Board of Directors

2016 – 2017 Board of Directors

Nigel Jacobs, Chair
Francis Mackan, Past Chair
Dave Dyson, Vice Chair & Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee
Janet Gadeski, Secretary and Chair, Governance Committee
Don Osborne, Chair, Expansion Committee
Peter Skoretz, Chair, Hike Committee
Mo Ali
Graham Bentley
John O’Brien
Mae Radford
Michelle Shilton
Anne Swarbrick


Nigel Jacobs, Chair
Nigel Jacobs, Board MemberNigel Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Leibow LLP and is a Certified Management Accountant.  Nigel has extensive professional and community board experience.  He has served on the Public Accountants Council of the Province of Ontario, is presently the Director of Finance of the Burlington Chamber Of Commerce and is the immediate Past President of the Association of Accounting Administration.  Nigel was the Treasurer of Grindstone Church for 11 years and has also served on the board of the Disabled Aged Regional Transit System.”

“I am passionate about giving back to the community where I live.  I was delighted when the opportunity arose to serve on the Carpenter Hospice Board of Directors, in order to represent and be part of an organization that provides a wonderful caring service to families at their greatest time of need.”

Francis Mackan, Past Chair
Francis Mackan, Board MemberFrancis Mackan is a Chartered Accountant and a partner with Deloitte in Burlington. He has over 25 years’ experience providing accounting, auditing, tax and business advisory services to a wide range of clients. Giving back to the community has always been a high priority. Some of Francis’ prior roles include Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Treasurer of the Burlington Museums Board, and Treasurer of the Oakville Canadian Cancer Society.

“Organizations like Carpenter Hospice rely on the work of volunteers and the generosity of their communities to thrive and continue to provide palliative care services. I joined the Board because I believed I could contribute to its future success and help bring further awareness to the Burlington community. Families depend on the Hospice, its staff and its volunteers to provide comfort, dignity, first class care, and quality of life in what would otherwise by trying, stressful times.”

Dave Dyson, Vice Chair & Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee
Dave Dyson, Board MemberDave Dyson is a long-time Burlington resident who has worked primarily in banking and financial services since obtaining his MBA from McMaster University.  He started his own business in the financial services field, which he ran successfully until 2004 when he sold the firm to devote himself to family and community endeavours.  A total “people person,” Dave believes involvement drives success.  He is currently an active member and director of the Burlington Golf and Country Club, most recently serving on numerous committees, running golf, curling and social events.

“To me, success in life is about much more than just success in business.  I think that notion stems from the experience of losing my older brother to cancer when I was barely in my teens and realizing the importance of support when people are facing terminal illness.  Working with Carpenter Hospice has been cathartic for me in so many ways. I’m proud of the role we play in the community and I am proud to spread the word so that others know what services are available to them through the hospice.”

Janet Gadeski, Secretary & Chair, Governance Committee
Janet Gadeski, Board MemberJanet Gadeski spent her career in the charitable sector, moving from fundraising roles to leadership of charities in the arts and faith sectors. She retired as President of Hilborn in 2014 after five years of publishing books, newsletters and web-based resources for charities. Her first involvement with hospice care was as a visiting musician with Trinity Home Hospice (now Hospice Toronto), whose clients she visited in their homes. After seeing the emotional and medical benefits that hospice care brought to Trinity clients, she is delighted to support hospice care in Burlington at Carpenter Hospice.

 “The hospice approach to end-of-life care transforms the experiences of dying and bereavement for the residents and their families. I am proud of the compassion and expertise that Carpenter Hospice offers to our community, and deeply honoured to serve on its Board of Directors.”

Don Osborne, Chair, Expansion Committee
Don OsborneDon is a proven senior manager with experience in the United States and Canada in energy efficient buildings; project, construction and facility management; engineering; electric energy; oil and natural gas; and pipelines. Don currently provides consulting, project development and project management services to commercial and institutional building owners. Don has managed project teams of architects, engineers (mechanical, electrical, structural), general contractors and testing and inspection specialists.

“Through my involvement with Joseph Brant Hospital, I developed an understanding of the critical need for palliative services beyond the institutional services offered in our acute care community hospitals. Carpenter Hospice provides high quality residential care options for patients and families in very difficult times. As a Board member, I hope to contribute to the ongoing success of this remarkable organization.”

