Board of Directors
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!
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.
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.
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.
Dennis is the only part-time County resident on the board, having bought a fixer upper on South Bay with his wife Martha just over two years ago. He was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, and studied Chemical Engineering and Business at MacMaster, and much later (25 years or so) completed the Corporate Governance program at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He worked with Procter & Gamble for almost 25 years, with assignments in Research, Engineering, Marketing Promotion, Government Relations and Public Affairs, and has lived and worked at locations in Canada, the US and Europe. He led the Ontario Pharmacists Association for 9 years as CEO, and is currently the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. He currently calls Toronto his ‘temporary’ home, with hopes that their time in the County will continue to increase, especially as the renovation and construction projects on South Bay proceed (and he can get their four children of their blended family to help). He is an avid woodworker, boat restorer, and knows almost enough to fix just about anything. He has a passion for communications/key messaging and strategic planning, which bores most of his friends. He joined PECMHF in 2016, and hopes to help do his part to bring other ‘part timers’ to support the long term sustainability of our local hospital.
Pat was born and raised in Picton and after high school moved to Toronto to pursue an education and a career. She worked in the field of Family Support and spent the last 17 years of employment working at a community health centre. Pat understands that overall well being is more than just physical health. She believes in the determinants of health and how living in a healthy community supports one’s overall general well being. Pat taught at Humber College and Guelph Humber University part time for over 10 years in the social work and early childhood education programs. She retired several years ago and moved back home and is currently the vice chair of the Hospital Auxiliary.
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.
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.
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.
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!