Our Board of Directors

The Arnprior Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors

The Arnprior Regional Health Foundation is governed by a group of dedicated volunteers from the local community. These volunteers provide counsel to the Foundation staff and assist with fundraising and community outreach. The Board Directors are leaders in our local legal, management, automotive, finance, housing, insurance, medical and healthcare fields.

Members serve a term of three years with the opportunity of three consecutive terms of service - totalling nine years, if approved.

For more information about becoming a Board Director or serving in other capacities, please contact the Foundation Office.


Jacqueline Asselin, Board Chair

Jacqueline joined the Board of the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation in April 2018 and accepted the role of Chair on May 08, 2019. She had her own law firm in Ottawa for 30 years focusing on the areas of family law, children's law, residential real estate and wills and estates. She taught in the legal programs at Algonquin College from 2001 until June 2017. She is the author of Legal Accounting a textbook written for paralegals and law clerks. Jacqueline is President of Tallyho Inc. a corporation whose primary goal is assisting students to succeed. To date the foundation has funded over $130,000 in student scholarships and bursaries as well as donating to other philanthropic causes. She is also a member of the provincial Governance Committee of Retired Teachers of Ontario.

Don Belton

Arnprior is the community where I have resided since birth, and a place I proudly call my home. When I was 14 years old, I had major surgery at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital where I received excellent care over an 8 week recovery period. My career started at Boeing Canada as a Detailed Inspector and then Lab Technician for 10 years. Following my time at Boeing, I was hired as a Fund Manager with I.A.M L.M. Pension Fund Canada where I worked for 35 years. I retired on December 31, 2016, and this is where my story for becoming a Board Director begins. I wanted to give back and make sure there continues to be a place now and in the future for excellent health care locally. Since my retirement I have to be able to contribute to my community in a meaningful way by volunteering my time to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. It is important for me to ensure excellent care continue in our community, both in our hospital and in our long term care home, the Grove.

Barb Button, Treasurer

Pakenham has been my home and community for more than 20 years. I believe strongly in the importance of accessing medical care in the community where you live and I’m grateful that Arnprior Regional Health makes that possible by delivering excellent local care to our community.

I was first introduced to fundraising at the beginning of my payroll management career at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group where I became the deputy chair of the organization’s United Way Committee. As my career led me to new positions, I continued to play a fundraising leadership role in each organization. My philanthropic contribution over the years was formally recognized through an award of excellence from United Way.

I became a member of the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation Board because I believe it is crucial to support our hospital and long-term care home so that they are there when we need them.


Steve Darling

I lived in Kinburn for 32 years. I moved to Arnprior in September 2016. I have worked in Ottawa, Washington State, New Brunswick, and New Jersey.

My career in Telecommunications encompasses technician, Central Office Foreman, Equipment Engineer, Course Developer and Instructor, and Design Authority for National Data Networks. I have experience in Emergency Operation Procedures; Disaster Recovery Procedures; Emergency Restoral Procedures; Business Continuity Planning; and Voice and Data Networking, design, installation and maintenance. I joined the Royal Canadian Legion, Arnprior in 2017. I became an Executive Member in 2019.

I brought my father to the Arnprior Regional Hospital after a fall. I was impressed with the care and service. I have friends and relatives in Arnprior. I want the same quality of service and care for them that my father had received. I was introduced to a Foundation volunteer and decided that I might be able to assist the Foundation. I volunteered for the Board of the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation in June 2020.


Nikki Hyland, Board Vice-Chair

Being our family's fifth generation to be born in Arnprior, and the second generation to actually be born in the Arnprior District Memorial Hospital, it was abundantly clear to me that the Foundation was where I wanted and needed to focus my volunteering time towards.

Now that my children are teenagers, it has given me more time to myself and I could not think of a better way to spend it! The Arnprior Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors has opened my eyes to just how important fundraising is, to ensure our hospital and the Grove long term care home receive the life-saving equipment and supplies they require. I'm excited to be involved in the Grove redevelopment project and just as excited to see what the future has in store for our rapidly growing community.


Fay Kolpin

My husband Hans and I moved to the Ottawa Valley 40 years ago to a log house we rebuilt just outside of White Lake where we raised our three daughters and now enjoy spending time with family and friends.

For nearly 30 years, I worked as a Human Resource professional mainly in the high-tech industry as well as the charitable sector. I played an integral role at the Ottawa Mission and was very grateful for being able to contribute to a service that provides men who are in need of a safe bed to sleep and a nutritious meal. My HR experience and skills have more recently supported the development of the Foundation staff and Board of Directors. I was motivated to become involved with the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation to help support our aging population and help provide a safe and dignified home setting for the community that embraced my myself and my family 40 years ago.

