The Board of Directors of Nipissing Serenity Hospice consists of a Board Chair, 1st Vice-Chair, 2nd Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and additional Board Members.
Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, BSc., M.Ed., LL.B.
Chair, Board of Directors
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.
Dr. Klère Bourgault, M.D., C.C.F.P. -Director
Dr. Klère Bourgault, a native from Sturgeon Falls, has had an active family practice since 2000. The interest in palliative care originated through residency after her mother died of breast cancer in 1999. Klère now does home visits for palliative patients that wish to die at home. She also provides medical care to patients in hospital. Her holistic approach to end of life care is partly due to Klère’s original career as a nurse from 1982 to 1996.
Patti Euler, B.Sc.Phm. – Director
Since 1982, Patti Euler, a pharmacist, has been employed at the North Bay Civic and the now North Bay Regional Health Centre. She has been actively involved in palliative care for 25 years. Patti’s involvement in palliative care has included care of terminally ill patients including pain and symptom control as a part of the multidisciplinary team, development of policies and guidelines, presentations at educational events, and participation in committees on various levels both within the hospital and in the community.
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 is an advisory member of the Palliative Care Consultants Network of Ontario, Vice President of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), Chair of the Board of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, and locally is Vice-Chair of the Board of Nipissing Serenity Hospice.
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.
Andrea McLellan, BScN., M.Ed., RegN.
Andrea is a Registered Nurse with 34+ years of experience in the acute care, education and public health sectors. Since 2008, Andrea has been the Program Manager of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases program and the Privacy Contact for clinical services. She is a strong believer in the principles of continuous quality improvement and risk management as a foundation for a healthy and successful organization and feels fortune to have had the opportunity to fine-tune her skills in these areas throughout her career.
Andrea has been an active volunteer within our community. She has led fundraising at the elementary school level, worked with West Ferris Minor Hockey as a member of the Board of Directors and managed hockey teams for over 15 years. Andrea was appointed to the inaugural Board of Directors for the Near North Community Care Access Centre from 1995 to 2000. During her term, Andrea served as a member of the Finance and Bylaws committees, chair of the Human Resources Committee and served as 1st Vice Chair of the Board for a 2 year term. Currently, Andrea is the Registration Coordinator and a member of the Executive for the Nipissing Chapter of the Ride for Dad.
Andrea believes that palliative care offers a unique, private and peaceful care alternative at the end of life. Having lost both her parents to terminal illnesses when options for end of life care were limited, Andrea wishes to lend her expertise and support to the development of Nipissing Serenity Hospice in our community.
Over the course of her 36 year television career, Linda has held numerous positions including news anchor, talk show host, producer and in recent years, video-journalist and editor with CTV News Northern Ontario in North Bay. An award-winning journalist, Linda has both national and local industry awards to her credit.
Some of the skills and experience that Linda brings to the Nipissing Serenity Hospice Board of Directors include:
- Planning corporate and community outreach
- Event management experience
- Public speaking and media relations
- Aptitude for strategic planning
- Above average organizational and time management skills
- Excellent interpersonal communication
“I am proud to be part of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice team. I look forward to continuing to work with this group of dedicated people, who are focused on providing quality of care, dignity,
respect and comfort to patients in a residential setting, as they go through their end stage of life. Not to be forgotten are the family members and friends who are offered support along this difficult journey. I believe this hospice will be an important asset to the community, offering a serene environment during those final days.”
Maurice Rochefort has been active in the construction industry for the past 49 years. Maurice graduated in 1969 with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology. He is the owner and president of Niroc Construction Ltd. He has a Gold Seal Certification in Estimating and Project Management.
Maurice served two terms on the Northern Ontario Development Corporation and also served six years on the board of directors of the Ontario General Contractors Association.
Maurice is the Chair of the Property and Construction Committee for Nipissing Serenity Hospice.
Denis Boyer, CPA, CGA
Denis is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a retired school board administrator. Born and raised in Kapuskasing Ontario, Denis started his career with the Accounting firm of Collins-Barrow. In 1980 he joined the Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls and District Board of Education as Accountant, then Chief Financial Officer and eventually Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-Treasurer.
In 1998, after a stint with Ontario’s Education Improvement Commission, Denis moved to the North Bay area to become the Director of Financial Services for the new Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario responsible for the Board’s financial services, the maintenance and construction services and student transportation. He also served as President of the Nipissing-Parry-Sound Student Transportation Services. He retired from the school board in 2011 and not wanting to sit idle, became a Consultant with IG Wealth Management specializing in financial and retirement planning.
Denis’ community involvement includes Member and Chair of the North-Cochrane District Housing Authority, Director on the local committee of the Certified General Accountant Association of Ontario, Treasurer of the North Bay and District Humane Society and currently, Trustee for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario.
“The Nipissing Serenity Hospice to me represents a worthy cause, fulfilling a critical need, and those responsible for its establishment are heroes. I am honored to have joined an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who are dedicated to the well-being of our communities.”