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.

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.

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.

Roger Gilbert
Director
Born and raised in Welland, Roger attended French schools by attending “École secondaire Confédération” and then perusing studies in Business – Marketing at Niagara College.

Currently employed at Canadian Tire Bank for the last 18 years he has worked in various supportive roles. He’s happily married for 16 years with 2 beautiful girls. Understanding the importance of his francophone culture, Roger is a member at Club Richelieu and also involved in the parent council as acting president at Franco Niagara school. By serving in past and present committees and administration boards at either his church, workplace and within the community he is passionate about giving back to others. He surrounds his life by the motto “it’s better to serve then to be served”.

France Vaillancourt
Director
France was hired as the new Executive Director of Hamilton Niagara Community Health Centre, effective August 23, 2021.

Currently she has been the Executive Director at Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln since July 2017. Previously, she was the Assistant Executive Director of the Hamilton / Niagara Community Health Centre (HNCHC) from 2012 to 2017. Prior to changing her career path in the non-profit sector, France worked for the Ontario government for over 15 years in various front-line and management roles. She worked as a probation and parole officer with adults and youth. She then moved to the Ministry of the Attorney General where she worked as a program supervisor for the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat. After that she moved on as Manager of the French Language Professional Development Institute in the Office of the French Language Services Coordinator. Her last government position was as Area Manager of the Hamilton Centre Probation and Parole Office.

Suzanne Payeur-Grenier
Director
Suzanne Payeur-Grenier is a retired registered nurse and clinical management professional, specializing in chronic and long term care.

Working for the Niagara Health System for over 35 years, Suzanne held various positions in clinical management, was Director of Care in Extended Care and became Project Leader responsible for the implementation and dissemination of RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines. After her retirement at the NHS, she went on to work as an RN in a primary care setting for four years working collaboratively with physicians and other multidisciplinary team members. She is a concerned community partner who currently volunteers with Hospice Niagara, and is past member of the City of Welland Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee as well as the City of Welland’s Arena committee. She currently is in her second term of the Board of Directors for Foyer Richelieu as well as serving on the Quality Committee of the board. She resides in Welland with her family.

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.