Board of Directors

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre is currently seeking Board and Committee Members

2020-2021 Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors is elected to provide overall governance and leadership on behalf of the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (KDCHC). As a diverse group of volunteers who provide leadership and direction to the organization and accountability to the community, the Board is responsible to:

  • Establish and implement the organization’s mission;
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to meet its’ mission;
  • Ensure that services and programs are relevant, and that the organization meets its’ legal and financial responsibilities and;
  • Engage KDCHC in the community.

The Board of Directors played a key role when in 2017, KDCHC received a four-year accreditation and in 2015, was awarded the Board of Excellence Award from Manulife.

The Board of Directors bios are listed below:

Jason Spencer, Board Chairperson, is part of the vibrant Kitchener downtown area and works with Community Justice Initiatives (CJI). By walking with people on their journeys, Jason has seen firsthand the implications of the social determinants of health on the people he has supported and the importance of having accessible services for all. Jason is an active volunteer in his community and brings this spirit of volunteerism and past Board experience to KDCHC. Jason chairs the Governance and Executive Committees.

Mike McDonald, Board Vice-Chairperson, is the CEO and founder of Recess Guardians, a registered charity that works with various schools to engage children in fun, unstructured play to encourage activity, creativity and leadership on the playground. Mike is looking to expand Recess Guardians across Canada, into the USA and Sweden. Having arrived from Saskatoon in 2019, Mike now lives in downtown Kitchener. Mike has been on several boards in the past, is a very capable individual and was the first non-Indigenous person to be involved in an Indigenous program. Mike was accepted to the Board of Directors, April 15, 2019 and sits on the Governance and Executive Committees.

Rosemary McCrie, Secretary, is retired and has thirty years plus experience in Business Finance Management and Controllership. Rosemary currently chairs the Food Banks Canada Finance and Audit Committees and is a Board member on the Pepsico Canada Foundation.  Rosemary is a Chartered Director (The Director’s College, 2016) and is a Certified Management Accountant. Rosemary was accepted to the KDCHC Board of Directors, April 15, 2019 and sits on the Executive and Governance Committees.

Dennis Watson, Treasurer, was an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency for 35 years until his retirement in 2009.  Prior to joining the Board, Dennis was the community member on the KDCHC Finance Committee for almost eight years.  Dennis has served his faith community for over thirty years in various volunteer capacities, most notably in the resettlement of new Canadians and in feeding and sheltering those living the experience of homelessness in the Region.  As a member of the Board, Dennis is once again able to be part of a team dedicated to building a healthy community.  Dennis currently chairs the Audit Committee and sits on the Executive Committee and the Community Relations Committee. Dennis was accepted to the KDCHC Board of Directors, March 27, 2019 and became the Treasurer, June 26, 2019. 

Martha Knowlton is a retired elementary school principal from the WRDSB. As an educator, Martha has always displayed an interest in improving the lives of those most vulnerable with whom she has worked. Through breakfast programs, food and clothing drives, finding accommodation, meeting the needs of students and parents and making schools welcoming places to be, Martha has reached out to the various communities where she has worked. For three years, Martha was the volunteer coordinator for the Minds In Motion Walk for Mental Health, sponsored by Waterloo Regional Homes and is now interested in channeling her energy and skills towards being a member of the KDCHC Board of Directors, where she was accepted April 15, 2019. Martha chairs the Community Relations Committee and sits on the Governance Committee.

Jamie Gaulton, AVP, Business Intelligence Corporate Service at the Co-operators. The Co-operators has grown into a national, co-operative insurer that reaches the coasts of Canada. We began as farmers and social pioneers; today, we continue to be a socially conscious and sustainable organization that meets its business goals without forgetting what’s most important — the Canadian people. By investing in our communities, we live our mission and far exceed the requirements to be an Imagine Canada Caring Company. Our Community Investment Vision outlines three areas of impact: Environmental Sustainability, Economic, and Social Sustainability. Jamie was accepted to the Board of Directors on April 15, 2019 and has a strong desire to serve his community and make a difference to ensure everyone has equal access to healthcare. Jamie sits on the Audit Committee.

Mike Nowakowski, MMSc, CRM, CRISC, Manager of Information Systems Security, University of Toronto. Mike sits on the St. Mary’s General Hospital Volunteer Association Board, which provides oversight of the small businesses operating within the hospital. Mike was accepted to the Board of Directors on April 15, 2019 and his background in risk management and cyber security make him a welcomed addition. Mike chairs the Quality and Safety Committee.

Rob Howe currently works within the health care sector as part of St. Mary’s General Hospital Leadership Team. He received his MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and volunteers on other local boards as well as the Conestoga College Program Advisory Committee for Supply Chain and Operations. Rob is excited to bring his experience in healthcare and board governance together as a member of  KDCHC Board of Directors and Quality and Safety Committee, effective June 24, 2020.

Wendy Pratt currently works as a Human Resources Manager for Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd.  Previously, Wendy worked for ten years as the Director, Human Resources at the House of Friendship, a Waterloo Region-based non-profit organization that provides food, housing, addiction treatment and neighbourhood support to individuals and families, where she gained a working knowledge of the needs of the community in the downtown Kitchener area and some of the unique challenges faced by the health centre. Having volunteer board and committee experience with several LHIN funded agencies, Wendy now brings her expertise to the KDCHC Board of Directors, accepted June 24, 2020. Wendy sits on the Quality and Safety and Community Relations Committees. 

Amy Sproule-Jones currently works as a Human Resources Consultant, with twenty years of experience providing strategic and operational HR support to clients, many of which have been in the hospital and health care sector in Ontario. Amy is proud of her volunteer experience and has served on several other governance boards for community organizations, which have all had a focus of building community and breaking down barriers for the people they serve. Amy was accepted to the KDCHC Board of Directors, June 24, 2020 and is excited to use her personal commitment to that focus in her role as a member. Amy sits on the Quality and Safety Committee.

Robert Jones currently works as Director, Global Legal & Compliance Strategic Initiatives at Manulife Financial, where he has worked for the past twenty-eight years in a variety of finance and compliance roles. His experience includes financial reporting, expense management, audit, risk, controls, compliance and strategic initiatives across this global organization. Robert was accepted to the KDCHC Board of Directors, June 24, 2020 and is excited to bring his broad experience to the health centre.  Robert sits on the Audit Committee and Community Relations Committee.