Board Of Directors
Joanna Brzozowska

Board Chair

Bio pending

Donna Baillie

Director

Graduated HGH school of nursing

Worked in the operating room at HGH

Certificate course in ophthalmology from Baylor University

Married to Nigel for 48 yrs. until his death in 2016

Raised 4 sons

Grandmother to 8 grandchildren

23 years in Scouting as a cub and scout leader and commissioner

Volunteer at HWMH since 2007

Past president of the volunteer association

Present volunteer duties, ED 2 evenings a week and Covid Testing Centre

Love to travel especially long cruises, quilting, and Lawn Bowling

Lorne Boyko

Director

Lorne has been called the “Voice” of Dunnville. A monicor backed by a ten year on-air career in Radio. The former long time business owner and thirty year active people’s representative on Dunnville, Regional and County Council’s has completed a two year term as Hospital and Edgewater Board Chair.

His organizational experience is varied and extensive, Police Service Board,  Conservation Authority, Library Board, Non Profit Housing, First Nations Relations, Children’s Aid Society, BIA, Agriculture Society, Health and Social Services, Accessibility, Sports Advisory, Grandview Lodge and Dunnville Arena Construction Steering Committee’s, Finance and Administration, Community Services, Municipal Planning and Development and scores of others as an active participant and in many cases in a leadership role.

An intense work ethic, total commitment and sense of compassion instilled in him by his parents is his proven stock and trade.  A longtime fitness and sporting buff, the former youth hockey and softball coach and co-founder of the Dunnville Jr. C Terriers{Mudcats} stays active today walking, hiking and cycling on a regular basis with Valerie.

They are the proud parents of three, Cheryl Lynn, LeeAnn and Paul all born in HWMH and seven lively grandchildren that help keep them young and engaged in retirement.

Lorne is the recipient of the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Medal, Ontario Long Standing Service Award and Dunnville Citizen of the Year. He considers it a privilege to give back to the people and the community he loves who have taught and given him so much.

Dr. Johan Viljoen

Chief Of Staff

Dr. Johan Viljoen is the Chief of Staff at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and is also the Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs at Niagara Health.

He is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist by training and practiced in Niagara for 27 years in that capacity before transitioning to full time medical leadership. During his clinical practice years he also served for 12 years as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at NH prior to becoming COS.

He is a lifelong learner and believes in ongoing professional development and has reached outside his normal comfort zone in completing a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Law in Health Law.

Bernita Drenth

1st Vice Chair

For more than twenty years Bernita Drenth has provided health policy counsel to organizations in the public and private sector as an independent consultant, with a particular focus being health care.

Bernita provides strategic advice and support to government, health providers and others with a vital stake in the significant changes taking place throughout the health care system.

Her interests include strengthening patient-centred health care planning and improving access to mental health and addictions care. Bernita lives just outside of Dunnville.

Brandon Douglas

Secretary

A Registered Nurse by background, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Master of Education Degree, Brandon has been in healthcare leadership for over 13 years. Having held leadership roles across various healthcare settings including Acute Care Hospitals, Specialized Mental Health Facilities, Community Care and LTC, as well as leadership within College/University Nursing Education Programs.

Brandon is currently serving as Vice President of Clinical Services at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, part of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System.

Brandon lives with his partner Will in Burlington and has 3 wonderful children ages 13, 10 and 5.

Sharon Moore

President & CEO

Sharon Moore is the President and CEO for Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and Edgewater Gardens in Dunnville, Ontario. Previously, Sharon was the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital and she worked for over 20 years at Markham Stouffville Hospital in various leadership positions.

Sharon has a degree in Nursing from McMaster University and a Master in Health Studies from Athabasca University.

Sharon is passionate about excellent patient care and advocates tirelessly for improvements in our health system. She is a broad systems thinker and strives to bring diverse groups together with the main purpose always to care for the needs of patients & residents, their families, and the community.

Away from the hospital, Sharon is also a member of the Discipline and Fitness to Practice Committees at the College of Nurses’ of Ontario.

Dr. Christopher Ray

President MSA

Bio pending

Karim Rajwani

Director

Currently Mr. Rajwani is an independent Financial Crimes Consultant advising financial instructions, consulting firms and FinTech’s and is also on several NGOs/NPOs advisory boards focused on fighting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.

Mr. Rajwani was the SVP, Chief Operating Officer at Scotiabank, leading the bank’s Financial Crime remediation activities including transaction monitoring and screening. Mr. Rajwani also had global responsibility for AML Threat Intelligence, as well as the Strategic Planning, Project Management Office and the AML Solution Delivery.

Prior to that was he was the Global Head of Financial Crime Investigations and Intelligence, the Global Head of Financial Crime Technology Strategy, and the UK Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Deutsche Bank. In this role Mr. Rajwani was also responsible for the AML remediation program in response to regulatory actions as well as major client investigations.

Mr. Rajwani was also the Chief Anti-Money Laundering for the RBC Financial Group (RBC), where he oversaw the design, implementation and the day-to-day management of the Anti Money Laundering, Sanctions, Anti Bribery and Corruption and High-Risk Client Management) Programs for more than 15 years. In addition, he was responsible for the AML Compliance, Investigations and Data Science teams globally.

Mr. Rajwani also has significant experience in financial crime technology, managing artificial intelligence/data science teams as well as developing strategies for tacking human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, including leading a number public-private partnership. Mr. Rajwani continues to advise Fintech as well as NGOs/NPOs.

