New board members welcomed

    Seen here at the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors AGM are (from left) Joe MacDonald, Germaine Silver, Tony Overmars, and Wayne Ezekiel. Missing from the photo is new board member Michael MacIsaac.

    ANTIGONISH: Wayne Ezekiel, incoming Chair of St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, welcomed three new board members at the foundation’s annual general meeting on June 25.

    Germaine Silver will join the board as the representative of the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Tony Overmars will be one of three representatives of the Sisters of St. Martha on the board, and Michael MacIsaac will join the board as a member at large.

    Silver was born and raised in Antigonish and with her late husband, Eugene, was part of the business community for many years. She has always felt close to St. Martha’s Hospital, whether growing up on Bay Street or from her decades of involvement with the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She looks forward to her new role, working with both the auxiliary and the foundation, for the benefit of healthcare in northeastern Nova Scotia.

    Overmars, born and raised in Antigonish, is the son of Dutch immigrants. He and his wife Jenny owned and operated Tony’s Meats for many years. Now retired, he still stays involved with community endeavours, whether serving on the board of the local community center or on the Board of Atlantic Beef Products. He feels honoured to represent the Sisters of St. Martha on the board and hopes to continue their work of making the community a better place to live.

    MacIsaac, CPA, CA is another Antigonish native who has recently returned to his roots from British Columbia. He has an interest in healthcare in the community, whether the increase in heart disease in the “Boomer” generation or the increasing recognition of mental health issues. He hopes to help provide the financial oversight required ensure that there is a sustainable foundation funding to provide St. Martha’s Regional Hospital with resources it needs to provide quality healthcare the the residents of the quad county area.

    Ezekiel recognized and thanked board members Judy MacInnis CPA, CA; Dr. Michael O’Brien, and Senator the Honourable Mary Coyle for their many and significant contributions to the foundation over their terms on the board.

    Ezekiel also thanked former Chair Joe MacDonald for his contributions over his term as chair, most significantly changing the foundation into an endowment and the establishment of the “St. Martha’s and YOU…The Time Is NOW” campaign whose goal is to raise $20,000,000. MacDonald will continue with the board as past chair offering advice and guidance to me as incoming chair.