Ron Farrell, of North Bay, has been involved in community health care for over 20 years holding a number of significant and senior positions with Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments as well as the private sector. Mr. Farrell holds a Bachelor of Science from Laurentian and McMaster universities. In Yukon he held the position of Deputy Minister/President and CEO of the Worker's Compensation Health and Safety Board. With the Canadian Red Cross he was Director General, Atlantic Zone, National Director of Strategic and Operational Planning and Chief Information Officer. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Order of Nurses of Canada and started a Chapter of CARP for Zoomers centered in North Bay and serving 4000 members from Bracebridge to Kapuskasing. He has been a Rotarian for 31 years, is a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Both distinctions were awarded to him in recognition of his volunteer services.