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Association of Ontario Health Centres
Association des centres de sante de l’Ontario

Ontario's voice for community-governed primary health care.

AOHC Board Members


To get in contact with a board member, please contact Corinne Christie at 

Sarah HOBBS BLYTH: CHAIR and Central Constituency Representative
Sarah is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Toronto, a community health centre providing accessible and inclusive primary, mental and sexual health programs and services to youth. Sarah has a master’s certificate in Healthcare Management from Schulich School of Business and has completed the Advanced Health Systems Leadership Program at Rotman School of Business. She began her career in health care working at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control before joining the Community Health Centre sector in 1999, where she has held a variety of positions. Sarah has demonstrated her commitment to improving access to primary, sexual and reproductive care for youth and women through participation on committees and working groups both within the CHC sector and non-profit charitable sector. She is committed to working from an anti-oppressive framework and is an advocate for the model of health and wellbeing.

Marina HODSON: VICE- CHAIR and CFHT Constituency Representative
Marina’s educational background is in Complex Behaviour Management and Public Administration. She worked in social service agencies, including the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Community Living, Community Care and the YWCA across the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, before joining Kawartha North FHT in Fenelon Falls as Executive Director in March of 2008. Marina is involved with the Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee (including a term as committee chair), the Access to Permanent Housing Committee and the Municipal Advisory Committee for Disabled Persons. She has been a volunteer and a lead for the Red Cross Volunteer Income Tax Program and actively participated in local improvement/community beautification activities. Marina is also a vocal advocate for equal access in areas of dental care, mental health and addiction counselling.

Denis CONSTANTINEAU: SECRETARY and Northern Constituency Representative
Denis Constantineau has been the Executive Director of the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury since 2007 and is also an accreditation reviewer for BHO/CCA. A lawyer by training and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Denis practiced primarily in the area of Family Law. He left private practice to teach Business and Law courses at Collège Boréal and Laurentian University and eventually became Head of Adult Education at Collège Boréal. From 2000 to 2007, Denis was Executive Director of Service familial de Sudbury, a counseling agency working primarily in the area of violence against women. Denis has been working as a volunteer and board member with community based agencies for over thirty five years. He has devoted a great deal of time and energy to representing and defending the rights of Francophones in Sudbury and across the province. Denis also works with Boards of Directors and Executive Directors, offering training in a variety of areas including policy governance.

Nicole LEVESQUE: TREASURER and Francophone Constituency Representative
Nicole Levesque is a French teacher in high school and has been working in the field of education since 1987. Nicole served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers (AEFO), Catholic North-East, from 2001 to 2008, first as Vice President and later as full-time President. She also served on the Board of Directors of AEFO in Ottawa and on various provincial committees as President. More recently, she was elected city councillor in Moonbeam and served on committees, such as the Moonbeam Economic Development Corporation and School Board. Nicole is a member of the Board of the Kapuskasing and Region CHC. She also serves on the CKGN Community radio Board of Directors as Secretary. She has been doing a lot of volunteer work in her community, including the "Walking Towards the Future" program, the Grocery Assistance program, as well as the St. John Festival and July 1st activities in Moonbeam.

Constance MCKNIGHT: Aboriginal Constituency Representative
Constance McKnight, a woman of Metis heritage, is the Executive Director of the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton and Brantford. She is currently a Public Member, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, to the Consent and Capacity Board, is formerly a founding member and past Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and has a substantial history working within the mental health and cross-disability sector nationally. During her tenure in mental health and Cross Disability, she was awarded the Council of Canadians with Disability's 2003 Annual Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to the Canadian disability rights movement.

Martha LOWRIE: Central Constituency Representative
Martha Lowrie is a marketing and communications expert with proven track record in successfully integrating communications, advertising and public affairs programs locally, nationally and internationally. She has extensive experience in unionized and not -for- profit organizations developing stakeholder relations, volunteer involvement and communications. During her 15 years at Seneca College, her marketing team won more than 30 awards. During her career in the not-for-profit and public sector, she managed a wide range of marketing, public relations and media campaigns, from the grass- roots program for Ontario Drug Awareness Week at the Addiction Research Foundation to the Ontario Travel Information Program at the Ministry of Tourism. She currently serves on the Board of Four Villages Community Health Centre.

Catherine DANBROOK: Central East Constituency Representative
Catherine Danbrook is a healthcare executive with over 35 years of experience working in health and social services. Catherine is the CEO of Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, an integrated community based multi program organization which includes a CHC. Throughout her career, she has served on numerous Boards, as well as national, provincial and local networks, taskforces and committees focused on client advocacy as well as with the goal of health system improvement and integration. She currently chairs the Board of the Kawartha Lakes Food Source and is an active participant in the Poverty Reduction campaigns locally.

