FROM THE PUBLISHER – A Change In Leadership For weCHC And The Hospice

On the final deadline day for the production of this edition, some important changes in two community organizations hit my in-box.

The emailed press releases were a perfect fit for our health and wellness editorial coverage, so I just had to get this good news in right at the beginning of the May issue!

First up, the Board of Directors at the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (weCHC) have appointed Nancy Brockenshire as their new Executive Director, commencing May 13, 2024.

This appointment follows a thorough selection process led by the executive recruitment firm Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions, following the announcement late last year of the current Executive Director Rita Taillefer’s upcoming retirement.

Brockenshire is a seasoned healthcare executive with a proven track record of integrating processes, people, and technology to enhance the safety, quality, and accessibility of care for patients. With over 30 years of managerial experience spanning diverse sectors, she brings a unique blend of expertise, including advertising and marketing, lean automotive practices, as well as leadership experiences in hospital and community healthcare settings.

Dr. Justine Taylor, Chair of the Board of Directors states: “Nancy is a respected, visionary, and knowledgeable leader who is committed to delivering accessible, inclusive and collaborative care to the community. Nancy understands the challenges faced by clients accessing healthcare services and is committed to working collaboratively with community partners to develop programs and services to eliminate barriers and challenges in care access. ”

Brockenshire has held the position of the Executive Director of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County since April of 2021 and is the Co-Chair of the Windsor/Essex Ontario Health Team (

Which brings us to the next part of my column . . . letting you know who is taking over for Brockenshire at The Hospice!

In light of her departure, The Hospice Board of Directors announced Katharen Bortolin as the new Executive Director, effective May 10, 2024.

Bortolin is currently the Director of Community Engagement and Advancement at The Hospice, overseeing fundraising, donor relations, and communications, for the organization, a position she has held successfully for the past five years.

She not only brings several years of experience in a leadership role at The Hospice — and previously at the Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program — but she also has a passionate commitment to enhancing local healthcare services and improving patient experiences.

In her spare time, Bortolin also participates in various community boards and committees, including as a Director for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the Windsor International Film Festival.

Rest assured that as part of our integrated healthcare community, weCHC and The Hospice, along with Brockenshire and Bortolin in their respective roles, will continue to collaborate to ensure the well-being and health of our community.