A volunteer team committed to making a difference
The Foundation is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors that is determined to make a difference in palliative care in Eastern Ontario. These respected leaders have complementary skills with private-sector, small business, legal, financial, strategic planning and governance expertise, as well as a wealth of palliative care experience both from the practitioner’s and volunteer’s perspective. In addition to their talents, they are all committed to the cause.
The Honourable Sharon Carstairs
Sharon Carstairs is a retired Member of the Canadian Senate. She has also worked as a sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba; Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for River Heights; Leader of the Liberal Party in Manitoba; Leader of the Official Opposition in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly; Teacher at St. Norbert Collegiate, St. Norbert and St. John's Ravenscourt School, Manitoba; and Chairperson of the Board of Referees, Unemployment and Insurance Commission–to name but a few of her roles.
Sharon has been a strong supporter of palliative care throughout her career, raising awareness of this critical service. Having recently retired from the Senate and made her permanent home Ottawa, she joined the OutCare Foundation so that she may continue to make meaningful contributions to her community by ensuring everyone has access to quality end-of-life care.
Sharon has also helped give voice to various important issues through her lifelong commitment to volunteer service. Among her many leadership roles, she was founder, President and Honorary Director of the Prairieaction Foundation; Member of the National Council, Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Honorary Patron, Canadian Council for Refugees; Honorary Chair, UNICEF Manitoba; and Fundraiser, Manitoba Heart Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History from Dalhousie University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching of History from Smith College, Northampton(Massachusetts), attended the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University(Washington, D.C) and the University of Calgary.
To hear Sharon Carstairs' palliative care stories watch the following video - The Essence of Palliative Care: Stories from Sharon Carstairs
John T. Bradley
John T. Bradley is owner of J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store in the village of Navan, Ontario, which has served the residents of the local village and surrounding area since 1898 when it was established by his great grandparents. Prior to taking over this role at J.T. Bradley’s, he worked for seven years as a sales representative for J. M. Schneider Foods.
Aware of the need for healthcare in Eastern Ontario and the significant issue that palliative care will become in future, John has been involved with the OutCare Foundation since 2001. John is also committed to the community of Navan where he serves as a member of the Navan Community Association. He earned a diploma in Business Administration from Algonquin College in 1987.
Ken J. Cochrane is Managing Partner of SSG Southside Solutions Group Inc, advising and coaching clients on strategies to transform their businesses and how emerging technology can support them in this journey. Ken is a former Partner with KPMG where he led IT Advisory Services for the Ottawa Region. Prior to KPMG , he was Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada and the Canada Customs & Revenue Agency, and Vice-President and Chief Information Officer for Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Through a number of personal experiences, Ken has been exposed to the need for, and value of, palliative care services for patients and their families as they take the journey together towards end-of-life. He joined the OutCare Foundation in 2010 to help raise awareness of these important services and the meaningful contributions they make to maintaining patient dignity and to providing a sense of comfort to families who are increasingly facing these situations as life expectancy continues to extend.
Ken has served as member of the Conference Board of Canada, IT Insights Council, and of the Advisory Committee for Information Technology, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG), as well as Chair of the Conference Board of Canada, Council of Chief Information Officers, and of the GTEC (2007 & 2008). He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) from Carleton University and a Certificate in Information Technology from Algonquin College.
Brian MacGregor is owner and General Manager of Browns Cleaners which has 27 franchised locations, eight corporate locations, and five agent locations across the National Capital Region, as well as a textile restoration division for insurance claims. Together, these franchises employ 85 people.
Conscious of the need for more palliative care funding, beds and services in the region, Brian joined the OutCare Foundation in 2001 to help raise awareness of these needs which are essential to the quality delivery of end-of-life care.
Throughout his career with Browns Cleaners, Brian has engaged with several local community organizations, providing free cleaning and/or storage services to the Snowsuit Fund which raises funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to needy children, the My First Suit charity which helps women in need of professional clothing receive fine and/or gently used clothing, and the Fairy Godmother program which helps dress under-privileged teens for their high school prom. Brian also served as president of the Ottawa Executives’ Association and is currently on the board of Stonewick Heights, a 96-apartment and townhome subsidized housing complex in Kanata.
