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Ilse VanderMeulen has a Bachelors degree in Journalism & Communications and started her career as correspondent for newspapers in the Netherlands after her immigration to Canada in 1998. She transitioned to public relations and fundraising work and obtained her post-graduate Diploma in Fund Development at Georgian College in 2017. She is active in fund development on a freelance basis for several organizations and works part time at the Wellington Pregnancy Care Centre in Fergus as Director of Development. She has enjoyed getting to know the Groves community and giving back to the community she lives in since 2008 in her work as vice-chair for the Foundation.
Ilse is married to Lars and together they have children. Ilse has served on several boards and committees, including as chair of the capital campaign committee for Emmanuel Christian High School for the purchase of the historic high school building in Fergus. She is an avid reader and loves hiking and biking on local trails, but also further from home enjoying the beauty of all that is Canada, in places like Algonquin Park and Prince Edward Island.

Barbara Lustgarten Evoy is a very proud and dedicated volunteer, working hard to serve our community when and where ever possible. In addition to loving her role on the Groves Hospital Foundation Board, she is a Director on the Fergus Elora Rotary Club Board, heads the Interact Club working closely with local teens, is the Chair of the Safe Communities’ Intentional Self Harm Program Action Group, Vice Chair of the newly formed Collaborative Women of Wellington County team, and is a committed volunteer with many mental health and youth programs throughout our community. Barb is also the Upper Grand District School Board Trustee for Centre Wellington and is proud to own and operate Fergus Educational Services, a small business serving our youth and their families. Barbara is a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, radio host at the Grand 101.1 and hosts her own Tv series called “Parenting With Barbara” on YourTv. Barbara is an author of two books: one with a self-help/motivational focus called Building Pathways to Success, and the other written for young children about a three horned unicorn called The Adventures of Tri. Barb is a proud mother and wife, and loves the outdoors. While winter is her favorite time of year, she says “any season in Centre Wellington is a good season!”

Adrian Carreiro currently acts as the Treasurer and Chair of the Investment & Finance Committee of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation. Adrian is a local Chartered Professional Accountant at Baker Tilly Elora & Guelph, so it was a natural fit for him to be involved in the financial aspect of the Foundation. Adrian is a resident of Fergus, with his wife and three young children (ages 8, 6, 3) and have made this community his home for the last five years after living in surrounding communities for many years before that. Adrian and his wife have served their community in other ways by acting as coaches for the Guelph Special Olympics – Track & Field team and fostering a breeding dog for the Dog Guides of Canada.

With three young children, Adrian's family is very busy, but he hopes to set an example for his children about the importance of giving back to their community, and how crucial the Hospital is.

Ilse VanderMeulen has a Bachelors degree in Journalism & Communications and started her career as correspondent for newspapers in the Netherlands after her immigration to Canada in 1998. She transitioned to public relations and fundraising work and obtained her post-graduate Diploma in Fund Development at Georgian College in 2017. She is active in fund development on a freelance basis for several organizations and works part time at the Wellington Pregnancy Care Centre in Fergus as Director of Development. She has enjoyed getting to know the Groves community and giving back to the community she lives in since 2008 in her work as vice-chair for the Foundation.
Ilse is married to Lars and together they have children. Ilse has served on several boards and committees, including as chair of the capital campaign committee for Emmanuel Christian High School for the purchase of the historic high school building in Fergus. She is an avid reader and loves hiking and biking on local trails, but also further from home enjoying the beauty of all that is Canada, in places like Algonquin Park and Prince Edward Island.

Barbara Lustgarten Evoy is a very proud and dedicated volunteer, working hard to serve our community when and where ever possible. In addition to loving her role on the Groves Hospital Foundation Board, she is a Director on the Fergus Elora Rotary Club Board, heads the Interact Club working closely with local teens, is the Chair of the Safe Communities’ Intentional Self Harm Program Action Group, Vice Chair of the newly formed Collaborative Women of Wellington County team, and is a committed volunteer with many mental health and youth programs throughout our community. Barb is also the Upper Grand District School Board Trustee for Centre Wellington and is proud to own and operate Fergus Educational Services, a small business serving our youth and their families. Barbara is a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, radio host at the Grand 101.1 and hosts her own Tv series called “Parenting With Barbara” on YourTv. Barbara is an author of two books: one with a self-help/motivational focus called Building Pathways to Success, and the other written for young children about a three horned unicorn called The Adventures of Tri. Barb is a proud mother and wife, and loves the outdoors. While winter is her favorite time of year, she says “any season in Centre Wellington is a good season!”

