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Cathy Jordan

Chair, Board of Directors | Board member since 2019

Cathy has extensive experience and a passion for health and social services. She joined the Board of Directors because she wants to support ARH in minimizing the challenges and maximizing the opportunities to best serve the health of people living in Arnprior and the surrounding communities.

Over the course of Cathy’s career, she has worked with community hospitals, community health and resource centres, Public Health, VON, St. Elizabeth Health Care, Rideau Valley DHC and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  Cathy was also the Executive Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre – a position she held for 14 years. For the past two years, she has been working as a community health consultant.

Cathy and her husband have two children and three grandchildren and recently moved to Calabogie.

Donna Anderson

Vice Chair, Board of Directors | Member, Resources Planning and Audit Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2014

Recognizing the area’s charm and tranquility, Donna and her husband retired to the Ottawa Valley in 2013.

Donna is a long-time community-minded volunteer with a passion for healthcare. With over 20 years as principal of an HR consulting firm, more than five years as a VP with Accreditation Canada and a former Chief of Staff to the mayor of the City of Ottawa, Donna brings a range of skills in the areas of human resources, strategic planning, government relations, healthcare administration, governance/risk management, charity leadership and communications and marketing. She brings particularly valuable experience in health quality, having been an international surveyor and HR expert for the International Society of Quality.

Donna has also served as a board member for Eastern Ontario Young Offenders and for a residential hospice facility within the Ottawa Valley.

Dr. Susan Kurian

President, Medical Staff

Jenny Buckley

Chair, Governance Committee | Board Member Since 2019

Jenny Buckley has more than twenty years of health policy experience, examining issues and challenges across the continuum of health care. She is currently a Senior Improvement Lead with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement helping improve health and care for everyone in Canada.

Jenny is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (MA History), the University of London (MSc Public Policy and Management) and is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at Carleton University.

Jenny’s desire to serve on the Board stems from her great appreciation for the work and approach of community hospitals. Growing up in the Niagara region, four generations of her family have been well served by a community hospital. In addition, Jenny led the Canadian Medical Association’s work on the social determinants of health and health equity and is looking forward to utilizing those learnings to support Arnprior Regional Health’s work on improving the health of the community.

In her spare time, Jenny is an avid scuba diver spending as much time as she can exploring the underwater world of the St. Lawrence river; and whenever possible the ocean blue. Her dogs Dempsey and Keller make sure to keep her on her toes.

Barb Darlow

Member, Quality Committee | Member, Resources Planning and Audit Committee | Board member since 2013

Barb moved to McNab/Braeside in 1996 to become the Chief Financial Officer for a local technology company. She left full-time work as a CFO in 2007 to open Sew Inspired in Arnprior. With her husband and children actively involved in the retail store, Barb was able to enjoy a newfound balance between work and family. Seven years later, after growing the business substantially, Barb sold the store. It was then she finally had time to commit to giving back to the community, and joined the ARH board.

Barb brings a wealth of financial expertise, traditionally in short supply on organizational boards. Her career as a Chief Financial Officer for several Ottawa technology companies has allowed her to build expertise in financial management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, HR management and legal/regulatory issues.

Barb is married to Wayne and has two adult children: Emily, 20, is studying at her mother’s alma mater Queen’s University and Connor, 21, shows his mother’s passion for serving the community as a proud member of the Canadian Forces at Garrison Petawawa.

Barb loves to travel. At home on the shores of the beautiful Madawaska River (she and Wayne call it “God’s Country”), Barb remains an avid knitter and sewer.

Barbara Kieley

Member, Quality Committee |
Chair, Resources Planning and Audit Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Member, Seniors' Village Committee | Board member since 2020

Barbara lived in the Ottawa Valley for more than 30 years and it is where she raised her four children. She continues to have a deep connection to the community served by ARH.

Barbara is a respected C-Suite level business advisor who bring deep experience in digital innovation, strategic planning and business transformation. She recently retired from Ernst & Young, after more than 35 years working with global consultancies. Barbara has also held VP-level positions in government organizations where she led complex service transformation initiatives. She is passionate about business excellence and brings substantive corporate governance experience in the health and social services sectors.

Barbara wanted to serve on the Board to contribute to ARH’s journey because she believes strongly that integrated health, social and community services produce the very best outcomes for residents, patients and families.

Doug MacCrae

Vice Chair, Resources Planning and Audit Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2021

Doug is a CPA and brings a wealth of financial expertise and strong business acumen. His career as a VP Finance for a number of Ottawa technology companies and real estate has provided him with extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and legal/regulatory issues.

Doug wanted to serve on the ARH Board to contribute his experience to help further support his community and his belief that health services are a key foundation for the residents of the community.

Doug and his wife Angie reside in Braeside (Rhoddy’s Bay) on the Ottawa River. In his spare time, Doug enjoys boating on the river, golfing, and downhill skiing.