Ian Rathwell, CPA, CA is a retired professional. Most recently he was Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP (Ottawa) where he shared his knowledge and expertise of Canadian corporate income tax, international tax planning and general tax issues with small owner managed corporations and multi-national public corporations alike.
He has been working with the OutCare Foundation in a volunteer capacity since 2006 because he recognizes the significant need for end-of-life care in the Ottawa and the Eastern Ontario region. A chartered accountant, Ian has held positions in several other charitable organizations in the community.
Kim Devooght is an Executive Consultant and Advisor. Formerly vice-president, public sector Canada, at Cisco Systems Inc. where he led a team of Cisco professionals who provide products, services, consulting and solutions to public sector organizations such as the federal government, provincial governments, major municipalities, and healthcare and education industries. Prior to that role he worked for IBM Canada Ltd. and for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
As a way in which to give back to the community, Kim joined the OutCare Foundation in 2002. He believes the Foundation is helping to revive awareness of the need for and benefit of quality palliative care for families in Eastern Ontario.
In addition to his work with the OutCare Foundation, Kim has donated his time to several other organizations including the Snowsuit Fund, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and the Information Technology Association of Canada. He earned his B.A. (Honours) in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Masters in Business Administration from York University.
Glyn Chancey is the Executive Director of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. He recently retired from the federal government after 30 years of service. During that period he held executive positions with a number of Government of Canada departments and agencies, including the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, as well as in the private sector. A native of Newfoundland, he has completed undergraduate studies in agricultural economics at the University of Guelph, graduate studies in industrial organization and international economics at McGill University and a certificate in french from Université Laval.
Glyn joined the OutCare Foundation Board in 2013 following a decade of volunteer work in regional health care fund raising and after a number of personal experiences with end of life care. His decision to do so was inspired by the Foundation’s efforts to increase the availability of and access to quality palliative care as well as it’s potential for reducing wait times for critical care hospital beds in the Region.
Glyn has extensive experience leading and working in teams, both as a volunteer and more generally. Positions held include: Director, Cumberland Township Agricultural Society; Co-Chair, Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Ploughing Fore a Cure Charity Golf Tournament; Member, Organizing Committee, Ottawa Hospital President’s Breakfast for the Public Service fundraiser; Director, Ottawa Stewardship Council; Member, City of Ottawa, Citizens Budget Advisory Committee; Member, Ottawa-Carleton Rural Council, City of Ottawa Rural Issues Advisory Committee; Co-Chair, Rural Expo 2001, International Ploughing Match and Farm Machinery Show.
Michael J. Hughes
Michael Hughes is Founder & CEO of the NfR Consulting Group. An international networking expert, he coaches business, corporate and sales professionals to achieve better results by improving networking skills. His client list includes such organizations as Sun Microsystems, Scotiabank, Dell and Staples.
Prior to this entrepreneurial endeavour, Michael worked for the Canadian Tire Corporation in several roles including Corporate Field Representative and National Education Coordinator, and also is actively engaged in volunteer leadership. Currently the National Chair of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Charitable Foundation, Michael has also devoted his time as Co-Chair of the Plowing Fore a Cure Golf Tournament, as both member and Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Ottawa Chapter.
Michael is committed to working with the OutCare Foundation to raise awareness of the need for palliative care in our community, and help increase the resources available to support this important issue. He joined OutCare’s board in 2014.
Pierrette Raymond is an author, an educator, a mother & wife, and has been an entrepreneur for over 18 years, running multiple businesses. Her background in Psychology & Education and further studies in Death & Dying, Bereavement, Funeral Services and in Relocations & Transitions, has provided her with incredible opportunities to serve families and individuals during crisis and at very challenging and emotional times. Whether she is helping a family through the loss of a loved one, working with a family who is facing downsizing and moving, or working with an individual going through a separation or divorce, she understands the challenges we face in the journey of loss, transition and moving forward.
