Keeping our children, youth and adults with type 1 diabetes healthy until a cure is found.

Non-profit organizations rely on strong leadership to drive change and achieve their mission. The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre is led by a volunteer board of directors - comprised of a diverse group with varied expertise - who provide leadership and guide the organization on behalf of its membership.

Serge Babin

Serge has been on the Board since 2006, and has been Chair since 2012. He decided to get involved when his son was diagnosed in 2005. “I have experienced first hand the tremendous work and support that the staff provides to patients and their families and wanted to ensure others can benefit like we did!” Over the last 5 years, Serge has helped build a succession plan for the Centre’s Leadership, facilitated the creation of the 2019-2024 5-year strategic plan and is currently leading the launch of a new building campaign. Serge was a senior executive in the telecom Industry for over 25 years prior to his semi-retirement in 2014. He is now the Managing Partner/Founder of LPSB Consulting Inc., providing consulting services to several companies in the Canadian Telecoms/Media and Technology Industry. Serge holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business (Queen's University) and an Honours degree of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto. He and his wife, Josée, enjoy donating their time to various charities in the community when they are not travelling; as well as spending time with their grandson and golden retriever Macy.

Andrew McDonald

Andrew is the owner/operator of Lakeside Marine Services, a full-service mobile boat repair/maintenance firm operating throughout the GTA, since 2010. He is a graduate of Seneca College’s Business program, as well as Georgian College’s Marine Mechanic program. Andrew has worked in the marine industry since 2004 as a captain, shipwright, designer, marine mechanic and marine electrician. When not working, he writes the Ask Andrew column for Canadian Yachting Onboard (a bi-weekly online newsletter).  Andrew has actively volunteered on not-for-profit boards in education, healthcare and the marine Industry since 2004. In addition to his volunteer service with the Best Centre, he currently serves as the Rear Commodore (operations) at the Whitby Yacht Club. In his spare time, Andrew is a runner and age-group triathlete - completing his first half-marathon in 2019. He is the father of two boys, and enjoys keeping up with their activities and interests. 

Michael Grass

Mike has been an active and dedicated supporter and volunteer for The Centre since 1989, when it was founded by his mother. He is a longstanding member on the Board of Directors. Mike possesses a deep belief in the mission of The Centre and brings to the Board his knowledge and skills in business operations with over 20 years of corporate management experience. Mike is a proud recipient of The Best Centre’s Marjorie Davies Volunteer Award and can often be found maintaining the landscaping and property of our Centre with care, passion and pride.

Natalia Vandervoort
Carol Stevenson

Carol joined the Centre’s Board in 2016, following her son’s diagnosis at the age of eight.  She is a Senior Organizational Development Specialist at Scarborough Health Network and brings over 15 years experience in training, leadership development, employee relations, change management and organizational effectiveness.  As the Chair of the Best Centre’s Human Resources Committee, Carol collaborates on policies, tools and programs to support the Centre’s staff and achievement of the Centre’s strategic plan. Carol holds a Bachelor of Education degree from University of New Brunswick, completed graduate studies at Carleton University and received her Honours degree from University of Ottawa.  She has also pursued human resources studies at Durham College and leadership studies at MIT.  “When I speak with type 1 parents and patients from throughout Canada and the States, I’m consistently reminded that the Best Centre is unique and special.  I give of my time and knowledge because I’m grateful for the care my son receives and am comforted that he will continue to receive care at the Centre throughout his teenage years and into adulthood.”

Alan Curry

Alan has been on the Board since 2015; prior to this he was on the Board of Camp Quality Canada for 5 years. He was the Chief Operating Officer at HSBC Financial, before his retirement. He now does consulting work for major banks. Alan and his wife Susan have four grandchildren and enjoy golf, travel and keeping fit! Interestingly, Alan holds a karate brown belt. The Best Centre is of particular relevance to Alan as his granddaughter was diagnosed when she was only 18 months old.

Colum Savage

Colum has 15 years of experience in retail banking for one of Canada’s major banks. Recently, he has been involved in the design and implementation of several large change management initiatives across the country. Colum holds a BSc Honours degree in Pure & Applied Mathematics from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has been a Director on our Board since 2018. His connection to the Best Centre is his son Liam who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2013. Colum knows first-hand the invaluable support provided to patients at the Best Centre, which inspired him to get more involved as a way to help sustain this same level of care for many other families. Colum is an avid soccer fan and can regularly be seen around the soccer fields in Whitby coaching his son’s team. He and his wife, Shannon, have two wonderful children, Liam and Sophie, who keep their parents busy trying to keep up with their synchronized swimming, hockey and soccer schedules!

Ian Robertson
Chair, Facilities Committee

Natalia Vandervoort joined as of December 2020. Natalia lives in Toronto and has spent her career thus far as a litigation lawyer practicing primarily in the area of securities/commercial litigation. She has recently completed her Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School. Natalia is excited to contribute to The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre in a meaningful way and help fulfill the board's mission. She and her husband have two busy toddlers who provide endless entertainment.

Dr. Ian Blumer
Medical Advisor - Adults
Dr. Valerie Lewis
Medical Advisor - Paediatric
Marlene Grass, RN
Lorrie Hagen, MHSc, RD
Executive Director

© 2019 by The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre

Photos courtesy of Jesseka Melanie Photography

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