Board of Directors

2016/17 Board of Directors

Back row: Dr. Michael Shannon, Kenneth Menlove, Cline Pierson, Dennis Darby, Chair Monica Alyea, Rachel Henry, John Walker, PECMH Auxiliary President Liz Jones, Sue Law
Front Row: Don Wakefield, Lillian Duffy, Leo Finnegan, Vice-chair Fran Donaldson, Treasurer Paul Gallagher
Absent: Sandra Foreman

With input and oversight by the Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors, the PECMH Foundation represents the interests of donors and equipment needs at our County Hospital, encouraging gifts and ensuring they’re used effectively, responsibly and in compliance with the wishes of the donor. Since its incorporation in 1985, the Foundation has helped focus fundraising efforts, connecting donors with appropriate capital equipment needs at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Each year, equipment needs are submitted for consideration based on priority and available resources. All equipment, purchased with generous donations, must follow a hospital approval process. Medical equipment purchases are NOT government funded. Your donation helps to purchase equipment that has been prioritized as an urgent need in Prince Edward County.

Monica Alyea, chair
Monica joined the Board in 2011 after 10 years on the PEC Municipal Council representing South Marysbugh Ward. Her background includes a Masters in Industrial Relations and an Ontario public service career of 28 years in the fields of public relations, staff training and human resources management. Monica grew up on a farm in the Hillier area and was active in 4-H and Junior Farmers. After 8 years in Toronto for education and work pursuits, she returned to the County in 1976 and raised two girls, Emily and Hilary Fennell. She is active in community theatre and Chair of the Marysburgh Mummers as well as a board member for PEFAC. Filling her role as “Eema” to her grandchildren and her adopted Nairobi family are her passions. And gardening!

Fran Donaldson, vice chair
A mother, grandmother, and step-mother originally from Montreal, Fran moved from Toronto to the County in 2000 with her partner, Don Chisholm. A certified teacher with a BA in Philosophy and Religion and a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration, Fran spent her career in all areas of education, including working as a teacher, college administrator, researcher, manager, translator, instructional designer and trainer for corporate clients. She is a firm believer in teamwork – and the value of homework.
Fran is a Past President of PECM Hospital Auxiliary and the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women, and in her spare time can be found on volunteer duty for the Auxiliary, or at the bridge table or, binoculars in hand, at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory.

Paul Gallagher, treasurer
Education BSc BComm RIT CA CPA. Paul spent 35 years as a partner in a public accounting firm in Toronto. For the past 12 years, Paul has produced heavenly wines as the owner of The Devils Wishbone Winery in beautiful Prince Edward County.

Leo Finnegan, past chair
A resident of Prince Edward County since 1960, Leo spent his professional career with Lake Ontario Cement/ESSROC for 39 years with the last 18 of those as plant manager. During that time, he also served on the PEC Memorial Hospital Board for eight years and was chair for three. A former mayor of PEC, he held office for seven years from 2003-2010. He then became a director on our Foundation Board, ascending the ranks to chair in 2013. A Rotarian since 1982, Leo is no stranger to volunteerism in our community. A proud father of three and grandfather to seven PERFECT grandchildren, Leo and his wife Maureen have been strolling through life together for 63 years.

Lillian Duffy
A forward thinker with a keen fashion sense, Lillian spent more than 30 years in the not-for-profit sector working in fundraising. While residing in the Windsor area with her husband Mike and growing family, she worked with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and was at the helm for the Metropolitan Hospital Foundation before making her way to the County. Once settled, she was appointed the Executive Director for the United Way of Quinte and spent some time as the Director of Development for Hastings Manor Foundation. Lillian has worked as a volunteer fundraiser for countless organizations over the years, but perhaps more importantly she has mentored several individuals in their professional careers.

Sandra Foreman
Sandra’s father was a soldier in the RCEME corp, Artillery and her family was posted to Camp Picton in 1956 providing her with a lifetime of living and loving this wonderful place. She became a Registered Nurse 45 years ago and spent many years in the field of Oncology, Home Infusion Therapies, Hospital Supervisor and Administrator of a Cancer Centre. As an interesting alter career she worked in the Commercial Diving Industry in National Sales and Marketing. She even got to ride on Manta Rays and swim with schooling hammerhead sharks! Currently working in Real Estate Sales, bringing newcomers to happily roost here in our County and strongly supporting our hospital and the need for its services to our community.

Liz Jones
Liz was born and raised in Picton. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1974 and enjoyed a career in dental hygiene for 20 years. Looking for a new challenge she received her Real Estate licence in 1997, working primarily in Peel Region. Liz and her husband Glynne returned to their hometown of Picton in 2009. Liz has always believed in volunteerism and has given her time, cheerfulness and quick-wit to the Big Brothers and Sisters of Peel, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation of Canada and most recently the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation.

Sue Law
Born and raised in Toronto, Sue graduated with a nursing degree from the Toronto Western Hospital and spent her professional career caring for those who needed it most including her two children. Sue and her husband Al retired to Prince Edward County in 1998 and Sue immediately joined the PECMH Auxiliary and has held a number of positions within the organization. Her strong discipline and practical approach to issues led her to the Executive of the Auxiliary, holding office as vice president, president and past president. Today Sue still volunteers with the Auxiliary in the Dialysis Clinic and as volunteer manager for the Endoscopy Department. Sue enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Ken Menlove
Director Kenneth Menlove prefers to be greeted as “Ken”, as Mr. Menlove is his Dad! Ken is a transplant from the GTA who made the County his home over a decade ago. He is a practising lawyer working on Main Street Picton. The firm also includes a dedicated team of local residents. Proud of the community and the support received, Ken is delighted to contribute time to the Foundation in service of our County.

