2018-2019 Board of Directors

Children's Centre Foundation Thunder Bay is a non-profit charitable organization. The volunteer Board of Directors lead and support fundraising initiatives as well as allocate funds to programs, services and special projects at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.

Our current Board of Directors consists of the following volunteers:

Mike Chamberlain

Retired Regional Manager, Drivers and Vehicles, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Mike was elected to the board in 2014 but has been involved in a number of capacities with the Children’s Centre and the Foundation prior to then. Mike was appointed Chair of the Board from 2016 to 2018 and currently chairs the Board Development Committee.

Joe Salini

President, Blake Funeral Chapel

Joe sits as the Chair of the Children’s Centre Foundation Thunder Bay Board; joining in 2008. Joe is a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay and is active in the community. He is the Ontario State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus and an engaged member of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Joe spends his free time at camp, golfing, curling, attending football games and enjoying time with his wife and four grown children.

Anna Pascuzzo

Regional Manager, RBC Financial Planner, Investment and Retirement Planning for Northwest Ontario

“I joined the CCTB Foundation Board in November, 2011 as a Director. I enjoy the fundraising aspect and engaging our community in awareness of the CCTB Foundation”.

Christina Foresto

Sessional Professor - Confederation College, Teacher - Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Christina joined the Foundation board as a Director in 2016. She has enjoyed sharing her passion for advocacy and education to improve awareness of mental health challenges in her hometown of Thunder Bay. Her commitment to improving children's mental health and wellness services will continue to drive her contributions to the Children's Centre Foundation through various fundraising initiatives and engagement opportunities.

Alexa Fares

Program Supervisor – Children, Youth & Events; City of Thunder Bay, Canada Games Complex

Shannon Vezeau

Commercial Account Manager, RBC

Shannon was born and raised in Nipigon, spent a few years in Toronto, and returned back to Thunder Bay 10 years ago. Having spent the majority of her life in Northwestern Ontario, Shannon is passionate about Thunder Bay and the people who choose to live here. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge, compassion and commitment to the Board of Directors for Children’s Centre Foundation Thunder Bay.


Consultant, Elster Productions

Elly has worked full time, on contract and as a consultant in the field of fundraising for several years. She was please to join the Foundation Board as a Director in 2018 to promote and support the many programs and services provided by the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.

Elly also volunteers with the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society, North of Superior Film Association and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Spencer Smith

Realtor, Developer and Contractor

Spencer is a local Realtor, Developer, and Contractor. He is heavily involved in all aspects of Real Estate here in Thunder Bay. He is also a proud husband, and father of two energetic little girls. If Spencer isn’t working, you’ll normally find him spending time with his family, on the golf course, or volunteering his time as a director with the Children’s Centre Foundation.

Monique Gouthro

Monique is a Registered Psychotherapist who works in private practice. She also teaches Psychology at Confederation College. Monique has spent most of her life in Thunder Bay and is deeply committed to the community. She is passionate about children’s mental health and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children in our community and beyond.



Administrative Staff:

      • Diane Walker, CEO Children's Centre Thunder Bay
      • John Friday, Vice-President, Children's Centre Thunder Bay
      • Alana Bencharski, Coordinator