Foyer Richelieu Board of Directors

The Board is composed of 12 members who are elected at the annual general meeting. They serve for a term of three years and three members are outgoing each year.

Shawn Marcoux


Shawn Marcoux owns Silvestri Sports Ltd. that retails sporting goods and sportswear, as well as manufactures sports apparel. He also owns Brand It Sporting Goods, which specializes in branded apparel and promotional products for businesses, teams, clubs and organizations. His company has the contract for the classic 1972 Team Canada jersey. Shawn’s companies were nominated in the RBC Small Business Award category of the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce 2016 Ruby Awards and for a Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015. He has an honours BA in Commerce from the University of Windsor and has been a member of the Club Richelieu Welland since 2012.

Marcel Maurice

Vice President

Marcel Maurice is a native of Welland and a graduate of the Civil Engineering program at Niagara College. He had a long career as an engineering manager for Bell Canada that included living and working in the United States and Saudi Arabia. He is now on his second career as a real estate agent with Century 21 Today Realty Ltd. He has volunteered for many community organizations over the years and now sits on the boards of Centre de Santé Hamilton-Niagara, Foyer Richelieu and Fonds Foyer Richelieu.

Robert Demers


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, and a member of the board of directors of Foyer Richelieu and of Residence Richelieu.

Muriel Thibault-Gauthier


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.

Marcel Castonguay


Marcel Castonguay was born in Cochrane, Ontario, and has worked in French services since 1970. He has served as general manager of the Hamilton-Niagara Community Health Centre since 2006. His previously held positions with the French Canadian Association of Ontario, the Ontario department of transport and justice sector. He serves on the advisory group to federal Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and recently led a provincial consultation in response to francophone communities in Ontario's health system transformation project. The International Conference of AJEFO Paris in 2005 awarded Marcel the order of merit of the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario. In 2007 he received the Amethyst Award, the highest honor for work in French in the Ontario public service.

Réal Martin


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


Diane Philippe moved from Gaspé to Ontario at age six. She spent 47 years teaching in elementary schools for the Niagara Catholic District School Board. She has bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Education. Her greatest achievements are her four sons: Matthew, Adam, Zachary and John-Micheal, who died at the age of 18 in 2006. Since retiring, she has served on the Hamilton and Niagara Health Center Board and the Board of Bereaved Families of Ontario South Central. Diane manages groups of moms, who lost a child, at Pleasantview in Fonthill. She has organized eight annual golf tournaments in memory of John-Micheal that raised more than $45,000 for charities. Diane serves on the Family Council because her mother, Cecile Philippe, was a resident of Foyer Richelieu for three years.

Paul Lafontaine


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 the Principal of Sacré-Cœur Elementary School in Welland. 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. Paul is a member of Club Richelieu Welland, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Audit and Resource Committee for Sacré Coeur parish in Welland.

David Robert


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, David is committed to ensuring that funding is available to help residents of Foyer Richelieu.

Milan Plentai


Senior Investment Advisor Milan Plentai is team leader of the Plentai-Lewis Wealth Management Group at National Bank Financial. 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 Sante.


Sean Keays - Secretary and CAO Foyer Richelieu

Gérald Lachapelle - Director of Finance