Get to know our Board members
Roger Haley: Board Chair
Bio:Roger loves hockey. He has played and coached throughout his life, including at the college level while studying nursing at St. Lawrence College. During that time, he worked at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant – his first introduction to the world of mental health and addictions. “I’m pleased to see the stigma attached to getting mental health support is lifting. Everyone is starting to pay attention.”
Roger moved on to a 30-year career as a provincial negotiator with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Since 2006, Roger has also served as Mayor for the Township of Front of Yonge. Until recently, he sat on the Lanark, Leeds & Grenville District Health Unit Board and was Board Chair of the Seniors’ Support Services - Community Primary Health Care (CPHC).
One of Roger’s favourite parts of the game of hockey is coaching. In his role as LLGAMH’s new Board Chair, Roger says he wants to support the new Board and CEO as they navigate a new path together. “I know a lot of the team and they’ve done a good job. Now it’s time for some fresh ideas as we continue on the journey.”
Roger has lived halfway between Brockville and Mallorytown for his whole life. He currently lives half a mile from where he grew up.
Roger’s motto: Get up every morning and say ‘What am I going to learn today?’
Shelley Bacon: Chair, Resources Committee
Bio:Shelley believes in taking what comes and accepting change for what it is. His long career in the engineering and manufacturing field has taken him from his roots in Quebec to southern Ontario to the local area. For the past 37 years, he has lived near Smiths Falls where he launched and developed Northern Cables. This power cable manufacturer now employs 250 people in the area. “From beginning to end, I’ve done it all with this business from accounting to selling to whatever needs to be done to get the job done.”
Shelley brings that same attitude to his volunteer work. For example, he represents the City of Prescott on the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission which brings seven townships together to encourage economic development.
As a father and local employer, Shelley knows there is a need for services such as the ones that LLGAMH provides. “We see employees that experience difficult times. It’s very hard and we are very concerned. Sometimes trying to help them isn’t easy.”
Shelley lives in South Elmsley Township and enjoys his cottage on the Upper Rideau.
Shelley’s motto: Every experience teaches valuable lessons.
Carole Dufort: Director
Bio:Carole has dedicated her life to education and working with families. Her career has taken her from Montreal to Chapleau to the local area where she has worked as an educator, principal, author, and administrator.
She also worked at the Ontario Ministry of Education supporting the implementation of provincial mental health and well-being policies and initiatives.
Carole served as Chair of the Upper Canada District School Board’s Champion for Kids Foundation, which raised more than one million dollars for kids and families facing financial barriers. In 2013, Carole was selected as one of Canada’s outstanding principals and received the Director’s Excellence Award for excellence in education. She retired in 2017.
Through her work on the LLGAMH Board, Carole hopes to focus on equity and inclusiveness, ensuring that services are respectful and meet the needs of smaller, rural communities. “Through my work, I have had an opportunity to see that policies, procedures, and fiscal practices must be aligned to ensure that grassroots work happens in the best interests of clients.”
Lanark, Leeds and Grenville has been Carole’s home for the past 30 years and she now lives near Perth on Black Lake.
Carole’s motto is a quote from Marvin J. Ashton: If we could look into each other’s heart and understand the unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care.
Ron Holman: Director
Bio:Ron brings three decades of community service experience to the LLGAMH Board. He served as Mayor of Rideau Lakes Township for 28 years during a period of rapid municipal change and modernization.
Ron says he hopes to bring some of that same momentum to LLGAMH. “The pressures today are greater and will only increase. We need to have a broad mind to see what’s possible and what is best for the clients we serve.”
Ron also served as Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), touring the province, and advocating for the interests of rural Ontario. He says he learned a lot about how needs vary and what strategies have been implemented to support those with mental health and addictions challenges.
He has extensive volunteer experience and has served on many local community Boards, with a focus in long-term care, social housing, and health care.
Ron lives in Rideau Ferry and loves the Rideau Lakes area.
Ron’s motto: Anticipate tomorrow and be prepared.
Paul Howard: Director
Bio:Paul came to Smiths Falls in 1976 to set up a law practice and he has been there ever since. He has practiced law for 45 years, focusing on municipal, real estate, and wills and estates. He has also specialized in criminal, civil, and family law. It was there that he saw the effects of mental health and addiction challenges on his clients and their families.
Paul has always been committed to his local community, volunteering with numerous organizations, and serving as a town councillor for eight years. He was involved with the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in various leadership capacities from 1988 to 2014. He chaired the Board when the two hospitals amalgamated to create a regional hospital. Paul also sat on the Kingston General Hospital Board.
Paul and his wife Donna live in downtown Smiths Falls when not travelling the world (about 80 countries and counting) or spending time on the golf course.
Paul’s motto: Keep going!
Dr. Alison Inglis, C.Psych.: Director
Bio:One of Alison's first jobs after graduate school was in the Child and Family Studies Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (then known as The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry). She remembers working alongside talented and dedicated clinicians and being inspired by their passion for working with clients to help them thrive. Since then, supporting the wellbeing of children, youth, and young adults has been her passion as well.
Alison was a Chief Psychologist at the Upper Canada District School Board for 17 years prior to her retirement in October 2021. She worked with the Board’s Living Well Committee to prepare and implement the Board's first Mental Health Strategy, collaborating across sectors with community partners in support of child and youth wellness.
Alison has seen, first-hand, the positive health impacts of getting the right help at the right time but also how difficult it can be to navigate the mental health and addictions system: “It’s a complex system”. Currently, Alison maintains a small private psychology practice in Brockville and provides consultation and supervision to Specialized Services at Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville. Alison recognizes the importance of accessible and inclusive publicly funded health and social services.