Adrian Carreiro currently acts as the Treasurer and Chair of the Investment & Finance Committee of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation. Adrian is a local Chartered Professional Accountant at Baker Tilly Elora & Guelph, so it was a natural fit for him to be involved in the financial aspect of the Foundation. Adrian is a resident of Fergus, with his wife and three young children (ages 8, 6, 3) and have made this community his home for the last five years after living in surrounding communities for many years before that. Adrian and his wife have served their community in other ways by acting as coaches for the Guelph Special Olympics – Track & Field team and fostering a breeding dog for the Dog Guides of Canada.

With three young children, Adrian's family is very busy, but he hopes to set an example for his children about the importance of giving back to their community, and how crucial the Hospital is.

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Khalid Enver, one of our local General Surgeons, has been practicing medicine for over 35 years. He holds dual fellowships in Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. He previously worked in rural Newfoundland, with Grenfell Regional Health Services, and was an active member of his local community. He organized a journal club at the hospital and also coordinated several fundraising initiatives for the town. As a former university badminton champion, he also enjoyed coaching badminton for elementary and high school students. In his spare time he enjoyed hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

For the past 14 years he has been in Fergus working at Groves hospital. Here, he started the Groves Elder Life project to help hospital patients connect virtually with loved ones. an initiative that was recognized at an international geriatric conference. Continuing his passion for teaching, he enjoys mentoring both locally and internationally-trained medical students, helping to inspire the next generation of physicians.

As an advocate of small-town medicine, he understands the importance of the relationship between the local community and its hospital, and this inspired him to join our foundation. As a board member, he is actively involved in ways to fundraise for our new Groves hospital and to continue to find ways to improve care for our local residents and surrounding community at large.

Dr. Khalid Enver, MD
FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Canada)

Dr. Greg J. Boland is a retired Professor Emeritus from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He has taught and conducted research in plant health and plant pathology across Canada and several international locations over the past forty years.

Greg joined the Board of Directors of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation Board in 2016 because he wanted an opportunity to contribute back to the Fergus-Elora communities that he has lived in for more than 30 years.  He was particularly interested in working with the capital campaign for the new Groves Hospital because his family was involved with comparable campaigns in Nova Scotia where he grew up (e.g. Greg is a seventh-generation Nova Scotian and still maintains close contacts with friends and family there).   He is inspired by the commitment and dedication of our communities in support of our local hospital, and with the success of the fund-raising campaign that resulted in the official opening of the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital this year.  Certainly a milestone achievement for our communities! 

Greg is also involved as a volunteer with other organizations, including environmental programs in our local area such as NeighbourWoods and Green Legacy.  He enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and international travel.   

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Khalid Enver, one of our local General Surgeons, has been practicing medicine for over 35 years. He holds dual fellowships in Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. He previously worked in rural Newfoundland, with Grenfell Regional Health Services, and was an active member of his local community. He organized a journal club at the hospital and also coordinated several fundraising initiatives for the town. As a former university badminton champion, he also enjoyed coaching badminton for elementary and high school students. In his spare time he enjoyed hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

For the past 14 years he has been in Fergus working at Groves hospital. Here, he started the Groves Elder Life project to help hospital patients connect virtually with loved ones. an initiative that was recognized at an international geriatric conference. Continuing his passion for teaching, he enjoys mentoring both locally and internationally-trained medical students, helping to inspire the next generation of physicians.

As an advocate of small-town medicine, he understands the importance of the relationship between the local community and its hospital, and this inspired him to join our foundation. As a board member, he is actively involved in ways to fundraise for our new Groves hospital and to continue to find ways to improve care for our local residents and surrounding community at large.

