Executive Members


Jane Ling

Pharmacist -NDFHT & Lovell Drugs

Jane Ling is a registered pharmacist having completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the University of Toronto. She is a primary care pharmacist with the North Durham Family Health Team as well as a community pharmacist at Lovell Drugs in the Glazier Medical Centre in Oshawa.

She specializes in smoking cessation having completed several courses and certifications. She is a clinical lecturer in smoking cessation at the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Waterloo. She developed the Smoking Cessation Training Modules for the Ontario Pharmacist Association.

Jane is a founding member and president of CEASE as well as the founding member and president of
Pharmacists for a Smoke Free Canada www.psfcnetwork.com

Vice President – Physicians

Dr. John Stewart

Family Physician – Port Perry

Dr. Stewart graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1972 and followed with a rotating internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London. His first practice experience was as a member of the Emergency Associates of Kitchener-Waterloo providing emergency coverage and in hospital cardiac arrest support. Starting in 1975, he joined the Medical Associates of Port Perry and continues to practice there. In 1994, he was a member of the initial Ontario Anti-Infective Review Panel and from that experience the very successful PAACT project came to be. Since that experience, Dr. Stewart has had a keen interest in how well developed and well formatted guidelines can facilitate physician behaviour by allowing easy transition of knowledge from science to patient care. He was instrumental in developing the “Rural Health Services Program” at Lakeridge Health and served as the first Medical Director of that program – a program that has unfortunately not been continued under new management. He continues to practice family medicine, obstetrics and long term care. He is a Lecturer of Rural Family Practice for the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is the physician representative for the Hospital Foundation in Port Perry. He is a Peer Assessor for the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. His local contributions have been recognized by the Citizen of the Year award in 2008 and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He remains active in numerous advisory groups developing education for physicians, and enjoys teaching and facilitating to professionals and also to the public patient population. He believes that informed patients have improved outcomes and this is particularly true for the very important intervention of smoking cessation. He has been a member of the CEASE group since its inception.

Vice President – Dentistry

Dr. Jack Cottrell

Board of Governors – International College of Dentists

Dr. Jack Cottrell graduated from the University of Toronto in 1975 and is the co-founder of a group practice setup in the town of Port Perry the same year. Operating in Port Perry for over 30 years, the operation has since grown to include six dentists. An active member of the Durham Dental Society, Ontario Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association, and around the community, Dr. Cottrell has contributed greatly to the community and to the profession of dentistry.

Dr. Cottrell served as the chairman of the Scugog Library Building committee, Town Hall “1873”, and the Scugog Recreation Committee, was a Ward Councillor on the Scugog Municipal Council, and has sponsored many minor league sports teams and events.

Dr. Cottrell has also served as President of the Canadian Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association and the Durham Dental Society. Dr. Cottrell has been awarded many honours during his career. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, and the Pierre Fauchard Society. Among the many awards he has received are the Ontario Dental Association Service Award, the Bourassa Award, and the Barnabus Day Award for Distinguished Service.

Most recently Dr. Cottrell has joined forces with the Feed the Children Charity and led the oral health delivery component on a number of medical-dental missions in Central America and Haiti; a volunteer position that allows him to do what he loves to do – give back to the community.

Vice President – Nurses

Claudia Mariano

Nurse Practitioner – Durham West Family Health Team

Claudia is a nurse practitioner with the West Durham Family Health Team in Pickering. Her focus is on chronic disease management, including diabetes and smoking cessation. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario, and acts as a preceptor to nurse practitioner students. She is TEACH certified in smoking cessation.

Vice President – Pharmacy

Shelley McKinney

Director of Pharmacy – Scarborough Hospital

Shelley McKinney is the Pharmacy Director at the Scarborough Hospital. Throughout her career, she has held a number of key pharmacy positions, including Pharmacy Director, Lakeridge Health, Designated Manager, PharmaCentre; and Pharmacy Manager, Women’s College Hospital.

Shelley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Business Administration from York University. Shelley successfully submitted a Joint Application for Lakeridge Health, Rouge Valley Health System and The Scarborough Hospital to the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), Pharmacy Transformation Project. This was one of two joint hospital pharmacy projects selected by the OHA, February 2006, to participate in the Transformation Projects in Ontario.

Shelley is a past president of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Ontario Pharmacists Association. In addition, Shelley McKinney is involved in community activities including a member of the Central East Local Health Integration Network Primary Care Working Group. She continues to serve as a Council Member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Shelley possesses experience in financial oversight, board directorship, communication and public engagement. In addition, she is very engaged as a health care professional and has a particular interest in patient safety.


Donna Andrade

Nurse Practitioner – Belleville and Quinte West CHC

Donna Andrade graduated from University of Toronto with a BSc.N in 1988. She worked at Whitby Mental Health Centre (now Ontario Shores) for 12 years. She completed the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program in 2003. Donna worked as a Nurse Practitioner in The Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation Service before moving into community Primary Care practice from 2006-2008. Currently Donna is a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care at the Belleville and Quinte West CHC. Donna is a certified Canadian Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse and a certified Respiratory Educator.

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Shelley Simic

Nurse – Durham Region Health Department

Leading the way to a healthier Durham.

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