Board of Directors

The Board of Seniors Care Network includes senior health care leaders representing hospitals, community service providers, seniors’ advocates and others from across the Central East LHIN.

Supported by the Central East LHIN, the Seniors Care Network Board is accountable for the development, delivery and monitoring of an integrated regional system of Specialized Geriatric Services for frail older adults.

The Board’s responsibilities include strategic planning, risk management, organizational and management oversight, oversight of internal financial and operational controls, corporate governance, and communication with stakeholders.

Board Members include:

Lydia Rybenko, Board Chair, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Port Hope Community Health Centre – Primary Care Representative

Lydia RybenkoLydia Rybenko is currently practicing at the Port Hope Community Health Centre as a primary care nurse practitioner. She brings to this role over 25 years of progressive health care experience serving in a variety of roles both in a hospital and community setting.

Lydia has completed a Bachelor of Life Sciences at University of Toronto, Nursing diploma from Durham College in Oshawa followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with an advanced certification in Nurse Practitioner at York University. “Accredited by Accreditation Canada with Exemplary Standing, 2012 – 2016”

Renate Crizzle – Seniors’ Advocate/Public Member (Scarborough)

Renate is a very active, involved retiree devRenate Crizzleoting much of her time to advocating for fair and equitable treatment of older people through her volunteer work with CARP, an organization promoting the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as they age, as well as promoting an active life style through her volunteer work in the field of tennis as President of a Scarborough tennis club.   A lifelong successful career in Human Resources has equipped her to handle intricate interpersonal relationships and resolve problems successfully.  Rather than seeing just one isolated part of a story, she sees the big picture, for instance the reality that our frail old seniors, whose numbers are steadily increasing, need adequate and effective health care services but also appropriate housing, transportation and caregiver support, and the caregivers in turn need support to prevent burnout. Recognizing the importance of this issue to society, she is hoping to make a contribution as a Board member to finding workable solutions.  Renate has a BA and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto.

Catherine Danbrook, CEO, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes – Community Agency Representative (North East)

Catherine Danbrook

Catherine Danbrook currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes. Prior to this she held positions of Vice-President Clinical Programs at the Ottawa Hospital, CEO of the Rehabilitation Centre of Ottawa and Executive Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Home Care Program.

Catherine has 35 years of health care experience, including over 25 years in leadership positions in both community and hospital organizations. Her areas of expertise include Geriatrics, Mental Health, Palliative and Hospice Care, Homecare & Community Support, Rehabilitation, Family Medicine and Chronic Disease Management.

Catherine holds a Masters of Health Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, both from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In addition, Catherine is a surveyor and educator with Accreditation Canada on their National and International teams.

Linda Davis, President & CEO, Northumberland Hills Hospital – Hospital CEO Representative

Linda Davis

Linda joined Northumberland Hills Hospital as President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. A senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the Canadian health-care sector, she was most recently CEO of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, a role she held for nine years.

A Registered Nurse, she trained at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. Her career has taken her from that province to Vancouver, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master’s of Science, both from McGill University, before moving in 1990 to Ontario. Throughout her career, Linda has held senior leadership positions in a number of hospitals. She has also worked within the private sector as a health care consultant

Dr. Rob Drury – Primary Care Representative

Dr. Rob DruryDr. Drury, a Lindsay-based family physician with over 35 years of experience practising across Canada including Northern Ontario, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island is the former Chief of Staff at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and was a member of the executive committee that oversaw the development of the Central East LHIN’s Clinical Services Plan. He has also served as the hospital’s Vice President and President of Medical Staff, Chief of Obstetrics, Chief of Pediatrics and Utilization Physician.  As a surveyor for Accreditation Canada, he has surveyed small community hospitals and larger tertiary centres from Vancouver to St. John’s Newfoundland.  Recently Dr. Drury travelled to Ghana in West Africa as part of a medical team to provide care in isolated communities. He has served as a Primary Care Lead for the Central East LHIN for several years.

Brock Hall, Vice President Client Care Services, Shepherd Village – Long-Term Care Representative

Brock graduated from at McMaster University, Hamilton and has studied at University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been the a senior health executive at a number of  accredited Long Term Care Homes and Retirement homes for over thirty years including; Chateau Gardens Oxford in London, Ritz Lutheran Villa in Mitchell,  Kipling Acres in Etobicoke. He was initially the Administrator of the Shepherd Lodge and now has broader responsibilities as Vice President Client Care Services at Shepherd Village Inc since 2000.

Brock has been a board member of the Ontario Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and he was a board member for the Ontario Long Term Care Association representing the Charitable Non profit homes on that board.

He currently serves on the Ontario Retirement Communities Association board representing small operators. Brock also is an accreditation surveyor for CARF an international accreditation body.

