BAFHT Board


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!

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.

Sandra Shaw

Bio to follow…

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.

Josh Groot

Josh was born and raised in the Zurich area, attending St. Boniface School in Zurich and playing on a number of community sports teams growing up.  He attended Laurentian University for his post secondary education, obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting.  Shortly after completing his degree, Josh joined the team at PTMG Chartered Professional Accountants and Business Advisors in Exeter, as a Staff Accountant within the firm.  In February of 2019, Josh obtained his designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Having been a patient at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) for his entire life, as well as being an active member within the community, Josh understands the importance of health care within the community and the integral role it has within the lives of community members from all different walks of life.  Josh is excited about the opportunity he has to be involved with BAFHT, and is dedicated to working towards the continued success of the organization in providing health care to patients across the community.

Steve Haberer

Steve has had the good fortune to live and work in Bluewater for his entire life.  He and his wife Michele have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.

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.