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Central East Stroke Network

Welcome to the Central East Stroke Network

The Central East Stroke Network (CESN) is one of 11 stroke networks in Ontario. We provide leadership and support development, implementation, and integration of stroke best practices across the continuum of care. Our work involves health system-change, stroke best practice implementation, professional education and knowledge translation. Strategic leadership for cardiac, vascular and stroke care in Ontario is provided by CorHealth Ontario


CESN is divided into 5 districts and is part of the Ontario Health Central and Ontario Health East. The Enhanced District Stroke Centre is at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. 

  • Our Vision

    A system of strong partnerships dedicated to creating accessible stroke services for the residents of Central East through evidence-based program delivery, education, and research.

  • Our Mission

    The best stroke care for residents of the Central East Stroke Network.

  • Our Values

    Equity & Comprehensiveness
    Accountability & Integrity
    Transparency & Engagement
    Learning & Performance Improvement
    Leadership & Innovation

  • Donelda Sooley Regional Director
  • Dorothy Burridge Regional Education Coordinator
  • Alda Tee Regional Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Tara Thomas Tarcza   Interim Regional Community and LTC Coordinator
  • Lori Corner Administrative Assistant
  • Jo-anne Marr Chair of the Central East Stroke Network Regional Steering Committee, President & CEO Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Dr. Alyssa Fiddler Regional Medical Director, Central East Stroke Network

The Central East Stroke Network Steering Committee brings stakeholders together for input, decision-making and advice on integration opportunities and performance gaps. It supports implementation of the regional plan for stroke care and achievement of required performance metrics. The Steering Committee works cooperatively with and advises the Regional and District Stroke Centres, Stroke Prevention Clinics, and the Regional Director, CESN.

Membership reflects:

  • • stroke continuum of care
  • • the geography of the region and its diverse communities


Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Regional Director

Donelda Sooley


Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare

District Stroke Coordinator

Amy Gargal

Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge

Peterborough Regional Health Centre

District Stroke Coordinator

Alysia English


Lakeridge Health Oshawa

District Stroke Coordinator

Amy Maebrae-Waller


Mackenzie Health

District Stroke Coordinator

Stefanie Richards

Regional Stroke Networks in Ontario

Looking for local community resources? Please visit the links below for more information:

Central East Line
Central Health Line
NSM Health Line