Along with being a Director on the Board of the Centre of Excellence, Ray is the Director of Veterans Services, Dominion Command, at the Royal Canadian Legion. On a daily basis as the Director, Veterans Services for the Legion, he assists Veterans and their families with disability applications to Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) or represents them to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB). He sees many musculoskeletal claims and chronic pain, so he was extremely interested in the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence (CPCOE) to learn more about chronic pain strategies in Canada in order to provide our Veterans with the best care possible no matter where they live in this country. When asked what the Centre of Excellence means to him, he says it represents a first-class facility that will identify and promote new approaches, models and best practices in pain care for Veterans. He is looking forward to working with his fellow Board Directors on the governance, strategic direction and accountability of the CPCOE along with promoting the awareness of the Centre of Excellence.
Ray served for over 33 years in the Canadian Forces Regular and Reserve Force as an Administration Clerk, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2010. He joined Veterans Services in 2011 and he is very passionate about advocating on behalf of Veterans and their families. Currently, Ray is also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, and is a member of VAC Ministerial Advisory Committees on Policy and Families.
An avid golfer, Ray resides in Orleans, Ontario, with his wife, Sherri, also a Veteran. They have two daughters, Sarah and Jennifer, who also reside in Orleans.