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.

Marcel Maurice


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.

Françoise Fournier


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


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.

Dr. 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.

Patrick Martin


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 for the last 5 years 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 for the last year and is committed to serve and help the francophone population thrive in Welland.

Sean Keays


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. Sean has bachelor’s degrees in gerontology and sociology from McMaster University, and a master’s degree in gerontology from Simon Fraser University.


Sean Keays - Secretary and CAO Foyer Richelieu

Shawn Marcoux - Director of Finance