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Members of the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region's Board of Directors guide the organization’s efforts to improve service and care, fund and advance research, educate the communities we serve and mobilize support for the disease.

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Board of Directors Profiles 2021-22

Brian McAuley is a technology executive who has lived in the community for over 25 years. Brian has just returned to the board, after a year off, having served for seven years, three of which were as Board President from 2017-19. Brian continues to be passionate about the Alzheimer Society, as it was instrumental in providing him and his family with the education he required during his mother's illness with the disease. He has also seen the great need before us, having served the aging population in the region in another capacity.

Kelly Turcotte has been a Registered Practical Nurse for the past 18 years working with people who live with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the Long Term Care sector. Currently Kelly is the Wellness Manager at V!VA in Pickering Retirement Community. Kelly is a strong advocate for those under her care and has continued to look for opportunities to help those around her. With Kelly’s time within the health-care field, she has been able to identify the need for more education surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and has taken steps to educate her self and those around her. Kelly’s family has been impacted by Alzheimer's disease
and dementia, as well as, a close family friend who have inspired her to make a difference in her community.

Shahzil Mohamed owns and operates Remedy's Rx in Bowmanville. As a registered pharmacist and community health-care professional, he supports a number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and has seen the impact of the illness on his patients and their caregivers. Shahzil has been an active volunteer in various capacities and is keen to apply his knowledge and expertise to help serve the needs of Durham Region. Shahzil joined the ASDR Board of Directors in December 2018.

Marilyn Stitt is a Chartered Professional Accountant at KPMG in Toronto. Marilyn has over 30 years of experience in public accounting dealing with a wide range of matters for public and private companies as well as non-profit organizations. Marilyn has volunteered each week with the VON Durham Region ‘Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together' program since 2013. Marilyn joined the ASDR Board of Directors in September 2018.

Megan Hanzal is a Chartered Professional Accountant at Collins Barrow in Courtice. Megan has a wide range of experience in accounting and assurance dealing with public and private companies and non-profit organizations. Megan is currently serving a term as the Vice-President of the ASDR Board of Directors. She was also the Co-Chair of the 2015 Walk for Memories and a volunteer at the past Chocolate Lovers Luncheon.

John Baynham is the President of Retirement Income Group. He is a Chartered Investment Manager and leads a team providing wealth management services to families and businesses in Ontario. John is passionate about making a contribution to families served by ASDR. His family has personal experience with the disease and so he is passionate about the positive impact ASDR has upon families in the community. John joined the Board of Directors in March 2020.

Sheryl Wedderburn is the Interim CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Durham and Owner, Principal Consultant at Bernard Consultancy, serving organizations in health, social and community care. She is a nurse leader with over 30 years of clinical and executive experience across various health sectors. She has lead and co-designed many geriatric programs and services, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementias. She is the founding president of the registered charity Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses (JCAN), where she cultivates plans that are designed to meet the unique needs of marginalized individuals with dementia, including their families and care partners. Sheryl is a dedicated member of the Alzheimer Society Durham Region Board of Directors where she chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee.

Deanna Hollister has been a police officer with Durham Regional Police for 21 years. She has served on the Alzheimer Durham Board of Directors from 2009-16 and won the Founder's award for her volunteer work and fundraising efforts. Deanna has worked with the Alzheimer Society to develop a free online wandering registry with Durham Police and has acted as a liaison between the two agencies. Deanna is passionate about community safety and ensuring that everyone is found safely. Deanna returned to the Board November 2019.

Liane Strus works in the general insurance industry. Over the last 30 years, she has held a variety of roles including business development, marketing, claims, management and training. She lives on Lake Scugog with her husband. Liane's mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease for many years. The Alzheimer Society provided Liane and her family with much needed support during her mom’s illness. Liane previously served on the Board from 2015-18, returning to the Board in 2020. With personal experience as a caregiver, Liane understands the urgent need for the support services provided by the Alzheimer Society.

Carolyn Wilson has dedicated her professional life to serving the health sector, with experience working as an in-house legal counsel to the community hospital sector and by providing legal advice to the hospice sector. Carolyn has over 20 years of experience in volunteering as a legal representative with various research ethics boards, including her current role with the Ontario Shores REB. Carolyn joined the ASDR Board of Directors in December 2020 and currently supports the Governance and Risk Committees of the board.

Brian Harris is a retired educator who worked 40 years as a teacher, as a vice principal and as a principal. During his career, he was actively involved as a volunteer for children’s extra-curricular activities and for colleagues as a mentor and a counsellor. He became involved with the Alzheimer Society during his wife’s illness with the disease and his family benefitted greatly from the support, guidance and compassion provided by the ASDR staff. He hopes to support others with their dementia journey.