2017-2018 Board of Directors

Children's Centre Foundation Thunder Bay is a non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who provides leadership and direction to the Foundation. The Board is composed of diverse community members who bring a range of skills and knowledge to governing the Foundation.

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 in 2016 and currently chairs the Board Development Committee.

Joe Salini

President, Blake Funeral Chapel

Joe sits as the Vice-President 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

Hailey Manchester

Pediatric/NICU Nurse, Lakehead University Professor

“I’ve recently joined the Children’s Centre Foundation Board and am looking forward to working to engage, educate and enrich children’s mental health at the community level. When I’m not nursing or teaching I’m skiing, canoeing or taking my goofy boxer Cruz on hikes. We’re always looking for our next adventure”.

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.


Spencer Smith

Monique Gouthro



Administrative Staff:

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