Board of Trustees
Grandview Children’s Centre is governed by an 11 member volunteer Board of Trustees who live within Durham Region and are members in good standing with the Grandview Children's Centre Corporation.
The Board of Trustees hold an Annual General Meeting each June for the purpose of:
- reporting to the community on progress in the previous year;
- nominating and electing new trustees to the Board; and
- releasing the Grandview Children’s Centre Annual Report.
Meet the Board of Trustees for Grandview Children's Centre
JUDY ROBINSON, Chair
Judy has a Master of Health Sciences from Charles Sturt University in Australia, a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University in Peterborough, and a Nursing Diploma from Oshawa General Hospital in Oshawa.
Judy is currently the Vice President, Academic at Durham College and an Assistant Professor, at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario and Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Judy lives in Oshawa.
SCOTT OVENDEN, Vice Chair
Scott is an experienced clinical care provider, operations leader and process improvement coach. He is the Director of the Transformation Management Office at Rouge Valley Health System where he supports the development of organizational improvement capabilities to deliver measurable results.
Over the past 8 years, Scott has supported several province-wide quality improvement projects. These experiences have provided him the opportunity to work with a wide range of healthcare personnel, from clinicians to senior executives, from a number of hospitals and community care providers. His ability to synthesize and distill information to identify priorities and apply structured process improvement methodologies enables him to consistently contribute as an effective change leader.
Prior to becoming a management consultant, Scott served as a clinician, operations leader and improvement coach. In the hospital environment, he has worked as a Professional Practice Leader, Clinical Manager, Patient Flow Improvement Lead and Leader (Director) of Performance Improvement. His career and education paths have enabled him to work at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Central East LHIN and The Centre for Healthcare Quality Improvement.
Specializing in patient access and flow, Scott has supported the implementation of two province-wide quality improvement projects, The Flo Collaborative and the Emergency Department Process Improvement Program. To sustain improvements in operational performance, Scott works with organizations to effectively deploy strategic priorities and create ‘lean’ management systems. These experiences have provided him the opportunity to work with a wide range of healthcare personnel, from clinicians to senior executives, in a number of hospitals and community care providers.
Scott holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration (MHSc) from the University of Toronto, a BSc (PT) in physiotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University and a BPE from McMaster University.
Scott lives in Whitby.
TODD RAMSEY, Treasurer
Todd is a strategic development, growth-oriented executive with 20 years of experience in general business management and 16 years creating and managing high performance teams at the senior level. He has acquired overall profit and loss and strategic vision responsibilities for each business unit. Todd is a superior leader with expertise in directing regional and global business with resources in several different countries.
Todd holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pheonix in Arizona, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario in London.
Todd is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Whitby Hydro Energy Services with accountability for the Consulting, Engineering, Renewable Energy, Combined Heat and Power and Energy Storage business units. His focus is helping clients save energy dollars and increase efficiency throughout the province of Ontario.
He has been a member of Grandview's Board of Trustees since 2008 and has served as the Chair of the Priorities and Performance committee and is currently Grandview's Treasurer. His involvement with Grandview stretches back a total of 17 years as his children had the opportunity to experience the exceptional services that Grandview provides to Durham Region.
In the community, Todd has coached ringette for the Oshawa Ringette Association for 16 years, and he is active in local theatre, having held several different roles with Whitby Courthouse Theatre and performed in several productions.
Todd lives in Whitby.
BRAD PHILLIPS, Secretary
Brad Phillips is a lawyer at Strike Furlong Ford in Bowmanville. He graduated from the University of Windsor in 2007 with a B.A. in Sociology. He then attended the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree. He was called to the Bar in 2011 and began practicing in Durham Region in 2012.
Brad’s legal practice focuses on Real Estate and Personal Injury Litigation. He is active in the legal community in Durham Region and is currently one of the Board Members of the Durham Region Law Association.
In his spare time, Brad enjoys playing tennis and squash and has since moving to Bowmanville with his wife in 2013, he has starting racing Go-Karts at Mosport International Karting.
