Donald Sturge is a retired educator in the central region, having held positions as a teacher, system guidance counsellor, and high school principal. Mr. Sturge has extensive experience in education, health, human resources, environment, social and child services issues. He has served on several community and regional not-for-profit boards, as well as in various capacities as a community volunteer. He is a strong advocate of both community and health system engagement and greatly values the views of individuals, families and health care workers. Before being appointed as Board Chair, Mr. Sturge chaired the Board Performance and Improvement Committee, which provided oversight for Patient Safety. Mr. Sturge serves as a Patient Partner, on the national health advisory committee for eConsult - a web based, primary-care-provider platform system which gives patients timely access to specialist care services. He also serves on the Provincial working group for eConsult. Mr. Sturge holds Undergraduate degrees from Memorial University and a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling/Education from the University of Ottawa.