Board of Directors
President, 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.
Vice President, 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.
Secretary, Dr. Sara 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 completed a masters in public health 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.
Treasurer, David W. Smith David is a lawyer and retired senior tax partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, 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.
David has served as a director of the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival and the Baxter Arts
Centre. He is currently a director and the Treasurer of Hospice Prince Edward Foundation.
David was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Dr. Elizabeth Christie was born and raised in Prince Edward County. She graduated with a degree in Ecology from McGill University and followed that with a Law degree from Queen's. Elizabeth practiced public interest litigation with the Government of Ontario and then Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice) for almost 10 years before heading off to medical school at McMaster University. Returning to Prince Edward County after a Family Medicine Residency at Queen's was a natural fit - to come home to serve County folk, and enjoy family, friends and sailing. Having served as the Chair of the PEFHT Board previously, Elizabeth is happy to help out again with this wonderful organization.
Dr. Helene Baldwin returned home to Prince Edward County in 2019 after completing her medical degree at Western University and family medicine residency at Queen’s University. She works in her family practice office in addition to supporting the ER, inpatient ward and a local nursing home. It has been an honour for her to return home to PEC and provide healthcare services to this wonderful community.
Bill Edmunds Bill worked in the financial services industry in Canada and the USA, retiring to PEC from his last position as SVP and Chief Risk Officer of Equitable Bank. A Chartered
Professional Accountant, Bill also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Bill is a Director and the Treasurer of the Baxter Arts Centre, and participates as a Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparer through the Prince Edward Learning Centre.