The Board of Directors of Nipissing Serenity Hospice consists of a Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Past Chair and additional Board Members.

Vivian Papaiz, Chair
Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, Past Chair
Frank Cerilli, Vice-Chair
Denis Boyer, Treasurer
Louise Anello, Director
Collin Bourgeois, Director
Mandee Ferrigan, Director
Linda Holmes, Director
Gillian McCann, Director
Andrea McClellan, Director
Gil Pharand, Executive Director/Secretary to the Board


Vivian Papaiz, RN, MN, PhD(cand.), CHPCN(C), CCHN(C)
Chair, Board of Directors

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.


Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, BSc., M.Ed., LL.B.
Past 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.

Frank Cerilli HBSW
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

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.”

Denis Boyer, CPA, CGA
Treasurer, Board of Directors

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.”


Louise Anello

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.

Collin Bourgeois

Collin Bourgouis

Collin P. Bourgeois. 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.






Mandee Ferrigan


Linda Holmes

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.

Linda has extensive experience in corporate and community outreach and event management.  She also brings with her a strong public speaking skills and media relationships with an aptitude for strategic planning.

“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 residents, 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.”




Gillian McCann

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.




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.