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Anthony Rota Photo

About Anthony Rota:


A veteran MP, Anthony was elected to a fifth term by the people of Nipissing–Timiskaming in the most recent federal election.

Shortly after, he was selected by his colleagues as Speaker of the House of Commons for the 43rd Parliament, a first for an Italian Canadian and for the riding.

In April 2020, he was appointed as Chair of a special committee conducting hearing to examine the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic in what became a historic step toward hybrid proceedings – that is allowing MPs to participate in person or virtually.

During the previous term, Anthony held the role of Assistant Deputy Speaker.

He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, and returned in 2006, 2008, 2015 and 2019. His No. 1 priority as a parliamentarian is to advocate for the people and communities of this riding, help them navigate federal government programs and services, and make Nipissing-Timiskaming even stronger. Anthony has served on various parliamentary committees and subcommittees such as: industry, science and technology; national defence; veterans’ affairs; and environment and sustainable development. He was chair of the national Liberal caucus from 2007-2011.

From 2011-2015, Anthony was director of government relations and a sessional lecturer at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ont.

Before entering federal politics, he worked for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. He was also an entrepreneur in the financial and real estate sectors. He was president of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and went on to become a North Bay city councillor from 1994-1997, during which time he was chair of planning and economic development. Anthony holds a master’s degree in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in political science and a diploma in finance. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

He is grateful to his wife, Chantal, and daughter, Samantha, who make all things possible.

Tamara Dube Photo

tamaradubeconsulting@gmail.com

Tamara Dube, PhotoVoice Facilitator, first started her career as a Registered Practical Nurse in a small rural hospital in 1990.  During this time, she was caring for family and friends as her patients, this experience reminds her to have empathy and compassion in all that she does, that every patient is somebody’s somebody, and every person she comes in contact with has a story she needs to hear. For the past 30 years, Tamara’s passion for the patient and family experience has led her on a journey to ensure that the voice of the individuals and their families are heard.  Tamara received her training in photovoice facilitation from the best, PhotoVoice.ORG, London England in 2010. She took this training back to North Bay and began to tell the stories through the power of a picture. Tamara Believes the job of any good leader is to make the invisible; visible and photoVOICE does just that. Through photography individuals who’s voices often go unheard, can tell a story that impacts viewers empathetically to help bring about positive change.

Randi Ray Photo

Randi Ray n’dizhinikaaz. Flying Post miinwa Red Rock miinwa, N’swakamok n’doonjibaa. Randi Ray is an Anishinaabe from Flying Post First Nation. Randi is the evaluator for The Villiage Collective Impact Project at Canadore College. Randi is a PhD(c) and is a people-centred leader who is passionate about using others' gifts to bring about change. The work she does is deeply rooted, as she is the best friend and daughter of a 26 year consecutively elected First Nations Chief, gaining the perspective, experience and zaagin (love) required to not only serve one’s community or organization, but, at the same time, improve it - together.                                  

Over the past decade, Randi has had leading roles in education and health organizations and has supported both non-Indigenous First Nations organizations as a consultant in education, health, business development, research, and community development. Randi has a strong commitment to continue to work towards improving overall social determinants of health for First Nations people, and is grounded by her partner, Chris, and 7-year-old who inspires her passion for helping others find their version of minobiimadziwin (goodlife).

Hariett Madigan Photo

Owner – Women10 Living Fit Inside Out
hariettmadigan5@gmail.com

Hariett Madigan has lived in North Bay since 1981, is married to Lee Madigan, mother of 3 wonderful adult children and grandmother to 9 amazing grandchildren.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree (philosophy/psychology) from Nipissing University in 1984.   She also obtained a Horticultural Certificate from Guelph University, Master Gardener program.

She was employed by Near North District School Board as an educator and coordinator of Specialty, Skills and Interest courses until 1996. 

Hariett is the facilitator/owner of Living Fit Senior Women’s ClubS, operating in North Bay since 1996 to present.   A values-based women’s club dedicated to personal growth and well-being, the club provides opportunities for women over fifty to experience and to practice mind, body, spirit active-living within an intentionally caring and supportive environment, a gossip free, complaint free, criticism free practice.

