ARH Board of Directors Accountability Statement
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 and as an independent consultant. Cathy was also the Executive Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre – a position she held for 14 years.
Cathy and her husband have two children and three grandchildren and live in Calabogie.
Erin Stitt-Cavanagh, PhD
Vice Chair, Board of Directors | Member, Quality Committee | Member, Seniors Village Committee |
Board member since 2018 (and 2014-2016)
Erin strives to build community partnerships while tackling ongoing health human resource challenges. As Academic Chair of the Allied Health Department at Algonquin College, Erin oversees a programming mix that includes both general and cardiac ultrasound, med rad technician, respiratory therapy and cardiovascular tech.
Following undergraduate studies in biochemistry (majoring in physiology), Erin completed her doctoral studies with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. Her research at Ottawa’s Kidney Research Centre focused on gene-targeted approaches to slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease. More recently, she completed an Executive MBA with Queen’s University.
Erin provides our Board of Directors with a critical connection to educational advances and innovative practices that serve as an important driver of healthcare change. She lives in McNab-Braeside with her husband Graham and daughter Violet where she enjoys Wednesday night ladies golf and Sunday night lob ball.
Dr. Susan Kurian
President, Medical Staff
Chair, Quality Committee | Member, 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 Program Lead with Healthcare Excellence Canada. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (MA History), and the University of London (MSc Public Policy and Management).
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.
Member, Governance Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2022
Beth was born and raised in Ottawa. Growing up in a medical family, becoming a physiotherapist was a natural fit. Beth has worked most of her career in acute care, but also worked in private practice and now is a member of the leadership team in a long-term care home. She completed her Masters of Health Administration in 2021.
Having walked the patient journey herself, she is a fierce advocate for the patient voice in all things. She is the Vice Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and a Patient Ambassador for the Canadian Institute for Health Research. She has been published in health information management publications as well as breast cancer publications.
She is the proud wife, Mother to two great kids and a new puppy named Marty McFly.
In her new role, she hopes to uplift person-directed care and act as a voice of social justice in health care.
Chair, Governance Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2020
Born and raised in Renfrew County, Oliver is an engaged community leader, youth advocate and volunteer who has worked in rural communities across the region.
Since 2018, Oliver has served as one of the youngest municipal councillors in the history of the Township of McNab/Braeside. As a municipal politician, Oliver champions community engagement, community safety and well-being, and supports programs that increase affordable housing options through the Greater Arnprior Community Council on Poverty and Homelessness. He also brings proven leadership experience through various volunteer roles including as a Board Director of Arnprior Regional Health, former Co-Chair of the Renfrew County Youth Network and as an Advisory Council and Investment Committee volunteer with United Way East Ontario.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts with double major in History and Politics at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Oliver returned to Renfrew County to serve his constituents in McNab/Braeside and to start his career working with both the Town of Arnprior and the Labour Market Group of Renfrew and Lanark. These professional experiences have demonstrated the need for strong policies that listen to the unique needs of rural residents, businesses and community groups and that provide real leadership on key local issues like housing, education, health care, food security, infrastructure renewal, broadband internet, cellular service and much more.
Oliver’s commitment to serve on the ARH Board is driven by his desire to contribute his experience in governance, community engagement and communications to help further support his community.
Member, Governance Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2022
Colleen MacPhee is a registered nurse with extensive experience in mental health and addictions. Colleen has worked in a variety of roles and settings including primary care, acute inpatient, mobile crisis, outpatient, and community services. She recently held the role of Director of Addictions and Mental Health Services at Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services.
Colleen has been recognized as a leader in program planning and development with a history of successful and sustained change through her contributions as a member of local, provincial, and federal planning initiatives in health care and nursing. She is extremely passionate about high-quality, efficient, and effective care for patients and has a great understanding of how social determinants impact the health and well-being of patients.
Colleen does not shy away from any initiatives or work that helps improve outcomes for those in need of care. She is also recognized for her ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with others for the greater good.
Colleen is currently working with National Defence in the Directorate of Health Services Quality and Performance.
As a mother to three boys, she and her husband spent most winters at the hockey arenas and summers camping at Black Donald Lake in Calabogie.
Member, Governance Committee | Member, Resource Planning and Audit Committee | Member, Seniors Village Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2022
Bob McGaraughty has been an active and engaged community volunteer within the West Carleton and Lanark communities for many years. Most recently, Bob worked on the Board of Carebridge for several years before taking on the role of Board Chair. He has also served as Board Chair of Nepean Seniors Support and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
Having lived in West Carleton for over 30 years (first in Kinburn and now in Dunrobin), Bob understands and appreciates the role of quality health care in rural communities, especially as it applies to seniors and those with developmental disabilities. He has also worked as a soccer, hockey, and baseball coach, Big Brother and he was an active member of Parent Council when his children were in the school system. He prides himself on giving back to the community where he can.
Bob’s top skills and experience fall into the areas of governance, systems thinking, change management, service integration and collaboration, and finance and accounting.
Chair, Resource Planning and Audit Committee | Member, Quality Committee | Board member since 2021
Curtis McGrath is a Treasury, Tax & Compliance Leader with LivePerson, a NASDAQ-listed AI Company. Prior to this, Curtis held several accounting roles in technology companies within the San Francisco and Ottawa areas.
Curtis provides the ARH Board of Directors with a knowledge of fiscal responsibility that is critical to any scaling healthcare organization. Curtis understands the integral role that ARH serves in Arnprior’s rapidly growing community. Prior to joining ARH, Curtis was an active volunteer for seven years with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
Curtis and his wife, Jessica, live in Arnprior. In his spare time, Curtis enjoys kayaking, camping, golfing and cross country skiing throughout the Ottawa Valley.
Dr. Florin Padeanu
Chief of Staff
Member, Quality Committee | Member, Resource Planning and Audit Committee | Board member since 2017
In addition to her valuable patient perspective, Robin also brings a range of experience 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. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and support the difference-makers committed to economic, social and political rights and advancing the rights of marginalized individuals. 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 is also a past member of the Board of the International Commission of Jurists and is past chair and advisor to the Pro Bono Committee of the International Bar Association. Currently, Robin sits on the Board of Justice Education Society of B.C.
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 kayaks.