Patient, Family and Caregiver Partners

Listening to patients, their families and caregiver partners can lead to better health care. Partnering with patients, families and caregiver partners to share care delivery leads to improved health outcomes and experiences, and is a key focus. In doing so, we can support a health care system that reflects the needs of those it serves.

For information on the Patient Family Advisory Committee, please click here.

Below is a list of Patient, Family and Caregiver Partners:


Elaine White (Grey Bruce)

For many years Elaine has been a health care advocate of family members including her husband who suffered from Alzheimer’s. She has sat on the Board of the Day Away Adult Day Program in Wiarton and has volunteered for a number of community programs and organizations to help seniors and their families including Golden Dawn Nursing Home, Bruce Peninsula Family Centre, Breakfast Program, as well as Lion’s Head Seniors’ Program.


“I hope that in some way, I will be able to promote the needs of patients, and support the design of a better health care system, especially for our elderly and their caregivers.”

Matthew Maynard (Huron Perth)


Early in his career Matthew was a research assistant and coordinator, a clinical coordinator, which was then followed by project management, consulting and teaching in the computer industry. Matthew has a genetic bleeding condition, and has interacted with the health care system as a study participant, volunteer, personal and community advocate, and as an instructor to Emergency Room staff, nurses and medical students.

“Having a Patient Family and Caregiver Advisory Committee is making a difference because the patient, family and caregiver experience is increasingly being included in the planning, design and evaluation of the health care system – it is this cultural change that will have the biggest impact on patients and caregivers.”

Diane Parker
(Huron Perth)

Diane has over 30 years of experience working in long term care, and in the community. She has also volunteered with a number of service groups and in the school system over the years. Diane has had many opportunities to be part of family and friends’ health care journey, including looking after her grandmother for the last seven years of her life. Her work and personal experiences have allowed her to be part of the health care system in many different ways, and she feels that her broad view of the system will be beneficial in creating better health care outcomes for all.


“My personal experiences have provided me a great understanding and appreciation of the health care system. I am very interested in helping the system to be even better.”

Mike Lang


Mike sits on the Board for Cheshire homecare and is a member of the Patient and Caregiver Council of Ontario and Home and Community Care Ontario. He’s faced health challenges that has required hospitalization, rehabilitation and home care. He is involved as a patient, caregiver and family partner in order to advocate for better health care for patients.


“I decided I needed to make sure we all have a healthcare system that works for everyone.”

Anna Pearson (Oxford)

Anna has worked in business, accounting, and human resource management for over 30 years. She has volunteered for a local community Environmental Committee, as well as a number of children’s programs. For 10 years she has assisted with the annual Traditional Gathering organized by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. In addition to being a patient herself, she has also been a caregiver to friends and family members struggling to access the care that they need.


“My hope is to see reduced barriers in communication, and services placed where needed, especially in the rural areas where travel can sometimes be difficult and even for some, expensive.”

Cathy Bachner (Huron Perth)

Cathy volunteers with the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance as a patient partner, and is a member of the Health Quality Ontario’s Patient Family and Public Advisors Council. For 28 years, Cathy was a dedicated and passionate teacher. Her teaching career came to a halt when she developed necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating disease and sepsis, which led her to become a patient with extensive interactions with different parts of the health care system. Cathy is motivated to extend her knowledge and observations from her health care journey to help build an increasingly effective health care system.

I have international experience presenting on the integration of patients and families into health care teams and the particular contributions they bring to the change process that positively impacts patient satisfaction, safety, quality, engagement, and staff satisfaction.”


Cheryl Peach


Cheryl Peach recently lost her husband, Geoff. Geoff was a pioneer in coastal management and a co-founder of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation in Goderich. Cheryl was a 20 year veteran Principal, and System Leader in Special Education, who worked closely with community supports for families and students. For 20 years, Geoff managed a serious, chronic, autoimmune disease through the support of dedicated medical teams, locally, provincially and internationally. Upon receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, Geoff elected to stop pursuing further surgical intervention and chose to enter a palliative care experience at home.



Linda Crossley-Hauch
(London Middlesex)

Linda Crossley- Hauch is a retired Secondary School Administrator, whose husband Kuyler Hauch was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009. In order to cope with this new reality, Linda sought out the programs available to patients and their caregivers offered through the Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex. She has since participated in numerous programs offered by that organization and is now a member of its Quality Improvement Committee. As a result of her experiences caring a caregiver a number of close family members, Linda has been appointed as a community representative to two committees of the South West Local Health Integrated Network.


“I would like to act as an advocate and am anxious to ensure my voice represents many others, not just my own.”

Karen Devolin

For over 40 years Karen and her husband have been avid community supporters who understand that nothing, even Universal Health Care, is free. She has extensive volunteer and governance experience with a number of community agencies. She retired in 2016 from a long career in an administrative role for two community support agencies in Tillsonburg. Her life is enriched by promoting the concept of community giving.


I am proud to have been selected as a South West LHIN Patient Family Caregiver Partner with the role of ensuring all users’ care is put first, by allowing them to be heard and seen, not just serviced.”


Barb Fewster

(Huron Perth)

In addition to being a caregiver to her husband for 24 years, she has volunteered for a number of healthcare organizations and initiatives including the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, the Senior Friendly Hospital Action Team in St. Mary’s, and Connecting the Dots for Caregivers.

“It is my goal to help make our healthcare system the best that it can be and hopefully help others to navigate the system if they need help.”




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