South West LHIN 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 of the South West LHIN. 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 South West LHIN Patient, Family and Caregiver Partners:

Barb West Bartley (Grey Bruce)

Barb has over 30 years experience working with vulnerable, marginalized populations. She has volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations in the health and social service sectors including the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living, as well as the South West LHIN Board of Directors. In addition to her work and volunteer experience, she is a cancer survivor, has been a caregiver to elderly parents and family members facing health care challenges in a sometimes difficult system to navigate.

“The model of interdisciplinary meetings to consider the person as a whole has always resonated with me to be the optimal way of caring for an individual.”

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.”

Jean-Pierre Cantin (London Middlesex)

Jean Pierre Cantin is the Executive Director of the Centre communautairerégionalde London (CCRL), and has years of experience advocating for patients and their families. Currently he has worked alongside other partner organizations to develop a Regional Francophone Community Health and Social Services Hub focused on providing health and social service support to Francophones across the South West region. He also has experience as a patient himself and is a long-term team member of the Clinical Skills program at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

 

 

“I want to give back to the health care system and also make the patient’s voice, needs and concerns are heard and listened to.”

Nadia Tahir
(London Middlesex)

 

After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce and Master’s degree, Nadia worked in investment banking and finance before becoming a Regulatory Analyst with an electric utility company. Nadia spent ten years coordinating care for her father as he lived with dementia, while helping her mother navigate the system as a caregiver. Nadia is passionate about advocating for better dementia support and home care. She is also a strong believer in philanthropy and the power of people to effect positive change for those who are in need around the world, particularly children. She supports projects related to building clean water wells and schools internationally.

“When positions for the Patient, Family and Caregiver advisory council were first announced, I knew that this was the right forum for me to share my experiences.”

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 the 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.”

Shirley Biro
(Elgin)

Shirley is a retired Registered Nurses who has years of volunteer experience supporting her community through organizations like the South West Regional Elder Abuse Network, Elgin Mental Health and Addictions Committee to name a few. Shirley is a patient, has been a caregiver and works as a volunteer for the Elgin Hospice Palliative Care Collaborative. In addition to navigating the health care system to support her own care, she has supported her husband who passed away in 2009 and a friend who passed away in June 2017.

 

“In my role on the Patient and Family Advisory Committee, I hope to be able to help others to better understand how to obtain, high quality health care and engage with the health care system with ease and a clear understanding.”

 

Mike Lang
(Elgin)

 

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.”

Jim Jones
(Oxford)

Jim was an early member of Woodstock’s Accessibility Access Committee, and volunteered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In addition to being a patient himself, he has been a caregiver and advocate for family and friends experiencing health limitations, including his mother, father and wife.

 

“My experiences as a caregiver and advocate has given me insights into coping with parts of the health care system.”

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 Dovolin
(Oxford)

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.”

 

Judith Desjardins

(Elgin)

Judith is a Special Education Senior Administrator for the Catholic Education Centre and London District Catholic School Board. She is a caregiver to and advocate of her aging parents and other family members, and is keenly interested in better understanding the health care system and advocating for efficient, timely and family-centred care.

“I think it is important to ensure that all families (both rural and urban) have equitable access to care within their own homes and communities.”

 

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