The Board of Directors of Nipissing Serenity Hospice consists of a Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Past Chair and additional Board Members.
Frank Cerilli, Chair
Collin Bourgeois, Vice-Chair
Michel Paulin, Treasurer
Louise Anello, Secretary
Vivian Papaiz, Past Chair
Natalie Bellehumeur, Director
Michelle Griffith. Director
Gillian McCann, Director
Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, Director Emeritus
Frank Cerilli, HBSW
Frank is retired from the Ontario Public Service employee. His career spanned more than 37 years in Justice and Correctional Services related sectors. He has worked in several Ministries in various front line, corporate and managerial roles.
Positions included: Probation and Parole Officer, Policy Analyst, Program and Policy Advisor, and Superintendent/Administrator of youth justice facilities. He retired from a Program Supervisor position which required he act as the main liaison with multiple community agencies and organizations in the Nipissing-Parry Sound, Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.
A social worker by profession, Frank has also practiced as a trained mediator, assisting parties in reaching agreements in multiple workplace interpersonal disputes. He holds a certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Ryerson and Laurentian University and has completed numerous training forums in conflict resolution.
Frank has served on a number of boards in various roles and positions. His involvement with the Probation Officers Association of Ontario included Chapter Chair, Board Member, Vice President and President.
He also served on the Board of the 11,000 member Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO) including a term as the provincial secretary.
A native of Sudbury, Frank and his wife Anne have made North Bay their home for more than 20 years. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
“I am looking forward to contributing to the powerful spirit of caring that exists in the Nipissing district. I am honoured to be a part of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice team and the vital role it will play in this Nipissing & East Parry Sound community.”
A resident of Sturgeon Falls, Collin is a graduate of Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology (Toronto) in Funeral Service Education with an Honorary Diploma in Health Sciences from Collège Boréal (Sudbury) and has been involved in the bereavement sector for over 40 years. He has been a member and has chaired the board of directors of the West Nipissing General Hospital and the West Nipissing Community Health Center. Collin looks forward to his new challenge as he joins the board of directors of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice.
Michel Paulin, MBA, ASC (C. Dir.), GSP
Michel Paulin retired in 2017 with more than 35 years of progressive experience within the financial co-operative and education sectors, where he held senior executive management positions, most recently as Superintendent of Business for the Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord. He also has gained extensive knowledge and experience on Boards and Committees at the local, provincial and national levels within the public, associative and non-profit, insurance, and financial co-operative sectors.
Michel has acquired consultation experience in policy governance, school Board management and strategic enterprise risk management.
Michel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is also an accredited Chartered Corporate Director and a Policy Governance Specialist Professional.
Michel Paulin a pris sa retraite en 2017 après plus de 35 ans d’expérience progressive dans les secteurs des coopératives financières et de l’éducation, où il a occupé des postes de cadre supérieur, plus récemment comme surintendant des affaires au Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord. Il a également acquis de vastes connaissances et une vaste expérience au sein des conseils d’administration et des comités aux niveaux local, provincial et national auprès les secteurs publics, associatif et sans but lucratif, de l’assurance, et des coopératives financières.
Michel a acquis de l’expérience consultation en matière de gouvernance par politiques, de gestion des conseils scolaires et de gestion stratégique des risques d’entreprise.
Michel est titulaire d’une licence en économie et d’une maîtrise en administration des affaires. Il est également un administrateur de société agréé et un professionnel spécialiste en gouvernance par politique.
Louise Anello, RN, MHS
Louise Anello is a life-long resident of North Bay. She attended French language schools at both the primary and secondary level. She obtained her diploma in nursing from Canadore College, her Bachelor of Science Nursing from Laurentian University and a Masters Health Studies-Leadership from Athabasca University. She is a life-long learner.
After a fifteen year career as a nurse in acute care working both medical and Critical Care Louise transitioned to public health. As a public health nurse and nurse manager she worked in Sexual Health, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDs, Dental, Genetics and Communicable Disease programs. She has a passion for nursing and excellence in care delivery. After 42 years of working in the health sector Louise retired in 2018.
She was a board member of Patrick 4 Life and a current member of the Research Ethics Board at North Bay Regional Health Center. A transition to retirement provided another opportunity to continue caring for individuals and families, in our community, by becoming a Nipissing Serenity Hospice board member. She brings years of health care experience, leadership and passion to our board.
Vivian Papaiz, RN, MN, PhD(cand.), CHPCN(C), CCHN(C)
Vivian is the Director of Nursing and Associate Dean of Health Sciences for Canadore College and Director and Program Manager for the Collaborative BScN Program and the RPN to BScN Bridging program with Nipissing University and Canadore College. Her interests lie in supporting a strong nursing education for students with a particular focus of fostering palliative education in the undergraduate program.
