Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of Hanover & District Hospital is comprised of dedicated and devoted volunteers from our catchment area. They have the fiduciary responsibility to govern the Hospital under the auspices of the Public Hospitals Act. The Board determines the strategic direction of the corporation and governs effective and efficient management of the Hospital designed to ensure it remains an innovative health care network for the region.

Board meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of July, August and December. While regular Board meetings are open to the public, committee meetings are not. Anyone requesting time to address the Board must apply for entry on the agenda to the Secretary at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting. Time limitations apply and will be allocated by the Board. (By-law Section 4.06.1(c))

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Board Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings are held at 5:00pm on the following dates;

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Annual Meeting will be held at 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Please contact Victoria Cumming, Executive Assistant to the CEO at or 519-364-2340 ext. 209 to receive the virtual access link for an upcoming Board Meeting.

Meet Our Board Governors


Board Chair, Lorna Eadie Hocking

Lorna Eadie Hocking (Board Chair) is a retired educator with over 30 years’ experience in the secondary school panel. As a teacher and counsellor, Lorna has expertise in mediation, leadership, critical thinking and problem solving.

Co-Vice Chair, Corwin Leifso

Corwin Leifso (Co-Vice Chair) grew up in the Hanover area. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 and Master of Arts degree in 2005. After completing law school in 2010, Corwin returned to Hanover and has been practicing lawyer since June 2011 at Leifso & Leifso Law Office. His expertise is corporate/commercial, wills/estates and real estate. He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario and Bruce County Law Association.

Co-Vice Chair, Tina Shier

Tina Shier (Co-Vice Chair) is a retired health care professional with over 30 years of progressive management experience obtained in acute and rehabilitation care organizations and a not for profit organization. She brings to the Board expertise in project management, policy development, risk management and information technology.

Treasurer, Tim Kraemer

Tim Kraemer (Treasurer) is the owner of a local landscaping company and active member of Landscape Ontario. He is a graduate of the Construction Engineering Technology program at Fanshawe College. Tim is an avid community supporter with a keen interest in rural business and local development.

President & CEO, Dana Howes

Dana Howes (President and CEO) career in health care began 17 years ago as an Intensive Care Nurse in a busy tertiary regional center. She has a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Nursing Science. Dana is a strong advocate of rural health care -Especially improving access to timely, patient centered health care.

Chief of Staff, Dr. Randy Montag

Dr. Randy Montag (Chief of Staff) is a physician who has worked in Hanover for over 10 years with a focus on in-patient care, Emergency, Anesthesia, and Family Practice.

President of Medical Staff, Dr. Nick Abell

Dr. Nick Abell is a physician who has been working in Hanover since 2007 after working in rural British Columbia for 4 years. His focus is Emergency, Family Practice and in-patient care. He serves as the President of Medical Staff.

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Rejane Dunn has retired from a 40-year career in Health Care. After training as a Registered Nurse in Ottawa, she spent the first half of her clinical practice in Trauma Surgery and Psychiatry followed by Critical Care for over a decade. After returning to studies in Long Term Care Administration with the Health Care Association in Ottawa, she spent the last 20 years in Long Term Care management. Her last position was as Administrator/CEO of Tall Pines Long Term Care Center, a 160-resident Region of Peel long term care home in Brampton, Ontario.

Vice President of Medical Staff, Dr. Tim Heerema

Dr. Tim Heerema is a physician who has been working Hanover since 2009 after completing his education at the University of Western. His focus is Emergency, Family Practice and in-patient care. He serves as the Vice President of Medical Staff.

Board Member, Terry Leis

Terry Leis is a longtime resident that works in program operations in the communications field. When not at work he is actively involved in community betterment acting as Past President of Hanover Lions and also sitting on town appointed committees over the years. He continues to work and communicate with others along with planning and problem solving with the goal of enriching lives in a keen mindset.

Board Member, Pamela Matheson

Pamela Matheson is recently retired from the healthcare sector with her last position working with the local Grey Bruce hospitals. She has travelled Canada wide assisting medium and small hospitals with Quality Improvement and process workflow. Residing in Hanover for the past 20 years she has been involved with the Library and Big Brothers and Sisters. In her spare time she can be found golfing and biking and enjoying her family

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Chris Prues is a trusted finance professional that partners with business leaders on strategic planning and change initiatives to help organizations move forward with its vision and mission. He believes in giving back and uses his 20 years of leadership experience to provide value added insights that support and build prosperous communities. He holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA) designation.

Board Member, Cathy Rahn

Cathy Rahn is a successful local business owner/operator in Hanover for the past 12 years. Her strengths include project management, leadership, problem solving, critical thinking, long-term strategic planning, and financial expertise on both a day-to-day and comprehensive level. Her dedicated and tenacious approach to business is also apparent in her personal life, as an avid Spartan racer. She believes in community involvement, and is willing to lend a hand any time she is able.

VP of Patient Care Services/CNO, Michelle Scime-Summers

Michelle Scime-Summers is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in healthcare. Her career has evolved from frontline to senior leadership roles. She brings experience from a variety of healthcare settings including both hospital and community, having held leadership positions in both Level 1 and 2 hospitals. Areas of expertise include project and change management and quality improvement.