Board of Directors

The South East Grey Community Health Centre Board of Directors is a community-based volunteer board, which provides governance and strategic direction to the Community Health Centre. The Board of Directors consists of community leaders, professionals and other representatives from across the geographic area served.

The South East Grey Community Health Centre 2023-2024 Board of Directors:


Alex Hector, Executive Director

Our Executive Director, Alex Hector, is a retired banking executive, having spent much of his career in senior commercial banking positions with the Bank of Montreal. His roots in the region began in the late 1990’s when he worked as regional manager for BMO personal and commercial banking in Grey-Bruce. His advancement into the executive ranks took him to most regions of Canada with accountabilities from the Maritimes to British Columbia. A part time Meaford resident since 1998 and full time since his recent retirement in 2014, Alex is active in the community previously as a Board member of the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce, as well as a Board Member of the recently formed Catapult Grey Bruce.

Alex has an MBA from Dalhousie University and has a valuable inventory of executive skills in the area of leadership, HR development, strategic planning and development, communication, as well as mentoring and coaching.


Larry Mann, Chairperson

Appointed to the Board in March 2017.

Prior to moving to Eugenia full time in 2001 Larry lived in Oakville where he and his wife Lyn raised their family. In the twenty five years living there he taught from grades 1 through to graduate school and was school Principal. He was rehired by the Peel District School Board as an educational consultant upon his retirement. Now his time in Grey Highlands is taken up volunteering in the community by leading activity groups for the local PROBUS, serving as President, Vice President, Activity Convenor and Speaker’s Chair.  He and Lyn also initiated Pickleball in the community and volunteer with this SEGCHC activity. An  interest in the outdoors led Larry to volunteer as Trail Captain for the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Conservancy.  Fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and  assisting with the establishment of a new fundraising endeavour for this organization in our area also keeps him busy.


Janet Pounder, Vice Chairperson

Appointed to the Board in June 2019.

Janet is a lawyer who worked for the provincial government for 34 years -from Bill Davis on. She moved with her husband John, from Toronto where they raised their two children. They, with their dog Smuggs call a rural property in Township of Chatsworth home. 

Within weeks of the move Janet participated in yoga, pilates and pickleball, all programs offered by SEGCHC. She was hooked on the organization and is proud to join the Board. Janet hopes her legal and strategic policy experience coupled with her commitment to community service will assist the SEGCHC meet future challenges. 


John Woodbury, Treasurer 

Appointed to the Board in June 2018.


Gord Lawson

Appointed to the Board in November 2016. 

Gord began his working career at Dufferin Ready Mix in Toronto, where he worked for 11 years. Gord’s next position was with a Japanese multi-international bearing company with head office in Osaka, Japan where he began on the Sales Order desk and was promoted to Distribution Manager and then to Operations Manager. Gord held this position for the majority of the remaining 24 years with this company.

Upon retirement in July 2000, he and his wife moved from Georgetown to Glenelg Township to a house they had been building during the previous 8 years. Completing the house left time to get involved in community work and service clubs. Gord joined the Masons and became the master of the Markdale Lodge for 2 years; served on the Board of Elders at Annesley United Church as chair of the Property Committee for 4 years. He is currently a member of the Markdale Rotary Club and over the past 10 years held the president’s position for 6 non-consecutive years. For the past 13 years, during the summer months, he has been a greens-keeper at the Ferns Golf course.

Gord and his wife, Dianne, have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren, 4 boys and 1 girl.   


Captain Harpreet Bal

Appointed to the Board in June 2020.


Dr. Sandra McIntosh

Appointed to the Board in June 2021.

Sandra McIntosh Appointed to the Board in June 2021 Sandra is a Family Physician, and has worked in general practice for several years. Her practice in Etobicoke, Ontario, served a diverse group of patients from all walks of life. She has also had a special interest in geriatrics, and provided care at an assisted living facility in Toronto for several years. Being on staff at South East Grey Community Health Centre for eight years, starting in 2012, provided her with a sound understanding of the model of care under with the centre operates, and also the community it serves. Sandra lives on a rural property in West Grey, and enjoys all that Grey County has to offer.


Tom Allwood

Appointed to the Board in June 2022.

Tom and his wife Carolyn have lived in Markdale on their 50-acre farm for 18 years where they own, breed and train quarter horses.  They have two children and six grandchildren.

Tom was educated at Ryerson, York University and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He spent his career in the entertainment industry where he was Executive Vice President and General Manger of Deluxe Toronto’s Post Production Services, responsible for the operations of Canada’s largest Post Production facility providing services to the Film and Television Industry.

Since retiring, Tom has been active in the community. He has volunteered as President, Board Member and Treasurer  of The Chamber of Commerce and The Markdale Golf and Country Club; is a member of GBHS Event Committee; and is currently a Councillor for the Municipality of Grey Highlands.


Eddie Aziz

Appointed to the Board in June 2022.

Eddie began his career in 1972 working in the Health, Fitness and Wellness industry eventually opening many of his own locations to pursue his passion for designing and guiding members through health, wellness and fitness programs. He continued on for 20 years then went into consulting health clubs in their programs.

Eddie and his wife Suzanne have been coming to area for 40 years and are members of Beaver Valley Ski Club for 30 years. They moved permanently to Grey Highlands 7 years ago from Mississauga and since then Eddie has been an active member of the community in which he loves so much.  Eddie has served on the board of Beaver Valley Ski Club and is currently on the board of Markdale Golf & Curling Club and Beaver River Tennis Club.

Eddie is a regular in the gym at the Health Centre and also assisted in getting the new equipment just before the centre was refurbished.


Kara VanAlstine

Appointed to the Board in June 2022.

Kara VanAlstine grew up in the Dundalk area, becoming involved in community events from a young age. While completing Respiratory Therapy school, Kara had the worked at the SEGCHC as a summer student, sparking an interest in the role the centre played in the community.

Kara now works as an acute care Registered Respiratory Therapist at multiple hospitals and lives on a small hobby farm in Maxwell with her husband, dog and three horses. She hopes that her medical background will be an asset to the board and the community.


David Milliner 

Appointed to the Board in June 2023. 


Debbie Plested 

Appointed to the Board in June 2023. 

Debbie has worked in both the corporate and small business information technology sector and is retired from George Brown College where she worked as a college professor in the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies faculty. In addition to her work in the classroom she worked as a Program Reviewer in the Office of Academic Excellence and as a Project Leader in the eLearning Teaching and Innovation Department. Her areas of specialty include immigrant education, e-learning, ESL for Business Purposes, 21st century workplace skills, and how technology is changing the ways in which we teach, work, and learn. She holds a Master of Education degree specializing in Curriculum Technology & Education Reform from the University of Illinois, and professional certification from the Advanced Program in Human Resource Management, University of Toronto, Joseph Rotman School of Business.


Debbie and her husband John are loving life in Grey Highlands and being active members of the community. In addition to the SEGCHC Board of Directors, she keeps busy skiing, bike riding, swimming, playing mah jongg and euchre, watching and reading murder mysteries, doing yoga, and playing pickleball. She likes to hang out with friends, family and her Portuguese Water Dog.


Board of Director Recruitment
Attention: Lindsay Boyd, Office Administrator
P.O. Box 360
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0