Gary Alcock

Gary’s business career began in the early ’60s, working in the Finance Department of Bank of Nova Scotia and Coca Cola.  Following graduation with C.I.T.T. (Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation), he was employed in supervisory and management positions with Lever Brothers Limited in Toronto and Electrohome Limited in Kitchener.  Gary was employed with Electrohome in Kitchener as Manager of Human Resources and Chief Negotiator with several Union Contracts. He also held similar management positions with Philips Electronics in Toronto.  With the Agnew Group, Gary was Vice President Corporate Public Affairs and Human Resources before accepting the position of Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Kitchener and Waterloo.

Gary retired from his business career in 1993 and studied to become an ordained minister with the Anglican Church at the Montreal Diocesan College and served as Pastor and Priest in the Diocese of Huron and the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He retired from active parish ministry in 2006 and continues to hold a General Permit from the Diocese of Huron. He serves as a member of Parish Council of his home parish.

During Gary’s business career, volunteering was an important community contribution:

  • Chamber of Commerce – Board member and President

  • KW Flying Club – Board Member and President

  • Family and Children’s Services – Board member

  • Trinity Anglican Church – Parish Council Member

  • Goderich Power Squadron – Member

Julian Bayley

Julian Bayley is in his third year as a  BAFHT Director and he is committed to promoting accessible health care in our rural community. Julian is a local businessman involved with Iceculture in Hensall, a company he founded with his late wife 30 years ago, and has seen it become one of the bigger players in the hospitality ice industry, worldwide. Julian’s daughter Heidi is now at the helm. During the 80’s, Julian was instrumental in establishing Pineridge Barbecue, the off-premise catering company that is still operating very successful today. In 1970, Julian and his brother started Agripress Inc., a PR and advertising agency specializing in agriculture.

Eugene Dufour

Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. He has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years.  He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. In 2002 Eugene was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd‘s Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care. Eugene presently works as a therapist at the STAR Family Health Team in Stratford, Ontario.  He lives in Bayfield, Ontario. In March of 2012 Eugene and Michelle O’Rourke published their book:  Embracing The End of Life – Help for Those Who Accompany the Dying.

Dr. Deborah Josephson

Our Lead Physician –  who started with the BAFHT in January 2016. She grew up in Exeter and has 25 years experience in medicine. She also served as the Medical Director of Health Services, University of Western Ontario in London.

Paula Kroll

Paula has been blessed with the opportunity to work in the surrounding area for the past 25 years with youth, adults and many vulnerable people in our communities. She has witnessed the rewards of helping those around her become the absolute best they can be. Paula believes that we all have the ability to recognize and develop potential in the people we interact with.  At a very early age, she developed a love for rural living and has passed on her passion to her husband and three children. She feels very fortunate to have a place of employment that embraces the rural lifestyles that she is so familiar with.  Paula is excited to participate in the growth of this wonderful Health Team as with its expansion a wide variety of services can be provided to the members of our community and the surrounding area. Working with a Family Health Team that believes in helping its patients reach their health potential is truly rewarding.

Dwayne LaPorte

Dwayne currently is an Associate Consultant with IG Wealth Management and has been since December 1999.  In June of 2007, Dwayne earned his CFP (Certified Financial Planning) designation.  He loves the interaction with his clients and loves helping them achieve their financial goals!

Dwayne is a lifelong resident of the Village of Zurich and sees no reason to leave.  He loves the friendly atmosphere and the community spirit.

He lives with his wife, Theresa, and they have 4 adult married children, Justin(Courtney), Natalie(Matt), Stacey(Dylan), and Nicholas(Taylor).  They also have the spoiling privileges to 6 beautiful grandchildren, at the present time!

Before joining the Board of BAFHT, Dwayne was the President of the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Huron for 10 years.  He also sat on Village council and was Reeve before the amalgamation into Bluewater.

Dwayne loves his family and realizes the importance of top quality health care.  He enjoys helping people and is very excited about the opportunity to help create one of the best health care facilities in the area!

David MacLaren

Dave is a retired IT executive and a long time resident of Bayfield.  A new Board member, he has a strong interest in the primary health care model practiced by the Team, and looks forward to contributing to the Team’s future success.

Kathy Steckle

A life-long resident of the Zurich area, Kathy joined the Board of Directors of the Bluewater Area Family Health Team in May 2016.  Kathy is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a degree in Economics and Accounting.  She has served on a variety of community boards over the past 20 years in presidential and financial leadership roles. She is presently also a member of the South Huron Community Theatre Board and the Zurich Mennonite Church Finance Committee.  Kathy is employed as the Financial Controller for Smith-Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., where she has worked for over twenty-five years.  She resides in Zurich with her husband Cam, and they have three adult children; Brent, Shawn, and Valerie. Kathy is passionate about ensuring all residents in the area have access to quality primary health care and is looking forward to serving the community on this Board.

Francine Vanasse

Francine has been a patient of the BAFHT from the beginning, well before it was called the BAFHT and continues to be still.  She graduated with a BScN (Nutrition) from “Universite de Montreal” with an internship at “Toronto General Hospital”.  She has worked as a Registered Dietitian in both clinical and administrative positions since and is currently working at the Bluewater Rest Home as a consulting dietitian.  In the last 20 years, Francine has worked in hospitals in every province in Canada and the U.S. and has come to greatly appreciate the Ontario health care system.  She believes that Ontario is well ahead in providing excellent health care throughout the province, including in rural and remote areas.

Francine has been privileged to live in Zurich for the past 26 years and would like to give back to the community that makes living here so welcoming. She would like to volunteer her health care knowledge and experience that she has accumulated over her career.