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Strategic Direction

Board of Directors

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Heather Martin


I am passionate about senior care and as C.E.O. am compelled to create the conditions for excellent and sustainable long-term care in our home.  This belief enables and empowers the leaders and teams to continue providing high quality care and quality of life.  Working together, we can implement the necessary changes to care for our aging population, for today and tomorrow.  We seek diverse and unique opportunities to grow our knowledge and broaden our thinking to support our dynamic homes.


Nell Vrolyk

Board Chair

Nell Vrolyk is a retired Registered Nurse with 45+ years of experience at all levels and across many sectors of healthcare.Nell was born and raised in Sarnia, left as a newly graduated RN to work in northern Canada and many remote, semi remote and rural locations over her 45 years of work.Much of this was working with First Nations communities in both front line and administrative positions.Upon retiring in 2016 Nell moved back to Sarnia and has taken up a new career of volunteering.

Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller

Vice Chair

Nathan was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, where he returned to practice law after attending law school. After honing his skills at a well-known real estate firm, he left to start his own practice. When Nathan is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ryanne, and their children, Matthew and Sophie. He enjoys spending his time playing hockey, golf, or tennis. He is currently a board member for Vision 74 Inc, Wellington Ridge Not for Profit Developments, and the Lambton Law Association.

Cheryl Hellinga

Cheryl Hellinga


Cheryl Hellinga is a resident of Sarnia and works at a refinery in the area.  As a board member at Vision 74, she is interested in the oversight and learning opportunities the board provides about its operations.  She is a regular volunteer in other non-profits, and values giving back to the community.


Matthew Smit


Matt has been part of the vision board since 2018.   He was worked in the banking industry for more than 17 years.   He lives in Sarnia with his wife and two children.

Jarod DeGroot

Jarod DeGroot

My name is Jarod, I was born and raised in Sarnia. My family has a long history of serving on the board of Vision Nursing home which I am very proud to continue. I have worked as a nurse since 2017 and in that time have learned the importance of maintaining dignity throughout one’s life. I am excited to be serving on a board for a nursing home that shares those same values.


Derek Hoogland

Derek Hoogland brings a diverse perspective to the Vision 74 Board with experience in small business, board governance, non-profit executive leadership and development. Derek is the owner of Big Lake Manufacturing, LTD and lives in Sarnia with his wife and two children.


Rachel Houston

Rachel Houston recently joined the Vision 74 Board in June of 2023. She comes with knowledge and experience with Vision having worked for the company in the past as a summer student in the Human Resources Department. Rachel currently works as an Associate & Labour Relations Advisor for GoodLife Fitness. Rachel lives in Petrolia with her husband and little girl and is expecting a little boy in November 2023.

Carolyn Van Reenen

Carolyn Van Reenen

I’m Carolyn Van ReenenI grew up in Sarnia, married in Sarnia and together we raised our family here.I truly appreciate how Vision is an integral part of this community.  As needs change, Vision has its focus on caring not only for the elderly at Vision, but also for the vulnerable citizens around us.I had a great career as an RN with Bluewater Health for 20 years.  The wisdom and knowledge I acquired directs me as I advocate for ongoing improvements at Vision and in our community.

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Gordon Simmons

Is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has a Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. He has over forty years of experience in health care having set up the pastoral care program at Clinton Public General Hospital and being part of the on call team at Bluewater Health. He was a board member and chair of Sarnia V.I.P. and led the amalgamation with Lambton Elderly Outreach. He was the chair and board treasurer of L.E.O., serving on that board for 11 years from 2007-20018 He was elected to the Sarnia-Lambton CCAC board in 2002, and then received a Government in Council 3 year appointment in 2003. He was a board member, then the board chair of the Sarnia- Lambton board. In 2004, he was elected for a 3 year term to the provincial board to represent south western Ontario and re-elected in 2007 for a 3year term. He received 2 more 3 year appointments to the Erie St. Clair CCAC. During this time he was elected vice-chair of the Erie St. Clair CCAC and board treasurer. He retired from the board in 2015. He has been involved with Vision since
1987 and was elected to the board in 2016.

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