Her volunteer service has been focused on developing projects and tools that help to promote and build strong, healthy, beautiful, and prosperous communities.

She co-founded and is actively involved in many volunteer community projects including the North Bay Heritage Gardeners, Communities in Bloom (2000 to 2005) Community Waterfront Friends, Community Waterfront Park, The Waterfront Pergola project, Trees 4 Nipissing, Heritage North Bay, recently retired from the Honorary Colonels’ program, 22 Wing, and founder and current chair of Clean  Green Beautiful North Bay.

She has been honoured to receive several awards and appointments for her contributions to community:

  • Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club – Nipissing
  • Queen’s Jubilee medal, 2002
  • Community Builders Award – Northgate Square 2003
  • Community Builders Award – Northgate Square 2001
  • Dorothy Walford Award – NBMCA 2002
  • Queen’s Jubilee medal, 2012
  • Kiwanis Citizen of the Year, 2012
  • Order of Merit-North Bay Davedi Club, 2013
  • Honorary Colonel, 21 Squadron, 22 Wing North Bay, 2016 to June 2020
  • Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award 2020 – Nipissing University, 2020

        “We all have an unlimited capacity for caring, compassion, and positive social connection.  When we manifest these values in the presence of each other, it not only makes us better human beings, it makes the world a better place.”  Hariett Madigan

        Wendy Carew Photo

        Population Health Lead/Responsable, Santé de la population
        North East Local Health Integration Network / Réseau local d'intégration des services de santé du Nord-Est
        wendy.carew@lhins.on.ca

        Wendy Carew has over 30 years’ experience facilitating community based strategies in northern Ontario.  She worked for 20 years as a senior director within the public health system in Ontario. Her areas of expertise include:  community engagement, research, evaluation, policy development, quality improvement and communication.  She currently works at the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) in system and strategy planning as the Population Health Lead.   Wendy’s focus is integrating population health approaches across the region in partnership with both the health and non-health sectors.  She is the regional coordinator for Stay on Your Feet, a healthy aging strategy focused on keeping older adults healthy, active and living independently.  Their website:  www.stayonyourfeet.ca.

        George Burton Photo

        George Burton is currently serving his second term as President and CEO of Canadore College.
        During Burton’s presidency, innovation at Canadore College has thrived. The College has created the opportunities for industry and academia to collaborate and succeed, including the Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production; Non-Destructive Testing Centre; Integrative Media Centre; Post Production at Canadore; and The Village - the only model of its kind in Canada, focused on collaborative interprofessional education and the integration of Indigenous, Eastern and Western healing and wellness practices.

        Prior to his renewed appointment at Canadore, Burton served as Vice-President, Enrolment Management and Student Services at Loyalist College. While at Loyalist, he also assumed the role of Vice-President, Academic, in addition to his core business portfolios, and acted as the Executive Director of the Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre. Burton spent six years at George Brown College as Registrar and Director of Management and Student Information Services. Above and beyond his extensive experience in the Ontario college system, Burton also has an established background in the private sector, having held senior management assignments at Canada Trust Financial Services and Telmar HMS Ltd.

        Community engagement, volunteer work and lifelong learning are all extremely important to Burton. He carries out a great deal of committee work and is a member of the Committee of Presidents, Colleges Ontario; Chair, Board of Directors, College Employer Council; Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario College Application Service (OCAS); Board of Directors, Contact North/Contact Nord; President, Board of Directors, Invest North Bay Development Corporation; and past president, Board of Directors, Ontario Colleges Library Service. He is a committee member to the Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION).
        Burton holds a Recreation Leisure diploma from Canadore College, has received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Superior State University, and a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University.

