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Board of Directors


The Chesley Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is a group of individuals who volunteer and devote their time, energy and talent to make an impact on our community through a strong and vibrant health care experience in our area.

The Board sets strategic direction, policies, assists with fundraising and oversees activities of the Foundation, ensuring that it is well-managed and accountable in a transparent and prudent manner.

Board members are selected based on their experience and capabilities, and in consideration of what specific skill sets they can bring to the table.


Tom was just recently elected as Board Chair of the Chesley Hospital Foundation, his second time serving in this capacity. He feels that he can make a strong practical contribution to the Foundation, as he has a long standing relationship with the Chesley Hospital, given that he was born there.

Tom is a strong believer in supporting and giving back to the community. Tom lives and farms in the Dobbinton area. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Agriculture, and returned to the family farm.

Tom serves in a number of roles with the Dobbinton United Church, including as Coordinator of the Canadian Foodgrains Project. He is also a long time Director of the Howick Mutual and the former Grey Bruce Mutual Insurance Company, and has experience in many roles as Board Chair, Chair of Audit & Finance, Chair of Conduct Review Committee and Chair of the Nomination Committee.

Tom is a member of Innovative Farmers of Ontario, a member of Bruce County Soil & Crops, and a Past Director of OFA. He is also a member of the Saugeen Field Naturalists, Owen Sound Field Naturalists, Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory and the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere. He is also a member of the Chesley Curling Club.

Tom is married to Karen, who has worked in healthcare for 35 years. They have been involved with many community organizations and fundraisers over the years. Tom enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, and exploring the Grey Bruce area.

Ben Rier serves as a Director on our Chesley Hospital Foundation Board, currently in the capacity of Vice-Chair. He is also a Director of Trillium Mutual Insurance Company and an active member of the Tara Rotary Club. When not spending most of his time volunteering, Ben earns a living as a licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker.

Ben’s experience also includes domestic and international sales and marketing with Elanco Animal Health, and he also owned and served as President of H. Nicholson and Son and Penner Farm Services in Ontario. He is also a former member of the Canada East Equipment Dealers Board of Directors.

Ben was raised on a farm just south of Chesley and currently resides with his family in Tara.

Colleen joined the Chesley Hospital Foundation Board in early 2021, and was recently elected Treasurer.

Colleen is local to Grey-Bruce, having lived and worked here most of her life. She has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Before recently accepting a Commercial Account Manager role, Colleen worked in multiple retail bank branches throughout Ontario and also completed her CSC, CPH and WME designations while working for a local Investment firm. She is excited to be able to share some of her banking and financial experience with the Hospital Foundation.

Colleen has also been especially active in the Tara community, volunteering on the Arran-Tara Elementary School SCC (parent council), as a Sunday School teacher, and also having been involved with Tara Minor Soccer as Secretary/Treasurer for the past 14 years. She feels very fortunate to be raising her very active household of 4 teenagers in such a supportive and vibrant community!

Colleen is very excited to continue her volunteering in an area she loves, in service to the Chesley Hospital Foundation, as the hospital is such an important part of the community.

Chris joined the Chesley Hospital Foundation in March of 2020 just as Covid 19 hit, just as we went into an emergency lockdown and Zoom meetings became a thing. Recently retired after almost 34 years working for the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chris spent the first 23 years of her career at the Chesley site in the Dietary department and the final 10 years at the Walkerton site in the Purchasing department.

Chris brings an inside perspective of the hospital to the foundation. She feels passionately that our small town hospital is vital to our personal health and must be kept up to date. She also believes our hospital keeps our community strong and ready for growth.

Chris and her husband Doug live in Chesley where they raised two daughters and are now the proud grandparents to four adorable grandkids.

Sharon is currently a board member with Hospital Foundation but has supported the Chesley Hospital and clinic in various roles for decades!

Sharon sees her role with the hospital board as an opportunity to give back to the community that's been her home. She believes that the hospital is a vital part of our community and that the foundation serves an important role to help keep our hospital equipped with up-to-date technologies.

Lindsay grew up on the family farm just North of Chesley and cash crops it with his wife Sherry. They have two children, Heather and Matt and two grandchildren, Ava and Shea.

After graduating Agricultural College in 1977 he worked at the BNPD for 36 years, mostly in Mechanical Maintenance Fuel Handling.

Lindsay joined the Chesley Hospital Foundation 6 years ago and is very proud of how the Foundation has grown into the organization that it is today, especially during the difficult Covid times. He is currently the Past Chair, having just completed two years as the Foundation’s Chair.

Lindsay is very active with the Chesley Curling Club and was the president of the men’s division. He is still active in the organization of the club. If you want to curl Tuesday nights, give him a call!

Our Staff


Chenelle is a RPN with The Chesley Medical Clinic alongside her duties as the Physician Recruitment Coordinator. Since taking on the role in 2018, Chenelle has worked with our committee and the Medical Community, travelling far and wide to promote Chesley as a great place to live and work. Keeping healthcare close to home is at the heart of what the Physician Recruitment Committee is all about and as a Chesley local, Chenelle is very dedicated to this cause.  Some of the ways that the recruitment committee meets new physicians and introduces them to Chesley is by hosting rural medicine events, attending career fairs, booking new locums to cover physician holidays, and mentoring medical students and residents in our clinic and hospital.


The Physician Recruitment Committee is actively recruiting family medicine physicians and locums to join our team.  


New to the Chesley Hospital Foundation, Kate Grieve joined as our Foundation Coordinator in 2024. Kate is a Chesley local with a background in finance, volunteering and theatre.  Kate comes to us having honed her analytical skills and attention to detail, and a passion for local theatre that fuels creativity and people skills, to bring a unique perspective to her new role as Foundation Coordinator.

Kate lives in Chesley with her husband and young daughter and is passionate about keeping health care close to home. Keep an eye out for Kate at local events.


The Chesley Hospital Foundation has many dedicated volunteers who assist with events, promotion, and fund development activities. 

If you'd like to get involved with the Chesley Hospital Foundation, please reach out to us!

We'd love to have you!