In addition to his risk management experience, Mr. Rajwani is a Chartered Accountant both in Canada as well as the UK and has worked for various Financial Institutions, Chartered Accounting and Management Consulting firms. In these roles, he has overseen the implementation of several enterprise-wide risk management and compliance initiatives and in total 40 years of risk management, compliance, audit, and financial accounting experience.

Mr. Rajwani was also a member of the Advisory Council on National Security for the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada between 2009 and 2012. He created and the Co-Chaired the Canadian Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti Money Specialists (ACAMS) and was a member of the Advisory Board of ACAMS. Mr. Rajwani is currently on the advisory boards of The Knoble and the Anti Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative. Mr. Rajwani is also a lecturer and international speaker including at the UN, training law enforcement, ACAMs as well as University Masters Programs.

Chris Carvalho

Director

Bio pending

Sandie Heirwegh

Director

Upon her retirement in the fall of 2022, Sandie was the Executive Director of True Experience Supportive Housing & Community Work Program in Dunnville, a community based organization supporting people that live with mental illness.

Prior to that, she was a professor of business and entrepreneurship. She was actively involved in the design and delivery of entrepreneurial training programs on a regional, provincial and international level.

Sandie was the recipient of Hamilton’s “Woman of Distinction Award” in the category of Business, Industry and Entrepreneurship. In November 2017, Sandie received a “Canada 150 Medal” for “her innovative efforts to bring people living with mental illness to feel included and valued in their community”.

Sandie and her husband Randy live on a small farm in Haldimand County with their three donkeys and two Jack Russell Terriers.

Ram Shankar

Director

Ram Shankar is the Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at Compass Community Health. He has over 20 years of experience in the Community Health not-for-profit sector and over 5-years of experience in the manufacturing sector.

As the Chief Information Officer, he manages a team of 22 multidisciplinary direct reports. He has coordinated 20 partnership agreements with external organizations providing strategic direction towards information technology and information management. Providing Integrated Information Systems back-office support at 61 different locations within the Ontario West area. He oversees the Information Systems which provides Technical Support, Decision Support, Electronic Medical Records Support, Helpdesk Support, and Administrative Support. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the past 20 years, Ram has served as a resource to Compass Community Health Board of Directors, Alliance for Healthier Communities, Greater Hamilton Health Network – Digital Health Secretariat, Healthier Communities Information Management Committee, and is the Chair of the Operations Committee. Currently, Ram is a reviewer for the Canadian Center for Accreditation.

As the Chief Privacy Officer, Ram oversees the monitoring and reporting on the privacy compliance program in accordance with legislation and best practices. He has been instrumental in the development of the organization’s privacy policies and practices. He sits on the Hamilton Niagara Halton Brant Integration Network’s Privacy Steering Committee.

Ram has a Bachelor’s of Computer Science Degree from the National Institute of Business Management. He obtained a Masters Degree in Project Management and a Masters Degree in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Ram also holds full professional member licenses from the British Computer Society, the Australian Computer Society, and the Institution of Analysts & Programmers in the United Kingdom.

Karen Tilstra

Treasurer

Karen is currently a sales manager with Rosa Flora Ltd and as been with the company for over 12 years. Prior to this position, Karen was part owner of the family business, Minor Bros, with her father and his brothers. Twenty-five years in her family business, along with her management experience at Rosa Flora, have provided Karen with a solid understanding of business management, accounting, and sales.

Karen brings a wealth of board governance experience with her to the HWMH Board of Directors. She is currently completing her term as Past Chair of the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation and served on the board of that organization for eight years. She also continues to be very active with her church and the school.

One of her strongest contributions to the HWMH board is her connection to, and understanding of the Dunnville community. Karen was born at the HWMH and her mother was a nurse there. She has lived, attended school, and worked in Dunnville all her life. Maintaining the health and vibrancy of this community is very important to her.

Karen and her husband Ted raised two children on a dairy farm just outside of Dunnville. There were many trips to the hospital while her children were growing up and it was a blessing to have the hospital nearby. Through her work with the HWMH board, Karen hopes to give back to the hospital and its community, in some small way ensuring its sustainability for years to come.

Marnie Lynn

Director

Marnie brings over 25 years of human resources and advisory experience working across child welfare and healthcare sectors. Currently, is the Director, Human Resources & Volunteer Services at Women’s College Hospital. Previously, she has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST), an executive position she has held for more than 5 years. Prior to joining CAST, she worked as the Director of Human Resources at the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and in progressively senior roles at the Joseph Brant Hospital. Each experience has allowed her to develop an innovative and effective leadership style with exceptional team building, change management and negotiation skills. She has a proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders to build consensus and consistently achieve objectives.

With a passion for people, Marnie is focused on elevating community services and enhancing client and patient care. She has served on several Boards and Committees centred on healthcare and child services at Nucleus Independent Living and within the Halton Mississauga LHIN. In addition to being a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Marnie holds her Master of Science in Health Administration complemented by her Bachelor’s degree. Most recently she became a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner and considers herself to be a life-long learner.

Arash Farzam-Kia

2nd Vice Chair

Arash is an employment and labour lawyer working in the City of Toronto. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at University of British Columbia. Prior to law, he earned a Master of Industrial Relations degree from Queen’s University, and subsequently worked for six years as an employee-relations professional in the core public sector in Nunavut, and the broader public sector in Ontario. During this time, he advised and represented his employers on a broad range of issues.