Community Council

A Vital Part of the FLA OHT

The Community Council is founded on these five principles:

  1. People are partners in designing the system they access.
  2. Inclusion and equal access to health services for all.
  3. Perspectives from diverse community members are welcome.
  4. Open to working together in new ways, respecting each other's points of view.
  5. Members respect the confidentiality of information received, presented and discussed during meetings through any form of communication (email, text, telephone, social media, news media, video and sound recording).

Community Council Members

Community Council members have both an advisory role to Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Ontario Health Team (FLA OHT) leadership and a role engaging in early planning and co-design of our OHT work. Community Council members have an equal voice at the table! We count on these members to:

  • keep the experience of the patient at the forefront of all discussions
  • vet organizational expectation against patient experience

Attending monthly meetings, these members provide input and help guide the decisions of the FLA OHT. Members bring their experiences with access to the health-care system and to community supports within the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington region.

community council opportunities

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Meet the Community Council Co-chairs

Dionne Nolan (Zoogipon Ikwe)

Dionne is a long standing member of the Urban Indigenous Community of Katarokwi (a Wendat word that means “where the mud is”, which speaks to the muddy area of the earliest communities on Belle Island).

Dionne is Algonquin from Oka, from a time when this traditional Mohawk territorywas inhabited by Algonquins, Nippissings and the white robes. Dionne has been part of the Katarokwi community for nearly 25 years. As a community auntie to many, she sees equitable and barrier-free health care as imperative to the survival of our youth and our ways of life. She believes in decolonizing current structures to make room for an Indigenous path to wellbeing that is validated and appreciated. Traditional ways of knowing, doing and being ought to be considered as valid as Western medicine.

Currently, Dionne is the Indigenous Navigator at the South East Regional Cancer Program. With the FLA OHT, she is Co-chair of the Community Council and a member of the Transitional Leadership Collaborative and the Indigenous Palliative Care Subgroup.

Allan Katz

Allan lives in Kingston and is the principal of an independent health system planning consultancy, working with the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario as well as small and rural health care agencies in the province. 

Allan has held senior leadership roles at Riverside Health Care; the South East Community Care Access Centre; the Health Care Network of Southeastern Ontario; the Deep River and District Hospital; Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre; and the Muskoka/Parry Sound District Health Councils.

For the FLA OHT, he currently serves as the Community Council Co-chair. He also currently chairs the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario. He has served on the board of Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario and Ontario 211 Services

Patient, Family and Caregiver 

Declaration of Values

The FLA OHT endorses the Ontario Ministry of Health Declaration of Values, which was developed by the Ontario Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Read their Declaration of Values in English or French.

Read their Frequently Asked Questions in English or French.

Four Pillars of Patient & Family-Centered Care

The Community Council incorporates these core concepts of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care:

  1. Dignity and Respect. Health care practitioners listen to and honor patient and family perspectives and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds are incorporated into the planning and delivery of care.
  2. Information Sharing. Health care practitioners communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete and accurate information in order to effectively participate in care and decision-making.
  3. Participation. Patients and families are encouraged and supported in participating in care and decision-making at the level they choose.
  4. Collaboration. Patients, families, health care practitioners, and health care leaders collaborate in policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation; in facility design; in professional education; and in research; as well as in the delivery of care.