Citizens’ Advisory Council
The Healthy Debate Citizens’ Advisory Council provides advice on health care issues of importance to the public and patients. The council is made up of representatives from both Alberta and Ontario, and will meet four times a year by teleconference.
Biographies of Citizens’ Advisory Council members, as well as the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Council are provided on this page.
Peter is a retired senior financial executive. As CFO, he helped create Canada’s largest publicly-traded agribusiness through a successful merger. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Corporate Controller of a large multinational company. His interest in health care developed from spending hundreds of hours over a 25 year period accompanying his wife to medical appointments and hospitalizations as a result of chronic illnesses. Since immigrating to Canada in 1980, he has lived in Quebec and Manitoba and retired to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2008. He has a son and two daughters, a grandson and three granddaughters. His bachelor’s degree in economics was from Manchester University and master’s degree in business administration from Cranfield University in the U.K. He is a U.K. Chartered and a Canadian Certified Management Accountant and a Canadian Chartered Director.
Leslie and her husband have lived in beautiful Peace River for over 30 years, where they raised two sons and continue to enjoy small town life. Leslie has a BEd and MSc (Health Promotion) and has had a diverse career in education, health, and more recently, as a contract evaluation consultant. Leslie is also a lifelong volunteer, as a La Leche League Leader (including 10 years on the national board), serving on Peace River Town Council (2007-10), and currently as the chair of the Peace River library board and member of the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s Patient/Family Safety Advisory Panel.
Lona is located in Edmonton Alberta. She is a widow, a stepmother, has 5 grandchildren residing in Edmonton and Ottawa and is the keeper of a 10 year old Labrador Retriever named Morris. Lona has an MBA and works as a consultant in public policy and management, having supported public and nonprofit sector organizations in Alberta and Ontario for over 25 years. In a volunteer capacity, Lona is also a member of the Alberta Health Service’s Provincial Patient and Family Advisory Group, and has participated in innovation and improvement discussions within provincial, regional and hospital-based contexts. Lona’s particular passion is applying frameworks like Theory U to help leaders and staff in complex adaptive systems “see the system”, enhancing performance and compassion across the whole.
Anne’s work experience in nursing was primarily in the areas of administration, education and community health. A diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis necessitated leaving the work force but once her disease was under control, she became active in volunteer activities. Fifteen years ago, Anne joined a volunteer program, Patient Partners in Arthritis. Anne is also a Consumer Representative with the Cochrane Collaborative. Anne has served on and continues to serve on various groups and boards to help in the development of self-management guidelines and tools for chronic disease management, at both the patient and professional level.
Kian is a senior-year student in Indigenous Studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario where he explores health services and policy research with an emphasis on primary health care in rural and Northern Ontario. He is particularly interested in preventive care in Indigenous and Francophone communities, e-health, and medical education in the rural and Northern context. He enjoys cycling, kayaking and hiking.
Janice is retired and lives in Thunder bay, Ontario. She taught English, history, world politics, sociology and anthropology. Janice has volunteered with youth organizations and initiatives including the Regional Multicultural Youth Council, and the Duke of Edinburgh Challenge for Young Canadians. Her current interests in retirement include painting landscapes in watercolour.
Don is a seasoned executive with commercial and not-for-profit sectors, an experienced Board director, and life-long volunteer. His career experience includes over 20 years as an executive in human resources and organizational development in healthcare, commercial services and child welfare in Ontario; and 10 years as an economist in telecommunications and government in Vancouver and Regina. His professional qualifications include an MBA and ICD.D Don feels Healthy Debate can play a similar role for public discussion of the expanding role of community-based care in the health care system, especially on issues at the intersection of acute care and community-based care. Don, Cathryn and their son and daughter (both in their early 20s) have lived in Mississauga, Ontario since 1991.
Terms of reference
Role of the Healthy Debate Citizens’ Advisory Council
- Provide the Healthy Debate team with feedback on the quality,clarity and usability of online content and articles
- Suggest topics to be covered by Healthy Debate
- Help to promote Healthy Debate
Requirements of Citizens’ Advisory Council Members
- Interest in the health care system, public governance, or civics
- Experience as a patient or caregiver an asset, but not at all a requirement
Citizens’ Advisory Council participation requirements
- Four teleconferences per year
- Regular reading of Healthy Debate content
- Email contact and participation in interest-based working groups