Officers and Directors

Here is a listing of the current officers and directors of the FOWC.

Photo, Name, Position, Province, EmailBio
Lorne Aronson
Lorne Aronson

President
Ontario
[email protected]
Lorne Aronson had Ostomy surgery in 1988 as a result of ulcerative colitis. The Ostomy was made permanent in 1989. Lorne got involved with the Ostomy community shortly after and joined the local chapter in Toronto of the United Ostomy Association Inc. He served as president for ten years in Toronto and then moved on to the board of directors of the United Ostomy Association Inc. There he served as president and helped to form the United Ostomy Association of Canada in nineteen ninety-seven.
Always concerned about underserved Ostomates in impoverished countries he became a member of Friends of Ostomates Worldwide (Canada) and presently serves as its President
Lorne worked in the investment community as an equity trader both in Montreal and Toronto for forty-three years. He retired in 2011. He has a love for travel. As well he has interests in cars and science.
He resides in the Hamlet of Grafton ON with his wife Louise.
John Molnar
Vice President
Ontario
[email protected]
Rosemary Gaffray
Treasurer
Manitoba
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Lorrie Pismenny
Lorrie Pismenny

Secretary/Membership
Manitoba
[email protected]
In the year 2000, Lorrie joined the ostomy world following surgery for ulcerative colitis and never looked back. In 2001, she started as the secretary of the Winnipeg Ostomy Association (WOA). She became a certified trained visitor and followed that up by taking on the role of Visitor Training Coordinator which she holds to date. She was WOA President from 2005 – 2016. Currently, she is the editor of the WOA’s newsletter the INSIDE/OUT which she took over in 2009.
Lorrie was a regular attendee at Ostomy Canada Society’s (OCS) annual conferences and served on the OCS board as a Director from 2013 to 2016. Wanting to learn more about FOWC she attended their 2013 AGM being held during one of these conferences. As a result, she joined FOWC as a director and became the secretary – a position she holds to this day.
Keeping unused and valuable ostomy supplies out of the landfills by making sure they get to ostomates in developing countries that have little or no access to affordable products is Lorrie’s motivation and passion for being involved in FOWC.
Pat Cimmeck
Director
Alberta
[email protected]
Peter Folk
Peter Folk

Director/Webmaster
Saskatchewan
[email protected]
Peter Folk has been a member of the board of directors of FOWC since 2019, but has been the webmaster for a number of years before that. He is a past president of Ostomy Canada Society as well as sitting on the board for seven years. He has been an active member of the Saskatoon Ostomy Association since his colostomy surgery in 1996, holding various positions such as newsletter editor, webmaster, secretary, and president. He has an active presence on social media.
Les Kehoe
Director
Ontario
[email protected]
Ruth Kenney
Ruth Kenney

Director
Nova Scotia
[email protected]
Ruth Kenney has been an Ileostomate since 1969, RN since 1962.
Together with Bette Yetman started Nova Scotia Ostomy Chapter
President of the chapter in 76, re-entered nursing part-time in 78 and went to Tucson Arizona in Sept. 79 to take a 6-week course in Enterostomal Therapy. Began full-time nursing in January 80; Enterostomal Therapy in 84; retiring in 2001; covering part-time until 2005.
All this time continued to be an active member of the Ostomy Halifax Chapter attending meetings whenever possible.
Became gradually involved with FOWC and for approximately 10 years have been a board member.
Responsible for collecting ostomy supplies and sending them to Toronto regularly.
Jean-Pierre Lapointe
Director
Quebec
[email protected]
Richard Olley
Director
Ontario
[email protected]
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