History of Ostomy Canada Society

The United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. (UOAC) became an independent entity following a meeting of representatives of Canadian Chapters in Calgary in June 1997. In 2014, the name changed to Ostomy Canada Society – read more of our history below…

Directors since incorporation

Directors 1992-93 
NameLocation
Helen Clarke*Hamilton, ON
Beverly Ewoniak*Vancouver, BC
Nick Franco
Grace KellockHalifax, NS
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Geraldine Mulcahy*Dartmouth, NS
David Oram*Vancouver, BC
Maria Siegl*Calgary, AB
Directors 1993-94
Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
Helen Clarke*Hamilton, ON
Beverly Ewoniak*Vancouver, BC
Nick FrancoHamilton, ON
Les KehoeOshawa, ON
Grace KellockHalifax, NS
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Patrick McGrathVancouver, BC
Geraldine Mulcahy*Dartmouth, NS
Directors 1994-95
Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
Beverly Ewoniak*Vancouver, BC
Ann HowardVancouver, BC
Les KehoeOshawa, ON
Stephen LambleySarnia, ON
David Metcalfe*Victoria, BC
Patrick McGrathVancouver, BC
Geraldine Mulcahy*Dartmouth, NS
Maria Siegl*Calgary, AB
Directors 1995-96
Lorne AronsonToronto, ON
A Claude Campbell*Hamilton, ON
Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
Beverly Ewoniak*Vancouver, BC
Ann HowardVancouver, BC
Roger IvolHamilton, ON
Stephen LambleySarnia, ON
Al MarkelRegina, SK
David Metcalfe*Victoria, BC
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 1996-97
Lorne AronsonToronto, ON
Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
Roger IvolHamilton, ON
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Sheelah Zapf*Edmonton, AB
Directors 1997-98
Lorne AronsonToronto, ON
Kim ChristiansenSt. Albert, AB
Bev FrySaskatoon, SK
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Don ScurlockSt. John’s, NF
Sheelah Zapf*Edmonton, AB
Directors 1998-99
Bill AitkenGimli, MB
Lorne AronsonToronto, ON
Kim ChristiansenSt. Albert, AB
Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
Bev FrySaskatoon, SK
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Michael PaquetHamilton, ON
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Sheelah Zapf*Edmonton, AB
Directors 1999-2000
Bill AitkenGimli, MB
Kim ChristiansenSt. Albert, AB
Chuck DaveyMississauga, ON
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Candace MironToronto, ON
Bernice RichardsHalifax, NS
Linda WarnerEdmonton, AB
Directors 2000-01
Bill AitkenGimli, MB
Doug GrahamOttawa, ON
Roger IvolHamilton, ON
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Candace MironToronto, ON
Ken SandersonLangley, BC
Linda WarnerEdmonton, AB
Bette Yetman*Dartmouth, NS
Directors 2001-02
Doug GrahamOttawa, ON
Roger IvolHamilton, ON
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Candace MironToronto, ON
Murray Norman*Summerford, NF
Ken SandersonLangley, BC
Bette Yetman*Dartmouth, NS
Directors 2002-03
Bev FrySaskatoon, SK
Roger IvolHamilton, ON
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Candace MironToronto, ON
Murray Norman*Summerford, NF
Jenny RobulackVancouver, BC
Ken SandersonLangley, BC
Directors 2003-04
Bev FrySaskatoon, SK
Roger IvolHamilton, ON
Joel JacobsonHalifax, NS
Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Murray Norman*Summerford, NF
Jenny RobulackVancouver, BC
Ken SandersonLangley, BC
Directors 2004-05
Ingrid DucsharmGrande Prairie, AB
Bev FrySaskatoon, SK
Joel JacobsonHalifax, NS
Diane LoweGrande Prairie, AB
Al MarkelRegina, SK
Rachel McCagg*Shawville, QC
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Ken SandersonLangley, BC
Directors 2005-06
Bev FrySaskatoon, SK
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Lynn JamiesonMiramichi, NB
