OSCR's Board of Directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise, ranging from executive business leadership to financial management to healthcare backgrounds. We are committed to our mission: "client-focused services that enrich the lives of seniors by promoting wellness, independence and social interaction.". The role of the Board of Directors is to oversee, provide advice on and govern the strategic direction and priorities of OSCR. OSCR's Board members are appointed to a three (3) year term, and subject to re-election, are able to participate for a maximum of two (2) terms (maximum of six (6) years in total). Board members attend quarterly meetings of the Board, sit on committees, and participate in events and fundraising activities benefiting the clients of OSCR.
Meet the 2016-2017 OSCR Board of Directors
Des Armstrong (Chair)
Des has worked in the healthcare field since 2003 as a Director of a podiatry company in the United Kingdom (UK). The organization opened its first Canadian office in 2015. Prior to this he worked in the travel industry for 11 years, primarily in Operations Management roles. Des is also a qualified reflexologist, registered in Canada and the UK. He is also a Professional member of the Canadian Institute of Marketing. Des’ past volunteer experience includes serving as a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) for the County of Surrey in the United Kingdom from 2007 – 2012 and in Canada on the Boards of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine as a Board Member and as Chair of the Friends of Oakville Library. Des joined the OSCR Board in June 2014 and became Chair of the Board of Directors and President of the Corporation in June 2016.
Nisha Walibhai (Vice-Chair)
Nisha Walibhai is a healthcare leader with strategy development and quality leadership experiences in community hospitals, academic settings, and home health environment. Nisha is currently leading the system improvement portfolio at Critical Care Services Ontario, with a particular focus on improving patient and family experiences, and advancing high reliability organizing approaches. Prior to that she led the quality and performance improvement portfolio in a community hospital with a particular focus on cross-organizational partnership to improve care and quality.
Nisha is a compassionate improvement leader who believes in improving and sustaining quality and performance through respectful engagement and humanistic partnerships at the individual, team, and cross-organizational levels. Nisha also serves as the President of RNAO Halton Chapter, and lives with her partner and two daughters in north Burlington. Nisha holds a BScN degree from McMaster University, MHSc-HA degree from University of Toronto, and a coaching diploma from Newfield at Boulder Colorado.
Jamie Plain (Past Chair)
Jaime Plain has a strong passion for the well-being of senior citizens in our community. She has an undergraduate degree specializing in Gerontology and a background in working in management in the non-profit senior's housing sector. She also has experience in sales and has always been dedicated to the senior's community and community development. Jaime’s past volunteer experience includes serving on the Boards of the Halton-Peel Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA), TRICO Centre (Calgary) and MDLCA Community Association (Calgary). Jaime joined the OSCR Board in October 2010.
Lana is the Executive Director of Victim Services of Peel and has over 12 years of experience in leading not-for-profit agencies in the human/social service sector. Her educational background includes Corporate Communications, Fundraising Management, Conflict Management and Senior Leadership & Management in the not-for-profit sector. Lana is a Board Member of Victoria Park Community Homes, a private non-profit housing corporation, and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Brampton. She has been an active volunteer in many ways for over 22 years including serving on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Halton Foundation and the Milton District Hospital Foundation. Lana joined the OSCR Board in June 2016.
Paul recently joined the OSCR Board of Directors and is currently working in the security field as a Corporate Investigator. Prior to that, he spent almost 6 years as an International Law Enforcement Advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan under contract with the United States government. A graduate of the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Paul served in the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security from 2000 – 2007.
Paul is also a military veteran who saw service in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, retiring in 2000 after 20 years in the Armed Forces.
A resident of Oakville where he lives with his wife and daughter, he is a member of the local Canadian Legion and the Knights of Columbus where he sits on the Executive Board.
Fahmy Nizar is a management consultant with over thirty years of experience on over 100 assignments concerning a wide variety of management, financial, auditing and information technology projects. He specializes in management, financial governance (SOX 404, Bill 198, and Basel III), IFRS and information technology consulting. Fahmy's background includes ICD, MBA and Certified Management Consultant.
Connie E. Wighton, CPA, CGA
Connie Wighton is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of varied financial, operational and business development experience, working with small and medium sized enterprises, both private and public. Connie has worked in various senior positions serving Financial Institutions across Ontario. Her previous roles included CFO, Business Analyst, Investment Specialist and Value Creation.
In addition to holding her CPA, Connie is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), has completed the Professional Financial Planning Program (PFP), Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Investment Funds in Canada (IFC), Branch Compliance Officer’s Course and has been Lean White Belt certified. Connie is well known for her professionalism, commitment to excellence, and plays an active role in her community.