Officers and Directors

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

Photo, Name, Position, ProvinceBio
Lorne Aronson
Lorne Aronson

President
Ontario
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
Tanya Schmitt
Treasurer
Ontario
Tanya Schmitt
Tanya Schmitt
Tanya is an accomplished entrepreneur, finance and technology executive and social impact champion with diverse international experience in the travel and wine industries, banking, management consulting and the self-storage industry.

A passion for travel opened her eyes at an early age to the needs of those around the globe, less fortunate than many of us, who lack access to the most basic of human needs, including clean water, education and medical care and supplies. Tanya and her husband Jos's philanthropic giving has been primarily directed at aiding such causes.

Improving the quality of life of ostomates worldwide is a cause that has become important to her, having recently experienced the impact of a loved one living with an ostomy.
SecretaryVacant
Pat Cimmeck
Director
Alberta
Peter Folk
Peter Folk

Director/Webmaster
Saskatchewan
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.
Joel Goldenberg
Director
Quebec
Richard Olley
Director
Ontario
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