I have been a proud resident of Stone Mills for 14 years, living on a lovely rural property near Yarker with my wife, Shari, two horses, one cat and three dogs. We have a blended family of six adult children, all pursuing their own successful careers.
We moved to Stone Mills when I was engaged as joint Vice -President for the three Kingston Hospitals in 2008. Now, semi-retired, I continue to be active professionally as a hospital, municipal and emergency management consultant. I am also a Professor at St Lawrence College responsible for three courses in their health administration graduate program.
I grew up with a physician father and grandfather who both inspired my passion to serve and make a difference. Realizing I couldn’t dissect a frog, let alone a human, I knew that being a physician was not in the cards. So, I initially focused on environmental sciences in university.
Upon graduation with a B.Sc., I discovered the field of hospital administration and decided that would be my path. Following completion of a Master of Health Science, I began my career 1982 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Sunnybrook was a tremendous experience where I was able to take a lead role in implementing numerous initiatives including the Anne Johnson Community Health Centre and Toronto’s Regional Geriatric Program.
I joined North York General in 1990 as Vice – President where I was responsible for numerous portfolios including clinical programs and human resources. Key accomplishments included a major facility expansion project that doubled the size of the Hospital.
Prior to coming to Kingston, I was CEO the Mattawa General Hospital, a small hospital in Northern Ontario. My major accomplishment there was implementing the complete replacement of the hospital on a greenfield site.
As joint Vice-President for the Kingston Hospitals I was responsible for initial planning approvals for both the Providence Care and KGH redevelopment projects.
Before coming to Stone Mills, we lived in the small town community of Nobelton in King Township. Like other rural communities in Ontario, King Township is served by a volunteer fire department. I had the privilege of joining in 2001. When we moved in 2008 to Stone Mills, continued to serve with the Stone Mills fire department at the Yarker station. As I approached 65, it was time to resign from active duty but I continue to serve as a consultant with seven fire masterplan/service delivery reviews now completed.
The common theme in my professional journey is an ability to make things better and get things done. That is why I’m now seeking your support to represent Hastings, Lennox and Addington as your Member of Provincial Parliament.
There is so much to do, and I sincerely believe I have the drive, skills, and knowledge to work with you, represent you, and help bring about positive change to make our world a better place.
We need to turn the page and build a brighter future for Ontario. We need to fight to strengthen our health care system, fix long term care, deliver quality education, grow our economy, and protect our environment for generations to come. Ted Darby