AGH welcomes new board members
At its first meeting this fall, the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Board of Directors welcomed two new members – Michel Vermette and Bruce Young. Michel and Bruce join this group of committed community volunteers who provide leadership and strategic direction to the organization’s three divisions – Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Lanark County Paramedic Service.
“Welcome to Michel and Bruce and thank you for your commitment of time and expertise,” says President & CEO Mary Wilson Trider. “Our Board is helping to shape local health care and we appreciate your input and advice.”
Michel Vermette has lived just outside of Almonte for 20 years. He is retired from the federal public service and now enjoys rehabilitating an old orchard of 150 apple trees on his farm. “I have more time on my hands and when I saw the Board recruitment ad, I thought now is the time,” he explains. “I hope I can add something to the conversation.”
Michel notes that it is a challenging time in health care and Almonte General Hospital is well-positioned to adapt to future changes. “The focus is on service to our local communities. We can be innovative and a model for others. The Mississippi River Health Alliance with Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital is a great example. We can work together and make sure that local services are complementary and efficient. When we learn from each other, we can all be better.”
Although Bruce Young has worked in eastern and western Canada and the high Arctic, he has lived and raised a family in the Pakenham area for most of the 45 years since graduating as an engineer. He is retired from government where he managed public review processes for national environmental assessments. Since then, he has been a consultant for various boards and agencies. “The hospital has always been an important part of our lives,” says Bruce. “I have been a financial supporter and now I am happy to add to that with my time.”
Bruce says he is anxious to get more involved and work with hospital and Fairview Manor staff and Board Directors to continue the excellent work that has been accomplished up to now. “I have worked in small communities all over Canada and Mississippi Mills should be proud of what we have right here. I want to make it even better by listening and working with the community.”