Cline Pierson

Often referred to as the person from the west end with a ‘slightly different’ line of thought, Cline Pierson is a lifelong County resident who has served on the Foundation Board for over 10 years. Cline and Lou (wife) started a grocery store in 1972 and have been in business for the last 45 years. Cline served on the utilities commission in Wellington for nine years and after amalgamation served on Prince Edward utilities for five more years. Cline and Lou have two daughters (five grandchildren) who both live and work in Prince Edward County.

Dr. Michael Shannon
Dr. Shannon received his medical degree from Queen’s University, which included advanced training in surgery and sports medicine. He has practiced medicine for 39 years and has been engaged in medical research within the areas of blood banking and infectious disease. A retired Commodore, he served in the Canadian Forces for 31 years as the Deputy Surgeon General for Canada and during the first Gulf War, he served as the senior medical liaison for the Canadian Forces. Throughout his distinguished career, Michael has assumed responsibilities with Health Canada, the Canadian Federal Government Auditor General’s office and the Canadian Public Health Agency. In 2008 he accepted a position on the Board of Medizone International and in October 2008 was appointed the President of the Canadian Foundation for Global Health.

Donald Wakefield, (BA. LLB.CD) secretary
Donald Wakefield was called to the Ontario Bar in 1964 and retired at the end of 1998 after practicing law with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto for 35 years. He was a business lawyer whose practice was in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law with special emphasis on mining, environmental, aboriginal relations and natural resource law. He served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve from 1955 to 1969 and was a Trustee of Trinity United Church in Toronto for 32 years. He has served on the Board of a Public Company, of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law and is an Honourary Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is a member of the Picton Rotary Club and a practicing Mason. He now resides in The Edward Building, Picton.

John Walker, MBA
John is a resident of Prince Edward County, and has a rich background in the Hospitality and Tourism Education Sector. When living in the UK – At the age of 12 John was working part time – washing dishes in a local restaurant, where he discovered he had a passion for the hospitality industry, he told his mother “I want to be a chef”, at the age of 16 his mother put him on a bus and sent him off to cooking and hotel school and he has never looked back! John moved to Canada in 1977. Prior to entering the college system John became a working partner at Rundles Restaurant (and Stratford Chefs School), This lead to his academic future when he became an Instructor and eventually joined Humber College in 1982 – Hospitality & Tourism department where he worked a variety of positions in an 18 -year period from Faculty to Dean of Hospitality Recreation and Tourism.
In 2000 John moved to George Brown College, Toronto where for 12 years as the Dean he provided leadership and innovation to the Center of Hospitality & Culinary Arts. Throughout his career in college education John worked on many training & development programs around the world in such countries as Japan, Indonesia, Brunei, South Africa, Thailand, and Scotland, Italy, France, India, China and Panama.
In 2013 John left George Brown College to free up more time for himself, enjoy life in the County and all that it has to offer with his partner Ilario, do some modern art stuff, get back into the kitchen, enjoy the rewards of their hobby vineyard, get involved, and just figure out – well…..what’s next!

Rachel Henry
Rachel Henry is pleased to have joined the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board in the summer of 2016. Rachel is the General Manager of the newly opened Wellings of Picton, a project she has been involved with from the beginning of construction.
Rachel has over 18 years’ experience in sales and marketing, 14 of those in the newspaper and magazine industry, as a sales representative, and in sales management. In early 2014 Rachel made the change to the retirement industry and has never looked back.
An avid golfer, she loves to hit the links with her husband John and her son Sam. Rachel brings her marketing skills to the board, and is truly excited to contribute in the years to come.

Penny Rolinski, executive director – – 613-476-1008 ext. 4503
Briar Boyce, annual giving and communications – or 613-476-1008 ext. 4425

Penny Rolinski, executive director
Born and raised in the County, Penny left in her late teens to study music at Wilfrid Laurier University. While pursuing her studies, she began her fundraising career with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

By her late 20s she was running the Stratford Festival’s membership call centre, the largest of its kind in Canada, raising $1.25 million annually.

Within a few years she joined United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area and was quickly promoted to Campaign Director. She oversaw 3 successful campaigns – each raising in excess of $5.1 million – before convincing her husband that the County would be a great place to live and raise their daughter.

Construction and renovations began in 2010 so that Penny, her husband, daughter, mother, and innumerable pets could share the home she grew up in.

Now happily settled back in the County, Penny divides her free time between ongoing renovations, her small flock of chickens, and her enormous vegetable garden.

Briar Boyce, communications and donations co-ordinator
No stranger to grand entrances, Briar was delivered onto a Picton Gazette newspaper in the backseat of her father’s car while crossing the Belleville Bridge. She grew exploring the shorelines around Wellington and spent her childhood on the lake, boating, beaching and pretending to be a mermaid. When confined to land, she was showing horses competitively and writing eccentric and energizing short stories – winning her first writing contest in Grade 2 – a riveting tale recounting the birth of her aunt’s kittens.

Briar dabbled in a couple of post-secondary courses before graduating from both the print journalism and post graduate public relations program at Loyalist College. She then accepted an internship with the Hospital Foundation in 2008, was subsequently hired, and has happily made the hospital her daytime hangout ever since.

Nowadays, Briar, who strives to bring more quirk and colour into this world, dwells in the bustling metropolis of Bloomfield and in her spare time volunteers, toils away in her flower garden (when not mowing her monster-sized lawn) and hangs out with her wiener dog, Frieda.