At Medavie Health Foundation, we believe in good grant-making. As part of our transparent and thorough review process, in 2014 we introduced a Community Council made up of employees from Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services.
Our funding partner colleagues are active in their communities and understand the importance – and impact – of supporting community-based programs that make a difference in people’s lives. They’re committed to our review process and to supporting our mission of funding programs that act as catalysts for healthy change. Many of them have been touched in some way by our three core health causes, mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and type 2 diabetes.
To us, not only are they reviewers of grants, they’re also Foundation ambassadors. Please meet the members of our Community Council.
Alain Beauregard, Team Leader, Member Claims, Medavie Blue Cross
Alain joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2012, having worked in the group benefits industry for over 10 years. Alain started his career in pension and group benefits plan administration where he successfully led teams across various service delivery operations. Alain strongly believes in advocating for the less fortunate and strives to give back to the community at every opportunity. In 2012, Alain raised money for the Quebec Society for Disabled Children Foundation by rappelling down the 1981 McGill College building in downtown Montreal dressed as a super hero. In his spare time, Alain likes to spend time outdoors, where he discovered a passion for running. He will be participating, for the second time, in the 2017 Montréal half-marathon.
Sapphire Dholakia, Provider Networks Specialist, Provider Affairs, Medavie Blue Cross
Sapphire has been with Medavie Blue Cross for seven years, and has over 20 years of experience in group benefits. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising & Public Relations and a Group Benefits Associate designation. Sapphire is also a mentor to youth and adults looking to navigate their lives through challenging times, believing that education is the catalyst needed to pull families and communities out of the cycle of poverty, and that one act of kindness can change the world. Having lived in three countries, she loves to travel and meet people from around the world.
Stephanie Girard, Human Resources Consultant, Emergency Medical Care Inc.
Stephanie joined the human resources team at Emergency Medical Care in 2012 and has moved from managing the recruitment of paramedics and new employees to leadership development. Over the years, Stephanie progressed into recruitment and human resources, beginning in the offshore industry and transitioning into healthcare as a human resources manager, overseeing the recruitment of pharmacists for a national company. Stephanie and her husband are kept busy in their spare time with their two young sons.
Michel Gravel, Senior Manager, Deployment & Medical Communications Management Centre, New Brunswick EMS
Michel has worked in emergency medical services (EMS) for 30 years, and began his career in Ontario as a paramedic in 1987. In 1997, he moved to Nova Scotia and worked in the Emergency Health Services (EHS) Communications Centre for 10 years. In 1999, Michel was assigned to a project in Trinidad and Tobago where he successfully implemented a new EMS dispatch centre. In 2007, he re-located to Moncton, New Brunswick with New Brunswick EMS (NBEMS) as a paramedic and took the position of Staff Development and Training Manager before transitioning into the role of Senior Manager. He is happily married and has two wonderful boys.
Lisa Guild, Account Executive, Brokerage Sales, Medavie Blue Cross
Lisa has been with Medavie Blue Cross for nine years. During this time she has had many opportunities to represent Medavie Blue Cross in a number of activities and has witnessed the effects of Foundation-funded programs in the community. Living in the small town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, Lisa was a three-time consecutive co-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and a committee member for an additional three years. Over this period, her community raised over $350,000 for this important cause.
Corey Lounsbury, Corporate Account Executive, Medavie Blue Cross
Corey has been with Medavie Blue Cross for 10 years. He spent almost nine years leading the Claims & Customer Service department before transitioning into his current role as Corporate Account Executive. Participating as a Community Council member and giving back to programs and initiatives through the Foundation is a special privilege for Corey. He feels that having the ability to positively impact the communities where clients live is very unique and fulfilling. In his spare time, Corey enjoys spending time with his wife Cathy and son Preston, and coaching youth sports.
Lesley McCullough, Account Executive, Medavie Blue Cross
Lesley joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2016, having worked in the group benefits industry for over 15 years. She served as an Executive on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Aid Society for six years and served as the President of the Board in her final year. She also spent three years on the Executive of the Board of Directors for Indwell Community Homes, an Ontario based organization that provides housing and supports to people living with mental illness. She is passionate about community engagement and is particularly invested in children’s advocacy and mental health services. Lesley lives in Burlington with her partner Roger and their pet hedgehog Maggie.
Pascal Rodier, Operations Manager, Saint John District, New Brunswick EMS
Pascal began his career in pre-hospital care in 1988, where he progressed through the ranks of the British Columbia Ambulance Service, finishing off as a superintendent. In August 2012, he moved to New Brunswick and became part of the New Brunswick EMS leadership team, where he serves as Operations Manager, Saint John district, for Ambulance New Brunswick. Pascal has received a number of awards and distinctions including the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service in 2010, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Pascal has authored several articles and has been an organizer, speaker and emcee at a number of public events, courses and conferences.
Tara Vasil, Advanced Care Paramedic, Island EMS
Tara is a graduate of the Primary Care Paramedicine program at the Maritime School of Paramedicine and the Advanced Care Paramedicine certification program at Holland Collage. Tara joined Island EMS in 2013 and is now a leading advocate for first responder mental health with certifications in Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST). Tara volunteers on the Island EMS PEER Support team and serves as the Eastern Representative for the Paramedic Association of PE (PAPEI). She is also the co-coordinator of the PAPEI Paramedic Symposium and Lead Coordinator of the Breaking Barriers: First Responder Mental Health Symposium. In 2017, Tara was voted by her peers as the PAPEI Paramedic of the Year.