Steering Committee


District Name Organization
Brant Julia St. Jean
Client Services Manager
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC, Brant Office
Haldimand Norfolk Colleen Lackey
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC
Gail Riihimaki
Director, Client Services
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC
Jane Coulson
SGS Team Leader (Alternate)
Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand-Norfolk
Halton Tamara Warwick
Support Service Coordinator
Halton Region
Karen Aikman
Manager, Community Support Services
Halton Region Services for Seniors
Jennifer Kodis
Director, Rehabilitation, Seniors Health & Ambulatory Programs
Hamilton Health Sciences
Kate Reed
Director, Patient Services
Waterloo Wellington CCAC
Dr. Maxine Lewis
Clinical Head of Service, Geriatric Psychiatry
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Anne Pizzacalla
Nurse Practitioner, Rapid Response Transitional Team
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Niagara Sandy Robinson
Manager, Clinical Services and Safety
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Wendy McPherson
Clinical Manger
Niagara Health System
Waterloo Christine Rupert
Care Coordinator
Waterloo Wellington CCAC
Dana Khan
Director, Client Services
Waterloo Wellington CCAC
Dr. Sadhana Prasad Waterloo Wellington CCAC
Wellington-Dufferin Jane McKinnon-Wilson
Waterloo Wellington Geriatric Systems Coordinator
Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services
Dr. Amra Noor
St. Joseph’s Health Centre  (Guelph)
Guelph General Hospital
Senior Representatives
Florine Cove Senior Representative
Mary Buzzell Senior Representative
Regional Geriatric Program central Administration
Chair Dr. Sharon Marr
Director David Jewell
Education Consultant Anisha Patel

Composition of RGPc Steering Committee

The committee structure ensures that all regions are represented equitably. This gives a voice to all the regions and allows each local area to communicate their unique needs more effectively.

Rationale for Membership on RGPc Steering Committee

The number of representatives on the Regional Steering Committee is based on the population of adults 75 years of age or older in 2000 for each regional area. For example, there were 8,051 people aged 75 or more in 2000 in Brant, while there were 31,489 in Niagara and 23,498 in Hamilton (Statistics Canada/96).

Based on this population data, there is one representative from each region with less than 15,000 adults aged 75 or more in 2000. Each region with more than 15,000 older adults aged 75 or more will have two representatives. Each region will nominate representatives from their local committees to represent them on the Steering committee. With representation from each of the different communities in our region, we also need to ensure we have representation from programs in the community across the continuum of care. Ad hoc committees may be struck as required to attend to specific, time limited tasks.The programs to be considered for representation on the Regional Steering Committee include:

  • Acute Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Community Care Service Providers
  • Primary Care
  • Complex Continuing Care
  • Dementia Networks
  • Universities, Community Colleges and Educational Programs
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Medicine

Expectations of membership

Individuals on the RGPc steering committee will be expected to link with their appropriate regional committees and key organizations and have the confidence of the region to speak on their behalf. Information about pressing practice/policy issues should be brought forward to the RGPc Steering committee for discussion and planning.

Size of Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will have a minimum of 11 voting members from the regions. The Management team will attend but will be non-voting. In the event of a tie, the Chair will cast the final vote. A quorum is 50% plus one voting members.


The RGPc accountability structure is as follows: All RGPc staff are accountable to the Chair. The Chair is accountable to the RGPc Steering Committee, which is accountable to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network. RGPc Breaking News newsletter is circulated on a monthly basis to facilitate information sharing with steering committee members and broader community.

It is our goal to be open and responsive to our membership and Executive. We will seek regular feedback from our members to assess their impression of our progress and also to determine if the needs of our members are changing so we can adapt to these changes.