Dr. Jenny Ingram, Past Chair, Central East LHIN Physician Lead for Seniors Care, Specialist Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine

JennyCogecoPromoPhotoOct2016Dr. K. Jennifer Ingram is a specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, who practises in Peterborough Ontario and provides clinical consultations in many surrounding communities, a role she has embraced since her arrival here in 1987. Until she found a clinical home, Dr. Ingram worked as a Health Care Consultant to several large consulting firms doing health care reorganization and strategic planning throughout Ontario and Canada. Settling into clinical work in Central East has allowed Dr. Ingram the ability to focus on patient care and emerging needs of seniors. Dr. Ingram has worked in Acute Care, in Long Term Care, and with the Psychiatric Assessment Services for the Elderly team before assuming a major role in the delivery of geriatric care in the community. As she likes to remind people, “the community is where the majority of seniors are and where they want to stay”.

She is the founder and Principal Investigator of the Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic, one of 25 centres for clinical research in dementia accredited through the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R). Dr. Ingram has been pivotal in the development of geriatric and dementia care clinical services in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN), including Primary Care Neurocognitive Testing services, the Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network, which provides assessment and care to older adults living with frailty, and was a founding member of the Peterborough chapter of Osteoporosis Canada.

Currently, Dr. Ingram is the Board Chair of the Seniors Care Network Board, as well as the founding chair of the Peterborough Council on Aging, a municipal government advisory group on age friendly planning. The PCOA, along with its member organizations, has established an annual policy and education day, the Seniors Summit, and an annual community services event, the Seniors Showcase.

Dr. Ingram is a trained and registered Capacity Assessor performing legal assessments of financial and testamentary capacity for individuals and their legal counsel. She is a Peer Evaluator and Lead for Geriatric Medicine for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which has allowed Dr Ingram to visit geriatricians across Ontario. Together with her four Geriatrician colleagues at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, they have formed the Division of Geriatric Medicine, with Dr. Ingram serving as the Chair. The Geriatricians in the Division act as consultants to eight of the eleven GAIN Teams, three Primary Care Memory Clinics and to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences Memory Clinic. Their efforts have become a template for service delivery for the larger community as members tackle the development of Consultation Liaison teams in Acute Care, Geriatric Assessment and Behaviour Unit, and Senior Friendly Care.

Dr. Ingram is also one of three Ontario Lead Investigators in a CIHR funded Canadian Team for Healthcare Services / System Improvement in Dementia Care, as part of the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). This team will be assessing dementia care implemented in primary health care for persons with Alzheimer Disease and related disorders. In addition, a Regional Extension Study will carry this protocol forward to evaluate dementia services across the spectrum of Primary Care, Geriatric Medicine clinics and Geriatric Psychiatry Memory Clinics in the Central East LHIN, believed to be a Canadian first. This initiative, led by Dr. Ingram, has been a collaborative community based effort supported by Trent Centre for Aging and Society, Seniors Care Network and Ontario Shores Mental Health Services.

Dr. Ingram has been recognized for her leadership by Trent University receiving the Trent University Community Leaders Award (2009) and by the Ontario Medical Association, who awarded Dr. Ingram the Glenn Sawyer Service Award (2016) for outstanding contribution to the OMA, the medical profession or the community. Most recently, Dr. Ingram received the Irma Parhad Award from C5R in recognition of excellence in research based on the translational research in the community.

Dr. Ingram is both honoured and pleased to join the team of physician leads that are working to create a sustainable health care future for the CE LHIN. She views her role as the Seniors Physician Lead as an important signal that the Central East LHIN has embraced Seniors Health Care as a pivotal component in their policy and system improvements to support Healthy Aging in our region.

Helen L.Y. Leung, CEO, Carefirst’s Group of Organizations – Community Agency Representative (Scarborough)

Helen L.Y. Leung

Helen, since 1994, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Carefirst’s group of organizations, which include Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association, Carefirst Family Health Team, and Carefirst Foundation. Carefirst provides comprehensive community-based support services, primary health care and health education programs to the fast growing aging population in the Greater Toronto Area and York region.

Under the leadership of Helen, Carefirst has developed exemplary community partnerships to enhance community members’ accessibility to health care and social services systems. For example, Carefirst has developed partnership with The Scarborough Hospital’s renal dialysis centres to enhance the CKD patients’ access to renal social support programs since 2001. Carefirst has been identified as primary lead in various areas; recent new initiatives include: Assisted Living, Assess & Restore, Community GAIN team, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Program, and Exercise and Falls Prevention program.

Helen also actively participates in different LHIN’s advisory committees, such as the Central East LHIN’s Vascular Aim Coalition and Regional Specialized Geriatric Service Governance. Through her active committee participation, Helen continues to advocate and contribute to the implementation of integrated care across the different sectors of our health care system.