Peter Skoretz, Chair, Hike Committee
Peter Skoretz, Board MemberPeter Skoretz is a Limited Partner and Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.  He has been with Edward Jones for 17 years and has an established wealth management practice in downtown Burlington. Peter is very active in the community and is a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central.  He has spent the past two years serving on the Rotary club’s board of directors.

“When my own father battled cancer and passed away, he did so in a very institutional setting. I wish there had been a hospice option for him in his community, but there wasn’t. This made me appreciate how crucial high-quality, compassionate hospice service is, in every community. One of my goals on this board is to help Carpenter Hospice be the best it can be.”

Mo Ali
Photo of Mo AliMo Ali is a retired physician who served as the chief of Hematology and chief of staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. He joined the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University in 1970 and is now a Senior Tutor and Professor Emeritus in the medical school. He has been a Rotarian for 30 years and served as the honorary medical advisor to the YMCA since 1986.

Mo believes that serving the community is a privilege and was fortunate enough to be a member of the founding board of the Hospice. He was chair of the Board for two years and medical advisor for 10 years.

Mo is looking forward to being a part of the new phase in the Hospice development.

“A home-like setting was our goal in 2000 and I hope our goal in 2016 will be to realize a dream home-like setting and bring nature closer to residents.”

Graham Bentley
Photograph of Graham BentleyGraham Bentley is a partner with Bay Consulting Group with more than 35 years of experience in consulting to the Ontario Government, not-for-profit organizations, regional health care planning bodies, hospitals, long-term care residences, child welfare and children’s mental health agencies and local governments.  Graham is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in business administration from York University.  As part of his community activities, he has provided consulting services for the Board of the Art Gallery of Burlington on a voluntary basis.

“Over my consulting career I have seen the increasing importance of hospice care in helping families and their loved ones face the many challenges presented by this most difficult stage in life.  My goal as a board member is to contribute to the continued success of Carpenter Hospice as vital community resource in providing high quality care in a comforting and supportive environment.”

John O’Brien
John O'BrienJohn O’Brien has enjoyed a thirty-year career with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, primarily as Director of Cemeteries and Business Administrator, and most recently in the role of Episcopal Delegate for Cemeteries and Insurance. He has served on the Board of St. Joseph Villa in Dundas, a Long Term Care facility and currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

John grew up in Burlington and has recently relocated to Aldershot after living in Hamilton for many years. He is happy to be involved in the community again through the Carpenter Hospice.

“Having had the privilege of assisting many grieving families over the years, and known friends and colleagues who have experienced the caring environment of the Carpenter Hospice in their final days, I have come to appreciate just how important compassionate end of life care is to the residents and their families. I hope to bring greater awareness of this important facility to the Burlington community and through the collective efforts of the Board, Staff and Volunteers help to ensure its long term sustainability.”

Mae Radford
Mae RadfordWith an extensive nursing career as a registered nurse in the hospital and community health and support services, in her last position, Mae served as Manager, Volunteer Services at VON Hamilton, overseeing operations with more than 1,700 volunteers delivering a variety of community health and support services one of which was a Palliative Volunteer Visiting Program. Mae’s interests extend to issues related to violence against woman and human rights. She served on the Advisory Committee on Violence against Women for the City of Burlington and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She is serving the community through Rotary and on the Board of Directors, Joseph Brant Hospital, and this year, Mae was elected as a Director for the Board of Carpenter Hospice.

“As a nurse, my interest has been to care for people, to help them achieve comfort and relief from any pain, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. I am proud to join with this strong leadership team and Board in continuing excellence in hospice care and broadening awareness of hospice in our community.”

Anne Swarbrick
Anne Swarbrick, Board MemberAnne Swarbrick has led organizations including Habitat for Humanity Halton, the Toronto Community Foundation, and the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.  She served in the Ontario government from 1990 to 1995 as MPP for Scarborough West, including as Minister of Culture, Tourism and Recreation and as Minister for Women’s Issues.  She currently chairs the Board of the Art Gallery of Burlington Foundation and serves on several of the Gallery’s committees.  She was a founder of the Halton Poverty Roundtable.

“The growth of the palliative care sector has long been important to me.  I played a key role in my mother’s journey with cancer of the pancreas, including helping to make it possible for her to complete that journey at home surrounded by our family’s love, when hospices were not available. I am impressed by the Carpenter Hospice’s role in supporting individuals and families in our community at such a precious time in their lives, and am honoured to have the opportunity to assist.”


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