Daryl JarvisPrince George, BC
Diane LoweGrande Prairie, AB
Dan PelletierToronto, ON
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 2006-07
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Lynn JamiesonMiramichi, NB
Les KehoeToronto, ON
Diane LoweGrande Prairie, AB
Murray Norman*Peterborough, ON
Ferne OliverFredericton, NB
David Page*Winnipeg, MB
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 2007-08
Nancy BrockwellMontreal, QC
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Lynn JamiesonMiramichi, NB
Les KehoeToronto, ON
Dianne LoweGrande Prairie, AB
Ferne OliverFredericton, NB
David Page*Winnipeg, MB
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 2008-09
Nancy BrockwellMontreal, QC
Peter FolkSaskatoon, SK
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Lynn JamiesonMiramichi, NB
Daryl JarvisPrince George, BC
Les KehoeToronto, ON
Janet PaquetHamilton, ON
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 2009-10
Peter FolkSaskatoon, SK
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Ann IvolHamilton, ON
Daryl JarvisPrince George, BC
Ruth Kenney, RN, ETDartmouth, NS
Janet PaquetHamilton, ON
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 2010-11
Peter FolkSaskatoon, SK
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Ann IvolHamilton, ON
Ruth Kenney, RN, ETDartmouth, NS
Judy SteevesFredericton, NB
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Directors 2011-12
Peter FolkSaskatoon, SK
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Ann IvolHamilton, ON
John MolnarSt. Catharines, ON
Mary Penner *Toronto, ON
Verna PetrieNew Waterford, NS
Ed TummersHalifax, NS
Carol WellsSt. John’s, NL
Directors 2012-13
Delilah Guy, RN, BT, ETGander, NL
Ann IvolHamilton, ON
Andrea (Andy) MansonNew Westminster, BC
John MolnarSt. Catharines, ON
Mary Penner *Toronto, ON
Ed TummersHalifax, NS
Anne-Marie Vorkampff*Victoria, BC
Carol WellsSt. John’s, NL
Directors 2013-14
Rosemary GaffrayPine Falls, MB
Ruth KenneyDartmouth, NS
Andrea (Andy) MansonNew Westminster, BC
John MolnarSt. Catharines, ON
Lorrie PismennyWinnipeg, MB
Ed TummersHalifax, NS
Directors 2014-15
Rosemary GaffrayPine Falls, MB
Ruth KenneyDartmouth, NS
Andrea (Andy) MansonNew Westminster, BC
John MolnarSt. Catharines, ON
Lorrie PismennyWinnipeg, MB
Ed TummersHalifax, NS
Directors 2015-16
Rosemary GaffrayPine Falls, MB
Jim FitzgeraldMississauga, ON
Andrea (Andy) MansonNew Westminster, BC
Andrew BorrillParadise, NL
Lorrie PismennyWinnipeg, MB
Debra TerryberrySmithville, ON
Directors 2016-17
Jude RuestPointe aux Trembles, QC
Jim Fitzgerald **Mississauga, ON
Ann DurkeeYarmouth, NS
Andrew BorrillParadise, NL
Deb CarpentierRegina, SK
Debra TerryberrySmithville, ON
Debra RooneyVancouver, BC
Ian MacNeilOttawa, ON
Directors 2017-18
Sharon Deaves (Chair)Halton Hills, ON
Peter Folk (Vice-Chair)Saskatoon
Jude RuestPointe aux Trembles, QC
Karen BrutonNorth Saanich, BC
Andréanne GousseSaint-Georges, QC
Deb CarpentierRegina, SK
Andrea LeardVancouver, BC
Debra RooneyVancouver, BC
John MolnarSt. Catharines, ON
Ann DurkeeYarmouth, NS
Steve Fabian **Markham, ON
Jeffrey O’LearyToronto, ON
Directors 2018-19
Jude RuestPointe aux Trembles, QC
Karen BrutonNorth Saanich, BC
Andréanne GousseSaint-Georges, QC
Deb CarpentierRegina, SK
Andrea LeardVancouver, BC
Debra RooneyVancouver, BC
John MolnarSt. Catharines, ON
Ann DurkeeYarmouth, NS
Steve Fabian **Markham, ON
Jeffrey O’LearyToronto, ON
Directors 2019-20
Jude RuestPointe aux Trembles, QC
Karen BrutonNorth Saanich, BC
Andréanne GousseSaint-Georges, QC
Deb CarpentierRegina, SK
Andrea LeardVancouver, BC
Debra RooneyVancouver, BC
Jordan ZaitchikRichmond Hill, ON
Ann DurkeeYarmouth, NS
* Deceased
** Incomplete term

