The Board of Directors of Nipissing Serenity Hospice consists of a Board Chair, 1st Vice-Chair, 2nd Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and 7 additional Board Members.
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.
Patricia moved to North Bay in 2009 to get closer to home – she was born and raised in Sudbury. Prior to that she spent the better part of 5 years working in public accounting and industry in Southern and Eastern Ontario. She comes to us with a wide range of accounting and tax experience, including that tied to not-for-profit organizations. Also, having grown up in a family business in the construction industry she brings much knowledge required during the construction phase of our hospice.
Patricia’s deep desire to see this hospice built in our community comes from her having a daughter who was deemed palliative at birth, and passed away at 15 weeks in a hospital.
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.
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 is the 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.
Prior to this Vivian has also been a faculty member and Coordinator of the International Nursing program at Georgian College. Vivian’s 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. Her focus remains to support nurses in the pursuit of exceptional practice, preparing them to be reflective, creative, and critical thinkers.
Vivian is a member of the Palliative Care Consultants Network of Ontario, and the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) board of directors. Vivian has her Masters degree in Nursing with a focus on Teaching, Education and Leadership and holds three national certifications including palliative care, venous access, and community nursing.
Beginning in 1980 Larry has been involved in the futures industry. He has held memberships on various exchanges, been a retail broker, written newsletters and founded two Commodity Trading Advisory firms. In 2001 he became the head trader for a proprietary trading firm and left to start his current partnership in 2009.
During this time, he also participated in the raising of money and investing in several startups. He has 30 years of experience in managing rental property and construction.
For the last 3 years he has served as the Chief Investment Officer for Jograh Investments Ltd. where he is responsible for selecting and managing investments, tax efficiencies and managing various real estate holdings.
Larry was born and lived in Chicago until 2015, when he decided to make North Bay his permanent residence. The sense of community and the ability to have an impact through personal involvement is what led him to make North Bay his home.
He is a firm believer in the end of life care that Hospice provides. He witnessed both the Hospital setting for his Mother in the U.S. and the tremendously compassionate palliative care my Father in Law received in the U.K. There was no comparison for both the patient and the family that Hospice provided. As our population ages it is imperative from both a compassionate and fiscal perspective that this option be available to those that wish it.
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.”
Helen Truskoski grew up in Creighton Mine, ON and her career evolved in Toronto,Sudbury, Moncton, N.B. and Ottawa before moving to North Bay in 2014. She is retired after a 35.5 year career in the Federal Public Service; 28 years with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Ten years were spent as an Internal Auditor in the Corporate Audit and Evaluation Branch (CAEB) that provides independent assurance services to improve overall efficiency, effectiveness and risk management practices throughout the Agency. Helen received an Outstanding Achievement award while performing her duties under extreme duress, and received a Dedication to Learning award for leading a team that designed and implemented a learning web-site for CRA Internal Auditors.
The stimulus to study palliative care resulted from her mother’s anguished death in hospital without the support that a palliative environment could have provided. Helen completed her palliative-care placement at the Ottawa Mission, which provides hospice care to people who would otherwise die on the streets. She graduated from Algonquin College, Ottawa, with a post-graduate certificate with honors, in Working with the Terminally Ill.
Helen is a volunteer with various North Bay organizations and is a member of the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario, and the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada.