Senior Executive Team

 Heather Lee, President and CEO

Appointed to the Board of Directors as President & CEO, Heather has been with Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre since August, 2012, holding the roles of Director of Patient Care, Vice President Health Services & Chief Nursing Executive, and now President and Chief Executive Officer. Heather has been a Registered Nurse since graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College’s Diploma Nursing Program in 1987. Since that time, she has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. 

Heather is also a graduate of the 2008 Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management where she furthered her knowledge specific to being a leader in today’s health care environment. Heather was nominated for a 2017 Premier’s Award for outstanding Ontario College Graduates.

Heather is dedicated to the provision of high quality, culturally safe care for all residents in SLMHC’s catchment area. Her passion for individualized care that is patient and family focused, integration and innovation align well with the organizations journey to Excellence Every Time.

Douglas Semple, First Nations Advisor to the Board and CEO

Douglas is a member of the Kasabonika Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario but currently lives in Thunder Bay Ontario.

Douglas Semple was on founding senior management group of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre as Vice-President of Corporate Services and Communications.  He has also held the position of CEO for the organization for a time and continues to be involved with SLMHC as senior advisor to the Board and the CEO.

In other areas of his career focus, Douglas is widely recognized for his collaborative approach in bringing together landmark agreements between First Nations, private industry, and federal and provincial governments.  In these diverse interest environments, he has always been able to keep the integrity of the First Nations interests while finding ways to craft successful working relationships.

Douglas is the winner of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Emile Nakogee Award for Leadership and the OHA’s Small, Rural and Northern Award of Excellence in 2007.

Dr. Barbara Russell-Mahoney, Chief of Staff

Dr. Russell-Mahoney is a respected physician who is certified in family medicine. She possesses a wide range of skills and knowledge that will contribute to the success of SLMHC’s Mission, Vision and Values. Having practiced in northern First Nations communities and the municipality of Sioux Lookout over the span of two decades, she has extensive knowledge of the north.

Dr. Russell-Mahoney has been involved in practice leadership positions, gaining an understanding and experience in collaborative models of governance and management. She has also been involved in sustaining physician services within the Sioux Lookout region and in hospital leadership as the prior President of the Medical Staff and Associate Chief of Staff.

Dean Osmond, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Dean arrived in Sioux Lookout May 1991, and worked for the General hospital. Since then, he has seen numerous changes and advancements in health care in the Sioux Lookout region. Dean has held leadership positions within the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, including charge nurse, coordinator and manager.

Dean has participated on local, regional and provincial health care committees. He has worked collaboratively with external partners. Dean brings a wealth of knowledge of health services, experience in program planning and development, and a long history of labour relations to the corporate services.

In 2014, Dean completed the advanced health leadership program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and completed his Bachelor of Nursing through Athabasca University in November 2017.

As Executive VP and COO at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre and with a strong background as a Registered Nurse, Dean provides strong leadership to both corporate and health service divisions. His excellent interpersonal and communications skills, coupled with the ability to motivate and mentor others, provide opportunity to influence change where necessary. He also provides liaison between SLMHC and community/regional partners within the Sioux Lookout Zone.

Reporting to the CEO, Dean provides leadership to corporate and health services. He has engaged in performance focused service while assisting in the implementation of LEAN methodology. His regional networking and strong labour relations experience assists in ongoing development in this role.

He maintains his registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a registered nurse, and membership with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Samantha Brooks, RN, Director of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Executive

Samantha grew up in a small town in southwestern Quebec, one hour from Montreal.  She graduated in Nursing in 2004 and relocated to work in Ottawa at that time.

Three years into working on a general surgery and trauma unit, her and her husband made the decision to move to Sioux Lookout.  Upon arriving in Sioux Lookout, the announcement of the new hospital build occurred, which solidified their decision to make Sioux Lookout their home.

Samantha has held a variety of positions since 2007 as home care nurse, Discharge Planner, Patient Care Manager, and now Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive.

She is dedicated to the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre and the communities it serves, and strives to provide excellence every time.