We're in for better health care in Quinte. Are you?



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

  • PhotoPatricia Guernsey
    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.

  • PhotoMike Pretsell
    Vice Chair
    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.

  • PhotoPeter Knudsen
    Past Chair
    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.

  • 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
    Chair Emeritus
    Ed Lehtinen
  • PhotoJo-Anne Albert
    Jo-Anne Albert

    Jo-Anne taught elementary school in Hastings Prince Edward for 32 years and has been in Municipal politics since 2003. She served at a counselor for the municipality of Tweed from 2003 to 2006 and as Mayor since 2006. She is running again for the position of Mayor in the 2018 Municipal elections. Jo-Anne has sat on many Boards and Committees including Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Board, Source Water Protection, Bay of Quinte Marketing Board, Hastings County Tourism and Economic Development Committees. Over the last 15 years she has volunteered for the Tweed Festival of Trees and also volunteers with the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival whenever time permits. Jo-Anne has been on the BGH Foundation Board since 2016 and serves on the Marketing Committee.

  • PhotoKim Bishop
    NHFD Committee Representative
    Kim Bishop
  • PhotoDr. Tracy Bray
    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.

  • PhotoRoss Rae
    Ross Rae
  • PhotoJohn Sherratt
    John Sherratt

    John Sherratt is the president and owner of Starboard Communications Ltd which operates 95.5 Hits FM (CJOJ FM), COOL 100 FM (CHCQ FM), and InQuinte.ca in Bellville, Ontario. John’s career in broadcasting began in Toronto with Chum Limited 30 years ago where he worked in various roles within the radio and television divisions.
    John, his wife Martha and their two children left Toronto 17 years ago to pursue the challenges and rewards of owning and operating their own business. With a lot of hard work, the radio stations became successful and John and his family integrated into the fabric of the Belleville community. John currently sits as a member of the board for the Belleville General Hospital Foundation, and has held similar positions with the Loyalist College Foundations and the Rotary Club of Belleville.
    John is an active sailor, racing his boat out of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club. John enjoys time at the cottage, fishing, skiing, and travelling.

  • PhotoPeter Smith
    Peter Smith

    Peter Smith has been married for 31 years to wife Vicki. They have three children; Darcy 28 in Toronto, Carly 25 in Ottawa and Matthew 21 attending Guelph University and going into third year of Business Degree Program. They have lived in Belleville now for 14 years. Peter Smith received his Business Degree in Marketing from Brock University in 1985. Upon graduation he was hired by General Motors in their Sales and Marketing department where he was trained as a District Sales and Service Manager calling on dealers in Central and Eastern Ontario until April 1991. At that time Peter resigned from G.M. to pursue a career in retail automotive and accepted a position of Sales Manager at Addison on Bay in downtown Toronto. In January 1993, he was able to acquire a 25% stake in a G.M. franchise in Milton and become the managing partner of that dealership for 11 years. In the latter years there, Peter had applied to General Motors with hopes of getting his own franchise and in 2004 was able to negotiate the purchase of the Chevrolet Cadillac franchise here in Belleville. In addition to this was a Carstar Collision franchise. In 2005 a new dealership was constructed on HWY 62 N, and the Buick GMC brands were added in 2011. Peter also acquired the Trenton Carstar collision centre in August 2009.

  • 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
  • PhotoDon DeGenova
    Don DeGenova
  • PhotoKim Lander
    Kim Lander
  • PhotoRick Phillips
    Rick Phillips

    Rick has been married to Cheryl for 44 years. They have two children, Mike and Tim, both happily married, and five grandchildren. Rick was employed with the CN Rail and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees for 33 ½ years. He retired in July 2005. Rick is a current member and elder of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Roslin, Ontario. He has also been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 387 in Frankford, Ontario for the past 43 years. From 2006 – 2010, Rick was elected as Councilor in the Township of Tyendinaga. In 2010, he was elected as Reeve in Tyendinaga Township. From 2014 to the present, Rick was acclaimed as Reeve of Tyendinaga Township. In 2010, Rick became a member of Hastings County Council. From June 2012 until December 2016, Rick was elected to and held the position as Warren of Hastings County. In 2013 he was elected as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) for a one-year term. Rick is a current member of the BGH Board of Directors and volunteers with various other local charities like the Canadian Cancer Society, food banks, etc.

  • PhotoWendy Chesworth
    BGH Auxiliary Representative
    Wendy Chesworth

    Wendy Chesworth 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 trecks around the city, they both enjoy the bliss of the grand outdoors."

  • PhotoPatrick Johnston
    QHC Board Chair
    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.

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