Mental Health Quality and Practice Committee
Bill was born and raised in Toronto, the oldest of six children. After serving in the Canadian Armed Forces in Canada and Germany, Bill was hired by Ontario Hydro and spent the next forty-five years in various locations until he retired as Chief Boiler and Pressure Inspector in Nunavut.
At different times Bill has volunteered in different settings including Boy Scouts, firefighter in Ontario and the Northwest Territories and with his wife Heidi over thirty years as foster parents in the North and in Ontario.
Bill has been advocating for patients for a long time. He was one of the first fathers in Sarnia to attend the birth of his children in the early 1970s. This advocacy has been driven by experiences both personal as well as a first responder. Locally, Bill participated in the Northumberland PATH (Partners Advancing Transitions in Healthcare) project, a pilot project between local patients/caregivers, health and social care providers, and The Change Foundation, to improve transitions of care for seniors with complex conditions. After the PATH project wrapped up Bill was one of the first members of Northumberland Hills Hospital’s PFAC. He is working with NHH’s Community Mental Health team.
Bill and his family moved to this area in the late 1980s although they had another sojourn for about five years in Nunavut.