Ontario Shores Welcomes New Board Chair

June 19, 2014

(Whitby, ON) – Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Cooney to Chair of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Cooney has been a member of the Board since 2009 and currently chairs the Governance and Compensation Committee. She has also served as Chair of the Finance and Quality Committee.   

Ms. Cooney is a retired healthcare executive with more than 30 years’ experience in hospitals, consulting and Community Care Access Centre environments.  She brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of organizational design, systems and processes that encompass financial functions, business processes, human resources and quality/risk management.  Ms. Cooney has been recognized for her strategic planning and senior leadership skills in multi-system organizations and organizational transformations. 

“Throughout her career, Barbara has frequently worked with individuals who are affected by mental illness,” says Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores.  “We look forward to the leadership, compassion and dedication she brings to her role as Chair as we continue to work together to enhance the mental health care system for our communities.”

Ms. Cooney currently supports her community in various capacities and is a past Board Member of United Way – Ajax, Pickering and Uxbridge.  Trained as a nurse, Ms. Cooney was a Certified Health Care Executive and attained a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and a Master of Health Science (Administration) from the University of Toronto.

Ontario Shores is also pleased to welcome the following new board members:

Judy Geary is a retired Workplace Safety and Insurance Board executive. She has 35 years of experience working with disabled persons, responsible for administering healthcare, work reintegration and claim case management. Ms. Geary holds a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Toronto.

Tahira Hassan is a seasoned business executive with more than 35 years of multi-functional, commercial and transformational leadership experience in global markets.

Ted Moroz specializes in Retail and Logistics Management. As the President of The Beer Store (TBS) and Brewers Distributor Ltd. (BDL), he is responsible for managing retail sales, wholesale logistics, finance, information technology, and human resources.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessments and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, build on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Marshall
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 6581
Cell: 905-439-0224