Twenty-five years ago, Alison moved to Brockville from Toronto to be closer to family and because she thought it would be a good place to raise her children. She says it is one of the best decisions she ever made.
Alison’s motto: Together we’re better!
Lyndon Murdock: Director
Bio:Lyndon has dedicated 25 years of his federal government career working in criminal justice, which has given him insight into how the system can impact marginalized community members’ ability to access services, housing, and employment.
“I have a close family member who has had experience in dealing with their mental health issues. This has given me added insight and an appreciation for the important role that agencies like LLGAMH can play for individuals and families,” shared Lyndon.
Lyndon has progressed through various leadership roles in the federal government, including the Director of Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy and Director of Firearms and Operational Policing Policy, where he was responsible for leading transformative changes to the corrections and firearms legislative and regulatory frameworks. Lyndon joined the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2022 to bring a strategic policy perspective on health promotion, chronic disease prevention, mental health, and addictions issues.
North Grenville has been home for Lyndon, where he and his wife raised their three (now adult) kids. Lyndon is a strong proponent of giving back to the community. Before joining the LLGAMH Board, Lyndon was a member of the Board of Directors for the Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys time outdoors with the dogs, and loves experimenting in the kitchen.
Lyndon’s motto: “Challenges and setbacks in life are inevitable. How you deal with and respond to them is your choice. Capitalize on the opportunity to learn from your stumbles, but keep moving forward.”
Michael O’Shaughnessy: Director
Bio:Michael O’Shaughnessy has extensive professional and community ties. He is a criminal defense lawyer as well as being the lawyer for the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. His son Matthew suffered from schizophrenia and died from suicide 20 years ago. Michael is well aware of the grief and sorrow mental illness can bring to a family. He knows the importance of providing additional resources to support citizens with mental health and addictions challenges.
Michael started his education at Mallorytown Consolidated P.S. and finished it at Queens University with stops in between at St. Mary S.S., St Francis Xavier S.S., Brockville Collegiate, and McMaster University. After articling in Toronto with criminal lawyers Arthur Maloney and Michael Wadsworth, Michael returned to Brockville to start his law practice.
Michael has been the President of the Leeds and Grenville Law Association and the Rideau St. Lawrence Criminal Lawyers Association. He was actively involved in the creation of the Mental Health Court and the Drug Treatment Court.
Michael’s Mantra: “Don’t let the past get in the way of your future!”
Katherine Parker: Director
Bio:Katherine believes that access to mental health support is essential. In 2020, her sister died from suicide after a long battle with mental illness. Since then, Katherine has focused on volunteering in this area, including as the Board Chair for a local women’s shelter.
“I want to do whatever I can to help others living with mental illness,” she explained.
Katherine worked for almost 30 years as a senior executive in the federal public service. She held various positions covering policy, human resources, and mental health. Notably, Katherine completed an interchange assignment with the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a visiting executive. She currently works part-time as an adjudicator for a federal tribunal in addition to her volunteer positions.
Katherine has been rooted in the Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville area through family and friends for more than 30 years. She loves boating, spending time outdoors, and finding quieter moments to make barn quilts and enjoy a historical fiction book.
Katherine’s motto: “No use crying over spilled milk.”
David Price: Board Vice Chair & Chair, Quality Committee
Bio:David has worked in the healthcare industry for more then 35 years, including the last 21 years at Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa. His passion for those with mental health and addictions challenges has been heightened by his work in the hospital sector and the experiences of family and friends. “People suffering with addictions or mental health challenges do not have a broken bone that we can simply fix. Most have been battling their illness their whole life and I feel we need to do things differently, have great compassion, and ensure we provide support.”
David is Chair of the LLGAMH Quality Committee, bringing extensive experience sitting on quality committees and councils at Queensway Carleton Hospital, the College of Medical Imaging Technologist of Ontario, and a world-wide medical imaging vendor board. He says he wants to better understand the clients and their needs to ensure LLGAMH’s access points, programs, and outcomes match those needs. “The Quality Committee is excited to help the LLGAMH team support this goal.”
David and his wife Gillian live along the St Lawrence Seaway halfway between Prescott and Brockville in Leeds Grenville. David’s wife has an Intimate Micro Wedding business and David is a healthcare consultant. He is also ordained to officiate weddings in Ontario.
David’s motto: Always work hard, care about others and laugh every day.
Todd Robertson: Director
Bio:Todd’s commitment to serving his community as a “guardian” through his previous work in the human justice services field has given him a deep understanding of the region's mental health and addiction crisis. In his career spanning over 35 years, Todd provided direct client services and held leadership roles managing client service provision for Eastern Ontario.
“I feel obligated and privileged to support those doing this valuable work, day in and day out,” he shared.
Todd has been a resident of the Gananoque/Lansdown area since 2013, where he resides with his wife and as many canine companions as possible (currently four). In his downtime, Todd enjoys boating (especially in the company of family and friends, both canine and human), and he attempts to maintain some semblance of skill while playing recreational hockey and golf.
Todd’s motto: "The right choice may not always be easy, but it is always right."
David Weger: Chair, Governance Committee
Bio:David Weger is a retired Canadian Armed Forces executive level leader and governance consultant with over 32 years of progressive experience in the health services sector. He has a proven track record for creative thinking, planning and problem solving. David has lived and worked around the world and is happy to now call Leeds and Grenville home. He says he is excited to bring together his governance experience and his desire to contribute to our community.
David lives just outside of Kemptville.
David’s mantra: David says he doesn’t have a life quote - yet!