Board of Trustees

Colin O’Brien is a Business Development Officer with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Originally from Labrador, Colin was raised in L’Anse Au Loup; his career brought him to central Labrador in 2002. He attended Memorial University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. His volunteer activities include being a past member of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Goose Bay Airport Corporation and presently the Early Childhood Development Association as well as the Grenfell Foundation’s Labrador East Chapter. 

Colin and his wife Julia, along with their two daughters, currently live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Michelle Baikie is a Grade-4 teacher at the Sheshatshiu Innu School. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) from Memorial University, a Master of Education (Literacy) from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Master of Philosophy (Educational Research) from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Photographic Communications) from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ms. Baikie’s career has included positions as cultural/counsellor, school administrator, ophthalmic photographer, at the Toronto Hospital – Western Division, and as a telemedicine co-ordinator for the Labrador-Grenfell Health. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (England and Canadian Chapters).

A Councillor with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Ms. Baikie has also volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including the Grenfell Foundation, Them Days, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (Happy Valley-Goose Bay Chapter). She is a member of the Memorial University Board of Regents, where she serves on the Governance Committee. Ms. Baikie is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Rooms Corporation, and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee with Labrador-Grenfell Health.

Gertrude Bromley has over 35 years of experience in nursing across diverse areas of healthcare including community health, surgical, and nursing management. Ms. Bromley has completed several diplomas including a Nurse Practitioner diploma from Dalhousie University and a Nursing Administration diploma from Athabasca University. 

She currently resides in Conche and is looking forward to bringing her vast experience in health care to the board.

Noreen Careen has resided in Labrador West for the past 46 years, and spent the last 18 years of her 43-year working career as Executive Director of the Labrador West Status of Women Council. An active volunteer and social advocate, she is credited with being a driving force in capacity building within the Labrador City-Wabush relating to child care, women’s issues, seniors’ issues, housing and homelessness.

Ms. Careen was instrumental in construction of the Hope Haven women’s shelter and the opening of Labrador West’s first daycare and after school facility, along with the First Steps Family Resource Centre. She has served on many local, provincial and national boards, and is currently president of Twin Cities Seniors 50+ Club, and regional director for Labrador with the Newfoundland and Labrador 50-plus Federation. Ms. Caren is a board member on the Provincial Advisory Council on Seniors and Aging, and an active member with the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Coalition.  She is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Prevention of Elder Abuse Network, and Vice-Chair with Violence Prevention Labrador. Ms. Careen is a recipient of the Seniors of Distinction Award, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Community Services Award, and the Labradorian of Distinction Award.

Terrance (Terry) Joseph Casey is a retired principal and high school English teacher with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District; all of his teaching and administrative experience has been in Labrador. Mr. Casey holds a Masters in Educational Leadership Studies, Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from Memorial University.

Mr. Casey grew up in Conche, on the Northern Peninsula, and has resided in Labrador for the last 32 years, currently living in L’Anse au Loup. He served nine years, in various executive roles on Eagle River Credit Union’s Board of Directors; has previously held executive positions (past president, treasurer, secretary, communications / public relations officer) on the local branch of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association, over the duration of his educational career; and has been involved on both local and regional committees in Labrador. 

Sandy Crowley, a long-time resident of Labrador West, is a school-based speech-language pathologist. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Memorial University, and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Illinois University. Ms. Crowley is currently President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association’s (NLTA) Speech-Language Pathology Special Interest Council, and is a representative to the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Newfoundland and Labrador, on the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals. She has also served on national committees with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, and as a member of the negotiating committee for the NLTA’s Labrador West Branch.

Lynn Decker-Ellsworth, who resides in the Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm, is a substitute teacher with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. An avid community volunteer, she has been a member of the school council at Cloud River Academy, and was involved with the establishment of Family Resource Centres in her region. She served for many years as a member of her Town’s Recreation Committee, and was actively involved in fundraising for the establishment of a community playground, and for the upkeep of the local arena and swimming pool. Ms. Decker-Ellsworth has also served on Town‘s Come Home Year committee, and is a 12-year member of the Roddickton-Bide Arm Town Council, where she been Deputy Mayor, Mayor and now Councillor.

Marsha Genge, a life-long resident of the Northern Peninsula, began her career in 2002, as a science teacher at Canon Richards Memorial Academy in Flower’s Cove. Since that time, she has been the Vice-Principal and currently serves as Principal. Ms. Genge also dedicates her time to being a teacher sponsor for sports teams, traveling with leadership students, organizing extra-curricular activities, and doing all she can to make school a wonderful place for students and staff. She has been involved in many community activities and events, including: Co-ordinator of the Deep Cove Jackrabbit Ski Program, President of the Straits Health Care Committee, and volunteering at Straits Arena.