Pierrette joined OutCare’s Board in 2015. Her interest in palliative care was heightened during the ten week journey she spent at her mother’s bedside as she died of cancer. Following her mother’s death, Pierrette immersed herself in Death & Dying and Bereavement studies. She attended Hospice & Palliative Care Ontario conferences where she found an inner calling to work more closely with families and individuals who were facing palliative care.
Her most recent endeavor called Women Living Fully began when she found that many of her female clients and friends were struggling with stress, overwhelm and grief. Being in the sandwich generation of having aging loved ones and caring for children of their own (many of whom were leaving the home), all while managing careers and businesses, these women hungered for a community to support them, encourage them and be a wealth of resources. Pierrette saw the need and is now leading Women Living Fully.
She is a mother of two children. Her son, Joshua, is 21 and her daughter, Briana, is 18. She has been with her husband, Luc, for 28 years, 23 of those in marriage. She is an avid runner and walker (she has three large dogs) and loves to read, write and be in nature.
Dr. Ian Warrack
Dr. Ian Warrack is a family physician who has been practicing in Canada for over 40 years. His practice is now focused on geriatrics.
As a physician who provides palliative care in a variety of non-hospital settings, Dr. Warrack is aware of the importance of the Outcare Foundation’s priorities. With a wealth of professional and fundraising experience, in 2012 he joined the Board of Directors to help the Foundation make a difference in palliative care in our community. He strongly believes that quality palliative care should be available in whichever setting the patient wishes and that he can help to achieve that through his involvement with the OutCare Foundation.
In addition to his work as a physician, he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Medical Foundation and has held positions that include President of the Ontario Medical Association and Chair of the Boards of both the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association Holdings. He was also Chair for the 1986 Campaign of the Ottawa-Carleton United Way, and Fundraising Chair for Rotel, a 50-room motel that serves all Ottawa hospitals and medical facilities. Dr. Warrack is a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The OutCare Foundation’s commitment to the community dates back to 1984 when the Foundation was first established to raise funds for the Riverside Hospital. When the Ottawa-area acute care hospitals were restructured we refocused our mission to support community-based healthcare in Eastern Ontario.
Since 1998, the OutCare Foundation has provided over $1.5 million for palliative care programs and services. Additionally in our early years, we helped many small organizations expand or start new programs benefiting Alzheimer/dementia patients and stroke victims. Organizations such as the Abbotsford Senior Centre (the Glebe Centre), Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, Cumberland Home Support and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre received program funding.
Through our work in the community, we recognized the need for more end-of-life care. With this in mind, the Celebration of Life event series was held from 2004 to 2007 uniting five palliative organizations to raise awareness and over $375,000.
As an independent organization, the OutCare Foundation has been able to fund a broad range of initiatives our region at the following palliative care organizations: the Friends of Hospice Ottawa, the Hospice at May Court, the North Grenville Community Hospice (now known as the Beth Donovan Hospice), the Ottawa Mission Hospice, the Palliative Care Outreach Program, and Roger’s House. Grants were also awarded to the Algonquin College Foundation (to establish the OutCare Foundation Bursaries).
Currently, OutCare is focused on raising funds for special palliative care projects in Eastern Ontario that address OutCare priorities. In the past, we provided funding to a variety of organizations to help support community-based healthcare. The following organizations received grants from the Foundation in the past:
- Abbotsford Senior Centre (Glebe Centre)
- Algonquin College
- Aphasia Centre of Ottawa
- Cumberland Home Support
- Home-based Spiritual Care
- Hospice Care Ottawa (Friends of Hospice Residence)
- Hospice Care Ottawa (May Court Residence)
- Max Keeping Foundation
- The Ottawa Mission Hospice
- Mountie House (Habitat For Humanity)
- North Grenville Hospice (now known as Beth Donovan Hospice)
- Palliative Care Outreach Program
- Roger’s House
- Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
We remain committed to making an impact in palliative care in our community. We are working closely with organizations in the palliative care network to make a difference in our community.
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