Community Profile

Community Profile

Goderich sits atop the scenic bluffs overlooking beautiful Lake Huron. The Town of Goderich, known nationwide as the “ Prettiest Town in Canada,” has been named by Chatelaine Magazine as “One of the Ten Best Places to Live in Canada.” More recently, Goderich has been identified as “One of the 20 great places to live” by 50 Plus Magazine. Goderich has developed into a prosperous Lake Huron port and is considered to be one of the premier vacation spots in Southwestern Ontario.


With a population of 8,000, the town feeling is captured by its natural and historical beauty and also by the town’s citizens. Goderich’s natural setting along Ontario’s West Coast provides an incredible number of recreation and leisure choices. The Maitland Recreation Centre-YMCA offers an indoor swimming pool, hockey arena, state-of the-art exercise equipment, 2 gyms, walking track, etc. Goderich also offers swimming, fishing, water skiing, boating, scuba diving, hiking, cycling, golfing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, skating, hockey, theatre, arts and crafts galleries. Goderich is home of the Celtic Festival as well as other well known music festivals and performances, Livery Theatre, arts and crafts galleries.


The town has a thriving industry base which includes Sifto Salt Mine and is architecturally rich. The Goderich Airport is one of Ontario’s finest municipal airports. The local school systems include Public and Catholic elementary and high schools including French Immersion. Goderich makes shopping a great experience. The downtown square is heralded as being one of the most unique outdoor shopping malls. The Suncoast Mall offers many stores under one roof with a bright and comfortable atmosphere. Goderich is close to major shopping centres in London (1 hour), Stratford (45 minutes) and Kitchener (1 1/2 hours).

 

For more information check out the following websites:
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Town of Goderich's official website

County of Huron

 

 

 

  

Community Advisory Committee

 

The purpose of this committee is to provide advice, consultation and education to inform the Board’s decision-making and strategic planning processes to achieve sustainable health care services.


 


  From Left to Right: Don Scott, Lynn Bearden, Stephen Tamming, Samantha Marsh, Pam Somers, David Greer, Keith Rabidoux, Bill Vanstone (Absent from picture: Kathleen Babcock, Matt Hoy and Dr. Stan Spacek)

 

For more information on this committee please email: amgh.cac@amgh.ca 

 

Member Biographies

Kathleen Babcock
Kathleen has resided in the Ashfield, Colborne and Wawanosh area for 29 years, with her husband Tom. They share two grown daughters, and one amazing grandson.
Kathleen is a Social Worker retired from Hospital Employment Programs Child Welfare Community Development and taught at Lambton College and University of Western Ontario. She has also provided volunteer work as the Chair, Women’s Shelter; Women TODAY; Chair, GDCI School Council; Goderich Little Theatre; Blyth Festival; and Theatre Hospital Foundation
Kathleen is interested in representing the Hospital Foundation and it is important that we all work together to achieve our goals.

Lynn Bearden
Lynn and her husband, along with their two golden retrievers, moved to Goderich 15 years ago from Toronto. Lynn worked at the University of Toronto for 27 years, taking early retirement from her position of Executive Assistant in the central library.
Lynn joined both the hospital Auxiliary where her mother had been a member for many years, and the IODE. She met a wonderful group of women dedicated to volunteering in the hospital and raising money for equipment for patient care. With the IODE the focus was on raising money to assist women, children and those in need in the community as well as donating to the hospital. In fact, Lynn learned an earlier chapter of IODE in Goderich raised money for the first hospital in Goderich, which subsequently resulted in a hospital Auxiliary being formed. As a member of the Auxiliary, Lynn became President, sat on the Hospital Board, and was asked to be secretary of the regional Ontario Hospital Auxiliary Association.
Lynn volunteers in various areas of the hospital such as Speech Language Therapy Department, Dialysis, the gift shop and portering in the Emergency Department. She has served on the executive of the IODE.
Lynn also volunteers at the MacKay Centre for Seniors and is a past board member of the Reuben Sallows Gallery. She volunteered to be the auxiliary representative on the Community Advisory Committee because she sees it as a continuation of her desire to contribute to the community and the hospital.

David Greer
David grew up in Goderich before moving to the Toronto Area and becoming an Ontario Provincial Police Officer. In 2013 David and his wife became the parents of a little girl named Everly, and in 2018 they welcomed twin boys Cullen and Deacon. In 2015 David and his family moved back to Huron County to be closer to their extended families.

As a member of the Huron OPP, David has held several community-focused positions. This included Constable, Community Mobilization/Mental Health Coordinator, and Detective Constable. As the Community Mobilization/Mental Health Officer he worked with many community members and local support agencies including Victim Services, local Hospitals & Schools and CMHA. David is currently serving as a Detective within the Huron County Crime Unit.

David accepted a position on the AMGH Community Advisory Committee to continue working with the community and to ensure that local residents preserve their high level of services. During 2018 David became the Chairperson for the Community Advisory Committee. David also serves as a Platoon Captain with the Huron County Search and Rescue (HASAR).