Brad lives in Bowmanville with his family.
Chris has been a resident of Courtice for 20 years. Chris and his family have all grown up in the area attending local schools before pursuing post-secondary education outside Durham Region. Chris and his wife Jane now enjoy time with family and also enjoy watching the development of their first two grandchildren, of which one is a Grandview Kid.
After three years of participating on the Priorities and Performance Committee as a Community Representative, Chris joined the Board as a Trustee in June 2015.
Chris has dedicated many years volunteering through local sport teams in various capacities, and is an avid sports fan. His love of the outdoors is evident through his passion for skiing, hockey, soccer and boating.
Chris is a process improvement facilitator with 16 years of experience in manufacturing and healthcare. Chris is employed at The Scarborough Hospital as an Improvement Facilitator and also provides online teaching, mentoring and consulting in Lean methodology through The Leading Edge Group (Ireland).
Andra joined Grandview's Board of Trustees as a Community Representative on the Governance Excellence Committee in 2012, and became a Trustee in June 2015.
Andra is currently the Senior Manager, Contract Services for the Central East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) in Whitby, with expertise in policy and contract development and monitoring, stragetic planning and management, scorecard performance frameworks, quantitative and qualitative research, risk management and patient and family engagement.
Andra has a Master of Health Science degree, Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy with over 12 years of progressive and mutlifaceted experience in the frontline healthcare sector with specialized expertise in paediatrics, mental health, rehabilitation, acute care, and pre/post surgical care.
Andra lives in Oshawa with her family.
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Monica lives in Brooklin.
Chris Kooy is a life-long resident of Durham Region who resides in Bowmanville. She is married with two sons and seven grandchildren.
She has been a Health Care Executive who worked for Lakeridge Health Corporation for thirty-seven years until her retirement in February of 2009. The strengths that she brought to Lakeridge Health were community and stakeholder relations, organizational governance, utilization of human and financial resources.
Chris currently volunteers on the Board of Durham Christian Homes. She will be joining the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation Board in June 2014.
Chris is a Registered Nurse. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Certificates in the Essentials of Business Administration and Facilitative Leadership.
Chris enjoys golfing, travelling, and spending time with her grandkids!
Focused on results, Denise takes account of the individual needs of clients to structure tailored solutions to address their business challenges.
With her strong assurance background, she serves as the professional standards partner for the firm.
She moved to the predecessor firm of Collins Barrow in 2001 becoming a partner in 2003.
Greg is an associate lawyer at the law firm of Kelly Greenway Bruce, in Oshawa.
Upon graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 2008, Greg moved to Oshawa and was called to the bar in 2009. Currently he concentrates on the practice of real estate, wills/estates and employment law.
Greg joined Grandview's Board of Trustees in September of 2013.
Prior to attending law school, Greg obtained a psychology degree from the University of Waterloo and coordinated a research study in Kitchener-Waterloo for CAMH.
Greg lives in Oshawa.
Vice President, Operations, First Durham Insurance & Financial Ltd.
Chair of the Board of Directors of Grandview Children's Foundation
Bryan lives in Durham Region.
Jackie is the former Chair of Grandview’s Board of Trustees and has as over 15 years of diverse experience as a Human Resources Professional in manufacturing, newspaper publishing, and information technology with a focus on organizational development, operational effectiveness and change management. Her areas of expertise include Strategic Human Resources, Performance Management, Employee and Labour Relations, Training and Development, HR Technology Solutions, Pension and Benefits, Workforce Planning and Cultural Transformation.
In her professional life, Jackie’s key focus and passion is enhancing people’s daily lives through facilitative HR leadership and working collaboratively with stakeholders to improve processes, systems, and programs and exploring ways to break down barriers to find solutions and realize improvements.
Jackie is keenly aware of the need for volunteer leaders throughout the community to support the critical work of organizations like Grandview Children’s Centre. She sits on the board of two not-for-profit organizations dealing with rehabilitative services for children.
