Board of Directors
Moving across Canada and internationally has required that Jane seek out opportunities to find meaningful connections in many communities. Her volunteer work has varied from being a tutor at Read Saskatoon, coordinating Settlement of Timorese Evacuees in Australia, to her positions on boards such as the University of Saskatchewan 'Breaking the Silence' conference, The Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra, and President of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. She is currently the community board member on the Prince Edward Family Health Team.
Although her work and community interests capture much of her time, Jane's family remains her primary focus. With four generations living in the County today; her youngest son Jan and his partner Noushon studying 'near-by' in Montreal, her parents living down the road from her and the recent addition of her son Andrew and his wife Natalie (co-owners of the County Canteen), and her grandchildren, Theo and June, she remains contentedly busy.
Vice President Dr. Don Koval: graduated from the Queen's University School of Medicine in 1985 and completed his Residency in Family Medicine, again at Queen's in 1987. He started his Family Practice in Picton in the summer of 1987 and has been here since, practicing full time family practice and doing emergency medicine. He enjoys teaching family medicine residents as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queens University as well. Dr. Koval was one of the founding board members of the PEFHT, and returns to the Board with enthusiasm to continue the good work that the team is doing and continuing to promote excellence in that care.
Treasurer David W. Smith: David is a lawyer and retired senior tax partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP of Toronto, who is currently enjoying retired life in Prince Edward County. David was a director of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation for over 20 years and served as Chair of that Foundation and several of its committees. He continues to be a member of the Finance Committee of the Foundation. He was the Treasurer of the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival for 5 years and continues as a director of the Festival. He is the Treasurer and a director of the Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield and the Treasurer and a director of Hospice Prince Edward Foundation. David was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Secretary Dr. Gord Holton: joined the PEFHT in 2010 when he moved from Brooks, Alberta, a culturally diverse, isolated rural community. Many of the services provided by the PEFHT mirrored a program envisioned in Alberta but which was not achieved; he reports that, in many ways, the programming support provided by PEFHT seemed like "Welcome home" for the first time. Dr. Holton looks forward to applying his range of medical and administrative experiences gained in Alberta to the new challenges offered on the board of the PEFHT.
Dr. Negine Nahiddi: Negine Nahiddi obtained her Bachelor's degree in Arts and Science at McMaster University, with a focus in French literature. She subsequently went to Queen's University for medical school and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Bioethics at the University of Toronto.
She has been working full time in Picton for the last 2 years, practicing Family, Hospital and Emergency Medicine. She is currently serving on the Board of the Prince Edward Family Health Team.
Dr. Laura Arul was born and raised in Quebec City. She completed her medical degree at McGill University and her family medicine residency at Queen's University. She worked as a hospitalist in small community hospitals before moving to Picton. She has been in practice in Picton since 2017, including working at a local nursing home and working at the PEFHT Memory Clinic.
Dr. Elizabeth Christie (Bio Coming Soon)
Dr. Sarah Le Blanc moved to Prince Edward County with her husband and daughter in 2015, after studying here as a medical student. Sarah is originally from Carleton Place, and spent time studying in both Montreal and Kingston before settling in the County. Sarah works in her office practice, the ward and the ER at our local hospital, and takes a special interest in home- and hospice-based palliative care. It is her pleasure to serve on the board of the PEFHT, to give back to a community that has given her family so much.
Board of Directors - 2019-2020
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