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.

Terry Wright, Board Chair

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.

Katherine Luckett, Vice-Chair

Katherine joined RBC in 1996 and currently holds the role of RBC Community Manager for the Upper Ottawa Valley. Since joining RBC 26 years ago, Katherine has advocated for giving back to the community and has volunteered for The Kanata North and Central BIA(s), Christie Lake Kids, and Junior Achievers. Katherine holds a BSS. in Economics from the University of Ottawa, B.Ed. University of Western Ontario, PFP. As an active volunteer, Katherine looks forward to giving back to her local community and hospital.

Jacqueline Asselin, Past-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.

Jayne (Dowd) Coady, Treasurer

Born and raised in the Hamlet of Antrim, then moving down the road to Kinburn, my family has enjoyed living in the former "Kinburn Dr.'s Office" and home of my grandparents Dr. W. Ritchie and Dorothy Dowd. Support for the current and extended care areas of Arnprior Regional Health has always played a large part within our family lineage.

It has been a pleasure to volunteer for 36 years in the community which has been a very compatible way of life. Continuing to stay engaged in sports and having Arnprior Regional Health so close to our family and community has been a blessing. To join the Board of Directors and work closely with those who provide amazing medical support to Arnprior and the surrounding areas is a very exceptional opportunity. I am proud to be part of this current team of volunteers and trust we will succeed with the future work to keep the excellent care flowing through the Ottawa Valley and beyond.

Christine Bidgood-Henderson

It is in my heart to serve and help people - Specifically, the people of the Ottawa Valley. Having lived and worked within Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley, and Renfrew County most of my life, it is truly home.  My heritage, family, friends, and education have all been centered in this beautiful area.

Having returned to family roots in Arnprior seven years ago and truly learning the value that Arnprior Regional Health Foundation has brought to this community, it is a privilege and an honour to become part of that value.  Family members have passed on during this time, but being close and helping care for them showed me the dedication of the ARH Team and their desire to care for our loved ones as best they could during very challenging conditions.

The cornerstones of life have developed over the years, and I stand strong on the “F” foundation of Faith, Family, Food and, most recently Finances. This is how I hope to bring value to the table through helping to serve and support this amazing 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.

Nas Mohamed

I was born in Libya and earned a scholarship to study electronic engineering in Canada.  It was then I realized the great opportunities and decided to immigrate and make Canada my home.

I worked in the high-tech industry for thirty-two years as an Electronic Technician and Manager of product assembly, integration, and testing.  I then turned my interest to the medical field and spent seven years in the cardiac surgery medical equipment industry as Operations Manager.

My wife and I currently reside on a farm in Kinburn.

Kevin Rampton

Having been raised in West Carleton township, it wasn’t a far move to beautiful Arnprior when I met my future wife at age 18.  We have since raised 4 children and now have 4 beautiful grandchildren who have all been fortunate enough to experience the warmth and amenities of our small town.

Now a destination for many, Arnprior is a thriving family community made richer through the work of the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation which I am so proud to represent on the Board of Directors.

For the past 30 years, I have been involved with multiple business ventures in and around Arnprior.  At this stage in my life, I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much. I understand the urgent need for local health care to constantly improve to keep up with growing technology. I hope to contribute to the Foundation from a governance perspective, helping raise and direct the funds needed to provide essential medical equipment and to attract talented healthcare professionals to Arnprior Regional Health and our thriving community. I am very much looking forward to working together to provide a healthy and safe place we can all call home!

Cole van Wyk

Cole van Wyk is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who is currently serving as the Financial Controller at Knak Inc., a scaling technology company headquartered in Ottawa. Cole’s professional role spans both public accounting and internal financial operations. His skillset encompasses a comprehensive range of full-cycle accounting responsibilities, including managing month-end and year-end close procedures, implementing various software solutions to enhance operational efficiency, formulating treasury strategies, and providing comprehensive key performance indicator (KPI) reports to leadership teams. In addition to Cole’s substantial experience in financial operations, he has had the privilege of gaining profound insights through audit engagements across a diverse array of industries, including nonprofit organizations.

Cole is also fortunate to have been born and raised in Arnprior, where his family’s roots run deep in the town and community, including the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation (ARHF). His mother, and grandfather, were previous members of the board of directors at the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation and he was able to see the impact that they could provide to the community through their dedicated involvement with the board. That said, he strives to follow in his family’s footsteps and contribute in a Board of Director role – with the hope that he will be able to make the same impact to the community by assisting the Foundation to achieve its mission.

Jake Dunn

Jake Dunn is the Owner/Operator of a new Local business that is providing a much needed service to our town. Arnprior Earth Depot is an aggregate company that shares a friendly face and purchase experience. Jake is an entrepreneur who has an operations’ expertise as well as a vast network locally. He excels in Customer service and manages multiple things concurrently while meeting tight deadlines.

Jake is proud to be a governing Board of Director for the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation and he is not afraid to work the hours necessary to complete tasks. Jake strives to be a business leader locally and give back to his community at the same time. Jake is furthering his focus on social development and he feels like healthcare is at the forefront. Jake Dunn is honored to contribute to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors and make a lasting impact locally.