Clinton COWAN: Eastern Constituency Representative
Clinton Cowan has been elected as the Eastern Constituency Director for his first term. Clinton is Board President of the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre. Clinton is a leader in his profession of labour relations.  His ongoing success in dispute resolution and conflict avoidance practices in his independent practice continues to build lasting solutions for complex issues. He was educated at both Carleton University in Public Administration and Communication at the University of Ottawa.

Cam MACLEOD: Eastern Constituency Representative
Cam Macleod has been working in the health and social services realm for over 30 years and has held positions from the front line to senior management and also as a board member. Throughout his career, he has participated in many "cutting edge" processes and programs. Much of his work was with children's services, where he held jobs in child welfare, youth justice, child and youth mental health and recreation. He has been a member of the Ontario association of child and youth workers, children’s mental health Ontario, youth justice Ontario and a host of other organizations that served to advise and influence governments and keep a vigilant eye on the well-being of kids.

Cheryl PRESCOD: Member-at-Large Representative
The Executive Director at Black Creek CHC, Cheryl has considerable expertise in community development and advocacy, gained through her work with diverse populations, many of whom live in low socio-economic conditions. Cheryl is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (formerly COHI) and sits on various professional advisory committees, including York University’s Centre for Education and Community. Cheryl has been on the Board of Association of Ontario Heath Centres for three years, serving as the Chair for the past two years. Her passion for community well-being and social justice is evident in her volunteer activities which include membership on several community Boards including a Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic in Toronto. Along with her academic background in Health Science, Cheryl is a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, and the Schulich School of Business where she obtained a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management.

Mary Anne BEITH: Member-at-Large Representative
Mary Anne has been the Administrative Lead for the North Channel Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Thessalon since 2013. Prior to this role, she spent five years as a member of the management team of the Surgical Program at the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) in Sault Ste. Marie. Mary Anne has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Law and has completed several leadership programs and has strong training in finance, human resources and policies and procedures. She is committed to ensuring that all people living in Ontario have access to primary health care.

Richard GERSON: South Central Constituency Representative
Richard has two masters’ degrees: in Social Work­ Community Development and Business Administration. His employment history includes positions in the social service, health care and education sectors. The final twenty years of his employment were in senior labour relations/human resources roles. Richard has served in many community volunteer roles as well as ten years, 4 terms, as an elected member of the local municipal council. Upon his retirement in 2009, Richard joined the Board of Directors of Woolwich Community Health Centre. During his term on the AOHC Board as a representative of the South Central Constituency, he has participated actively on the Board and its committees. Currently he is a member of the Strategic Planning, Membership Engagement and Branding Committees.

Jeanne SCHMIDT: South Central Constituency Representative
Jeanne Schmidt has been elected as the South Central Constituency Director to complete a one year term.  Jeanne has been the Director of Specialized Services at the Hamilton Niagara Community Health Center since 2013. She directs the Caring for my COPD Program, the Niagara South West Healthy Link and she co-leads the Getting There Consortium- (Centrally Dispatched Access to Health and Human Services for Niagara's Most Vulnerable People. She is also an appointed member of the HNHB Regional Palliative Care Network).

Claudia DEN BOER: South West Constituency Representative
Claudia Den Boer received her B.Sc. in Home Economics from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and I am a graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Advanced Healthcare Leadership Program. She began her health care career as a health professional in the field of clinical dietetics. She has since held several health care management positions in the area of nutrition, housekeeping, plant maintenance and engineering services. Since 2003 she has held several executive level positions providing oversight to pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and information technology services. Claudia has held a number of integrated executive positions creating alignment leading to regionally integrated programs and services. Prior to coming to CMHA in April of 2015, I she served as a Regional Vice President of Cancer Services for the Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Programs.

Allan MADDEN: South West Constituency Representative
Allan Madden has been the Executive Director of the South East Grey CHC for four years. Previously Allan worked as the Executive Director of the LHIN Shared Services Office as well as the Senior Director of People and Corporate Services and CFO for the Central West CCAC. Before entering the health care field, Allan ran a management consulting business for 12 years. Allan had an MBA from Western, a Certificate from Schulich in Project Management, a Certificate in Labour Studies from the Labour College of Canada, and is a graduate of the Health Leadership Program and the Strategic HR Program at Rotman. Allan has always been an advocate for people’s rights. He is a former elected labour leader with the Canadian Autoworkers Union. Allan currently serves as the Vice Chair of Headwaters Health Care Board of Directors (Hospital) in Orangeville.