        Project Team Bios

        Micheline McWhirter Photo

        Micheline McWhirter is the Project Manager for The Village Collective Impact Project at Canadore College. She has over two decades of experience in Quality Management and Lean Process Improvement in the Education, Healthcare and Private sectors.  Micheline is an influential leader that is relatable and honest with a reputation and passion to positively influence the experience of customers, clients, or patients. Micheline is a graduate of Nipissing University and holds numerous certifications including Creative Problem Solving, creating a Lean Management System, and Change Management. She has lived in North Bay most of her life and enjoys spending time with her husband, their children, and grandchildren.  Micheline has dedicated her work for the Village Collective Impact Project to her father, Louis Demers. At the end of his life, he had dementia and remained at home with his love and support of his wife of fifty years until his passing in February 2021.  It is her hope to positively influence the experience of seniors living in our region.

        Kelsey Lecappelain Photo

        Kelsey Lecappelain is the Senior Inclusion Lead for The Village Collective Impact Project. She has an established background in geriatrics, starting her career in Long Term Care, and spending 6 years managing seniors focused programing at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Additionally, she has worked in the part-time Activation Techniques in Gerontology program at Canadore College, completing subject matter expert work and instructing courses. Kelsey recently moved back to her hometown of North Bay to raise her family. She enjoys volunteering, engaging in outdoor activities, and has a talent for restoring vintage camping trailers! Kelsey has a personal passion for improving the lives of people in communities and believes massively in the power of local groups to enact positive change.

        Josee St Jean Photo

        Josee St-Jean is a mother of 4 and has 3 granddaughters.  After working in nursing for over a decade, Josée chose to pursue a second career in the field of social services. She has a passion in helping people to achieve optimal mental health. As a keen advocate for mental health, Josée strives to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness.  As a nurse, she has worked in community settings and has witnessed firsthand the effects of social isolation amongst seniors. She has joined the team at The Village as a student and is currently working on putting together a Senior’s community service resource book.

        Andrea Covil Photo

        My name is Andrea Covil and I am the Community Connector for The Village Collective Impact Project at Canadore College. I recently graduated from the Social Service Worker program in December at Canadore College. I did my student placement with The Village Cares Impact Project and it has further ignited my passion to support vulnerable populations of people. I am a former graduate of Nipissing University where I earned my Bachelor of Art in psychology. My interest is mental health, and I am currently a student working towards a diploma in The Mental Health and Addictions accelerated program at Canadore College. I am from Cochrane Ontario but have lived in beautiful North Bay now for many years. I love this city, the people, and the community. I have worked in North Bay at People for Equal Partnership (PEP) and I volunteer at the men's shelter in my hometown whenever I visit. My hobbies include, gardening, spending time with my dogs and my friends and family when I can but school and furthering my education is my focus at the moment. Once I graduate from the Mental Health and Addictions Program, my goal is to obtain a Bachelor of Social Work (BWS) or a Master of Social Work

        (MSW). I love working with and supporting people of all age groups, but The Village Collective Impact Project has touched my heart in so many ways. It has been a pleasure to have such a positive impact on the lives of our local Seniors and I am grateful to be a part of such a passionate team of people all working together on such an amazing community project. 

        Mike Sawyer Photo

        Hello, Boujour, Aanin,

        My name is Mike Sawyer, I was born and raised in North Bay/Nipissing First Nation. I have dedicated my life to working with Indigenous Education in all facets with supporting programs/students.  I’ve been working for 20 years in First Nation Band Governance and Administration at all levels from Federal, Provincial and First Nation Grassroots. Although I work for Canadore College, I’m also currently elected Leader with Nipissing First Nation Chief & Council for our Nation. I chair two committees Housing and Citizenship Committees that deal with complex issues, work plans and initiatives for our community. When I’m not working, I’m a huge sports fan, mainly Hockey and Baseball. I’m a huge Toronto fan, Blue Jays, Raptors and Leafs (Booooo I know). Being raised on the land and outdoors I enjoy being outside during the summer months, winter not as much anymore. I am an Only Child, I’m married to my lovely wife Monique Sawyer of 12 years and she also is a huge baseball fan, on and off the field. I am a social person with a positive attitude, so I glad to be a part of this great project and team to better serve our community.

