Meet the Bluewater Area Family Health Team Board of Directors

Barbara Brown 

Barbara is in her 6th year as a BAFHT Director and is the current Board Chair. She is committed to an interprofessional team approach to primary health care integrating determinants of health and evidence-based practice. For 26 years, Barbara was a Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University in Hamilton. She has over twenty years  experience in bereaved care. Barbara is currently a volunteer for Huron Hospice Volunteer Service as well as Hospice and Bereavement Service VON Canada Perth Huron; a member of Friends of Bayfield Library Board; a volunteer for the Bayfield Historical Society and recently published Reflections of Bayfield: Images Across the Decades with Joyce Lambert. She lives in Bayfield.

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.

William Croker

William Crocker is a clinical psychologist. His area of specialty is depression and anxiety. In the past he have worked as the chief psychologist for the Huron county board of education for 10 years. Then he started his own practise in central Ontario. He is happily married and has three fantastic daughters who are all doing well in their own professions. William joined the BWAFHT Community Board not only to give back to the community but because he has a keen interest in our health care system.

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

R.L. (Ric) Grise

R.L. (Ric) Grise is the Vice Chair of the Board having served as a Director the past three years.  He is a retired Litigation Lawyer who served three elected terms of office as a School Trustee with the Middlesex County School Board. Following early retirement he was appointed as Legal Officer for a large Florida Sheriff’s Office then, subsequently appointed by the Florida State Supreme Court to represent the rights of abused children before the Courts.  During this time he was also Court appointed to act as a part time Small Claims Court Judge. Ric and his wife Joan make there home now in Bayfield.

Steve Haberer

Descended from some of the earliest pioneers of Zurich and Hay, Steve is privileged to have lived and worked and raised his family of four along with wife Michele in this part of Bluewater. Today, Steve is being groomed for retirement from Haberers Inc., the family firm he owned and managed for nearly 40 years. He has always been engaged in his community through sports and church and Chamber of Commerce among other things. Sustainable, primary health care became a passion for him nearly 20 years ago. What an outstanding accomplishment our community owned BAFHT has become.

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 – Dr. Deborah Josephson 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.