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

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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

President
Hamilton, ON
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Vice-President

To Be Appointed
Steve Maybee

Steve Maybee

Treasurer
Mississauga, ON
Sharon Deaves

Sharon Deaves

Chair
Halton Hills, ON
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Secretary

To Be Appointed
Peter Folk

Peter Folk

Vice Chair
Saskatoon, SK

Andrea Leard

Director
Vancouver, BC
Andreanna

Andréanne Gousse

Director
Saint-Georges, QC
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Karen Bruton RN BScN MCISc-WH WOCC(C)

Director
Cobourg, Ontario
Jordan

Jordan Zaitchik

Director
Richmond Hill, ON
Debra Rooney

Debra Rooney

Director
Vancouver, BC
Deb Carpentier

Deb Carpentier

Director
Regina, SK
Jude Ruest

Jude Ruest

Director
Laterriere, QC
Ann Durkee

Ann Durkee-MacIsaac

Director
Hebron, NS
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Up to 1 more Directors

To be appointed

Meet Our Regional Administrators

Community Outreach Support Services (COSS)

Ian McNeil

Ian McNeil

Ontario Region
Ottawa, ON
Jim Fitzgerald

Jim Fitzgerald

Ontario Region
Toronto, ON

Meet Our Committees

BOARD COMMITTEES

GOVERNANCE – Administrator: Karen Bruton

CommitteeLeadersMembers
By-lawsEd TummersCarol Wells, Andy Borrill
MembershipEd Tummers
Nominations & Elections: (Succession Planning)Sharon DeavesAnn Durkee, Karen Bruton RN BScN MCI-WH NSWOC WOCC(C), Ian MacNeil, Ann Ivol

FINANCE – Administrator: Sharon Deaves

CommitteeLeaderMembers
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
Policies (to be approved by board, annually)
Strategic Planning/Annual Operational PlanBoard of DirectorsNational Office

ADVOCACY – Administrator: To be appointed

CommitteeLeaderMembers
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, Erin Rushton

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS - Advisory

CommitteeLeaderMembers
Bequest Funds AdvisorySteve MaybeeSharon Deaves
National Advisory CouncilCo-Chairs
Deb Carpentier
Ed Tummers
Ann Durkee-MacIsaac, 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, Bob Daley
Medical AdvisoryKaren Bruton, RN, BScN, MCISc-WH, WOCC(C);
Jo-Ann Tremblay, Author; Shabita Teja, BScP; Rory Horstein, RD BEd; Andrea Manson, RN, BScN, NSWOC, NCA
Professional Advisory Partners:
Industry and Distributor Partnerships
Contacts from Hollister, Coloplast, ConvaTec, B Braun, Salts

OPERATIONAL COMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION

CommitteeLeaderMembers
National OfficeSteve MaybeeCarole Pew, Monica DeSouza
ProceduresRegional Administrators, Leaders of Committees
Strategic Planning/ Annual Operational PlanRegional Administrators, Leaders of Committees

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION – Administrator: Andrea Leard

CommitteeLeaderMembers
Marketing
Publications: Ostomy Canada ConnectsCarol WellsJoel Jacobson, National Office
Publications: Ostomy Canada magazineLisa Gausman (Senior Editor)Janet Paquet & Julie Grzela (Assistant Editors) Lorne Aronson (advertising manager) Tammy Hunter (graphics editor) French Content: Réal Lamarche, Jean-Pierre Lapointe, Denise McLean
Social Media/WebsitePeter FolkLisa Gausman, Yaser Nadeem

OUTREACH – Administrator: To Be Appointed

CommitteeLeaderMembers
Community Outreach Support Services (COSS)Regional Administrators
Pacific- Debra Rooney
Prairies- Deb Carpentier
Ontario- Ian MacNeil and Jim Fitzgerald
Québec– Jude Ruest
Atlantic- Ann Durkee
Visitor ProgramCo-Administrators:
Ann Durkee
Deb Carpentier
Alphonsine Saulnier, Carol Wells, 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 Bruton RN BScN MCI-WH NSWOC WOCC(C)Steve Maybee, Andrea Manson
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
Related Complementary PartnersCurrent NSWOCC CEO, Contacts from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Colorectal Cancer Canada, Bladder Cancer Canada, UOAA, FOWC, NCACOA, OAA

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

CommitteeLeaderMembers
Disability Tax CreditAnn Durkee-MacIsaacPeter Folk, Ian MacNeil, Murray Wolfe,
Kathy Esligar, Rosemary Hill, Joan Peddle
Terms of AffiliationDeb Carpentier
Ed Tummers
Karen Bruton, Bob Daley, Sharon Deaves, Sally Martens, Randy Hull

View our Medical Advisory Team

View our Medical Advisory Team

Click here for the Nomination Form and Candidate Profile Form for Board of Director Positions for 2020-2022

Click here for the Nomination Form and Candidate Profile Form for Board of Director Positions for 2020-2022