        Tige Collins Photo

        Hello there! I’m a student at Canadore College and I’m in the final semester of the Culinary Management Program. I got involved with the Village through student employment opportunities in the summer of 2020 where I helped with the Senior DISCO HUB, jointly ran by the YMCA. The HUB was a programed to provide 1-on-1 mentorship to seniors regarding technology use, strategies and troubleshooting. After the summer’s end I was offered a contract position with the Village to help support the management team with data collection, document control and database development.

        I am a father of 3 and a former Health and Safety professional specializing in surface and underground mining and am also a former paramedic where I served the communities of the Thunder Bay region for 10 years prior to the transition into the Health and Safety field.

        Madison Finney Photo

        Madison Finney is our Senior Centre Without Walls Coordinator.  She graduated from Canadore College in 2020 from the Recreation Therapy program.  Since graduating from college, she has gained experience in the rec field in both long-term care and the retirement community settings.  Madison is all about making Senior Centre Without Walls a positive uplifting space for seniors in our community to go and have a group of their own.  In her spare time Madison loves the outdoors, camping, hiking, and snowboarding in the winter!  Her pride and joy is her dog Myla, anyone who has seen a newsletter from SCWW has probably seen Myla. Madison looks forward to growing this program to help reach and positively impact as many seniors in the region as possible.

        Randy Ray Photo

        Randi Ray n’dizhinikaaz. Flying Post miinwa Red Rock miinwa, N’swakamok n’doonjibaa. Randi Ray is an Anishinaabe from Flying Post First Nation. Randi is the evaluator for The Villiage Collective Impact Project at Canadore College. Randi is a PhD(c) and is a people-centred leader who is passionate about using others' gifts to bring about change. The work she does is deeply rooted, as she is the best friend and daughter of a 26 year consecutively elected First Nations Chief, gaining the perspective, experience and zaagin (love) required to not only serve one’s community or organization, but, at the same time, improve it - together.                                  

        Over the past decade, Randi has had leading roles in education and health organizations and has supported both non-Indigenous First Nations organizations as a consultant in education, health, business development, research, and community development. Randi has a strong commitment to continue to work towards improving overall social determinants of health for First Nations people, and is grounded by her partner, Chris, and 7-year-old who inspires her passion for helping others find their version of minobiimadziwin (goodlife).

        Wendy Degagne Photo

        Provides research assistance and support to the Project Manager of the Village Collective Impact Project and is a Professor in IT Project Management and Healthcare Administration at Canadore College.  She has several years’ experience in project management, quality, process and continuous improvement, LEAN management systems, creative problem solving, information technology, corporate healthcare administration, government services and post-secondary education.  Wendy is from North Bay and has a wide network of colleagues in the community through healthcare partnerships, board governance and volunteering.  The village project is important to her as it is the groundwork to create positive connections with seniors and youth in our community and creates a base for future opportunities to further improve the lives of seniors across Canada.

        Kylie Degagne Photo

        Kylie is a volunteer and provides research assistance and support to the Project Manager of the Village Collective Impact Project.  Kylie is bilingual, a graduate of Scollard Hall Secondary School and she has a background in pre-Health, business and office administration, software, social media,  creative problem solving and design, customer service and government services.  Kylie is from North Bay and has a connection to youth through several different social media platforms and a wide social media following as an influencer.  The Village Impact Project is important to Kylie because she experiences the impact of having seniors and youth connecting through inclusion as they have positive information to share and learn from each other in various ways; this project is opening the doors to the communication and connections being established and made stronger.

        Panelist Bios

        Suzanne Louiseize Photo

        Suzanne is excited to be part of the Seniors’ Summit.  Canadore College is very close to her heart as it provided her with a wonderful career for over 25 years.  Suzanne was a professor with the School of Law and Justice from which she retired in 2012.  It’s nice to be back!

        Upon her retirement she joined a variety of classes through the West Nipissing Community Health Centre in Sturgeon Falls.  It became her home away from home.  One thing led to another and she became a volunteer in a variety of its programs including yoga, a knitting circle and a sewing group.  Our knitting and sewing groups knit and sew for approximately 14 local charities.  We provide mainly items of warmth including blankets, pajamas, shawls, mitts, socks etc.

