At Medavie, we believe in good grant-making.

As part of our transparent and thorough review process, in 2014 we introduced a Community Council made up of employees from Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services.

These colleagues are active in their communities and understand the importance – and impact – of supporting community-based programs that make a difference in people’s lives. They’re committed to our review process and to supporting our mission of funding programs that act as catalysts for healthy change. Many of them have been touched in some way by our three core health causes - mental health, post-traumatic stress and type 2 diabetes.

To us, not only are they reviewers of grants, they’re also Medavie ambassadors. Please meet the members of our Community Council.

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Alain Beauregard, Team Leader, Member Claims, Medavie Blue Cross

Alain joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2012, having worked in the group benefits industry for over 10 years. Alain started his career in pension and group benefits plan administration where he successfully led teams across various service delivery operations. He strongly believes in advocating for the less fortunate and strives to give back to the community at every opportunity. As an example, in 2012, he raised money for the Quebec Society for Disabled Children Foundation by rappelling down the McGill College building in downtown Montreal dressed as a super hero. Alain has a passion for running and enjoys spending time outdoors.

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Sapphire Dholakia, Provider Networks Specialist, Provider Affairs, Medavie Blue Cross

Having joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2011, Sapphire has over 20 years’ experience in group benefits. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, a post-graduate diploma in Advertising & Public Relations, and a Group Benefits Associate designation. Sapphire is a mentor to youth and adults looking for help navigating through challenging times, she believes that education is the catalyst needed to pull families and communities out of the cycle of poverty, and that one act of kindness can change the world. Having lived in three countries, Sapphire loves to travel and meet people from around the world.

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Lisa Guild, Account Executive, Brokerage Sales, Medavie Blue Cross

Lisa joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2008. During this time she has had many opportunities to represent the organization and has witnessed the effects of Foundation-funded programs in the community. Lisa is a three-time consecutive co-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and was committee member for an additional three years. Over this period, her community of Windsor raised over $350,000 for this important cause.

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Corey Lounsbury, Corporate Account Executive, Medavie Blue Cross

Corey joined Medavie Blue Cross in 2008. He spent almost nine years leading the Claims and Customer Service Department before transitioning into Corporate Accounts. For Corey, being a member of the Council and positively impacting the communities where we work and live is a special privilege. When not at work, Corey can be found coaching youth sports and spending time with his wife Cathy and son Preston.

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Clark Maldaner, Paramedic Shift Supervisor, Medavie Health Services West

Clark began working with Guardian Ambulance in 1992 as an Emergency Vehicle Operator. I that time, he has worked towards receiving his Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedic program certifications before taking on the role of Shift Supervisor in 2008. Clark has been recognized for his work, having received the Alberta Emergency Services Medal in 2004, the Fire Services Exemplary Services Medal in 2011, and the Emergency Medical Services Medal in 2017.

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Tara Vasil, Advanced Care Paramedic, Island Ems

A graduate of the Primary Care Paramedicine program at the Maritime School of Paramedicine and the Advanced Care Paramedicine certification program at Holland Collage, Tara joined Island EMS in 2013. She is a leading advocate for first responder mental health with certifications in Road to Mental Readiness, Critical Incident Stress Management and Applied Suicide Intervention Training. Tara volunteers on the Island EMS PEER Support team and serves as the Eastern Representative for the Paramedic Association of PE (PAPEI). She is also the co-coordinator of the PAPEI Paramedic Symposium and Lead Coordinator of the Breaking Barriers: First Responder Mental Health Symposium. In 2017, Tara was voted by her peers as the PAPEI Paramedic of the Year.

Our Mission is to Improve the Wellbeing of Canadians.

Medavie is a health company that oversees Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. Together, we’re bringing Canadians better health and access to care.