BAFHT Board

Bill Archibald

Bill grew up near Seaforth and has been a full time resident of Stanley West for the past 5 years.  He is a retired banker and spent most of his working life in financial services.  In May 2015 Bill wanted to volunteer his financial knowledge and skills to help the community.  The BAFHT Board was a good fit with its then upcoming expansion project.  The task to date has been both challenging and rewarding.

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

 Paula Kroll

Paula been blessed with the opportunity to work in this 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

M. Jo Tucker

Jo was born and raised in Ontario spending most of her formative years in the Toronto area. She attended the University of Toronto for one year and received her Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner Designation in 1978.

Jo spent the bulk of her career in advertising and marketing working with a number of firms in almost thirty years. Clients included Mazda Motors, Chrysler Corporation, International Truck and Engine, Alcan Foil and Canadian Blood Services.

As part of her role working with clients, she often facilitated multi day sessions in an effort to assist clients in identifying barriers to success and developing strategies that would maximize the opportunities for success. In addition to this, she sat on the Dealer Advisory Board or Marketing Advisory Board for various clients providing a liaison between different groups with differing objectives and offering alternative opinions.

In early 2011, Jo was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer (discovered by Bluewater and Area Family Health Team) and underwent surgery and clinical trials. She recovered from surgery quickly and continued to help with the business albeit on a smaller and less strenuous scale. The cancer returned in 2012 with several lesions in her lungs and over the course of the next five years she underwent various courses of treatment. In March of 2017 she was advised she was cancer free and remains so. Jo believes this diagnosis has helped her understand and appreciate the health care system in the Province of Ontario and within the local area.

Jo is a resident of Zurich with her husband Bob and yellow lab Jack. She is blessed with three amazing (they really are amazing) stepdaughters who have in turn blessed her with four wonderful grandchildren. In addition to English, Jo also has a working knowledge of French and Dutch. She loves to travel, golf and generally enjoy life.