        Suzanne enjoys her role with the Red Scarf Project and acts as a liaison with the North Bay AIDS Association.  Her latest project is a group called Friends of the Beach where folks have gotten together to clean and restore a former local beach on the upper Sturgeon River.

        She loves the outdoors and enjoys snowshoeing, skating, paddle boating, kayaking, cycling and hiking. 

        Suzanne and her spouse have been married 45 years and one of their greatest pleasures is visiting their daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons in the Port Perry area.

        Leslie Price Photo

        Program Coordinator for East Parry Sound Community Support Services
        lprice@eastholme.ca

         

        Since 2002, Leslie Price has been the Program Coordinator for East Parry Sound Community Support Services.  In her time working in CSS, she has seen what a difference services such as volunteer transportation can make in the lives of seniors and those living with disabilities, and it has become her mission to ensure this service continues to thrive.

        Leslie whole-heartedly believes that without volunteer drivers, people living in rural areas would have no way of getting to their very much-needed medical appointments.  Therefore, it is imperative that volunteer transportation continue for the clients’ sake, and it’s equally as important to show these volunteers just how invaluable they truly are. 

        Outside of work, Leslie is a yoga teacher and enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescued coonhounds. 

        Carol Wood Photo

        After enjoying a 30-year career at Canadore I retired in 2017.

        Prior to retirement, my sister and I shared many responsibilities in the caring of our parents. My mother had Alzheimer's disease and passed in 2015 while my father passed one year later.

        One year following my retirement my husband, who is several years my senior, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

        I'm grateful that I am retired as we navigate, sometimes strongly, other times clumsily, this very tricky and ever-changing road.

        I see my role on this committee as that of the voice of a caregiver. With my parents and now my husband, I have learned a great deal, but I also know, "every day is a school day" as I continue to learn as much as I can.

        Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

        Bonnie Bolger Photo

        During my professional career, (43 years), was employed as a Registered Practical Nurse. Forty of those years we spent working in Long-Term Care facilities in Temiskaming Shores and in North Bay. A large portion my career found me serving residents in the Alzheimer Wing.

        Over my career, I added certification: CAWC – Wound Care; PIECES – Assessment & Certification; and RAI AND MDS Certification.

        I am currently providing support for my 94-year-old mother who is in a Long-term care setting as well as being a support to an 86-year-old, who is a long-time family friend.

        Since my retirement, I have enjoyed be a part of the “Heritage Gardiners “; joining in the various activities of the “Living Fit” women’s group; spending time at our cottage in summer; and enjoying the many hiking/snowshoeing trails in the North Bay Area.

        I love cooking for and spending time with my two children and their spouses, along with our four grandchildren.  Yoga, Zumba and exercise help to occupy my time as well.

        Hoss Notarkesh Photo

        Hoss Notarkesh is a Tony Robbins certified life strategist; Hoss coaching passion has fostered through his 17 years of working in healthcare Leadership and more recent years as Senior Executive Director of long-term care community. His Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Master of Business has provided him with academic proficiency to help many individuals through their professional and personal journey to achieve their full potential by understanding the true meaning of life and living fully every day. Hoss' unique leadership coaching style by leveraging six human needs has helped businesses and entrepreneurs to build strong and meaningful workplace culture. As a presenter, Hoss has the ability to electrify his audience by delivering authentic rhetoric insights on Leadership and Personal Mastery that captivates the minds to elevated consciousness.

        Douglas Bolger Photo

        douglasbolger@icloud.com

        My life has been spent in the Education Field. I was a Principal (24 yr.), served as Curriculum and Professional Development Officer, (DSBO); a Professor at Nipissing University (full-time and part-time) for 19 years; instructing: B.Ed. Program, M.Ed. Program and Arts & Science Faculty. 

        Since retirement, I have been a proud member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTOERO). I am particularly proud of its commitment to the senior community citizens across Canada. I have served on the RTO District 43 Nipissing Executive: (10+ years) and currently serve as the District President.