Dr. Khalid Enver, MD
FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Canada)

Dr. Greg J. Boland is a retired Professor Emeritus from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He has taught and conducted research in plant health and plant pathology across Canada and several international locations over the past forty years.

Greg joined the Board of Directors of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation Board in 2016 because he wanted an opportunity to contribute back to the Fergus-Elora communities that he has lived in for more than 30 years.  He was particularly interested in working with the capital campaign for the new Groves Hospital because his family was involved with comparable campaigns in Nova Scotia where he grew up (e.g. Greg is a seventh-generation Nova Scotian and still maintains close contacts with friends and family there).   He is inspired by the commitment and dedication of our communities in support of our local hospital, and with the success of the fund-raising campaign that resulted in the official opening of the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital this year.  Certainly a milestone achievement for our communities! 

Greg is also involved as a volunteer with other organizations, including environmental programs in our local area such as NeighbourWoods and Green Legacy.  He enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and international travel.   

Bio coming soon!

Nate was born and raised in Fergus. He is a business lawyer at SV Law, a full service law firm with offices in Elora and Guelph.

Nate joined the Board of Directors of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation as he understands how important the hospital is to our community. 

Nate and his partner Hilary have two young children and when time permits they enjoy skiing, mountain biking and enjoying the outdoors.   

Nate is a former director of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce as well as the University of Guelph’s research ethics committee.

Butch Medemblik is married to Arlene and together they have 8 children and 8 grandchildren and they live in Fergus. Butch holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McMaster University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. Currently, Butch is a Managing Director at Walinga Inc. in Guelph. Walinga Inc. has been in business since 1954 and is a manufacturer of specialty transportation and conveying equipment within the agricultural business sector.

Butch has served on various boards, committees, and sports teams both within his church and our local community. He joined the Board of the Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation in June 2019.

Bio coming soon!

Nate was born and raised in Fergus. He is a business lawyer at SV Law, a full service law firm with offices in Elora and Guelph.

Nate joined the Board of Directors of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation as he understands how important the hospital is to our community. 

Nate and his partner Hilary have two young children and when time permits they enjoy skiing, mountain biking and enjoying the outdoors.   

Nate is a former director of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce as well as the University of Guelph’s research ethics committee.

Butch Medemblik is married to Arlene and together they have 8 children and 8 grandchildren and they live in Fergus. Butch holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McMaster University and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. Currently, Butch is a Managing Director at Walinga Inc. in Guelph. Walinga Inc. has been in business since 1954 and is a manufacturer of specialty transportation and conveying equipment within the agricultural business sector.

Butch has served on various boards, committees, and sports teams both within his church and our local community. He joined the Board of the Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation in June 2019.

Isn't our new hospital wonderful? Full of light, good vibes and state of the art care and equipment.

Well, this did not happen by chance.  It developed and evolved because of a great team of leaders and YOU - the reader who took the time to participate and donate.  A person, family or group that is part of this community and surrounding area who cares.

My name is Cheryl Rowe and I have been a Groves Hospital Foundation Director for over 6 years.  I've worked locally in dental hygiene for over 35 years, and retirement has opened up the time to focus on community involvement. Passionate about family and friends, my "hospital family" have become an extension of family to me.  They are a great example of our committed, giving, sharing, community. It's been exhilarating to spear head the Metal Matters Campaign and the 151 Campaign.  The community has responded very well to both of these initiatives.  These are a few areas providing opportunities for everyone to get involved with our New Groves Hospital. Being part of the Foundation has been very rewarding for me, personally.   

I would like to thank all of those who have, and continue to, take the time to join in the journey of the New Groves Hospital. This is something we truly ALL can be proud of.

I have lived in Fergus all of my married life 38 years.  My husband is born and raised in Fergus.  We have 3 girls, married and 5 young grandchildren.  In my spare time I love to golf and enjoy cottage life at Sauble Beach. We love to bike and walk the beach.  Our family has been heavily involved in the community over the years ranging from baseball to curling to highland games. Involvement with groves has been our forefront for the last few years.

