Patti and Gord Ley, Co-chairs


The Leys bring extensive, volunteer community experience to the campaign. They have contributed extensively to their community, both as a couple, and as individuals. Together they co-chaired the fundraising committee for the $30-million Cobourg Community Centre Campaign and also formerly served as co-chairs for the Northumberland United Way Campaign. They are founding members, along with two other couples, of the Northumberland Breakers Volleyball Club.

Gord Ley

GORD LEY, Co-chair

A trusted investment advisor since 1986, Gord Ley is an active and contributing member of his community with a diverse and long-standing volunteer portfolio as a Rotarian and fundraiser. He has served on boards for the Northumberland Health Care Foundation and YMCA, and as a past Chair and Founding member of the Cobourg Hospital Foundation – predecessor of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.

Patti Ley

PATTI LEY, Co-chair

Past president of the Northumberland United Way board and past member of the Cobourg Public Library Board, Patti Ley most recently chaired the Fund Development Committee as a board director with the Canadian Mental Health Association HKPR, representing Northumberland. Patti is a nurse at Northumberland Hills Hospital.

Trish Baird

TRISH BAIRD, (Ex-Officio) CCN, Executive Director

The Executive Director of Community Care Northumberland for 22 years, Trish has worked and volunteered in the health and social service sector for the past 30 years, serving on the board of directors for the Campbellford Memorial Hospital and as a councilor for the Municipality of Campbellford/Seymour for five years. She has been an active volunteer with the Community Mental Health Centre, the Venture Van Board, and Beehive Daycare. Trish lives in the Town of Campbellford with her husband Ian where they raised their two sons.

Petra Becker


A life-long resident of Port Hope, Petra has a history of volunteering with various organizations including the BAA and the Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise where she sits on the board of directors and has been a member for 15 years. She is also a board member for the Port Hope Health Care Foundation and The Friends of Wesleyville Village. Petra owns and operates Acme Electric (Port Hope) Ltd. with her brother Thomas and lives with her partner Edward and their dogs, MaryJane and Daisy. Her daughters, Sarah and Brittany, currently attend Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

Jennifer Darrell


Jennifer’s strong and passionate interest in hospice care developed as a result of her caring for both her father and husband so they could live the last weeks of their lives in the comfort and privacy of their homes. She is an active volunteer in fundraising and local organizations such as Victoria Hall and SONG. Jennifer retired to Northumberland County 23 years ago after a career in community planning and municipal affairs with the Ontario government and she currently resides in Cobourg.

Sherry Gibson


A dedicated member of the team with Community Care Northumberland for 26 years, Sherry has worked in administrative and supervisory roles in finance, programming and volunteer development. During her tenure, she has seen the agency grow in capacity and leadership and has a deep respect for the volunteers who have enabled the success of the organization. Sherry enjoys meeting new people across Northumberland County and is excited to be assisting with this project.

Lynn Hardy


An Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities, Lynn served on the Hospice Northumberland Lakeshore board for six years, three of those as president. She has volunteered extensively as a Rotarian; for the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation; Victoria Hall; the Cobourg Library Foundation; the Vintage Film Festival; the Sandcastle Foundation; and Clay Elliot Foundation.

Lynda Kay

LYNDA KAY, Campaign Director

Lynda retired in June 2017 after 28 years as the CEO of Northumberland United Way. Past President of the Rotary Club of Cobourg and the Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce, she helped to establish the Town of Cobourg Civic Awards alongside Patti Ley. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Northumberland Hills Hospital. Lynda has been involved in numerous campaigns within the community. She has been a resident of Cobourg for almost 35 five years.

Nancy Oliver


Nancy has resided in Cobourg with her husband and three children for 30 years. She recently retired from teaching after 28 years with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, 17 of which were at the Burnham Public School in Cobourg. She has volunteered with several community organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in Cobourg, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northumberland, and more recently, at various schools in Cobourg.

Stewart Richardson

STEWART RICHARDSON, Chair, Building Committee

Stewart is a life-long resident of Northumberland County, married and has three children. Stewart is a small business owner and is active in local Community based organizations including the YMCA , NBDAC, Cobourg Cycling Club and NHC’s “Bike Up” event. Stewart feels very strongly about the need for a Hospice in our Community and has been actively working towards that goal.

Sharron Wharram-Spry


A chartered accountant since 1993, Sharron has served as a board director for the Cobourg Chamber of Commerce, the Cobourg Library, the Marie Dressler Foundation; and the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation. Currently a member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg, she was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity involved in the acquisition of the Alexandria Drive development; and she was as a member of the Cobourg Community Centre fundraising committee. Sharron was born and raised in Cobourg.

Sharron Wharram-Spry

JACLYN WEST, Campaign Associate

As a new mother of twins, Jaclyn left her corporate career at Rogers Inc., to start one closer to home for her young family. After many years of volunteering for various community organizations including Northumberland United Way, Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, Northumberland Services for Women and Rebound Youth Services Northumberland Jaclyn is excited to be part of such a community driven project.

Photo Credits: Peg McCarthy

Stewart Richardson, Chair
Trish Baird
Leslie Benson
Sherry Gibson
Ian Lancaster
Cheryl McFarlane
Ross Quigley
Art Seymour

The Northumberland Hospice Care Centre project, is professionally supported by:

BARRY BRYAN ASSOCIATES, Architects & Project Manager

Honouring the journey

Our aim is to give people the best possible day – however they may define it. To help a dying person live fully, right up to the end...it is a sacred time, and really the ultimate gift.

– GORD and PATTI LEY, Co-chairs, Honouring the Journey Campaign