2016-2017 Board of Directors

Jacques Pelletier (Chair)

jpelletier smJacques was born and raised in Eastern Ontario. He is an expert in social policy analysis and development, evaluation research and community service systems for individuals with complex needs, disabilities and mental health issues. He has a Doctorate in Social Psychology (PsyD), a Masters in public administration (MPA) and post-graduate studies in Human Services. He owns and operates his own group of international consulting firms and is coeditor-owner of a publishing house in Geneva. He lives in Merrickville with his wife Line and their two cats. He has two children and four grandchildren, and is an avid golfer, marathon walker, traveler and nature lover.

Don Dutton (Treasurer)

Don DuttonDon Dutton brings to the Board over 40 years of business experience with Bell Canada and Mitel Corporation where he held a number of senior executive positions. Following retirement he formed a consulting partnership to provide financial and management services to small and medium enterprises.

Don has been active on several volunteer boards, is currently Vice-Chair of Valley Heartland CFDC and has been Treasurer of the Bell Pensioners Group (Ottawa) for several years.  He joined the RCHS board in 2011. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics and pursued graduate studies in statistical analysis.

Don and his artist wife Barbara moved to Wolford Township in 1995 to find a quieter way of life on the Rideau. Both Don and his wife are clients of MDCHSC and believe the CHC Model is the future of health care.

Janice Hopkins (Secretary)

Janice HopkinsJan and Hugh Hopkins have lived in the Carleton Place area since 1975. Educated as a pharmacist, Jan was a long-time public servant, primarily with Health Canada. Jan has extensive experience in regulatory and health program management, health policy, public and stakeholder consultations and strategic planning. Retired in 2004, Jan is the President of the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, and is active in Zion-Memorial United Church and the Mississippi Mudds.

Graeme Bonham-Carter

gbc n smGraeme is a retired geologist who joined the Board in 2011. Born in England, he emigrated to Canada in 1958. He has a B.A. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from University of Toronto. He taught at universities in USA for 10 years, was a dairy farmer in England for 3 years, then spent 25 years as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa. He consults to the mining industry and government. He is the author of two textbooks and numerous research publications. He lives with his wife in a house they built in 2007 in Merrickville. He has 6 children and 14 grandchildren, and is a keen woodworker.

Elizabeth Snider

LSnider smLiz, a resident of Rideau Lakes Township, has summered in the Smiths Falls/Rideau Lakes area for over 60 years. She is retired from a career of 35 years with the federal and Northwest Territories public service, where she worked with provinces, territories and Aboriginal organizations on issues of common interest. Improving health of Canadians was a priority in this work. Liz has served on various boards dealing with environmental issues, labour standards and health, including the Health Council of Canada.

Ian Donald

IDonald smIan and his wife Nina have lived in a heritage home in Merrickville since moving here from Almonte in 2000. Ian is a member of Merrickville's Industry, Economic Development and Tourism Committee and led the development of the community's 2010 economic development strategy. Nina is past President and an executive member of the Merrickville & District Historical Society. Together they have owned and operated several small businesses in Ottawa. Ian was educated in England and graduated from the London School of Economics in 1961. His subsequent employment experience spanned fifteen years with multinational corporations, and more than twenty years as a Federal Government executive, responsible latterly for direction of Canada's small business development policy and one of its regional economic development agencies. Since 1997 he has been an independent consultant focusing on economic and business development with his primary clients being China's State Economic & Trade Commission and Canada's national association of Aboriginal Financial Institutions.

Terry Lee

TLee smBorn and raised in Smiths Falls, married, wife is Colette, I have 5 children, live in Rideau Lakes Township. Self-employed for over 30 years, in Perth and Smiths Falls. Served on the Parent Council at St James and St Francis Schools for over 10 years. Attended school in Smiths Falls at St James and St Francis Elementary Schools and St Francis High School, and a graduate of St Lawrence College in Brockville, in the business program.


Phil Fortier

PFortier smPhil has deep roots in Leeds and Grenville. Growing up he spent most summers at the farm of his maternal grandparents in what is now Rideau Lakes. He has always loved the area and he and his wife purchased a home in Rideau Lakes two years ago and plan to reside permanently in the community.

Phil is a professional accountant and has spent the previous 6 years as a partner in a Big 4 professional services firm; prior to that he was an executive in the Federal Government.

Phil looks forward to the opportunity to serve on this board and to support community health care.

Robert Long

BobLong smBob has worked in business, Aboriginal business development and community economic development for over fifty years. During the last 15 years he has fulfilled the following roles; five years as deputy minister, Department of Economic Development and Transportation, Government of Nunavut; ten years as general manager, Baffin Business Development Corporation, a community futures organization; eight years as president of Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce; and leadership roles in various economic associations, boards, trade shows and conferences.

Bob and his wife Cheri are now retired at Carleys Corners, where they are rediscovering gardening, after 30 years in the Arctic, plan to continue spoiling their fifteen (and the number is growing) grandchildren and sail on the St Lawrence.

Janet Cosier

PicUnavailJanet is an accountant by training and is now retired from the Bank of Canada where she was advisor to the Governor on strategic planning and risk management. She has extensive Board experience, currently also serves on the Queensway Carleton Hospital Board and until recently on the SE LHIN Board. She lives on Highway 43 between Smiths Falls and Merrickville. Janet and her husband, Tony, enjoy attending local theatre productions, and hiking and canoeing in the Rideau River system region.


Michèle LeBlanc

PicUnavailMichèle holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She is currently Director of Operational Business in the Canadian Coast Guard and has held several senior positions in the Coast Guard and Transport Canada. Now approaching retirement, she wants to become involved community volunteer activities. She lives in Oxford Mills.



Deb McGuire

DMcGuirev2smDeb has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and works at Lanark Community Health Centre as the Intensive Case Management Worker for Youth in Transition. She served on the Board of Lanark Renfrew Health and Community Services for six years and lives with her family in Perth.