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Marilies Rettig

Marilies Rettig

Title: Chair
Bio:
Marilies joined the Brockville District Hospital Foundation Board in June 2015. She taught at both the elementary and secondary school level before being elected and serving as president of teacher federations at the local, provincial and national level, and was elected as the North American - Caribbean representative on Education International the global union for educators. She retired from the position Deputy General Secretary of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in 2013.

Following her retirement, she chaired the Provincial Teacher Education Discussion Table, and served as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education.

Locally, Marilies has served on the board of the Leeds Grenville Interval House, Mallory Coach House, and Brockville General Hospital Board. In her free time, Marilies enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Linda  Hansen

Linda Hansen

Title: Vice Chair
Bio:
Linda joined the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in June 2017. She is a Registered Nurse (MSCN Gerontological Nursing), and is currently the Co-ordinator/Counsellor of the Upper Canada Family Health Team Smoking Cessation Program, and the Co-Founder and past Director of the Leeds and Grenville Alzheimer Society. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care.

She has been the Past president and member of Vanier PS and BCI Parent Councils, and a director for the BGH Board of Governors 2014-2016.

In her spare time, Linda is a part-time fitness instructor for GoodLife Fitness and more recently SNAP Fitness.

Heather Halladay

Heather Halladay

Title: Past Chair
Bio:
Heather Halladay joined the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree ( honours) from Carleton University, and is retired from her 30 year career in financial services, most recently as a Wealth Advisor with ScotiaWealth Management .

Heather believes in giving back to her community and has previously been the President of the Employment and Education Centre; and the President of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce.

She is married to Barry and they have one daughter and one grandson. She is an avid reader and enjoys boating on the beautiful St. Lawrence River.


Ainslie Coleman

Ainslie Coleman

Bio:
Ainslie joined the BDHF Board of Directors in September 2013. She is currently a lawyer at Hain & Coleman, Lawyers Practising in Association. She has previously been a nurse - B.NSc., R.N.

Ainslie is also involved in the Leeds and Grenville Law Association and the Lyn Public School Parent Council.

Hugh Hammond

Hugh Hammond

Bio:
Hugh is a partner with the law firm Hammond LLP in Brockville. He practices in the areas of Corporate/Commercial law.

Born and raised in Brockville, Hugh attended Queen's University, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005. He continued his studies at the University of Alberta, where he received his law degree in 2009.

He has previously been a member of the Board of Directors for the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and the Brockville Country Club.

Hugh and his wife, Emily, are the proud parents of two young boys, Dayton and Jack.

Dennis Hudson

Dennis Hudson

Bio:
Dennis Hudson joined the Foundation Board in September. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Life Insurance Specialist for DLK Insurance and Financial Services, Brockville. Dennis also served as President of the Leeds and Grenville Insurance Brokers Association, he is a life-long resident of Athens, Ontario, and proud husband to Jennifer, and father to Kathryn and John Robyn and Baby #3 due in January 2015!

Scott MacCrimmon

Scott MacCrimmon

Bio:
Scott MacCrimmon joined the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2013 and he is currently serving Chair. He is the co-owner of Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, Ontario. Scott's professional designations include: Certified Professional Yacht Broker CPYB and Registered Licensed Florida Yacht Broker. Scott is also involved in various organizations such as: The OMOA (Boating Ontario), and the Toronto Boat Show Advisory Committee. In previous years he was past Chair of the Canadian Discover Boating Board, past Board Member of the U.S. Discover Boating Board, and past Board Chair of Spader Performance Group 20 Organization. Scott is married to Heather Huck and has two children, Jack and Hannah.

Brian Normandin

Bio:
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Tom O'Shaughnessy

Bio:
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Tom O’Shaughnessy joined the Brockville District Hospital Foundation Board in September 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, and a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. After spending 23 years in Sales and Learning & Development with Labatt Breweries of Canada, Tom continued his career with Oracle Corp. as a Senior Principal Training Consultant. Today Tom is running his own Learning and Development consulting firm, providing services to a range of customers including a number of Federal Government departments.

Tom has served on previous boards, including the Board of Directors at the Oakville Figure Skating club in the capacity of Director for Synchronized Skating. Most recently, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Brockville Country Club as the Food and Beverage committee chair, Board President and Past President. Tom has also volunteered his time with the St Vincent De Paul Society of Brockville’s, Weekender Program for Kids, as well as with the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Heart and Solstice fundraiser for the Brockville General Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and the Hospital Foundation Gala.

Tom and his wife, Mary Lynn, have a daughter, Madeline and son, Tim, whom they are most proud of and are happy to be back in Brockville enjoying the mighty St Lawrence.

Chris Puddicombe

Chris Puddicombe

Bio:
Chris currently works with the Provincial Ministry of Economic Development, managing a team of Senior Business Advisers in Eastern Ontario providing advice to and developing relationships with Ontario companies and economic development organizations. Trained in problem solving, Chris's team assists companies in expansion mode with solutions that address a wide range of challenging issues facing Ontario business today.

Chris has served as a Brockville City Counsellor and served on a number of Brockville organizations and committees. Chris is also known for his more entertaining roles in the community as master of ceremonies for Brockville Chamber of Commerce Business awards, event grand openings including the Brockville Arts Center Gala and his more recent role as master of ceremonies for the Brockville General Hospital Foundation Gala in 2015. Chris is married and has four children.

Kevin Tackaberry

Kevin Tackaberry

Bio:
Kevin Tackaberry previously served as a board member in 2007 when the St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Foundation and the Brockville General Hospital Foundation first amalgamated. Kevin returned to sit on the Foundation Board in June 2019.

Kevin has lived all of his life in the Athens area and works in the family business of G.
Tackaberry & Sons.

When not devoting his time to his work, Kevin can be seen cruising around on Charleston Lake in one of his antique motor-boats.

Kevin’s other community involvements include; the Athens District High School Alumni, the Thousand Islands Boat Museum and the Athens Christmas Parade.

Dawn Tymianski

Bio:
Bio and Picture Pending

Jamie Wright

Jamie Wright

Bio:
Jamie joined the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation Board in June of 2017, and has previously been involved with the Foundation through the Brockville Cardiovascular Program fundraising committee.

Jamie has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry, holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) Designation, and is an Associate Portfolio Manager with Philip, Gaskin & Wright Private Investment Management of RBC Dominion Securities.

He was born and raised in Brockville, and currently resides in the community as the proud father to his two children, Carson and Kate.

Nick Vlacholias

Nick Vlacholias

Title: BGH President & CEO
Bio:
Nicholas (Nick) Vlacholias joined Brockville General Hospital as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2017. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) leading a team comprised of clinical departments and corporate services. Nick has more than 20 years of experience transforming and integrating health care organizations into high-performing centres. Prior to joining CHEO in March 2012, Nick served as the Chief Operating Officer at Cornwall Community Hospital where he successfully led the complex merger of the two Cornwall Hospitals.

Nick is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and graduated from the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1990.

Nick has participated as a Director with the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA), and over the past five years he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the newly amalgamated Mohawk Medbuy Corporation and its predecessor organization Medbuy Corporation.