Ted received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in business management and economics in 1988 from the University of Guelph. After an articling period with a local Guelph firm he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He joined another Guelph firm in 1994 and became partner of Bairstow, Smart and Smith LLP in 1999. He received his Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners designation in 2000. In September of 2016 he joined Baker Tilly GWD (formerly Collins Barrow) as a partner.

Ted has a wide range of experience in assurance, tax and consulting services and services a wide variety of owner-managed businesses with a particular interest in the real estate, manufacturing, consulting, construction and trades sectors.

Ted has served on numerous Boards and committees over the years in both the municipal and non-profit sector. In his spare time, he likes to garden, hike and is an avid outdoorsman.

Lisa joined the Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation as a board director in June 2021. She holds a diploma in Human Resources Administration, specializing in Leadership and Arbitration, plus another one in Chemical Engineering Technology. In addition to her responsibilities on the Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation board, she also currently is the Vice-Chair of the Wellington County Police Services Board, appointed by the Lieutenant – Governor of Ontario. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, overseeing pension appointments and governance.

Lisa has a vast amount of board member experience that she brings to the table. She was once the President of Centre Wellington Rotary, and Co-Chair of the annual Canada Day celebrations. Lisa has served several local community boards, committees, as well as figure skating organizations.

Lastly, Lisa is married to Darrel MacDonald, and together, they share two grown children. While she lives in Elora, Lisa loves taking regular summer trips to visit family on the east coast, in Nova Scotia’s south shore.

Isn't our new hospital wonderful? Full of light, good vibes and state of the art care and equipment.

Well, this did not happen by chance.  It developed and evolved because of a great team of leaders and YOU - the reader who took the time to participate and donate.  A person, family or group that is part of this community and surrounding area who cares.

My name is Cheryl Rowe and I have been a Groves Hospital Foundation Director for over 6 years.  I've worked locally in dental hygiene for over 35 years, and retirement has opened up the time to focus on community involvement. Passionate about family and friends, my "hospital family" have become an extension of family to me.  They are a great example of our committed, giving, sharing, community. It's been exhilarating to spear head the Metal Matters Campaign and the 151 Campaign.  The community has responded very well to both of these initiatives.  These are a few areas providing opportunities for everyone to get involved with our New Groves Hospital. Being part of the Foundation has been very rewarding for me, personally.   

I would like to thank all of those who have, and continue to, take the time to join in the journey of the New Groves Hospital. This is something we truly ALL can be proud of.

I have lived in Fergus all of my married life 38 years.  My husband is born and raised in Fergus.  We have 3 girls, married and 5 young grandchildren.  In my spare time I love to golf and enjoy cottage life at Sauble Beach. We love to bike and walk the beach.  Our family has been heavily involved in the community over the years ranging from baseball to curling to highland games. Involvement with groves has been our forefront for the last few years.

Ted received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in business management and economics in 1988 from the University of Guelph. After an articling period with a local Guelph firm he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He joined another Guelph firm in 1994 and became partner of Bairstow, Smart and Smith LLP in 1999. He received his Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners designation in 2000. In September of 2016 he joined Baker Tilly GWD (formerly Collins Barrow) as a partner.

Ted has a wide range of experience in assurance, tax and consulting services and services a wide variety of owner-managed businesses with a particular interest in the real estate, manufacturing, consulting, construction and trades sectors.

Ted has served on numerous Boards and committees over the years in both the municipal and non-profit sector. In his spare time, he likes to garden, hike and is an avid outdoorsman.

Lisa joined the Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation as a board director in June 2021. She holds a diploma in Human Resources Administration, specializing in Leadership and Arbitration, plus another one in Chemical Engineering Technology. In addition to her responsibilities on the Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation board, she also currently is the Vice-Chair of the Wellington County Police Services Board, appointed by the Lieutenant – Governor of Ontario. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, overseeing pension appointments and governance.

Lisa has a vast amount of board member experience that she brings to the table. She was once the President of Centre Wellington Rotary, and Co-Chair of the annual Canada Day celebrations. Lisa has served several local community boards, committees, as well as figure skating organizations.

Lastly, Lisa is married to Darrel MacDonald, and together, they share two grown children. While she lives in Elora, Lisa loves taking regular summer trips to visit family on the east coast, in Nova Scotia’s south shore.