Board and Committees2019-08-06T11:00:20-04:00

BOARD AND COMMITTEES

Seeking Board Candidates for 2020

The OPA Governance Committee is seeking candidates for four Director positions for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is October 21, 2019.

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) Board of Directors is comprised of nine physiotherapist member volunteers elected by the membership.

As the governing body of the Association, the Board is responsible for setting policies and strategic directions, determining the budget, and hiring the Chief Executive Officer to implement the Association’s programs.

OPA’s 16 geographic Districts help to ensure the Board can access the unique perspective of local issues and professional concerns of members. In addition to the Districts, OPA has numerous committees and task forces working with the Board and staff to achieve our mission and vision. The Association’s organizational structure is open, transparent, flexible, and above all, participatory to ensure the profession is engaged in the health care policies and programs that affect current practice and future opportunities.

You can reach the Board through the President at president@opa.on.ca or contact OPA staff.

THE FACES BEHIND THE FUTURE OF

PHYSIOTHERAPY

OUR BOARD

My ultimate satisfaction comes from making a difference in my neighbourhood and my profession. I love to lead teams through change and to work collaboratively towards solving tough problems. I have experience leading large clinical programs, I’m on faculty at U of T, and I have over a decade of governance experience.
ALLAN MACDONALD | President

ALLAN MACDONALD | President

Paulette joined the Board in 2015, having previously served a term. Paulette is based out of Hamilton and provides operational, communication and quality improvement leadership for a large group of private clinics across Canada. She brings experience with all community funding streams, is passionate about our profession and about helping to create a healthcare system focused on the needs of our patients.
PAULETTE GARDINER MILLAR

PAULETTE GARDINER MILLAR | President-Elect

Alison works in private practice bridging clients to existing aquatic community programming while her teaching supports post-graduate life-long learning. Her academic role at U of T provides a lens on the challenges of curriculum development and licensing. She brings to the Board a strong commitment to quality, access and opportunities for the profession.
ALISON BONNYMAN | Secretary

ALISON BONNYMAN | Secretary

Alanna works in private practice with a mixed background in paedetrics/orthopaedics. She has experience working in rural/remote communities and recognizes the importance of access to physiotherapy care for all Ontarians. Alanna is passionate about our profession and will continue to advocate for the key role of physiotherapy in the health care system.
ALANNA AUGRUSO

ALANNA AUGRUSO

As a Board member since 2016, Courtney brings an operational and strategic perspective of PT in the home and community care sector. As the Director in a home care organization with oversight over therapy, nursing and personal support across 7 LHINs he hopes to champion the role of PT in inter-professional care.
COURTNEY BEAN

COURTNEY BEAN

Oren currently works as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist at the Regional Joint Assessment Center in Hamilton. He is a CPA-certified Clinical Specialist in Oncology. He brings to the OPA Board, experience from the national association as a previous Chair of the Oncology Division and a Director on the CPA Board. Further, as a physiotherapist in a large teaching hospital, Oren hopes to educate physiotherapy staff on how contributing to OPA can help enhance our profession and patient care.
OREN CHEIFETZ

OREN CHEIFETZ

Shelley works as a Regional Stroke Rehabilitation Coordinator, based in Kingston. Previous experience include outpatients, geriatrics, homecare management and telemedicine. She has returned to the Board after several years, bringing a new passion for quality improvement, system change and ensuring physiotherapy is valued in the health system.
SHELLEY HUFFMAN

SHELLEY HUFFMAN

Jacquie, a clinical specialist (Neuro-sciences) has experience in hospital, community and private practice. A passionate advocate for access to physiotherapy, she believes we need to ensure that we keep advocating for reasonable, sustainable remunerations models for physiotherapists in all sectors. She has previous leadership experience and is the physiotherapy rep to the Champlain LHIN Health Advisory Committee.
JACQUIE LEVY

JACQUIE LEVY

Annette has held clinical and leadership roles in varied physical therapy settings including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, home and community care, private clinics and at one of Ontario’s LHINs. As Ontario moves forward with significant health system reform, she brings a strong commitment to advocate for equitable access to quality physiotherapy and opportunities for physiotherapists to show their value in making “Ontarians stronger and healthier”.
ANNETTE MARCUZZI

ANNETTE MARCUZZI
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PAST PRESIDENTS

  • 2016 – 2018

    W. SMITH
  • 2014 – 2016

    S. PATTON
  • 2012 – 2014

    A. SMART
  • 2010 – 2012

    C. WINN
  • 2008 – 2010

    M. BEADLE

COMMITTEES

COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

These committees contribute directly to the Board’s activities and responsibilities.

  • Awards
  • The Awards Committee recommends policies and processes related to our formal member recognition program. In reviewing and recommending nominees for annual awards they recognize and promote leadership and the contribution of our volunteers.
  • Finance

  • The Finance Committee regularly reviews financial statements and policies of the Association. They advise the Board on issues related to the finances and budget of the Association.
  • Governance

  • The Governance Committee is responsible for Board Development, nominations, leadership development, and advising the Board on governance related policies, bylaws and processes.
  • LIAISON NETWORKS

  • The Liaison Networks allow physiotherapists to share information, questions, and emerging issues with their respective advisory committees and with other PTs working in their sector. They are a key connection between the work of the advisory committees, OPA Board of Directors and staff, and the front lines of care.
  • Join the Hospital Liaison Network (HLN)

    Find out more about the HLN Roles & Expectations

  • Join the Home Care Liaison Network (HCLN)

    Find out more about the HCLN Roles & Expectations

    Contact Sarah Grace Bebenek, Policy Analyst, Policy, Practice & Member Services if you are interested in joining a Liaison Network.

Working Committees & Advisory Groups

These committees and advisory groups bring the expertise of our members to support the Board and OPA staff in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for the Association

  • Primary Care Advisory

  • The Primary Care Advisory Committee advises and assists in activities that promote quality physiotherapy
    services within primary care organizations and works to support members in these practice settings.
  • Home Care Advisory

  • The Home Care Advisory Committee brings the perspective of our members who work in home care to staff and the Board in order to promote quality physiotherapy services in the Home Care Sector. They work with the Home Care Liaison Network to monitor environmental trends and support OPA’s strategic directions.

Positions available on this Committee! Contact Sarah Grace Bebenek, Policy Analyst, Policy, Practice & Member Services if you are interested in joining a Committee.

  • Hospital Advisory

  • The Hospital Advisory Committee advances the interests and concerns of our members in the hospital sector and advises on issues relevant to hospital-based physiotherapy services. They work with the support of the Hospital Liaison Network to gather and share information about emerging trends and issues and support members practicing in hospitals.

Positions available on this Committee! Contact Sarah Grace Bebenek, Policy Analyst, Policy, Practice & Member Services if you are interested in joining a Committee.

  • Education Advisory

  • The Education Committee acts as a resource to and advises the OPA staff on matters relating to Professional Development Education and Educational Programming of OPA’s annual conference, InterACTION, in order to provide OPA members with meaningful and relevant learning opportunities.
  • The OPA also works with the Private Practice Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Ontario members of the National Students’ Assembly on matters related to these two groups of our membership.