Meet Our Volunteers

“Community partnerships and a voice for a healthier future”

CHBs are a network of more than 400 volunteers who are making a difference in their community. Learn more about who they are, why they volunteer and how they are making a difference.

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Gail Corkum 

Gail Corkum started volunteering with the Eastern Kings Community Health Board in 2015, bringing enthusiasm and sincerity with her every step of the way.

As a life time vegetable farmer she has produced fresh, healthy food for her local community and city wholesale markets for over 40 years.  Although retirement is on the horizon for Gail, she insists she will continue to farm until "the cows come home".

She chooses to give her time volunteering with the CHB to “learn and spread the information about society's strengths and challenges for a healthy life and community”.  She feels one of the best parts of giving back is meeting the army of volunteers and staff who are committed to making our community healthier.


Deborah (Debi) Anderson

Debi has served on the Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board (CHB) for 2.5 years.  She is a mother of three active girls which have kept her busy with a number of recreation and athletic activities over the years.  Debi enjoys nature which led her and her children to backpack around Europe.  When she is not reading a good book she is helping families at Kids First where she has been working for the last 22 years.

Debi joined the CHB because helping her community fits well with her values and helps her to connect with local resources at her work place.  The best part about being a CHB member is the mix of like-minded people who want to improve the health of their community. Her passion to help others extends to serving as a member of the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition, the Antigonish Food Security Association, the Antigonish Early Years Committee, and the Antigonish and Area Interagency Committee on Family Violence.

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Bill MacKean

Bill MacKean is currently in his third year as the co-chair of the Eastern Kings Community Health Board.  He is retired and lives with his wife in the rural community of Canning/Kingsport.  His employment career spanned forty plus years in the health care sector, first as a respiratory therapist, then as a health care executive.  For Bill, volunteering with the community health board seemed a natural fit because of his diverse health care background.  He says the CHB is a tremendous group of individuals, all with diverse life experiences and personal assets and knowledge.  They have a passion for wanting to see an improvement in the health and wellness of the people in their communities. He feels good about what the CHB does and believes they are making a difference.  

Bill is active in his church, providing whatever assistance is required; from coordinating acquisition/installation of stained glass windows to washing dishes for a community luncheon or singing in a community choir for a fundraising event.  His is also a board member for the local cemetery.  He likes the outdoors and enjoys gardening and horticulture.