in providing financial audits and sat on the design/planning committees for a new build, St. George’s Anglican Church. She has also volunteered with Big Sisters of Toronto in its outreach to street youth. Presently she manages her spouse’s Prison Law practice and acts as a bookkeeper for law firms in Cobourg and Toronto. Roxann also manages the financial affairs of some federal penitentiary inmates.
Ron has worked in hospice palliative care since 2002 – indirectly since 1990. Lived experience influenced a shift in direction as he transitioned from the for-profit to non-profit sector. Initially, Ron was employed as a front-line worker doing health promotion. A three-year stint with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Substance Abuse Bureau/AIDS Bureau) enhanced his knowledge and commitment to health care and the non-profit sector. Wanting to experience direct impact, Ron was hired as the first non-clinical manager (overseeing clinical services) at Casey House. From 2005 until now, Ron has been an Executive Director, currently with Bethell Hospice and previously with Dorothy Ley Hospice and Perram House. Ron has extensive experience sitting on Boards of Directors (in varied roles), committees and working groups at the local, provincial and national level.
Martha is a founding Board Member of the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation, where she currently works as Executive Director. She previously held the position of Clerk Treasure with the Village of Tweed and was a Financial Security Advisor for Freedom 55 Financial. A resident of Campbellford, Martha is a member of the Seniors Wellness Task Force, Rotary Club of Campbellford and the Aron Theatre Co-op’s Finance Committee. She is a Former Member of the Economic Development Committee of Trent Hills. Martha brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of fundraising and development to The Bridge Hospice.
Barb moved to Cobourg in 1980 where she opened and ran a fitness facility with her sister for more than a decade. Continuing her love of movement Barb opened another fitness business teaching Pilates and Nia till 2008. She has also worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant at numerous Assisted Living and Extendicare facilities in Cobourg. Barb has been volunteering with hospice since 2000 – first in Cobourg and for the last two years in Campbellford. She is a graduate of The Contemplative End of Life Program offered by The Institute of Traditional Medicine as a Thanadoula and a graduate of Final Passages Death Midwifery/Home Funeral Guidance training. Barb is currently collaborating and creating with eight other individuals from across Canada a Comprehensive/Holistic Advance Planning package for clients.
Bob is a long time resident of Warkworth where his family owned and ran the Warkworth Cheese Company until 1980.
He retired from Cargill as Canadian Sales Manager – Dairy Division in 2010. He is a past member of several community groups: Minor Hockey, Softball, Kinsmen Club. Bob currently co-chairs St. Paul’s United Church Board of Stewards and is a member of the Percy Historical Society.
Hank St. Onge
Hank attended Ryerson Polytechnical College in Toronto and the University of West Virginia where he successfully completed courses in metallurgy, chemistry, electronics and corrosion prevention.
As President of Duratron Systems Ltd (1975 to 2001), a company that specializes in design and development for pipeline rehabilitation and corrosion control engineering, he is recognized as an expert and is a frequent speaker.
Eric is a retired Registered Nurse who moved to Hastings from Mississauga. He worked mainly in critical care, emergency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and ICU/CCU at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. The last 12 years before retiring he managed a number of units at Credit Valley Hospital namely, ICU/CCU, Ambulatory Care Services, the Endoscopy Suite, and Cardiac Rehab Unit.
After retirement he did clinical trials for the Chief of Medicine and coordinated the Tumour Bank for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Pathology/Histology Laboratory at the Credit Valley Hospital.