Board and Committees2018-08-09T13:23:56+00:00

BOARD AND COMMITTEES

2019-2020 Board of Directors Nominations Open

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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

A member of the Board since 2013, Wendy has experience as a private practice owner in a northern, rural setting and is currently working for the NE LHIN. Wendy continues to promote and advocate for the role of physiotherapists within the healthcare system.
WENDY SMITH | Past-President

WENDY SMITH | Past-President

Joining in 2015, Lisa is an advocate for patients having a more active role in their care. As a clinician in the hospital sector and a researcher in Toronto, Lisa continues to enhance the understanding of the changing role of the physiotherapist.
LISA BRICE-LEDDY - SECRETARY

LISA BRICE-LEDDY | Secretary

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

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

ALISON BONNYMAN

Jasdeep is passionate about the development of leadership within the profession, and is driven to continue in the promotion of physiotherapy practice and its expansive role on the healthcare stage. Joining the Board in 2016, she brings with her experience as a Clinical Specialist in MSK, teaching and mentorship and over 17 years of practice in the private sector.
JASDEEP DHIR

JASDEEP DHIR

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

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
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PAST PRESIDENTS

  • 2014 – 2016

    S. PATTON
  • 2012 – 2014

    A. SMART
  • 2010 – 2012

    C. WINN
  • 2008 – 2010

    M. BEADLE
  • 2006 – 2008

    K. WOLNY

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 Leigh Anne Butler, Project Coordinator, 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 Leigh Anne Butler, Project Coordinator, 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 Leigh Anne Butler, Project Coordinator, 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.
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