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Most people donate to QHC Belleville because they want to change lives, they want to ensure their family and friends can receive the best medical care possible. They become our partners in health care to make a difference. And they do!

But this is not really about medical equipment, it’s about changing lives. Literally thousands of people in the Quinte region have benefited and thousands of lives have been saved over the years.

The pride for so many improvements in care belongs to our donor partners; every advance in care at QHC is a tribute to the thousands of people who donate. New equipment allows earlier detection and diagnosis, safer surgery and quicker recovery and higher levels of service for people who need QHC. And with your help the best is yet to come. We’re raising funds now to purchase a variety of new equipment that will restore people’s health without having to leave the region for treatment.

You can change a life. You can save a life. Right here in Belleville, in Quinte. You can do it today by making a donation to the Belleville General Hospital Foundation in support of QHC.

Board of Directors

  • PhotoMike Pretsell
    Mike Pretsell

    Following his six years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, Mike completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba and his law degree at Queen’s University in 1994. Mike has practiced law in the Belleville area since 1996. Mike specializes in representing individuals and small business before the civil and criminal courts. He is his firm’s managing partner and senior trial counsel. Mike is a part-time deputy judge of the Small Claim Court, a Director of the Canadian Criminal lawyers Association, a former Director of the Ontario Deputy Judge’s Association as well as the Hastings County Law Association. Mike’s community service has included time on the Board of Directors the Community Development Counsel, Belleville Minor Softball Association and providing legal advice to a wide range of not for profit entities. When Mike is not in the office he enjoys cooking, travelling, and golfing poorly. Mike lives in Belleville with his wife Joanne.

  • PhotoDr. Tracy Bray
    1st Vice Chair
    Dr. Tracy Bray

    Dr. Tracy Bray, B.Sc., D.C. has been practicing chiropractics since 1999, operating her clinic Back in Motion to help people realize their best quality of life. Tracy attended Queen’s University and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with honours, then continued her education by receiving a doctorate in chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois..
    Dr. Bray is very involved in the community. She has been President for the Belleville Rotary Club and through Rotary is Chair of the Special Needs Christmas Party. She has coached soccer for 11 years, including the Belleville Comets. She is also on the Batawa Ski Racing Club executive board and currently the Fundraising Chair and managed the U16 Bandits for many years. Tracy serves on the Finance Committee for the BGH Foundation.

  • PhotoPeter Knudsen
    Peter Knudsen

    Peter is a graduate of Carlton University and received an MBA from Queens and is the owner of Knudsen Construction Ltd. Peter has been involved with many charitable organizations in positions of leadership including the United Way and the (Quinte) Children’s Foundation. Peter has been involved with the BGH Foundation since 2010 where he has served as chair of Finance and Major Gifts committees and is currently Immediate Past Chair of our Board of Directors.

  • PhotoPatricia Guernsey
    Past Chair
    Patricia Guernsey

    Patricia has lived in Belleville her whole life. She has been married to Chris for 22 years, as she jokes her first husband. Patricia is the proud mother of two children, Quinn 19 and Carter 16. She is a successful realtor at Royal LePage Pro Alliance and has been selling real estate for 23 years. Patricia is the team leader of Team Guernsey, selling 150 to 200 homes a year and she is currently number 24 in Canada for units and #10 in Ontario. She has volunteered and been involved in many fundraising activities throughout our community. She’s also Funny! Patricia has served on the BGH Foundation Board since 2013 and has served on our Finance and Marketing committees. She is currently Chair of our Board of Directors.

  • PhotoBob Doyle
    Director Emeritus
    Bob Doyle

    Born in Sarnia Ontario, he received his BA degree from Western Ontario (Kings College) and started his business career at Sears, and worked through Loblaws (Super Centre), ROBINSONS (subsidiary of COMARK), and subsequently McDonald’s (as Doyle Foods Services Ltd.) in October 1995. In 2000 a move to Belleville where three McDonald’s restaurants employ over 200 staff. Since 2000, he has served as President and Board Member of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, President of the Early Years Initiative, Chairman and Board Member of the Quinte Children’s Foundation, and Board Member of the Children’s Aid Society. Numerous boards with McDonald’s, including Vice Chair of the National Business Forum representing Ontario. In 2006, he became a member of the Board of Directors at the BGH Foundation and progressed to Chair in 2013 a title he held until 2016. Mr. Doyle has been married to Sylvia for 41 years and has two children and two grandchildren. Past times include: fitness, dragon boating, cycling, and enjoying work.