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and has enriched her professional learning with a Certificate in Employee Benefits (Humber College), Certificate in Organizational Development (Queen’s University) and a Strategic Change Leadership Certificate (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto). As well, she is an MBTI® Qualified Practitioner and Kolbe Certified Specialist, which are tools used for leadership and team development.
Jackie lives in Ajax.
Connie been with the Bank of Nova Scotia for over 20 years where she is currently the Manager of the Oshawa Main Branch.
Connie has volunteered with the Kidney Foundation and has acted as the Team Leader for four teams.
She has also volunteered with Centre 55 in Toronto, a community-focused organization that helps the underprivileged.
Previously, Connie was the Vice Chair and Treasurer for the Grandview Children's Centre Board of Trustees and sat on the Executive Committee.
Connie lives in Oshawa, has three daughters and loves to travel.
Joined the Governance Excellence Committee in 2014
Currently a Special Education Resource Teacher with the Durham District School Board at Queen Elizabeth PS
Involved in education and specifically Special Education for 16 years
Highly values community involvement and volunteers as well with Girls Inc. of Durham
Education - BA. Hons from Trent University - B.Ed. from Queen's University - Specialist in Special Education and Principal Qualifications completed
Lives in Courtice with Husband and 2 girls
EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS FROM GRANDVIEW CHILDREN'S CENTRE
LORRAINE SUNSTRUM-MANN, Executive Director
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Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann joined Grandview Children’s Centre as Executive Director in 2011.
Lorraine began her career as an early childhood educator working with children with special needs. This work fueled an interest in a career in nursing. A nurse since 1988, Lorraine worked in a number of practice settings in a direct care role including general medical, isolation, trauma, neurosurgery and emergency. She began practicing in nursing administration in 1997. Lorraine has held leadership roles at Lakeridge Health and St. Michael's Hospital. She was a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Lakeridge Health as Vice President of Professional Practice and Chief Nurse Executive.
Lorraine holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education for the Developmentally Handicapped (Humber College), a diploma in Nursing (Durham College), a Bachelor of Arts - Health Studies (York University) and a Master of Business Administration (Heriot-Watt University). Lorraine completed the Public Sector Leadership Institute at Rotman University of Toronto in 2013.
Between 2000 and 2006, Lorraine served on the Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology Governing Boards including as Chair from 2004-2006. Lorraine currently sits as a Director of Sloane's House.
Lorraine is a member of the Durham Child and Youth Planning Network and is Chair of the Network's Governance Action Group (Durham Region), The Best Start Network (Durham Region), and The Provincial Council of Maternal Child Health (Ontario). Lorraine is incoming Co-Chair of the Canadian Network of Child and Youth Rehabilitation (Canada), a committee of The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (Canada), and is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for Grandview Children’s Centre.
Through Grandview's membership in the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS), Lorraine participates on many provincial working groups advancing the work of the province's Children's Treatment Centres.
Lorraine and her husband, Ian Mann, have three grown children who they raised in Durham Region over the 30 years they have resided in Oshawa.
DR. CAROLYN HUNT, Medical Director
Dr. Carolyn Hunt is a Developmental Paediatrician and has been working at Grandview Children’s Centre since 2002. She has been the Medical Director at Grandview Children’s Centre since 2008. Prior to this she was a staff Developmental Paediatrician at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (HBKR) in Toronto. Dr. Hunt did her paediatric training at the University of Western Ontario and attended medical school at McMaster University, graduating in 1996. Prior to this, she completed Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology.
Dr. Hunt has extensive training in the area of developmental paediatrics and completed a Fellowship in developmental paediatrics with the Department of Neurology at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) from 2000-2002. She currently has an appointment at Sick Kids as an assistant professor and is a regular contributor to the Community Section of Developmental Paediatrics group. She also is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is supervising 1 undergraduate research student and is on the thesis advisory committee for two masters students in the department of Health Sciences.