Past Presidents

YearNameLocation
1992-1994Sheelah Zapf*Edmonton, AB
1994-1996Bette Yetman*Dartmouth, NS
1996-1997Maria Siegl*Calgary, AB
1997-1999Dielwen BrackenToronto, ON
2000-2001Les Kehoe**Toronto, ON
2001-2004Lorne AronsonToronto, ON
2004-2006Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
2006-2008Doug GrahamOttawa, ON
2008-2009Mike Woolridge** *Halifax, NS
2009-2012Les KehoeToronto, ON
2012-2012Janet Paquet**Hamilton, ON
2012-2015Peter FolkSaskatoon, SK
2015-2020Ann IvolHamilton, ON
* deceased
** incomplete term

Past Vice-Presidents

YearNameLocation
1992-1994Bette Yetman*Dartmouth, NS
1994 (5 months)George Beyrouty*Burlington, ON
1995 (7 months)Dielwen BrackenOakville, ON
1995-1996Maria Siegl*Calgary, AB
1996-1997Dielwen BrackenToronto, ON
1997-1998Vacant
1998-2000Les KehoeToronto, ON
2000-2001Lorne AronsonToronto, ON
2001-2002Vacant
2002-2004Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
2004-2006Doug GrahamOttawa, ON
2006-2008Mike Woolridge *Halifax, NS
2008-2009Vacant
2009-2010Judy Steeves
2010-2012Janet PaquetHamilton, ON
2012-2012Peter FolkSaskatoon, SK
2012-2015Ann IvolHamilton, ON
2015-2020Vacant
* deceased
** incomplete term

Past Secretaries

YearNameLocation
1992-1995Dielwen BrackenToronto, ON
1995-1999Ron Bartlett*Hamilton, ON
1999-2002Pat CimmeckCalgary, AB
2002-2004Doug GrahamOttawa, ON
2004-2005Murray Norman*Peterborough, ON
2006-2008Daryl JarvisPrince George, BC
2008-2012Ferne OliverFredricton, NB
2012-2017Carol Wells **Mount Pearl, NL
2017-2020Vacant
* deceased
** incomplete term

Past Treasurers

YearNameLocation
1992-1994David Metcalfe*Victoria, BC
1994-1998Jean-Pierre LapointeMontreal, QC
1998-1999Don ScurlockSt. John’s, NL
1999-2005Gene ZapfEdmonton, AB
2005-2006Ingrid DucsharmGrande Prairie, AB
2006-2007Don MillerHalifax, NS
2007-2010Lynn MurrayVictoria, BC
2010-2012Gene ZapfEdmonton, AB
2012-2020Steve MaybeeMississauga, ON
* deceased
** incomplete term

Past Office Management

TitleYearNameLocation
Office Coordinator1992-1994Allan Porter*Hamilton, ON
Executive Director1994-1998Les KehoeToronto, ON
Office Management1998-2000Thor- B. Fredriksen ConsultingBrampton, ON
2000-2001Les Kehoe, Di BrackenToronto, ON
2001-2005Carol RoddaMississauga, ON
2005-2013Marion Whate*Oakville, ON
2013-2020Carole PewToronto, ON
* deceased

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