Board and Committees

Meet the teams that do the behind-the-scenes work for the Ostomy Canada Society

Our Mission:

Ostomy Canada Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy, and their families, helping them to live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration and advocacy.

Our Vision:

Canada’s voice for people living with an ostomy.

Live Life to the Fullest!

Meet Our Executive and Board of Directors

Here is our current Executive and Board of Directors

Ann Ivol


Ann Ivol

Hamilton, ON


To Be Appointed



Steve Maybee

Mississauga, ON


To Be Appointed



Sharon Deaves

  Halton Hills, ON

Vice Chair

Peter Folk

Saskatoon, SK


Andrea Leard
 Vancouver, BC


Andréanne Gousse
Saint-Georges, QC


Karen Bruton
 North Saanich, BC


Jordan Zaitchik

Richmond Hill, ON


Debra Rooney

Vancouver, BC


Deb Carpentier

Regina, SK

Jude Ruest

Laterriere, QC


Ann Durkee-MacIsaac

Hebron, NS

Up to 1 more Directors

To be appointed

Meet Our Regional Administrators

Community Outreach Support Services (COSS).

Ontario Region

Ian McNeil

Ottawa, ON

Ontario Region

Jim Fitzgerald

Toronto, ON

Meet Our Committees

Here is the structure of the committees that fall under our Five Strategic Plan Pillars

GOVERNANCE – Administrator: Karen Bruton

By-laws, Policies &
Ed TummersCarol Wells, Andy Borrill
Board of Directors
Nominations & Elections: (Succession Planning)Sharon DeavesAnn Durkee, Karen Bruton, Ian MacNeil, Ann Ivol
Strategic Planning / Annual Operational
Executive CommitteeBoard of Directors, National Office staff
PrivacyIan MacNeil

FINANCE & FUNDRAISING – Administrator: Sharon Deaves

FinanceSteve MaybeeExecutive Committee
Fundraising (Stoma Stroll)Ann Ivol
Andrea Leard, Andrea Manson, Steve Maybee,
Peter Folk, Sharon Deaves, George Crawford
Bequest FundsSteve MaybeeSharon Deaves
InsuranceSteve Maybee
National OfficeSteve MaybeeCarole Pew, Monica Desouza

ADVOCACY – Administrator: To be appointed

Public Relations
Government Relations (Joint Advocacy)Ian MacNeilPeter Folk, Ann Durkee, Cathy Harley, Rosemary
Hill, Kathy Esligar, Kevin Taziar, Lana Mah, Ruth Kenney, Sherri Bishop, Joan Peddle, Jordan Zaitchik, Michele Langille
Partner Relations

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION – Administrator: Andrea Leard

Publications: Ostomy Canada ConnectsCarol WellsJoel Jacobson, National Office
Publications: Ostomy Canada magazineLisa Gausman (Senior Editor)Lorne Aronson (advertising manager), Tammy Hunter (graphics editor)
Medical Advisory (magazine) To be appointedKaren Bruton, RN BScN MCISc-WH CETN(C);
Jo-Ann Tremblay, Author; Shabita Teja, BScP; Rory Horstein, RD BEd, Andrea Manson, RN, BScN, NSWOC, NCA
Social Media/WebsitePeter FolkLisa Gausman, Yaser Nadeem
Professional Advisory Partners: Industry and Distributor PartnershipsContacts from Hollister, Coloplast, ConvaTec,
B Braun, Salts
Professional Advisory Partners: Related Complementary PartnersCurrent NSWOCC President, Contacts from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Colorectal Cancer Canada, Bladder Cancer Canada, UOAA, FOWC, NCACOA, OAA

OUTREACH – Administrator: To Be Appointed

Community Outreach Support Services (COSS)Regional Administrators
Pacific- Debra Rooney
Prairies- Deb Carpentier
Ontario- Ian McNeil and Jim Fitzgerald
Québec– Jude Ruest
Atlantic- Ann Durkee
Visitor ProgramCo-Administrators:
Ann Durkee
Deb Carpentier
Alphonsine Saunier, Carol Wells, John Molnar, Wanda Dansereau, Jane Wilmot, Sally Martens
Ostomy Educational Sessions/Conferences
Ostomy Canada Youth CampCamp Administrator: Lisa GausmanPat Cimmeck, Carly Lindsay, Janet Paquet, Quinten Clarke
Awards (Education and Recognition)Karen BrutonSteve Maybee
Social Groups: Parents of Children
With an Ostomy
Corry Stewart DoroshMembers of Facebook group
Social Groups: Spouses and Significant Others (SASO)To be appointed
Gutsy Gang Social ClubTiffany ShorsonJim Fitzgerald
National Advisory CouncilCo-Chairs
Deb Carpentier, Ed Tummers
Ann Durkee, Deb Carpentier, Debra Rooney, Jude Ruest, Andréanne Gousse, Corry Stewart Dorosh, Tiffany Shorson, Lisa Gausman, Andrea Leard, Peter Folk, Jim Fitzgerald, Kevin Taziar, Pat Cimmeck, Sally Martens, Nancy Schuttenbeld, Christine MacCallum, Carol Ann Wells

Special Committees, Task Forces and Advisory Groups – Administrator: Ann Ivol

Disability Tax CreditAnn DurkeePeter Folk, Elaine Jeffery, Ian MacNeil, Murray Wolfe, Kathy Esligar, Rosemary Hill, Joan Peddle
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