Mark MacGowan

Member, Quality Committee | Member, Resources Planning and Audit Committee | Board member since 2020

Mark and his wife Marsha returned to the Arnprior area in 2005. They came to the community to build a local agricultural business. Their farm, MacGowan’s Christmas Tree Farm, is located on the banks of the Mississippi river in Galetta.

Mark has more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in information technology. He has a background in IT strategy, project management, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure management and IT outsourcing. After 28 years in the private sector and many senior leadership roles, Mark joined Canadian Blood Services. H now works as a project executive with federal government.

For Mark, joining the ARH Board is about getting involved in the health sector and doing work that matters for the local community.
Mark also has previous experience as a hospital board director, serving on the Board of Almonte General Hospital from 2012-2015.

Curtis McGrath

Member, Governance Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2021

Curtis McGrath is currently completing his CPA designation and has more than five years experience in public and private enterprise accounting.

For six years, Curtis was highly involved as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society – Relay for Life. He was motivated to continue giving back to his community through volunteer work by joining the ARH Board of Directors as a way to leverage his leadership financial knowledge to benefit an organization that has provided his family with high-quality care.

Curtis and his fiancé, Jessica, grew up in Arnprior and have settled in the community. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, kayaking, helping with the community garden at Galilee, cross country skiing and camping.

Tyler Pirie

Chair, Quality Committee | Board member since 2019

Tyler Pirie was born and raised in Arnprior and has a deep-rooted connection to the community.

He is now a masters-trained Epidemiologist with extensive experience working in the substance use and mental health field and has a passion for community health. Tyler has held positions with several prominent health research organizations in Canada and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Currently, Tyler works for the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), putting him at the forefront of emerging health trends, data management techniques, standards, and the use of new technology and strategies to improve the healthcare system.

Dr. Florin Padeanu

Chief of Staff

Erin Stitt-Cavanagh

Vice Chair, Quality Committee | Co-Chair, Seniors' Village Committee | Member, Resources Planning and Audit Committee |
Board member since 2018 (and 2014-2016)

How did a girl who grew up on a beef farm outside of Fort Coulonge, Quebec end up on a board in Arnprior? Her parents bought her a car from Reid Brother’s when she finished her undergraduate degree. During a regular servicing visit to the dealership two years later, she was recruited to play in Arnprior’s Sunday night Mixed Lobb Ball League. This is how she met a local man named Graham. Erin and Graham were married in 2008, and the couple moved to McNab-Braeside.

Erin brings extensive expertise in a number of areas, including accounting/financial management, communications/marketing, government relations, health care administration, public policy development, human resources, strategic planning, program planning/evaluation, governance/risk management, not-for-profit or charity leadership, clinical leadership and legal/regulatory issues.

Erin received a BSc in Biochemistry in 2005 and a doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Medicine Ottawa in 2011, both from the University of Ottawa. She began teaching at Algonquin College in 2008, became a full-time professor in 2010 and is currently the Chair of their Allied Health Department, which includes programs such as Medical Radiation Technology (x-ray technician), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (general ultrasound) and Respiratory Therapy. She provides our board with a critical connection to educational advances and innovative practices that are such an important driver of healthcare change.

Erin completed an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University in 2017.

Robin Sully

Vice Chair, Governance Committee | Member, Quality Committee |
Board member since 2017

Robin, her husband and children moved from Montreal to rural West Carleton in 1982. It was Robin’s experience as a cancer patient that inspired her to join the board as it made her keenly aware of the importance of empowering patients and listening to their voices as key health system stakeholders. With her new appreciation of our health care system and the medical profession, she is currently in remission and enthusiastic about using her energy and skills to contribute back to the health care system.

In addition to her valuable patient perspective, Robin also brings a range of expertise in the areas of legal/regulatory issues, government relations, public policy development, strategic planning, program planning/evaluation, governance/risk management, not-for-profit or charity leadership as well as eagerness to learn.

Robin is most proud of her wonderful, engaged children and also her work with difference-makers in their communities supporting economic, social and political rights and advancing the rights of the marginalized. Robin herself has long worked as a champion of human rights and social justice. She was Director of International Development for the Canadian Bar Association from 1994 to 2013, where she managed projects in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe. She sat on the Rule of Law and Access to Justice Working Group for the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. In 2013 she received the inaugural Commonwealth Lawyers Association Rule of Law Award and in 2014 the Walter S. Tarnopolsky award for Human Rights.

Robin serves as the co-chair of the Ottawa-Gatineau Multiple Myeloma Support Group, is a member of the Ottawa-Gatineau Myeloma March Committee and the chair of the Ontario Advocacy Committee for Multiple Myeloma. She also sits on the board of the International Commission of Jurists and is past chair and advisor to the Pro Bono Committee of the International Bar Association.

Robin enjoys an active lifestyle. Living on a farm on Galetta Side Road gives her the opportunity to enjoy her horses and gardening. She also cycles, cross-country skis, walks and sails.