Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has announced the community volunteers who will sit on the organization’s newly established Building Community Advisory Committee to inform the next stage of planning and design for the Wallaceburg Site.
The committee reports to CKHA’s Board of Directors and is a two-way communication forum that includes individuals from the community, the hospital and other interested stakeholders.
“To meet the needs of health care delivery today and into the future, a comprehensive redevelopment plan has been assembled for this site,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA, in a media release.
“We are so pleased to welcome our community volunteers to this advisory committee; their valuable input and foresight will inform our plan as we progress through this next stage.”
Representing the Wallaceburg area are volunteers Jeff Wesley and Dr. William Currier.
Hospital officials say over the past 30 years, Wesley has served in volunteer roles for various hospital and health care committees.
His previous roles include Director and Chair of the former Sydenham District Hospital Board; Director, CKHA Board; Director, CKHA Foundation; and Chair of the Save Our Sydenham Committee.
As a former councillor for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Mayor for the Town of Wallaceburg, Wesley has extensive experience working with multiple stakeholders and community members in the Wallaceburg area.
For 34 years, he served as Manager of Municipal Relations (Major Projects Group) at Union Gas and since 2018, has practiced law at Anderson Law Group.
Wesley is also a Director for Infrastructure Ontario, a role he has held since 2019.
Hospital officials say Dr. William Currier is a licensed health care practitioner and has been the owner/operator of Currier Chiropractic in Wallaceburg since 1987.
As a lifelong resident of Wallaceburg, Dr. Currier has developed strong working relationships within the community through roles on several municipal boards.
His previous municipal volunteer roles include Chair of the Wallaceburg Community Task Force and Chair of the Wallaceburg Water Commission.
Dr. Currier also served as Chair of the professional group for the former Sydenham District Hospital fundraising campaign, for the town of Wallaceburg in the early nineties.
Additionally, Dr. Currier has been actively involved in the Ontario Chiropractic Association throughout his career.
His team building skills and community-minded approach will be a valuable asset to the committee, hospital officials added.
Representing health care professionals from the community who may refer patients to the Wallaceburg Site is Kristen Campbell.
Hospital officials say Campbell was born and raised in Lambton County, and continues to reside there.
She attended Western University in 2000, completing her BScN in 2004.
As a registered nurse, she worked in Long-Term Care as well at CKHA on the former Complex Continuing Care unit at the Wallaceburg Site.
In 2006, Ms. Campbell enrolled in the RN(EC) program at University of Western Ontario, successfully completing the program in 2008.
Following this, she began working as a nurse practitioner (NP) in the Emergency Department (triage) at CKHA as well as the Complex Continuing Care unit.
In 2011, Campbell started working at the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre (CKCHC) where she continues to be employed today.
Representing Walpole Island First Nation is Faye Johnson.
Hospital officials say Johnson is from Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) and is currently the Governance Manager with Walpole Island First Nation.
She travelled to Brantford/Six Nations where she gained over 21 years of experience working with adult learners to overcome learning challenges, championing resourcefulness, motivation and drawing out individual strengths to help learners be successful in their chosen field.
She is an avid promoter of skilled trades through Indigenizing the lens to find compatibility and similarities in learning as well as working with employers to understand their Indigenous employees.
For many years, Johnson has volunteered with an Urban Indigenous Board of Directors to engage Indigenous youth to reconnect with their culture, and enhance their education and skills training to find meaningful employment, hospital officials added.
“Mr. Wesley, Dr. Currier, Ms. Campbell and Ms. Johnson bring vast knowledge and experience to our advisory committee,” said Jack Caroll, CKHA Board Member and Chair, Building Community Advisory Committee, in a media release.
“These applicants successfully reflected their interest in the hospital and health care, and their ability to connect with the community about local and rural health care issues. We look forward to welcoming them to our committee.”
Visit www.askckha.com for more information on CKHA’s Building Community Advisory Committee and the Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment Project.