WINCHESTER — Four community volunteers have been learning the ropes as new members of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital board of directors.
“We are excited to welcome Steve, Jennifer, Eric and Annik to our team,” says Board Chair James Pitruniak. “They bring a range of diverse skills to the Board and will join us in our efforts to support the very best care for our local communities — close to home.”
Steve Densham and his wife Adelle live in Avonmore where they raised their three, now adult, children. Densham, a recent retiree from Bell Canada in the field of Advanced Analytics, is currently a councillor for the Township of North Stormont. An active community volunteer, Steve serves on a number of boards and committees including South Nation Conservation, Morningside Place retirement residence, SDSG Conservative Board and North Stormont Amalgamated Recreation. Steve and his wife are strong advocates for local business and run the North Stormont Shop Local page.
“For me, a healthy community includes engaged individuals who appreciate the unique strengths and the potential in each other,” notes Densham. “WDMH is the lifeblood of the community and I feel privileged to be selected to get involved.”
Jennifer Milburn moved with her husband and daughters from Ottawa to the Winchester area in 2020. She has extensive experience in health administration, maternal/child health, laboratory medicine, and public health as the Executive Director of Newborn Screening Ontario at CHEO. Milburn has also filled leadership roles in CHEO’s COVID-19 response, BORN Ontario, and on the Board Finance Committee of the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre.
“I’m hoping to be able to share my experiences and expertise with the Board,” Milburn says. “I’ve been super impressed with everything I’ve read so far and the presentations I’ve seen. I’m excited to get more involved in my new community.”
Eric Stevens is a retired public servant having served as a lawyer for the federal Department of Justice for many years. During that time, he advised on a broad range of matters including immigration law, citizenship law, prison law and debt collection. Eric is married with three grown children. His various interests include tennis and spending time with family. He lives along the St. Lawrence River, between Morrisburg and Iroquois.
“WDMH’s vision speaks to ‘compassionate excellence’ and it’s hard not to step up in pursuit of such a noble goal,” Stevens explains. “WDMH has been there as a real friend to our family, and I want to do my small part to help out.”
Annik Blanchard is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Partner at BDO Canada LLP with more than 20 years of experience working with not-for-profit and public sector organizations. She was also named as a 2018 Forty Under 40 recipient in Ottawa. During her free time, Annik promotes the importance of financial literacy through CPA Canada and volunteers with patrols and as a board member for Embrun Watch. She is a past audit committee member of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Girl Guides of Canada.
Blanchard grew up in Embrun and moved back there in 2006 to raise her family. “I’m grateful for the health sector and WDMH and have used its services since my youth,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity.”