Vivian has also been a nursing educator with various faculties of nursing and coordinator of International Nursing programs. Her experience also includes positions with VON Canada as their national palliative care lead, as practice educator for Ontario and Western regions, and manager of nursing and home support programs.
Vivian has a number of years’ experience in hospice palliative care and is Vice President of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), Chair of the Board of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO), is an advisory member of the Palliative Care Consultation Network of Ontario, and locally has served on the Board of Nipissing Serenity Hospice since 2016.
Vivian has her Master’s degree in Nursing with a focus on Teaching, Education and Leadership and is currently completing her Doctoral studies in Educational Sustainability at Nipissing University focused on palliative care education.
Nathalie Bellehumeur, RN, BScN, MA
Natalie has recently joined the Board of Directors and is pleased to support the Mission, Vision and Values of The Nipissing Serenity Hospice / La Maison Sérénité du Nipissing in providing high quality palliative care with compassion, comfort and dignity. She is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in Gerontology. The majority of her professional career has been dedicated to older adult care with a strong commitment to maintaining the independence and quality of life of the aging population. Throughout her nursing practice, Natalie has integrated research, continuous learning and best practices in several aspects of holistic care.
With over 30 years of Nursing experience, she brings expertise in various specialty areas including Public Health, Gerontology, Geriatric Psychiatry and Long-Term Care. She worked in a variety of health care settings as a front-line worker progressing to managerial positions and executive leadership. In the community setting, she worked for a decade as a Public Health Nurse and Healthy Elderly Program Coordinator. She returned to the hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Complex Continuing Care and was Manager of the Seniors’ Mental Health Program for many years. Her career path led to the Long-Term Care sector where she worked as a LTC Home Administrator until May 2020.
While employed in Northern Ontario as a bilingual health professional, she developed an understanding of the care delivery model used in small communities and rural settings. She advocated for their needs and services through her active participation at round tables with various community agencies and was a representative on several regional and provincial committees.
Natalie’s professional background combined with her personal experience have influenced her interest in Palliative Care. She understands the importance of supporting individuals in their End of Life journey as well as accompanying family caregivers in their grieving process. She is a francophone resident of the Nipissing District since 2001, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a community member on the Board of Directors.
Michelle Griffith, B.Comm, PFP
Michelle was born and raised in North Bay. She left after high school to attend the University of Ottawa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Upon graduation, she embarked upon a lifelong career in banking, which took her to several locations throughout Ontario. Ten years ago, she had the opportunity to return home to North Bay with her three sons. She is currently working as a branch manager for Scotiabank.
No matter the role, Michelle’s career has always been focused on providing excellent customer experiences. She plans to bring that same passion to her new role with the board.
Michelle looks forward to serving as a board member for the Nipissing Serenity Hospice. She is proud to be joining a group of individuals dedicated to providing excellence in hospice palliative care in the Nipissing and East Parry Sound community.
Dr. Gillian McCann, PhD
Gillian is an Associate Professor in the Religion and Cultures department at Nipissing University. She has taught and written on subjects related to health and healing and the hospice and palliative care movements. Gillian has been actively involved with governance at Nipissing University serving on the academic senate and currently on the Board of Governors. She has served as chair of her department and organized a series of conferences related to health and healing. Gillian also served as Nipissing representative to the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). She is committed to expanding the availability of hospice and palliative care and believes this holistic and compassionate approach can serve as a model for all forms of health care.
Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, BSc., M.Ed., LL.B.
Ms. Bazinet is President of MGB & Associates, a Conflict Resolution firm that she established in April 2004 at the time of her retirement from Justice Canada. A member of the Law Society of Ontario, she entered the law profession after a successful 20 year career in the field of senior Health Care Administration and Nursing Education at the community college and university level, within the provincial and federal public service. Prior to receiving her Law degree from the University of Ottawa, she had earned the degrees of Master of Educational Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Education.
Ms. Bazinet has served on numerous professional Committees, Boards and Commissions. Among others are: St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors; Ontario Health Review Panel (Evans Commission); Ottawa-Carleton District Health Council; University of Ottawa Post-Graduate Medical Program Advisory Committee and Loeb Medical Research Institute. From 2004-2011, she was a Commissioner on the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC). From 2005 to 2009, she served as the Founding Chair of the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN). During this period she experienced her brother’s death in a hospice and recognized the urgent need for a hospice in the Nipissing region. Currently, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) for the province of Ontario.
She has received many awards throughout her career. Among others: Gold Medal for Excellence in Nursing Theory & Practice; Justice Canada—Merit Award for establishing the Office of Conflict Resolution; University of Ottawa-Faculty of Law Award for Excellence in Advocacy & Teaching.
She is the author of several publications in the field of conflict resolution, health care administration and emergency services.