Mr. Bob Borden


As a resident of Orangeville since 1974, Bob 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.

Dr. Priya Akula


Priya practices family medicine out of Grand Valley and Orangeville as well as provides hospital-based care. She loves working with the DAFHT team and Alzheimer’s Society First Links co-ordinator through the role of Memory Clinic Lead. Priya claims to have no life outside of her two children and she loves her new role of a hockey obsessed parent, along with karaoke!

Dr. Charlie Joyce


Charlie moved to Orangeville in 2014 to complete his final year of medical training and became a family physician in Orangeville in 2015. Charlie also provides palliative care to patients in hospital and in the community and became the lead physician with the Highlands Family Health Organization in 2019. Charlie enjoys curling, golf, cycling, hiking, going to local festivals and farmer’s markets and maintaining his vegetable garden.

Dr. Cathy Candusso


Cathy is a family physician with the Orangeville Family Medical Centre.

Dr. Jamie Van der Ham


Jamie has been a family physician in Orangeville since 2018. He moved to Orangeville after completing his medical schooling in Scotland, followed by residency training in Toronto. He and his wife Rachel have 2 young children. Jamie enjoys cycling and hiking; and he is now almost as good as his 5 year old daughter at skating. 

Dr. Mercedes Rodriguez

Board Chair

Mercedes lives in Orangeville where she works as a family doctor. She has a keen interest in palliative care and health care development. She is the current Physician Lead at Highlands Health Network and the VP of the General Medical Staff at HHCC. For her, frontline providers and patients are the best team to guide changes in health care.

Ms. Jan Irwin


Jan has lived in north Dufferin since 1972. She worked in the education system, and volunteered in the special abilities and senior care sectors for the County and province.  She and her husband have raised a family of three on their home farm where she enjoys gardening, literature, fitness and music.