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Our Board

Southlake Village’s Board of Directors

Southlake Village’s Board of Directors is committed to ensuring our Home is up to industry standards. We strive to foster a culture of transparency and open communication between our staff, Residents, and family members, which helps Southlake Village to anticipate the needs of those who walk through our doors.

Meet Our Board

As a Human Resources executive with almost 30 years of experience, Fern Goncalves has extensive experience in providing human resources and training services within healthcare and a regulatory association as well as expertise with strategic planning, leadership training and succession planning, as well as advocacy and community outreach. Fern has held leadership positions with Professional Engineers Ontario and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, including oversight of various departments, including human resources, professional development, volunteer services and events/conference management.

An active member with the Canadian Society of Association Executives and Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Fern has also served on various HRPA committees and participated in mentorship programs. Fern holds a Masters of Adult Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto – OISE as well as the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) from the Human Resources Professionals Association. Fern has been actively involved in numerous Board and committees with the United Way of York Region and the Catholic Community Services of York Region – a family and social services agency accredited by Family Services Ontario and a member of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.

Fern joined the Southlake Residential Care Village Board of Directors in 2018.

Matt has been a business professional in the medical industry for more than 40 years. Initially with Baxter Canada where he rose from technical sales to marketing management where he was responsible for a $40 million market, bringing new technologies and products into the medical and research marketplace. After 20 years Matt left Baxter to join the Regional Government of Toronto where, as a Business Development Manager for the Medical and Life Sciences Sector, he was responsible for bringing new investment into our region and creating new companies, jobs and wealth. It was here that he was introduced to the bio sciences and developed a passion for this emerging field of medicine. Working closely with research scientists, Matt assisted them in bringing their research discoveries out of academe and creating new companies to develop and market new therapeutic and diagnostic products.

One of his most important achievements was the creation of “Toronto’s Discovery District”, our research area for the region and province. Marketing it’s huge power for medical discoveries to the world, the Discovery District has international recognition. Annual investment into the Discovery District, exceeds $1.5 Billion annually. Matt also has extensive experience working with the pharmaceutical industry as well as medical and surgical device corporations.

Over the span of his career, Matt has been an active member on many Governing Boards and up to his recent retirement was Vice Chair of “Life Sciences Ontario” the industry association for the biotechnology and life science sectors.

Matt joined the Southlake Residential Care Village in 2018.

Denise is qualified as a Corporate Commercial Lawyer who has specialized in general corporate and commercial law and securities law with a focus on mining and exploration. She holds a law degree and a master degree in law. She practiced with a prominent international law firm in the UK as a corporate and commercial solicitor, focusing primarily on take-over bids, mergers and acquisitions, reverse take-overs and corporate governance, and providing general advice on directors' duties and responsibilities before joining a prominent law firm, Heenan Blakie LLP located in Toronto where she practiced securities law in the mining group. Denise has previous board experience and was appointed as company secretary for a prominent mining company in Toronto. In her current role, Denise has switched focus and now works as a National Compliance Manager and Data Privacy Protection Officer for a prominent international organization. She is committed to giving back to the community and is passionate about providing her time to Southlake Residential Care Village to provide legal advisory as required.

Denise joined the Southlake Residential Care Village in 2015

Timothy Flemming is a long time Resident of Aurora and Newmarket with deep connections to the community. He has been involved with several charities from the grass roots to the board level. At the participant level he has coached over 25 sports programs, been a Scout leader and heavily involved in his church. At the board level he has served in 5 plus capacities including the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, MS Society of Simcoe-Muskoka and of course the Southlake Residential Care Village for the last 4 plus years.

Educationally, Tim has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a member in good standing of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario for over 30 years. He is engaged as both a participant and educator in many CPA activities each year. In early 2018, he chose to expand his personal development by obtaining his license as a personal Financial Advisor.

He has served in a wide range of senior business capacities with Sears Canada for over 25 years in Finance, Operations, Marketing, Merchandising and much more. As a member of the Board and executive leadership team, results were very solid. Upon departure from Sears, Tim set up his own consulting and small business improvement firm that continues to operate successfully to this day.

Tim has been married to his wife Kim for 38 years and raised 3 children who have gone
on to begin their successful careers and lives. Tim cares deeply about people, justice,
equity and transparency and works for SRCV because he believes they are a great
asset to the Newmarket community.

Tim joined Southlake Residential Care Village in 2015.

Helen is an Organizational Behaviour expert and award-winning Professional Engineer with 30 years of experience, Helen Wojcinski operates her own management consulting practice and has worked with clients in a variety of industries and in all three levels of government.

For the past 20 years, Helen has served on boards and committees in health care planning, children’s mental health, specialized clinical servicesfor people with autism and development disabilities, the engineering profession both nationally and in Ontario, and the Canadian National Exhibition Association.

In addition to an MBA from Western University Ivey School of Business, Helen also holds a B.A.Sc. (Civil) from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Leading Strategic Change from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. Helen is both a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and a Certified Management Consultant.

In recognition of her contributions to society, Helen has received the University of Toronto Arbor Award, the University of Toronto Engineering 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award, and the Ontario Professional Engineers Citizenship Award. More recently, Helen was bestowed the 2019 Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Community Service. She is also a Fellow of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Helen joined the Southlake Residential Care Village Board of Directors November 2016.

Gayle joined Southlake in December 2018. Gayle is a multi-award-winning Certified Health Care Executive with a track record for driving innovation and using evidence-based methods to achieve ambitious results. In her present position as Executive Innovator, Community Partnerships at Southlake Regional Health Centre, she brings her skills for building strong, collaborative partnerships, and her passion for challenging the status quo to improve quality of care, the patient and provider experience, and health system performance.

With a background in Nursing, over 20 years as a healthcare leader in acute care hospitals, home and community care, and government entities, Gayle has successfully navigated the rapidly-changing healthcare landscape by responding with vision. She engages partners and rallies them around common goals to achieve sustainable outcomes across the spectrum of service, quality, and excellence. She is a dynamic leader with a particular strength in developing initiatives which improve outcomes associated with transitions in care.

Patrick Clifford
Rudolph Gwarada
Zebalda Bamji

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