Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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St. Joseph's Care Group

About St. Joseph's Care Group

Board of Directors

Governance of St. Joseph's Care Group is provided by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. Board Members hail from various backgrounds of expertise and represent the interests of the communities St. Joseph's Care Group serves.

The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing and implementing the organization's mission, vision, values and strategic plan. They monitor and evaluate plans, programs and standards to ensure that they meet strategic priorities, goals and policies, and approve appropriate resources to achieve these objectives.


Officers and Board of Directors for 2023-2024

St. Joseph's Care Group Board of Directors welcomes the presence of the community to its monthly Board Meetings. It is hoped that by doing so we can better serve community needs as well as keep the public informed.

The intention of these open Board Meetings is to promote an understanding of the role of St. Joseph's Care Group in the community and to emphasize the responsibilities of the Board in its decision-making process.

As sponsors, employees, directors, volunteers and medical staff, we are accountable for excellence in our work place and recognize the opportunity to serve with integrity.

Please view our minutes here.

Title Directors
Chair Susan Fraser
Vice Chair Roberta Simpson (Acting)
Past Chair Bishop Fred Colli
Treasurer Garth Postans
President & CEO Janine Black
Chief of Staff Dr. Peter de Bakker
Chief Nursing Executive Carolyn Frietag
President of the Professional Staff Association Dr. Elrasheed Osman
Representative of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Barbara Jarvela
Designate of the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario Paula Bouchard
Bishop Bishop Fred Colli
Representative of St. Joseph's Foundation of Thunder Bay Sandy Lychowyd
Client & Family Partner Jack Christy


James Anderson
Deb Comuzzi
Regina Mandamin
Fhara Pottinger



Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (excluding July & August) at 6:00 pm in the Georgian Room, St. Joseph's Heritage. To confirm times and dates of meetings, email Sandy Vellinga, Executive Coordinator to the President & CEO or call 807.343.2450.

Due to the COVID pandemic, meeting are currently held virtually using videoconferencing.

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2023-2024 (September 2023 to June 2024)


The most recent version of the Corporation's Corporate and Professional Staff By-Laws are supplied in Adobe PDF format.

-- Updated: June 5, 2024 --

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