Wyman Jacque, a resident of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has more than 25 years’ experience in financial accounting and/or senior management positions within the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of the Business Management Accounting Program at the Cabot Institute of Applied Arts and Technology (now known as College of the North Atlantic).

He is a former Town Manager with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and former Deputy Minister of Finance, Human Resources and Technology with the Nunatsiavut Government.

In his current role as General Manager of Torngait Services Inc., a partnership between Nunatsiavut Group of Companies and ATCO Structures & Logistics, he also oversees the operation of the site services agreement with Vale at Voisey’s Bay, and leads the company’s business opportunities initiatives, as well as overseeing extensive recruitment and training programs.

Mr. Jacque has volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross – Newfoundland and Labrador Division, the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Citizens Crime Prevention Committee, and Labrador-Grenfell Health. He is currently treasurer of the Grand River Snowmobile Club.

Alton Rumbolt is a self-employed fisherman from Mary’s Harbour, He has served on the Town Council since 2001, as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. For the past 10 years, he has been Vice-president for Southeastern Labrador on the Combined Councils of Labrador. Mr. Rumbolt is an active member of the Mary’s Harbour Lion’s Club, Chair of the Mary’s Harbour Fishermen’s Committee, a member of the Inshore Council for Labrador Fishermen, as well as Chair of the shrimp and crab committees. Mr. Rumbolt was instrumental in forming the Harbour Authority of Mary’s Harbour, where he serves as President.

Executive Team

 

 

Heather Brown joined the Senior Team at Labrador-Grenfell Health in June 2018. She previously held the role of Vice-President of Rural Health, Long Term Care and Community Health with Central Health. She has approximately 25 years of experience in healthcare across the continuum of care, including community health, rural emergency and acute care services, and long-term and complex care.

Ms. Brown possesses expertise in executive management, evidence-informed decision making, and rural health planning. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Education (Post-Secondary Studies) from Memorial University. She also received an Executive Training in Research Application Fellowship from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

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Antionette joined the senior team in Sept 2020, as Vice President of Clinical Services with responsibility for Long Term Care, Acute Care, Mental Health & Addictions as well as Community Supports and Rehab (2020-present).

She previously held the position of Regional Director of Population Health at the authority and brings a broad knowledge base across the continuum of the health care services.

With approximately 26 years’ experience, Antionette holds a Baccalaureate  of Nursing, Masters of Nursing and is a practicing Nurse Practitioner (family of all ages). Additionally, she recently received a Certified Health Executive designation from Canadian College of Health Leaders. Antionette has taught in the Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Stream with Athabasca and the nursing programs at Centre for Nursing Studies. She continues to support Nurse Practitioner learning and student experiences in collaboration with Memorial University and Athabasca University.  

Peter Deegan is the Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (2018-present).

Amanda MacNeil is the Regional Director of Communications for Labrador-Grenfell Health (2018- present).

Dr. Thomas Piggott is the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of Labrador-Grenfell Health (2019-present). He is additionally the executive lead for population health and rural and remote health in the region.

Dr. Piggott is a public health and preventive medicine specialist, and practicing family physician who completed his Masters in Public Health Economics at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and residency training at McMaster University. He has worked at various levels of public health and has worked clinically in Canada and internationally with a focus on under-served populations.

Dr. Piggott worked as a field doctor with Médicins Sans Frotières in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018. He is actively involved in research and teaching public health at McMaster University and Memorial University and is the author of the book Under-Served: Health Determinant of Indigenous, Inner-City, and Migrant Populations in Canada (2018).

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Donnie Sampson is the Vice President of People and Development as well as the Chief Nursing Officer for Labrador-Grenfell Health (2013-present).

 

 

Dr. Gabe Woollam is the Vice President of Medical Services for Labrador-Grenfell Health (2017-present). 

Originally Duncan, British Columbia, he completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Woollam completed residency training at Memorial University. He has been a rural generalist physician in Happy Valley-Goose Bay since 2008.

Dr. Woollam served as Chief of Medical Staff at the Labraodr Health Centre from 2010-17.

He also leads training students and Family Medicine residents through the Northern Family Medicine (NORFAM) program, in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University.

Gabe is currently the President of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and has been actively involved in leadership roles in the SRPC since 2008.

Dr. Woollam is married to Jodi and has four young children. He enjoys running and raising backyard chickens.

Leading Change: Building on our Vision for Healthy Communities

The four Regional Health Authorities (RHA) – Eastern Health, Central Health, Western Health, and Labrador-Grenfell Health – hosted a two-day conference “Leading Change: Building On Our Vision For Healthy Communities” in Gander, November 2019.

Keynote speaker presentations and overviews of feedback received can be found in this section. Using input collected at the conference, the RHA Board Chairs reconvened to develop a series of recommendations to support stronger Governance and Population in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Below are the conference reports from the two day event. 

Conference Summary

Day 1: Healthcare Governance

Day 2: Population Health