Our Board of Directors is a volunteer board that serves as the authoritative link between the operational organization and you, the people that the organization serves.

Utilizing a Governance Model, and using written governance policies within the broad categories of:

  • Ends
  • Executive Limitations
  • Governance Process
  • Board-Management Delegation

Responsibility for operations of the organization is delegated to the CEO, who reports to the Board of Directors.

For more information on joining our Board of Directors or to contact one of our board members, please contact Michele Swanson, Executive Assistant at 905-827-8800 x2011.


Board Members

Hugh Pauwels
Past Chair
Appointed to the Board: 2010
With degrees in Engineering and Business Administration: Health Services, he brings a wealth of experience from his career to the Board table. Hugh has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Oaklands Regional Centre and on the Building Advisory Committee and Board of Directors of the Oakville YMCA.

Laurie MacNab
Board Chair, Chair Executive Committee
Appointed to the Board: 2002
Laurie’s interests in fund development, marketing and volunteering have benefited the community as well as Acclaim Health. She is a member of the Allendale Long Term Care Family Council, Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 136, serves on the Milton Canada Day Committee, acts as a volunteer liaison between Veterans and Veterans Affairs Canada, participates in Fundraising and Special Events at the Milton District Hospital and Dundurn Castle in Hamilton. She recently retired from a busy national sales and marketing career.

Anthony J. Greenhalgh
Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee
Appointed to the Board: 2002
Following a career as a Chartered Accountant and retiring from his position as Vice President and Secretary of a public company, Tony lends his financial and business expertise to our Board.

Michael David Marco
Vice Chair
Appointed to the Board: 2013
Michael is a Certified Management Accountant and is currently Director of Finance for TIC Travel Insurance. Michael has over 30 years of experience, including executive positions at Royal Bank, Aviva Canada, Intact and Livingston International. Michael completed his MBA at Concordia University and holds a CRMA (Certificate in Risk Management Assurance) designation. He is also a moderator training the next generation of management accountants with CMA Ontario. Michael has held a number of different community volunteer positions in Oakville, including several roles on the Board of Shaarei-Beth El Congregation, coaching soccer and scout leader.

Peter R. Garrod
Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee
Appointed to the Board: 2007
Educated in New Zealand and Canada, Peter has served as President of Medical Staff, Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital, President of the Hamilton Society of Pathologists and Assistant Professor of Pathology, McMaster University. His philanthropic work has included participation in United Way Oakville campaigns and on the Fund Raising and Endowment Committee of the Oakville Public Library. 

Hania Ornstein
Chair of the Governance Committee
Appointed to the Board: 2000
Hania began her career in health care as a staff nurse in Winnipeg and ultimately became Head Nurse and Nursing Director of the Queensway General Hospital. Hania served on the Board of the Milton District Hospital and as a volunteer member of the Victim Services Department of the Halton Regional Police Services.

Gerald J. Park
Chair of the Pension & Benefits Committee
Appointed to the Board: 1996
Gerry’s career as a Senior Account Executive with Metropolitan Life spanned more than thirty years. As a long standing member of the Acclaim Health Board of Directors, his experience and leadership have been invaluable to us. Always engaged in his community, Gerry has served as a Director of Halton Crime Stoppers, Treasurer of the Seniors Helpline of Halton Region and in various capacities within the world of local Minor Hockey and Old Timer’s Hockey Associations in Burlington. Gerry is a Past Chair and a current member of the Burlington Museums Board.

Lynn Johnston
Appointed to the Board: 2014
Lynn is a registered nurse, retired from a career in hospital management.  She recently relocated to Burlington and wants to continue contributing to the improvement of health care in her community.  She has previously been both a volunteer and leader on two health related boards during large, successful fund raising campaigns.  She has volunteered for Seniors Day Programs since her retirement and presently enjoys volunteering at the Acclaim Health Adult Day Program in Burlington.

Brian Hobbs
Appointed to the Board: 2015

Brian is the Director of Development at the Conservation Halton Foundation. He has 20 years of experience in fundraising and consulting with organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and many others. Brian has helped raise more than $42 million for charitable works in Ontario and across Canada.

Cindy Heinz
Appointed to the Board: 2015

Cindy is a senior legal counsel with 20 years of experience and extensive accomplishments as both a Partner in a large international firm in Toronto and as In-House Counsel. During her career she has had accountability for a broad range of legal matters including private mergers and acquisitions, corporate commercial law, contract drafting and negotiation, civil litigation and employment law. She spent nine years on the Board of Directors of a large community hospital and was a member of various Research Ethics Board.  Currently, she co-leads and facilitates the Advanced Corporate Governance Course for Ontario hospital boards of directors offered by the Governance Centre of Excellence of the Ontario Hospital Association.

Tracey Harper
 Appointed to the Board: 2015

Tracey is a Human Resources professional with experience in many areas of the field. Her volunteer experience includes past work with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and The United Way. Tracey currently works in the fitness industry and is passionate about health and wellness. She wants to lend her experience to the Acclaim Health board and contribute to improving healthcare in the community.

Andrew Reitknecht
Appointed to the Board: 2016