  • PhotoEd Lehtinen
    Director Emeritus
    Ed Lehtinen
  • PhotoKim Bishop
    NHFD Committee Representative
    Kim Bishop
  • PhotoMary Clare Egberts
    President and CEO - QHC
    Mary Clare Egberts

    Mary Clare Egberts is President and Chief Executive Officer of Quinte Health Care (QHC), a four hospital health care system in South Eastern Ontario. She has a passion for making a difference for patients and families, while also creating an exceptional workplace for staff and physicians. With more than 25 years of health care experience, Mary Clare has held executive positions at North York General, Toronto East General and Markham Stouffville Hospitals. She previously worked in private industry. Mary Clare is a graduate of the University of Toronto, holding a degree in Commerce and Economics, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. As a highly committed and authentic leader, Mary Clare has a proven track record leading change in complex environments. She is currently helping to lead transformational change in the regional health care system to better meet the needs of local communities. Using her communication and collaboration skills, she is educating people about the need for extensive reform within the hospital system and involving them to help find the right long-term solutions.

  • PhotoSteve Cook
    Secretary & Executive Director
    Steve Cook

    Steve Cook joins BGHF from Great Britain where he was Head of Corporate Partnerships for St. Luke’s Cheshire Hospital. In this role he planned, delivered, and managed donor development and major gifts. Prior to his tenure at Hospice, he was the Commercial Director at Wrexham Football Club, working on sponsorships, corporate partnerships, season ticket sales, program sales and advertising, and customer experience strategy. Before this, he was the Regional Sales Manager for England and Scotland for Sodexo working on partnerships with The Open Championship. Steve has a wealth of experience in grant writing, sponsorship acquisition and managing a large corporate portfolio.

  • PhotoKevin Buhr
    Kevin Buhr
  • PhotoWendy Chesworth
    BGH Auxiliary Representative
    Wendy Chesworth

    Wendy Chesworth is the current president of the BGH Auxilary. She grew up in London, Ontario. After an undergraduate degree from Waterloo and a post-graduate degree from Queens, after having taught for some 20 years, after having two wonderful sons and two sweet grandsons, she has, as was always intended, involved herself in numerous volunteers roles to which she is able to apply her business acumen, people skills and her educational expertise.
    Wendy enjoys creative pursuits including but not limited to, gardening and landscaping, writing and reading, culinary arts and interior decorating. Wendy is currently writing a book about her amazing journey through her past, the search for her birth parents and the rich history she uncovered: part biographical, part auto.
    When she and her little furry BFF rush out the door for treks around the city, they both enjoy the bliss of the grand outdoors."

  • PhotoPatrick Johnston
    QHC Board Member
    Patrick Johnston

    Mr. Johnston is the Principal and Founder of Borealis Advisors. He has extensive experience with charitable and non-profit organizations, having served as Chief Executive of a range of organizations including the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the Canadian Centre of Philanthropy (now ImagineCanada) and the National Anti-Poverty Organization. Mr. Johnston was previously a senior policy advisor to a provincial Premier as well as a federal Cabinet Minister. His governance experience includes numerous non-profit Boards of Directors including United Way/Centraide Canada, Canada World Youth and CanadaHelps. In December 2014, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston. Mr. Johnston lives in Tyendinaga Township.

  • PhotoDr. Shalea Beckwith
    BGH Medical Staff Representative
    Dr. Shalea Beckwith

    My name is Dr Shalea Beckwith and I am the Chief/Medical Director of Pediatrics at Quinte Health Care. I am a Consultant Community Pediatrician in Belleville, and an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. I am interested in advocating for improved financial support and health care. During my first year as BGHF Physician Rep, we created the Freedom Ride for Health bike event to raise money for the BGHF. As well, I worked with a team to raise over $45,000.00 and we are now building a Medical Centre in Kenya for orphan children. I recently edited the textbook “Update in Pediatrics”, which was published by Springer. I have participated in leadership training as a Pediatrician, including the following programs: OMA Physician Leadership Development Program, PLI courses, LEADS training, Rotman Advanced Systems Leadership Program, and the Harvard Medical School Global Pediatric Leadership Program. I enjoy running, biking, and swimming, and I have participated in a few triathlons.

  • PhotoAnnette Baker
    Annette Baker

    Annette is Branch Manager at TD Canada Trust, Madoc. On

  • PhotoLorne Brooker
    Lorne Brooker

    Born in Oshawa and raised in Ottawa I have now spent the majority of my life right here in Belleville. I love the Quinte region and it is my home! I graduated radio at Loyalist College in 1991 and started my career at Quinte Broadcasting. I have worked almost every on-air shift and even in the Sports Department; yes the legendary Jack Miller was my boss for a while! I really found my niche in the Promotions and Marketing Dept and have been it’s director since the Clinton Administration! In 2006 I took over the role of talk show host and the “Lorne Brooker show” was born! It has been a great ride and I have had the privilege of interviewing amazing people and taking the show all over the word. I serve on the Radio Advisory Board at Loyalist and am super excited to be on the Board of Directors for the BGHF. I love to travel, eat delicious food and spend time with family and friends…travelling and eating delicious food!

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    Dr. Rekha Miranda

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