Ann Macleod, Faculty of Nursing, Trent University – Seniors’ Advocate/Public Member (North East)

Ann MacLeod Face ShotAnn MacLeod earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McGill University, and a Master’s in Public Health in Health Education from University of Michigan. Her nursing practice in adolescent and pediatric tertiary, residential camp and home-based settings in both urban and rural areas in Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. spurred her interest in health promotion and community based research. She has taught at University of Michigan, Lake Superior State University and in the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing since its inception in 2001. Her research interests are the use of arts in education and support for rural caregivers. She is a member of the Peterborough Council on Aging.

Carolyn Plummer, Interim President & CEO, Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) – Hospital CEO Representative

Carolyn Plummer is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS), an integrated rural healthcare hub that includes hospital, long-term care, community, and mental health services. Carolyn joined the organization in October 2015 as the Director of Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive; prior to this, she was the nursing professional practice lead and corporate lead for practice-based innovation at University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Carolyn has held clinical, leadership, and management positions in acute care, complex continuing care, and long-term care, she has worked in private sector consulting in the areas of strategic planning, operations, and practice, and she has previously served on the Board of Directors for HHHS. She has a broad spectrum of leadership experience and expertise in innovation, leadership development, person-centred care, practice, operations, strategy, quality improvement, healthy work environments, research, education, and governance.

Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Toronto in 1994, and a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto in 2001; she is currently completing her PhD at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, with a focus on human and organizational systems.

Dr. Karima Velji, Vice President of Clinical Services, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences- Hospital CEO Representative

Dr. Karima Velji is a health care executive with progressive leadership experience spanning the full continuum of care. Her expertise encompasses development and implementation of innovative models of care, inter-professional practice, and quality and safety systems to foster patient-centered outcomes.

Dr. Velji holds the position of Vice President of Clinical Services at Ontario Shores, a Centre of Excellence for Mental Health Care in Whitby, Ontario. Previously she was Vice President for Patient Care and Quality at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario; Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Executive at Baycrest, Toronto; and Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, which is now a program of University Health Network.

Dr. Velji is a sought after consultant for system level projects. She has led the development of patient experience projects for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Local Health Integration Networks in Ontario. She has led external reviews of several organizations including Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Bruyere Continuing Care and Schlegel Villages.

Dr. Velji’s responsibilities extend to provincial and national leadership. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Accreditation Canada and co-chair of Health Canada’s Violence Evidence Guidance Action (VEGA) program. She is completing her term as the 2016 United Way Campaign Chair for London Middlesex. Dr. Velji has completed her term as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Nurses Association (2014-16).

Dr. Velji has cross-appointments to the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, McMaster and Nippissing University. She has won several outstanding achievement awards including the Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Administration award, University of Toronto Distinguished Alumni award, Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Margaret Comack Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership, and the Award of Excellence in Teaching (student nominated) from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto. She is profiled in the boundless banner campaign as an outstanding alumnus of University of Toronto.

At the system/global level, Dr. Velji is a consultant to global sites, including East Africa, the Middle East and Asia, for development of quality of care and academic plans.

Dr. Oleg Veselskiy, Physician, Specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Veselskiy is currently practicing as a Geriatrician in the Peterborough area providing both community outpatient and inpatient care for seniors. He completed his training in Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University and joined the Geriatric team in Ontario in 2015. He carries international experience from his past work as a Neurologist in Ukraine. He has completed research projects on stroke management and did a Stroke Research Fellowship at The University of Ottawa. His areas of expertise are managing complex advanced dementia patient with impaired behaviour, dementia associated with movement disorders, and medication adjustment.

He is happy to join The Senior Care Network and has the goal of using his knowledge to improve care of the elderly, particularly those who suffer from dementia.

Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch – Seniors’ Advocate/Public Member (Durham)

Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch - Picture - May 2016Anne- Marie is a resident of Whitby who brings a mixture of consumer, caregiver and business experience to her role of senior advocate/public member on the board of the Seniors Care Network.

Her 28 year career with Bell Canada spanned work in a number of different areas within the organization, including leadership positions in client services and business management. After her retirement in 2001 Anne-Marie pursued studies in the area of aging, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology. She has also completed a certificate program in Working with Dementia Clients.

Since her retirement Anne-Marie has focused her volunteer work in areas related to health care initiatives focused on improving the system of care and support for seniors and caregivers. She has served as the chair of the Dementia Network of Durham Region and been a board member of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region. Her volunteer work has also included being a senior/caregiver representative on various Central East LHIN initiatives including the Seamless Care for Seniors Steering Committee, the Caregiver Support and Well-Being Priority Project, the GAIN Steering Committee and the GAIN Redesign Project. Anne-Marie has also had first-hand experience as a family caregiver in both an urban and rural setting.

Vacant – Community Agency Representative (Durham)