Health PEI Board Members
Derek Key, of Summerside, is a senior partner and lawyer at Key Murray Law. In his more than 30 years of experience in legal practice, Derek has earned multiple professional accreditations and awards. Among the most recent, Derek was included in the 2019 Best Lawyers in Canada directory in the practice areas of Corporate Law and Real Estate Law.
Board Member / Chair of Community Health Engagement Committee – Eastern Region
Helen Flynn is a Registered Nurse (retired) who also holds a Masters Degree in Adult Education. In Health, she has held leadership roles in corrections, addictions, corporate services (health) and retired as Manager of Health Programs at Holland College. Since then, she has been self- employed doing contract work for a number of organizations.
Helen has been a board member with Heart and Stroke PEI and Canada for many years, serving two terms as Provincial President. She represented registered nurses in PEI on the Board of the Canadian Nurses Association while serving as Provincial President for the Association of Nurse of PEI. She has held leadership positions with AIDS PEI and Pat and The Elephant.
In 2012, Helen was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Distinguished Service Award from Heart and Stoke Canada.
She and her husband Donnie have two adult children both of whom have a health background; as well as twin grandsons whom Helen is quite involved.
Board Member / Chair of Community Health Engagement Committee – Western Region
Colleen Parker is the Executive Director of Enriched Residential Care Concepts at Phillips Residence, Community Care Facility in Alberton. Previously, she worked for 17 years at Kids West Inc. as Coordinator of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program and Family Services Coordinator. Prior to that, Colleen worked for 15 years for the Department of Health and Social Services.
Colleen is a graduate of UPEI. She has extensive multi-sector experience having served on many local, provincial and national committees and boards. Colleen served as a Trustee with the English Language School Board and served on the UPEI Alumni Board of Directors and UPEI Senate.
Colleen is a wife and mother, and resides in Mill River East. She has one daughter, two stepsons and three delightful grandchildren. She is keenly interested in the Health Care System and how we can encourage the citizens of PEI to approach wellness from an early age. She is Chair of the Western Community Health Engagement Committee and is looking forward to serving on the Health PEI Board of Directors.
Dr. Kathleen MacMillan is a graduate of the Toronto East General Hospital School of Nursing (diploma) and the University of Toronto (BSc, 1980; MA, 1983; MSc, 1992; PhD, 2005). Her professional experience includes nursing practice, administration, research, education and health policy. She has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing; received a Centennial Achievement Award from the Canadian Nurses Association in 2008; was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2017 and a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Nursing in 2020.
Dr. MacMillan was the first Provincial Chief Nursing Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (1999-2001) and Executive Director, Office of Nursing Services for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada (2001-2004). Prior to her appointment to Dalhousie University, she was Dean at the School of Health Sciences at Humber College in Toronto. Now retired, she holds adjunct appointments at the School of Nursing and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University and at UPEI.
Randy is a Senior Executive Leader with over 25 years of experience in the Health Industry. He has expertise in Strategic Planning; Human Resources; Team Integration and Culture; Business Development and Branding-Marketing; Purchasing; Business Acquisition and Transactions; Contracts and Negotiations;, and Implementation of Business Systems including design, Audit/Control Systems and Customer Feedback.
Starting his own practice over 28 years ago, Randy’s career has progressed to owning multiple businesses in health care and private enterprise. Most recently he was the first Director of the Fortius Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute, a $65M facility with over 90 sport medicine physicians, therapists, and sports science staff.
He has taught practice management and clinical leadership for over 25 years at the university and post graduate level and has served on multiple health care related Board of Directors.
Randy is now a consultant in clinic management, and teaches clinical leadership and professional development at the post graduate level throughout Canada. He continues to see a small clinical caseload of sports physiotherapy clients. He is also an examiner for the Physiotherapy Specialty Certification Board of Canada.
Randy graduated from Dalhousie University in 1988, and has worked in various locations throughout Canada, returning to PEI to be closer to his family in 2016. He is married and has three children in Atlantic Canada and 3 grandkids who keep him grounded and passionate about the future.
Andrea Slysz is currently a member of the South Shore Health and Wellness Inc., working to facilitate quality health care locally for the South Shore communities of PEI.
As an R.N., Andrea has had many diverse opportunities of employment. These include working as a nurse at the IWK Children’s Hospital, being a clinical instructor and learning manager for the Holland College Practical Nursing Program, a clinical instructor for the UPEI School of Nursing, and a primary care nurse with a family practise for many years.
Andrea describes leading medical teams with her husband to Haiti as being one of the highlights of her nursing career. Third year students from the UPEI School of Nursing have been able to gain an international community health experience by joining their teams to Haiti.
Andrea was born in Halifax, N.S. and graduated from Dalhousie Nursing School in May 1988. She moved to PEI with her husband, Dr. Garth Slysz in 1990 and they have three grown children and one granddaughter. They enjoyed raising their family in Charlottetown, PEI and currently reside in Victoria By the Sea, Prince Edward Island.
Dr. Richard Wedge
Dr. Richard Wedge is a Family Physician who has worked extensively in the PEI Health system as a Family Physician, the Medical Director for PEI and as CEO for Health PEI until his retirement in 2016. He is currently studying Sustainable Island Communities in the Master of Island Studies program at UPEI.
Dr Wedge has served as President of the Medical Society of PEI and has been a Board member of the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), and HealthcareCAN.
He is married to Maureen and has two grown children. He remains very interested in team based care quality improvement in healthcare. He looks forward to serving on the Board of Health PEI.