Become the
at Dufferin Area Family Health Team!

We need your help to:

  • Represent patients to provide feedback and ideas for initiatives that enhance services.
  • Work together to advance patient-centred care.
  • Create a venue for communication between patients and their health care team.

This may be an opportunity for you!
We are recruiting for our Patient Advisory Council. The Council advises and makes recommendations on matters that impact all patients of the Dufferin Area Family Health Team.

Your commitment:

  • Attend three evening meetings per year (at minimum)
  • Be a voice for families and patients
  • Enhance patient experiences

Join Us!

If you are interested in joining please call 519-938-8802 ext. 314

Application Form

You can also click here for the application form which can be printed and faxed to the DAFHT.

Meet Our PAC!

Our PAC is comprised of patients and Dufferin Area Family Health Team staff and providers.

Bob Borden

Bob has been a resident of Orangeville since 1974 therefore is well acquainted with the community. A retired Principal and former school trustee, Bob spends his volunteer time with the Optimist Club, Westminster United Church, and the Dufferin Area Family Health Team. Bob has also played a huge role in representing the patients, caregivers and families in our community through his work with the Hills of Headwaters Ontario Health Team, and more specifically, the Community Wellness Council – the patient voice of the Dufferin-Caledon community.

Seth Koplowitz

Seth is a mental health therapist with the Dufferin Area Family Health Team, who has worked in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. Seth is well versed in addressing a range of mental health issues, and has a particular interest in anxiety related topics, including working to help others develop a better understanding of how to regulate and cope with anxiety and worry challenges. In his personal time, Seth enjoys camping, backpacking, and is an avid photographer.

Ravinder Banait

Ravinder has been living and working in the Orangeville area for over 20 years. She is quite passionate about education. She believes having patients involved in their own health care is the ultimate goal. If we can make patient experience better and meet their needs, then their health improves. She is involved in the Patient Advisory Committee to help strengthen the collaboration and improve healthcare so we can leave a better healthcare system for the next generation.

Charlene Gould

Charlene has been a Registered nurse for over 30 years with a wide range of work experience including hospital (Labour and Delivery), intensive care, occupational health and now for the past 8 years Primary Care with the DAFHT. Charlene has experience in the healthcare system as a provider, patient and caregiver. She is truly passionate about patients receiving compassionate and quality care at each and every encounter within the healthcare system.

Marcia Werkhoven

Marcia has worked for DAFHT as the Administrative Team Lead for the past five years and has been Secretary of the Patient Advisory Council for the past two years. Marcia likes helping people and has enjoyed being involved in the PAC in order to help make patient care better for everyone.

Heidi Vanderhorst

Heidi has lived in Dufferin County for the past 23 years and has worked in the community’s health care system for the past 14 years. She is the Program Manager at the DAFHT and co-leads the Hills of Headwaters Ontario Health Team’s Community Wellness Council. She is a strong advocate for ensuring that the patient’s voice is heard and represented in the community.

Liz Luce

Liz has been a member of the health care community in Dufferin since moving from the big city to Orangeville in 1996 and has never looked back!  After eleven years providing outpatient nutrition counselling at the Headwaters Health Care Centre, she was fortunate enough to become part of a new community-based diabetes program in Shelburne, which is now part of DAFHT.  She has learned a great deal from the patients she works with and enjoys supporting them in their journey with diabetes. As a member of the  DAFHT Patient Advisory Committee, she hopes to advocate for those patients, as well as provide feedback as an allied health team member.

Cathy Hasz

Cathy grew up in Caledon, moved to Dufferin County over 34 years ago and is currently residing in Amaranth. Cathy has three children whom all attended schools within Dufferin County and is now blessed with three grandchildren. Cathy is a retired Brampton Fire Communications Co-ordinator and now volunteers with Wheels of Hope. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and crafting.