Matt Hoy
Matt has been a long time resident of Goderich and area. He is currently the Executive Director of the Maitland Valley Family Health Team. The Maitland Valley Family Health team is the second largest Health Team in the South West Local Heath Integration Network, boasting 15 physicians and a large number of professional health providers to serve the needs of Goderich and area.
Matt has a history of community service with the area, including Chair of the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation during the CT Scan and Digital Imaging Project for Huron County, and Co-Chair of Community Fundraising as a result of the Goderich Tornado.
Matt has previously been the Executive Director of a conservation agency and spent a number of years in the financial industry. He is the proud father of Alexander and Abigale.
He is currently a Municipal Council member for the Town of Goderich and sits on a number of community boards.

Samantha Marsh
Samantha has been a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years. Her current role is Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nurse Executive for Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, which she has held for the past 6 years. Prior to her current position, she held leadership positions at Guelph General Hospital, Homewood Health Centre and McMaster University Hospital, and spent 8 years in Dallas Texas where she began her nursing leadership career. In addition to working as a nursing leader, she has worked with the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Ontario Hospital Association, taught continuing education for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses at Conestoga College, and has published a fictional novel.
Samantha grew up in Guelph and spent ten years in Dallas Texas, after which she and her family moved to Goderich in 2014, and are very happy living in such a wonderful community.
Samantha is proud of her two children and husband. She is also the proud owner of a Saint Bernard and a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier.

Keith Rabidoux
Keith resides in Goderich and has three grown sons. Keith is a Commercial and Agricultural Lender and continues to work two days per week in Sarnia. He adjudicates loans for small business, large syndicated deals and agriculture.
Keith was a Lay reader / Communion Minister for many years at St. Joseph’s Church in Stratford and now performs the same duties at St. Peter’s in Goderich. He is a former Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus in Stratford, and is now involved with the Goderich Knights. He is the President of Huron Standard Condominium Corporation No. 10 in Goderich. Over the years Keith has been involved in various service clubs such as Kinsmen, Optimists and Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.

Health care in the province has been both an interest and a concern for Keith and the AMGH Community Advisory Committee has provided an opportunity to get an understanding of the workings of our system at the local level. Keith believes that maintaining a strong, modern hospital is paramount to the success of the Goderich community. Government budget constraints put our hospital at risk. Goderich and Huron County are not growing (or grow marginally) based on census information. Ontario recorded a 5% population growth since the last census, but that growth did not come from the rural areas of the province. Money is finite; it will go where the demand is greatest and that is not Goderich. We will need to be diligent and fight to ensure we retain the hospital in Goderich. I believe my education and work experience will enable me to make a positive contribution to this effort.

Don Scott
Don resides in Goderich with his wife, Karen Scott, who is a member of the AMGH Hospital Auxiliary and volunteers in the Gift Shop. Don and Karen have two children.
Don is a retired Professional Engineer and has held positions at the Sifto Salt Evaporator Plant, Honeywell-FRAM and Veolia Water.
Don’s volunteer work includes a Board of Director position for the Goderich Community Credit Union, and coaching softball / baseball as our kids were involved. Don joined the Community Advisory Committee with an interest in the operation and workings of the Ontario Health Care system, and currently has the time and opportunity to contribute to the community that he has lived in for over 45 years.

Pamela Somers
Pamela immigrated to Canada in 1966, and has enjoyed life in Huron County since 1989. She has been a director/treasurer with the hospital for 7 years; and enjoys living in this community.
Pam has a background in finance with CIBC as a bank manager for over 25 years and her husband served as a metropolitan police officer for 29 years. They have three children, five grandchildren and two grand dogs!

Stan Z. Spacek
Stan has lived in Goderich for nearly 12 years, moving here from Moose Factory, where, for 2.5 years, he had his first medical practice. He spent his youth in Ottawa, obtained his medical degree there and completed residency in Family Medicine with Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. Stan has been happily married for 17 years, and he is a father of two children.
Stan’s medical practice is comprehensive and includes work at the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Maitland Valley Medical Clinic and the Maitland Manor. He has academic appointments with University of Toronto and Queens’ University as an Assistant Professor. He has been teaching physicians from these universities for over a decade. He has been the President of the Huron County Medical Society and a Delegate representing Huron County at the Ontario Medical Association since 2008. Stan has held numerous administrative positions over the years, currently serving on the Credentialing, and Recruitment and Retention Committees at the Hospital, as well as the President and Board Chair of the Maitland Valley Family Health Team at the Clinic.
Stan volunteered for the Community Advisory Committee as a physician representative.

Stephen Tamming
Stephen resides in Goderich with his wife and children, and is a member of the Goderich Town Council.
Stephen is an appointed member to the AMGH Community Advisory Committee. Source

Bill Vanstone
Bill was born in Goderich Hospital and has resided in the Benmiller area his entire life. He is happily married and the proud father of two grown children. Most of his working years were spent at Edward Fuels as head of the heat/cool department, which he retired from two years ago. He enjoys playing golf and hockey and spending quality time with his family. He has always been very active in his community; coaching baseball when his children were young, serving as a Lions member for 16 years, 20 years as a member of the Colborne Council, acting in all positions and is now a member of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Council. Over the years he has and still does serve on several committees and is proud to have played a part in getting the Benmiller Community Hall up and running. He feels very fortunate to live in such a great community.