Steering Committee


District Name Organization
Brant Susanne Mt. Pleasant Iroquois Lodge
Haldimand-Norfolk Colleen Lackey HNHB LHIN (Previous CCAC)
Jane Coulson Community Addiction Mental Health Services of Haldimand-Norfolk
Halton Andrea Pohl Halton Region
Hamilton Jennifer Kodis Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Maxine Lewis St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Niagara Sandra Robinson Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Wendy McPherson Niagara Health System
Waterloo-Wellington Dr. Amra Noor St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph; Guelph General Hospital
Audrey Devitt Waterloo-Wellington Geriatric Systems Coordinator
Dr. Sadhana Prasad St. Mary’s General Hospital
Rotating Representative Waterloo Wellington LHIN (Previous CCAC)
Community Older Adult Representatives
Older Adult Representative Florine Cove
Older Adult Representative Mary Buzzell
Regional Geriatric Program central
RGP Chair Dr. Sharon Marr
RGP Director Jane McKinnon Wilson
RGP Education Coordinator Kristy McKibbon
RGP Steering Committee Administrative Support Lily Consoli

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.