        I am also a Board Member, (founding Chairperson), of “Third Age Nipissing”, an organization seeking to reduce Social Isolation by providing on-going learning and social interaction for seniors in our community.

        I am an avid hockey fan, working games for the Battalion and both the Nipissing Laker teams (Ladies’ and Men’s), as well as playing “Old Timers” hockey (when not in Covid Lockdown) three to four times a week.  That activity has been replaced with walking, snowshoeing an average of 5k a day! Spring, Summer and Fall will find me touring on my Spyder motorcycle and spending time at our cottage.

        Luke Guy Photo

        Luke Guy is a Social Service Worker student at Canadore College, who is in his final semester of his program. He is attending Nipissing University in the fall and looking to achieveing his BA in Social Work. Luke is very passionate about Human Rights, Life Equality and Fairness to all people of any age. Luke has chosen this Career Path to help those in need, through support, encouragement, positive reinforcement, and to help youth.

        Meg Ramore Photo

        Safer Spaces Program Coordinator | North Bay region
        MegR@SaferSpaces.ca
        SaferSpaces.ca

         

        Meg Ramore (she/her) is a Safer Spaces facilitator in North Bay and area, supporting her community create safer spaces for 2S-LGBTQ+ folx. Meg is a queer woman, born and raised in Northern Ontario. She is an experienced facilitator and has a passion for leading discussions to support our shared process of unlearning and relearning. Before joining the Safer Spaces team, she spent nine years in the settlement/immigration sector, creating programming to build safer and welcoming spaces for Newcomers to Canada. Combining professional social justice development with her lived experience, Meg structures her work through an intersectional feminist framework that values lived experience. She believes that those doing this work must not only recognize how the systems we work in often reinforce barriers to inclusion, but also must actively work to dismantle these barriers.

        Pamela Simpson Photo

        Pamela K. Simpson, BScPhm, RPh has been the Pharmacy Manager at Robinson’s Pharmasave in North Bay for 15 years.  Throughout this time, she has effectively worked in partnership with the NELHIN to provide various daily homecare services to surrounding communities as far north as Kirkland Land and as far south as Huntsville.  This has her specializing in Palliative Care and Wound Care Services.  Alongside this partnership, she has sat on various multi-professional committees both locally and provincially.  Although prided on being a family-style pharmacy, Robinson’s also specializes in a wide range of other areas, including advanced home healthcare services to meet the needs of surrounding communities.

        Pamela is passionate about education and conducts various presentations on a wide range of topics including Diabetes, Nutrition, Mental Health, Heart and Lung Health, Breast Feeding, Literacy, Drug Interactions and Palliative Care.  Her audiences have ranged from the general public to other health care professionals and also from local to provincial to national levels.  She is a strong advocate for expanding care capacity whether it is directly or through information sharing in collaboration.

        Lyne Way White Photo

        efgac1@gmail.com
        705-477-5344

         

        Lyne Way-White (Bellavance) is retired since 2010 from the Ministry of Community and Social Services after a 28-year career working in social assistance. Lyne has been involved on the board of a senior’s club for the past 12 years, she has held positions on other boards such CMHA Nipissing, the Heritage Railroad and Carrousel. She promotes active and healthy lifestyle for seniors. Lyne is a graduate of Canadore College, she holds training certification from Langevin Learning Services and the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Lyne has lived on the west coast, Ottawa and Toronto, she returned to North Bay area over 20 years ago and enjoys life with her husband, 5 children and 16 grandchildren. Lyne enjoys her work with fellow seniors as it keeps her skills current and continues her lifelong goal of teaching and training others.

