Bob Hale worked for more than three decades in the steelmaking industry, retiring from Stelco Inc. of Hamilton, Ontario in 2006 as Manager in the steelmaking division. He also contributed to the industry in the role of Chair and Past Chair of the Niagara Chapter of the Iron and Steel Society. Mr. Hale serves at KDH as the Co-Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) and Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors; he became an ex-officio member of the Board in June 2019. On the provincial stage, he is a founding member of the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University and a diploma in Business Administration from St. Lawrence College. He moved to the North Grenville area in 2008, and some time afterward underwent a successful total knee replacement surgery at KDH; this experience inspired him to become involved with the hospital in 2016 when the organization issued a call for Patient and Family Advisors. Mr. Hale brings to both the PFAC and the Board his experience as a patient and a keen desire to make a difference for other patients and their families.
Brenda Steacy joined the KDH Board of Directors as an ex-officio member in June, 2018 as the newly elected President of the KDH Auxiliary. At that time, she had been volunteering at KDH for seven years, initially as a greeter, in the Day Surgery unit, and in the Pre-anesthesia clinic. These posts were followed by five years volunteering at the Coffee Bar section of the KDH Auxiliary’s Coffee Bar/Gift Shop, four of these years as Coffee Bar Manager. Ms. Steacy also spent three years serving as Secretary at meetings of the Auxiliary Executive. Now retired from the workforce, she had a successful career as a Psychometrist and Learning Support Teacher with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board from 1979 to 2009. Ms. Steacy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from St Patrick’s College, Carleton University (1973), and a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from Queen’s University (1974).
Cathy Burke is a Registered Nurse with 25 years’ experience in a variety of nursing environments, including Operating Room, Emergency Department, Occupational Health, and Cardiovascular Intensive Care. She came to Kemptville District Hospital in the spring of 2013 from Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she served as Charge Nurse for the Operating Room, Recovery Room and Day Surgery, and assisted with the preceptor program for new Registered Nurses. Ms. Burke hails from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where she received her training as a Registered Nurse. She has enhanced her nursing knowledge and skills with additional training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and International Trauma Life Support. Ms. Burke currently serves as Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services at KDH; she joined the Board of Directors as Chief Nursing Executive in May, 2015.
Kemptville District Hospital welcomed Frank Vassallo as its Chief Executive Officer on October 5, 2015. Mr. Vassallo brings more than two decades of experience in both private and public health service administration to KDH. Previously he served as Vice President of OntarioMD and President of healthcare consultancy Synergy Health Service Solutions Inc. His public sector experience includes three positions with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, most recently as Director, Planning and Support, for the Central South Region. Mr. Vassallo has a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Communication Management from McMaster University and Syracuse University.
Kristin Strackerjan joined the KDH Board of Directors as an ex-officio member in February 2019 as the Municipal Council Member. She grew up in Halifax, NS, and attended Dalhousie University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Physics, followed by a Diploma of Meteorology. Prior to her studies, Ms. Strackerjan joined the Canadian Armed Forces and completed her training in between her years of study. In 2001, she began her career as an Aerospace Engineer. Postings to Ottawa, Rochester, NY, and Cold Lake, AB, have given her many opportunities to work with people from across the country, work in many different locations across Europe, and to expand her education. Ms. Strackerjan attended Rochester Institute of Technology for two years where she completed her Master of Science in Imaging Science, with a concentration in Remote Sensing. Most recently, she ran for North Grenville Municipal Council and was appointed to the position of Councillor in February 2019. She currently lives on the outskirts of Kemptville with her husband and three children.
Dr. McGregor brings to KDH 14 years of experience in patient-centred family medicine, combined with close to a decade of administrative experience gained as Clinical Chief of the multi-disciplinary Department of Obstetrics at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Dr. McGregor received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ottawa in 2000, and went on to complete her Family Practice Residency at the same institution. Dr. McGregor also holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Carleton University. In 2014, she was awarded Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians, a designation that recognizes family doctors who distinguish themselves through outstanding contribution to their communities, their colleagues, and the discipline of family medicine.