Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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, core 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 2022-2023

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 Roberta Simpson
President & CEO - Secretary Kelli O'Brien
Chief of Staff Dr. Peter de Bakker
Chief Nursing Executive Shelley McAllister
President of the Professional Staff Association Dr. Salima Oukachbi
Representative of the Auxiliary to St. Joseph's Care Group Vacant
Representative of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Barbara Jarvela
Representative of the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario Paula Bouchard
Bishop Bishop Fred Colli
Representative of St. Joseph's Foundation of Thunder Bay Frank Zanatta


Members Honourary Members
Naomi Abotossaway Don Caron
Fhara Pottinger Guy O'Brien
Paula Bouchard Dick O'Donnell
Clare Milks  
Garth Postans  



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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2022-2023 (September 2022 to June 2023)

-- Updated: August 16, 2023 --

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