        Mike Sawyer Photo

        Hello, Boujour, Aanin,

        My name is Mike Sawyer, I was born and raised in North Bay/Nipissing First Nation. I have dedicated my life to working with Indigenous Education in all facets with supporting programs/students.  I’ve been working for 20 years in First Nation Band Governance and Administration at all levels from Federal, Provincial and First Nation Grassroots. Although I work for Canadore College, I’m also currently elected Leader with Nipissing First Nation Chief & Council for our Nation. I chair two committees Housing and Citizenship Committees that deal with complex issues, work plans and initiatives for our community. When I’m not working, I’m a huge sports fan, mainly Hockey and Baseball. I’m a huge Toronto fan, Blue Jays, Raptors and Leafs (Booooo I know). Being raised on the land and outdoors I enjoy being outside during the summer months, winter not as much anymore. I am an Only Child, I’m married to my lovely wife Monique Sawyer of 12 years and she also is a huge baseball fan, on and off the field. I am a social person with a positive attitude, so I glad to be a part of this great project and team to better serve our community.

        Nicole Beattie Photo

        YMCA of Northeastern Ontario | Association Services
        VP Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications
        nicole.beattie@ymcaneo.ca

        Nicole Beattie is the Vice President, Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications for the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario.  Nicole has held various roles in the non-profit sector and recreation over the last twenty- five years in municipal centres, college recreation facilities and three separate YMCA’s across the province.   Nicole is a driven and strategic leader and brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the projects she leads.  She has chaired regional, provincial and national health and wellness program initiatives and conferences and is committed to continuous growth and learning.   She is actively involved in the community and a busy mom of two wonderful children.  When she is not working or volunteering, Nicole can be found enjoying activity in all seasons on beautiful Trout Lake with her family.  It is her desire to contribute to healthy communities.

        Ashley Di Benedetto Photo

        Ashley Di Benedetto (pronouns: She/Her/Hers) is the New Horizons for 2S-LGBTQ+ older Adults Program Coordinator at The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area. She has over 15 years of experience working within the mental health and addiction sectors. Ashley is a pansexual, cis-gendered woman with a passion to advocate for client’s rights, delivering programming that is accessible and creating a safe space for all people within the 2S-LGBTQ+ community to be their true and authentic selves.  Ashley is a graduate of Nipissing University and has many certifications in mental health and crisis management. She has lived in North Bay, ON her whole life and is a passionate performing vocalist and percussionist. She is a Mom of soon-to-be two children and enjoys spending time outdoors exploring the beautiful landscape North Bay offers. Ashley has dedicated her work to bettering the mental health and well-being of members from youth to adults in the community and hopes to positively impact the experiences of all members of the 2S-LGBTQ+ community in our region.

        Charlie Hancock Photo

        Charlie Hancock is a Social Service Worker Program student currently completing his work placement with the Village Collective Impact Project supporting Seniors in our community.

        Charlie is described as honest and truthful with a caring nature. He has a love of sports.

        Monica Bretzlaff Photo

        NBRHC - Behavioural Supports Ontario (Provincial & North East)
        Senior’s Mental Health Integrated Service
        Senior’s Mental Health- Regional Consultation Service
        Monica.Bretzlaff@nbrhc.on.ca

        Monica has a long-standing passion & devotion to the field of Geriatric Mental Health & Specialized Dementia Care with a keen focus on system integration & progressive change improvement. Her academic background includes Psychology, Gerontology, Recreational and Behavioural Therapy.  She has held various roles throughout her past 19 years with North Bay Regional Health Centre; most recently as Manager for Senior’s Mental Health Regional Consultation Services, North East Behavioural Supports Ontario and Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating Office. Monica is an active advocate in fostering person-family partnered care practices across the province and has contributed to several research initiatives, publications and inter-collaborative innovations.  Monica enjoys spending quality time with family, friends and her beloved animals.

        Lisa McCool Philbin Photo

        Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Science
        lisa.mccool-philbin@canadorecollege.ca

        Lisa has been with Canadore College since 2007 where she has held a number of portfolios in Health, Human Services, Social Sciences, Community Justice, Recreation and Leisure and the Academic Lead for the Village.  She is a trained social worker and has also worked in southern Ontario in the fields of long term care, mental health, family health and forensics. Lisa also had a private practice here in North Bay where she serviced a number of school boards and industry in administering their employee and family assistance programs.   Lisa also is a member of a number of committees including the newly formed Ontario Health Team, the Right Place of Care and the Northeast Specialized Geriatric Care Committee.