About us
Board of directors

The Board is composed of 10 members who are elected at the annual general meeting. They serve for a term of three years and three to four members are outgoing each year.

Milan Plentai
President
SENIOR INVESTMENT ADVISOR MILAN PLENTAI.

With more than 25 years of financial service experience, he is a Certified Investment Management Analyst and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. His focus is on independent investment selection and management for a select group of clients, corporations and charitable foundations. He previously owned a successful business in downtown St. Catharines. Milan has been an active contributor to many local, French and English community groups across the Niagara Region and Canada, such as Club Richelieu, La Residence Seniors Home, Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, United Way and the Centre de Santé Hamilton/Niagara.

Paul Lafontaine
Vice-President
A NATIVE OF PORT COLBORNE, PAUL HAS A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HISTORY AND A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA.

He taught and/or was Principal at schools in St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and Port Colborne. Paul is currently retired. He is a former President of the Association of Principals and Vice-principals of Franco-Ontarian Schools. He has been very involved with the Welland Minor Baseball Association and has coached hockey and baseball teams for several years.

Robert Demers
Treasurer
ROBERT DEMERS GREW UP IN WELLAND AND ATTENDED CONFEDERATION HIGH SCHOOL.

He graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and he is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Now retired, he has extensive professional experience as Internal Auditor, Finance Manager and Financial Controller for International industries including Canadian Admiral, Atomic Energy of Canada, Canada Packers, Magna International and Moulinex Trench Electric Ltd. His volunteer service includes being a member of Club Richelieu Welland, and a member of the Board of directors of Foyer Richelieu Welland and of La Residence Richelieu.

Muriel Thibault-Gauthier
Director
A COMMITTED FRANCO-ONTARIAN WOMAN, MURIEL THIBAULT-GAUTHIER HAS WORKED IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION FOR 30 YEARS.

Her organizing skills, expertise, knowledge, and leadership make her a highly sought-after consultant and coordinator for various projects in the Niagara Peninsula. Retired school principal, Muriel continues her vision of “giving to the next”. Indeed, this dynamic and positive lady has always been extremely involved in many organizations and committees in the community of Welland. She is actively involved in partnerships with the Centre de santé, the French-language cinema, Le Coin à Justin for children, adults and seniors. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Renaissance Club, the Centenary of Sacred Heart Parish and the Richelieu Foyer.

Françoise Fournier
Director
Françoise Fournier, a native of Welland, she is a graduate of Confederation High School and Niagara College.

She holds her CPA-CMA accountant designation. She worked in finance at General Motors and the Niagara South Board of Education, and for the last 20 years of her career at the Viamonde School Board as business superintendent. She also served as interim education director. During her career, she participated in the creation of numerous boards of directors and assumed several functions including those of president, vice-president and treasurer. Following her retirement in 2017, she did business consulting in the education sector, and at the moment, she is the Chair of the Boutique Auxiliary at Welland Hospital and also volunteers at the Foyer Richelieu Welland.

Réal Martin
Director
A native of Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario, Réal has resided in Welland since 1996. He is an honours graduate in Computer Data Processing from Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology in Kirkland Lake.

Réal worked in Information Technology for the Insurance Bureau of Canada in Toronto and Montréal for five years. For the past 28 years, Réal has worked in Information Technology for the Ontario Public Service, and manager since 2000. While raising his family, Réal devoted a lot of time with the Welland Minor Hockey Association as a parent representative, trainer and assistant coach. He has been a member of Club Richelieu since November 2016.

Diane Martin
Director
DIANE MARTIN FROM GASPÉ TO ONTARIO AT AGE SIX. SHE SPENT 47 YEARS TEACHING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR THE NIAGARA CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD. SHE HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREES IN ARTS AND EDUCATION.

Her greatest achievements are her four sons: Matthew, Adam, Zachary and John-Michael, who died at the age of 18 in 2006. Since retiring, she has served on the Centre de santé Hamilton/Niagara Board and on the Board of Bereaved Families of Ontario South Central. Diane manages groups of mothers, who lost a child, at Pleasantview in Fonthill. She has organized eight annual golf tournaments in memory of John-Michael that raised more than $45,000 for charities. Diane served on the Foyer Richelieu Welland Family Council because her mother, Cecile Philippe, was a resident of Foyer Richelieu Welland for three years.

Dr. David Robert
Director
DR. DAVID ROBERT IS A PRACTICING CHIROPRACTOR IN WELLAND FOR 22 YEARS. HE OFFERS TOTAL LASER THERAPY THAT CAN RELIEVE PAIN AND REDUCE DEPENDENCIES ON MEDICAL AND SURGERIES, HELPING PEOPLE TO LIVE A MORE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE.

He is a registered member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the governing body established by the provincial government to regulate chiropractors in Ontario. A long-time member of Club Richelieu Welland, David is committed to ensuring that funding is available to help residents of Foyer Richelieu Welland.

Patrick Martin
Director
A Native on Timmins, Patrick’s family moved to Welland at a young age where he went through the French Catholique school system attending École élémentaire catholique du Sacré-Coeur and École secondaire Catholique Jean-Vanier.

He then attended Brock University where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree. Patrick has been working for the Centre de Santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara since March 2015 as a Registered Kinesiologist, Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Respiratory Educator in the Caring for my COPD clinic in Welland. He has been a member of Club Richelieu since 2017 and is committed to serve and help the francophone population thrive in Welland.

Sean Keays
Secretary
SEAN FIRST SERVED ON THE FOYER RICHELIEU WELLAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WHILE COMPLETING HIS STUDIES, AND THEN WAS NAMED CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 2010.

He has volunteered on multiple Boards at the local, provincial and national levels. Sean was recognized in Business Link’s 40 Under 40 Niagara Business Achievement Awards and with a Canada 150 Community Service Award for his leadership with seniors. He is the recipient of McMaster University’s Arch Award recognizing outstanding graduates for their unique and interesting contributions to society, the local community and the university. He also won Niagara Centre Citizen of the Year Award for his success in business, education and community service and was awarded the Ruby Award for Business Man of the Year by the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce. Sean has Bachelor`s degrees in Gerontology and Sociology from McMaster University, and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University.