Linda has been a resident of Carleton Place for over 25 years and a passionate advocate for quality health care and the value of community hospitals. Linda is a fundraising specialist with a career that spans 30 years. She believes strongly that successful fundraising is dependent on an organization’s ability to inspire others to invest through a compelling marketing and communications strategy.
Linda is the former Executive Director of three hospital Foundations, including the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Foundation and the Sudbury Memorial Hospital Foundation, as well as Interim Executive Director of the Winchester and District Memorial Hospital Foundation. Linda has vast knowledge in all aspects of fundraising including capital campaigns, event planning, annual and planned giving programs, direct mail, as well as communications and marketing. She honed her direct mail expertise as the National Director of Direct Mail Fundraising for the Liberal Party of Canada. Linda’s background in health care fundraising also includes two national organizations, the Canadian Paraplegic Association and Independent Living Canada. These positions involved spearheading a national corporate campaign as well as creating the tools and training for grassroots fundraising programs. Linda is also experienced in strategic planning, operational assessments, board development, and feasibility studies.
Following retirement from full-time work in 2008, Linda worked as a fundraising consultant with a wide variety of organizations, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation and the Toy Counsel of Canada. Linda retired from consulting in January 2017 but has remained active in her community. A lifetime volunteer, Linda has been on the board of directors of ten organizations, primarily in the area of healthcare.
David is a long-time resident of Carleton Place. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1981 with a BA in Accounting and obtained his CA in 1983. He has been with the chartered accounting firm of Nephin Winter Bingley in Carleton Place since 1980 and a partner since 1988.
David is an active volunteer. He has been involved in many board positions over the years, including Police Services Board, BIA, and Crime Stoppers, has served as treasurer of St. James Church for eight years, and coached boys and girls minor hockey for 10 years each and minor baseball for six years.
David joined the Hospital Foundation Board in 2016. He has always been an active supporter of the Hospital and the Foundation and joined the board to contribute to the future of the Hospital and community. His 20+ years as Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s auditor and his five years as the Hospital Foundation’s auditor give him hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of both entities.
Ken Mylrea is retired from the Government of Canada with 35 years experience in financial services sector regulation and supervision – most notably in the areas of bank examination, financial sector public policy, banking best practices, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and board policy development. In addition to serving on the Foundation Board as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Ken also serves on the National, Provincial and Local Boards of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Local Board of the MS Society of Canada.
Anna Potvin is an Ottawa native and has lived in Carleton Place for 15 years. She holds a Social Sciences degree (with a double major in Public Administration and Sociology) from the University of Ottawa. She has extensive work experience in the health and medical fields; including hospital programming, scheduling clinics in a major Toronto teaching hospital and working with volunteers in a hospital setting. She currently manages a busy teaching medical practice in Carleton Place. She is the mother of three adult sons and has been married for 28 years. Anna is passionate about the Carleton Place community. She believes in supporting her local community, whether it is by doing her business in the town or by volunteering for local organizations and initiatives. She has volunteered for many local organizations including the Carleton Place Canoe Club, hockey clubs and the schools her children have attended. She is excited to be a part of the Carleton Place District Memorial Hospital Foundation Board as she believes in the ability of the hospital to serve its community. She hopes to be part of the growth and continued viability of the community hospital.
Ian Grant spent 33 years as a police officer with the Ontario Provincial Police. Ian worked in the Investigations Division for 27 of his years served. Twenty-three years were spent conducting criminal investigations and as the Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations Branch for the Province of Ontario. Ian retired as the Commander of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau for Eastern Ontario. He currently runs his own business as a security consultant and is part of Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc., a company that provides services to injured and disabled persons throughout eastern Ontario. Ian has lived in the Lanark County area for 15 years. He joined the Foundation 2014 as a Director; previous to that he volunteered his time and efforts to the Foundation in support of the fundraising efforts. Ian values straightforward talk, honesty, and integrity. He shares, "I have learned that no matter what you endeavour to accomplish it starts with a solid foundation. That is our role here, to provide community strength to maintain a solid Foundation for our Hospital, our Community and our Neighbours".
Dr. Esmail Merani
Esmail is an executive with over forty years’ experience who is no stranger to the health care field. He is the co-owner with his pharmacist son Karim Merani, of the IDA Carleton Place Drug Mart Ltd. in addition to owning IDA pharmacies in Stittsville, Richmond and Greenbank Hunt Club. His vast cumulative experience extends to pharmacy, drug and the healthcare business and he has practical experience leading project management and business development initiatives, as well as human resources, finance and change management. He also has a wealth of experience with board governance after serving on a variety of boards including: the President Ontario College of Pharmacists (2015); the Ottawa Carleton Pharmacists Association; Peace Camp Ottawa; Lions Club of Stittsville; Ashbury College; Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital as Board Trustee; Nipissing University; Somerset West Community Health Centre; and Green Shield Canada.
Esmail is extremely community-focused and has been has been the proud recipient of many awards like the Bowl of Hygiea (1985) which all speak to and highlight his “outstanding community service.” Loyally committed to our beloved hospital since moving to the area more than 20-years ago, he spearheaded a matching gift campaign for the hospital with his staff at the Carleton Place IDA. Each year, payroll deductions from staff members are matched dollar-for-dollar by IDA co-owners. To date, over $63,000 has been raised through this initiative for the hospital with Esmail and his staff continuing to renew their pledges each year!
“Joining the Foundation Board is a singular honour to give back to the community for a project near and dear to me.”
Kent Blackburn is a life-long resident of Lanark County, with deep family roots in the area. He has resided in Beckwith Township for the last 23 years with his wife, Jennie, and their three sons; prior to that, he lived in Carleton Place for 25 years. Kent was born in the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital and attended Carleton Place High School. He later graduated from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies and Geography.
Previously, Kent has been privileged to serve on the Beckwith Township Recreation Committee for 10 years, as well as on the Carleton Place Minor Hockey Association Executive. Kent has been active in local sports, managing and coaching hockey, soccer, basketball, and football. He is a member of St. James Anglican Church. Kent has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 25 years and is currently a Managing Director with Tiree Consulting in Ottawa.
Kent is honoured to support the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital as a member of the Executive Board. He feels passionate about the Hospital and the dedicated people who work there. He believes our local Hospital has always been and should continue to be, a cornerstone of the community.
Director of Marketing and Communications-InvestOttawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.
A strategic trusted senior leader, Patrick is a marketer for leading organizations, associations,multi-media campaigns, proactive economic agencies and international events. Withover 20 years of marketing and communications consultation, and a unique blend of public relations, stakeholder relations and partnership servicing expertise, Patrick has supported diverse objectives for world-renowned sports celebrities, IPO CEOs, Board of Directors and Canadian and international media around
Having joined Invest Ottawa in 2018, Patrick is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O, having moved into the position in 2019. Patrick also currently lends his expertise to various marketing and communications advisory committees, including acting as Chair for the Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee for Wrestling Canada as well as being named Communications Lead for Team Canada for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Previous roles have included Director of Marketing and Communications for the Canada Games Council, member of the Team Canada communications team for past Commonwealth, Pan-Am and Olympic Games and public relations consultant for some of Ottawa and the country's largest firms.
Peter Schaffer joined the Military at the age of 17 and spent 29 years in service to his Country. Peter joined as an Infantryman and served with the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian Airborne Regiment for the first 12 years of his career. He chose to further challenge himself and after completing selection, he became a member of Joint Task Force Two, Canada’s Elite Counter Terrorist Unit where he spent another 17 years until he retired as the Senior Sergeant Major of this Unit, which now falls under Canadian Special Operations Command.
Throughout his military career Peter was deployed in multiple tours overseas including, Somalia, Bosnia - Yugoslavia, Eritrea - Ethiopia and Afghanistan. Peter became a member of the Executive of the Royal Canadian Legion-Captain A. Roy Brown Branch 192 in 2015 assuming the role of Sgt. At Arms until 2017 when he was elected to his current position of Branch President. Peter is also a proud Life Member of the Branch.
Peter has lived in Carleton Place for the last 24 years and since his retirement from the military he felt motivated to become further involved within his community. Joining the Foundation Board provided that opportunity as the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation has been involved with veterans since its inception. As President of Branch 192, Peter feels that this partnership with the Carleton Place Catch the Ace fundraiser and his position on the board will serve to further maintain and strengthen this relationship. Facta, Non Verba- “Deeds, not words.”
Nahanni McIntosh: Bio coming soon.
Mary Wilson Trider
Integrated President and CEO