Dr. Hunt has a strong interest in building capacity in parents of children with special needs and providing opportunities for education for parents involved with the centre. She co-authored our guidebook for families receiving a new diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy entitled “Opening the Door for Children and Families with CP”. This project was done in collaboration with one of our former clients, who have cerebral palsy Allison Partridge. A similar project was completed at HBKR prior to her move to Grandview. Dr. Hunt provides an annual education night for families who have a child diagnosed with Autism and is beginning work on a project to develop video resources for families to use after a recent diagnosis.
Dr. Hunt has championed the development of a research program at Grandview Children’s Centre. She is the chair of our research committee and successfully advocated for the position of Research Associate which is held by Dr. Meghann Lloyd, kinesiologist at UOIT. At any given time we are participating in 8-10 outside research projects and in 2012 received Research Ethics Board approval at UOIT for our first independent project. Several other projects are under development. Please refer to our Research portfolio for a full listing.
Dr. Hunt is the chair of Grandview’s Admission Committee and is responsible for leading our team to consider new and innovative ways to stretch our ability to serve more children, while directing children who may be served better by another organization appropriately. She is keenly interested in utilizing evidence based practice in her own work as well as fostering a culture of inquiry among our therapists and team members.
In addition to her duties as Medical Director, Dr. Hunt has an active developmental paediatrics practice and has 500-600 clinic visits per year. The majority of her practice relates to diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and diagnosis and ongoing medical management for children with Cerebral Palsy. She is the team leader for Grandview's Medical Services which include a second developmental paediatrician, Dr. Mary MacDonald, a physiatrist who runs our spasticity management program, Dr. Mark Mason, and an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Unni Narayanan. She also supervises our clinics which include psychology services, nutrition, transitions and spasticity management. She hopes to expand this portfolio over the course of Grandview's Strategic Plan 2012-2017.
Dr. Hunt has lived in Durham Region for 10 years and grew up in nearby York Region. She currently resides in Brooklin with her husband, three children and a hamster.
Director of Finance & Administration, Grandview Children's Centre
Janis has been employed with Grandview Children's Centre since 1991 and is a Certified General Accountant.
While Janis has seen many changes at Grandview over the years, the one constant is the great Support Services team she has the pleasure of working with, including responsibilities for: Building Services, Business Office, Clinical Information Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Payroll.
Janis lives in Courtice and loves to travel with friends and family.
Director of Clinical Services, Grandview Children's Centre
Leslie joined Grandview in July 1999 as the Clinical Manager for the Preschool Speech and Language Program and became the Director of Clinical Services in July 2006.
Leslie received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences (speech-language pathology) from Howard University in Washington D.C, a long way from Trinidad, her country of birth. Leslie brings more than 25 years of clinical and leadership experience to solution-focused discussions. Leslie has been the coordinator for the accreditation process at Grandview for the last three survey cycles and represents Grandview on the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) Accreditation Canada Working Group. Leslie supported our organization to achieve Exemplary Standing in 2013.
Leslie is a member of the Durham Best Start Network, the provincial Preschool Speech and Language Coordinators group and is currently the Chair of the Regional Autism Providers of Ontario Network (RAPON) at the leadership table.
Leslie has recently been accepted into the Rotman Public Sector Leadership Institute, a certificate executive leadership and management course at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and is excited about this exceptional development opportunity. Leslie has the pleasure of learning and growing with the clinical leadership team and all the clinicians who inspire and are inspired by Grandview Kids and their families.
Leslie lives in Oshawa.
Board of Trustees Executive Committee
Judy Robinson, Chair
Scott Ovenden, Vice Chair
Todd Ramsey, Treasurer
Brad Phillips, Secretary
Bryan Yetman, Chair, Grandview Children's Foundation Board of Directors
G. David Williams
Finance and Facilities Committee
Todd Ramsey, Chair
G. David Williams
Priorities and Performance Committee
Scott Ovenden, Chair
Kelly O'Connor, Executive Assistant
Governance Excellence Committee
Brad Phillips, Chair
Kelly O'Connor, Executive Assistant
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