Additionally, I volunteer as the vice president of the Valley Heritage Radio Board of Directors and manage the human resources for the radio station on a volunteer basis.


Mark L’Abbe

Arnprior has been home for me for a vast majority of my life since being born in the Arnprior District Memorial Hospital. I am presently a professional firefighter with the Ottawa Fire Services suppression division. I reside in Rhoddy’s Bay with my wife and daughter.

Volunteering in our community has always been a big part of my life. I’ve had the good fortune to serve on a number of committees and fundraise for some major projects. Living in the community I am grateful to have an organization like the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. It is important that people want to live and be associated with a community with a respected hospital and long-term care facility.

Looking after the residents of the area now and in the future is the responsible direction we should be headed.


Shelly Lairar

As a life-long resident of Arnprior, I feel it is imperative to contribute to your community.

After 12 years of volunteering as a Firefighter at Arnprior Fire Department, I found Arnprior Regional Health Foundation was a very logical next step for me in continuing to be present for our community needs.

Arnprior Regional Health has provided care in every capacity for each member of my family at one time or another. Both my mother and stepfather passed away after illnesses in Arnprior. The care was exemplary given difficult situations and the comfort that familiar faces bring cannot be underscored enough. The comfort of being able to visit family close to home provides true value for loved ones!

I was completely unaware of how provincial funding works and hospital needs. The fact that equipment in hospitals are funded by private donations is a little known fact and deserves the spotlight of education and attention.


Jackie Laughlin

I’ve proudly been part of the Arnprior community since childhood – raising my family in Kinburn and managing the Arnprior RBC for the past 10 years. I am passionate to give back to my community and have participated in several community fundraising activities including the Digital Mammography Campaign.

I’ve worked with RBC for more than 34 years and continue to have an amazing career. In addition to managing the local branch, I am the Community Manager for six Upper Ottawa Valley branches. Through my years, I have built great connections with my clients and many local community leaders.

Being a part of the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation is near and dear to me. My elderly parents now live at the Grove Nursing Home where they are able to be together and receive great care close to home.

I am excited to help play a role in supporting the completion of the Grove redevelopment project that will allow it to flourish in the coming years and provide even better care to seniors in our community.


Shannon Mason

Arnprior has been my home since day one and my husband and I are happy to be raising our two sons together in the community we know and love.

Back in 2012, I decided to visit the Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) Emergency Department after experiencing lower back pain and shortness of breath. Thankfully, I made this decision. Several tests at ARH confirmed I had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot that occurs in the lungs). My condition was critical. After being transferred to an Ottawa hospital, I learned from the medical specialist that the emergency doctor in Arnprior had saved my life.

I joined the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors because I want to help ensure ARH can continue to provide excellent care, diagnoses and the best medical technology to our community – just as I experienced.

By working together, we can support and invest in the best possible healthcare for our community.


Connie McMahon

My experience growing up on a nearby farm with my parents and five siblings made me value the importance of helping and protecting my community. My family and I settled in White Lake and I continue to have a strong sense of community – it is why I chose my career as a financial advisor and to volunteer with the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation.

I have been working with The Cooperators Insurance for the past 11 years and recently become owner and operator of the Arnprior branch. It’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to come to work in Arnprior with a community I love and have enjoyed working with over the years.

Through my professional role, I have witnessed many families who are faced with hardship and challenging life events. While I can’t necessarily change this from happening, I can certainly support my fellow community members when they are experiencing hardship. By volunteering with the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation, I can help make sure friends and family have the supports in place to keep them safe and healthy.


Terry Wright

In 2019, I had the privilege to work directly with several members and staff of the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation on a company fund raising event. I was very impressed with their effort, dedication and focus to make this fundraiser a success This coupled with the recognition of just how important the Arnprior Regional Health is to our community are the key factors behind why I wanted to spend my volunteer time working as a director on the Foundation board. Originally, from a farm in the Almonte area my wife Debra and I have lived for the past 15 years just outside of White Lake.

For the past 10 years, I have worked as the Manager for P38 Energy in Arnprior. Prior to that, I worked at various Senior Management positions in the petroleum distribution industry.

I look forward to my 3 year term and welcome any suggestions that will help continue to make the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation a success in the future.


For more information about Foundation Board opportunities, please contact the Foundation team.