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.
Lisa Guild, Account Executive, Brokerage Sales, Medavie Blue Cross
Lisa has been with Medavie Blue Cross for eight 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.
Michel Gravel, Senior Manager, Deployment & Medical Communications Management Centre, New Brunswick EMS
Michel has worked in emergency medical services (EMS) for 29 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.
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.
Stephanie Girard, Human Resources Consultant, Emergency Medical Care Inc.
In 2012, Stephanie joined the human resources team at Emergency Medical Care 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.
Troy Davies, Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations, MD Ambulance
Troy has worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic for 22 years and is currently Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations with MD Ambulance Care in Saskatoon. In, 2015 received the Governor General EMS Exemplary Award from the Governor General for his contributions in EMS. In 2012, Troy was elected to Saskatoon City Council and is currently on his second term as Councillor. Troy has been heavily involved in many charity events in Saskatoon and in 2009 founded a non-profit fundraising group called Synergy 8 Community Builders. To date, the group has raised 2.1 million for Pediatrics by hosting the largest charity golf tournament in Saskatchewan.
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.
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.
Neil Rogers, Manager, Corporate Project Management Office, Medavie Blue Cross
Neil joined Medavie Blue Cross as a project manager in 2007, and managed several teams and before recently taking over the management of the Corporate Project Management Office. For the first 10 years of his career, Neil developed software to track children as they progressed through services at Ontario’s largest children’s mental health organization, giving him a strong connection to child and youth mental health. In his free time, Neil is active in the community where he volunteers with his church, his children’s high school and as a coach in the local softball association.
Jeremy Measham, Advanced Care Paramedic, Island EMS
Since 2007, Jeremy has worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic for Island EMS. It has always been a lifelong dream of his to work in paramedicine. Jeremy also works as a lab facilitator at Holland College and is a member of the Paramedicine Programs Advisory Committee. In 2013, he was elected to the executive of the Paramedic Association of PEI as the education representative. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys cycling, running and spending time with his wife and children.
Evan Dignam, Group Underwriter, Medavie Blue Cross
Evan has been with Medavie Blue Cross since 2014. He recently completed his Group Benefits Associate designation through Dalhousie University. Evan also fundraises with the Medavie Blue Cross Heart & Stroke Big Bike team and volunteers with the Canada Revenue Agency to prepare income tax returns for low-income earners and seniors during tax season. Outside of work, Evan and his wife enjoy taking trips to their hometown in Miramichi and travelling south during the winter.