Message from the Foundation Chair 2018-2019

2018-2019 was another strong year of fundraising for the West Nipissing General Hospital Foundation. We welcomed two new board members to our team, Diane Jenner from Diane’s Creative Elements and Marcy Lemieux from the Caisse populaire Alliance.    We also had a year of transition in the role of our Foundation Officer.   In March, we welcomed Amylee Laforest as our new Foundation Officer.

Despite the weather, we had our strongest Run4Health event to date.   We saw our net fundraising revenue from the event more than double to $4,400.   We had a great turnout from our primary school teams at Whitewoods and Jeunesse Active.   We would like to thank Christian Levesque for volunteering his time and the school’s sound system.   This created a fun atmosphere at the start/finish area!

We tried something new with the Moe Mantha Charity Golf Tournament by hosting the golf day on a Friday for the first time.   The event was a big success, netting the foundation $9,000 in fundraising towards our General Equipment fund.  Thank you to Jacqueline at La Vie en Couleur for decorating our 2018 Christmas tree.   The raffle generated $1,707 in revenue, a significant increase from the prior year.  Throughout the success of the Knit for Care campaign by Diane’s Creative Elements, we were able to purchase an IV pump and a BP pump for the Oncology department.

Again for 2018, I would like to recognize the West Nipissing Firefighters and their Pink T-Shirt campaign for their generous donation to the Foundation’s General Equipment fund.  This year, $15,458.90 was raised.   Thank you to all members of the community who purchased and proudly wore their pink t-shirts every Friday throughout the month of October.

I would like to thank Kelsey Anger, Stacey Cuillerier, Amylee Laforest and Cynthia Desormiers for their work that make the foundation a success.   I would also like to thank our volunteer board members, Collin Bourgeois, Neil Fox, Michelle Brouillard, Tina Halverson, Diane Jenner & Marcy Lemieux whom generously give their time to the foundation and support all our events.

Thank you to all of our community partners for your generous support of the Foundation.   Without you, our fundraising activities would not be possible.  Although our donations to the hospital were relatively low for the 2018-2019 year, we are gearing up for a long awaited project in 2019-2020!


Angele Simard
Foundation Chair

2019 Board of Directors

Cynthia Désormiers (C.E.O & President)

Cynthia Désormiers is the President & CEO of the West Nipissing General Hospital (WNGH) with 28 years of experience in health care. Cynthia joined the senior management team in 2003 as Assistant Executive Director, Patient Care Services and became the President & CEO in 2009. As a board member and CEO of the WNGH, Cynthia is an active member of the Health Care Quality, Ethics and Finance committees, as well as Medical Staff, Medical Advisory Committee, and Credentials committee. Additionally Cynthia is a board member on the WNGH Foundation and Administrator for the Interim LTC beds. Cynthia is currently the chair of the Nipissing East Parry sound Health Links and a member of the OHA Small Rural Hospital committee and the Northern Teaching Hospital Council.

Cynthia is a resident of West Nipissing, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master’s in Health Care Administration degree (MHA). From 1988-2003, Cynthia held various front line positions as a Registered Nurse, was an educator in the Diploma Nursing program and developed, implemented and coordinated the hospital’s Telehealth (OTN) and Diabetes Education programs. Cynthia has been an educator, practitioner, and community resource to various constituencies at a local, district, and provincial levels.

Cynthia is married with three children and enjoys downhill skiing, gardening and traveling.

Angèle Simard (Board Chair-2018)

Angèle is an Investment Advisor and Financial Planner with L’Alliance Wealth Management. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics.

Through the Canadian Securities Institute, Angele has obtained a Fellow of CSI (FCSI), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) Designation and Personal Financial Planner (PFP) Designation. In addition to her work with the hospital Foundation, Angele is a director with Economic Partners.

She is married with three children and enjoys reading, running, skiing, swimming and cycling in her spare time.

Tina Halvorsen (Member)Michelle Brouillard (Vice-Chair)

Michelle joined RBC directly after graduating from Laurentian University. Over the last 27 years she has had the pleasure of working throughout North & Central Ontario, in locations ranging from Fort Frances, her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, to Barrie, Huntsville, North Bay and most recently as the Branch Manager in Sturgeon Falls. Almost as varied as the locations she’s worked at, are the roles she’s worked in.

Michelle has always believed that together we can make a significant difference in the betterment of our communities, through one small act of kindness at a time, coupled with thoughtful action.

Everyone knows that the heart of a community’s well-being is the local Hospital, and the quality of care that is provided. Michelle feels very privileged to be part of such a progressive Foundation whose core vision is to assist our local Hospital in the provision of excellent healthcare to all of our local residents.

Neil Fox (Treasurer)

Neil was born and raised in Levack, Ontario and is a graduate of Laurentian University with a degree in Canadian Studies. Over an 11 year career in the private sector, Neil held several marketing roles with Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. working in sales, brand management and Strategic Planning.

His family has been summering at their camp near Garden Village on Lake Nipissing since 1972.

Neil currently is the General Manager of Economic Partners Sudbury East/ West Nipissing Inc. with a primary focus on Regional Economic Development. This program is funded through FedNor. Neil and his family enjoy all of Northern Ontario’s outdoor and cultural activities.

Collin Bourgeois (Board of Directors)Collin Bourgeois (Board of Directors)

Collin Bourgeois is well known as much for his volunteer work as for his humanitarian efforts. He holds a diploma in Funeral Services from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology (1979) and was awarded an honorary diploma in Health Sciences from College Boréal in 2014.

He has served as General Manager of a most successful funeral home in Sudbury for 21 years. He is presently Chair of the Board of Directors of the West Nipissing General Hospital, was the founding Chair of the West Nipissing Community Health Center, and was elected mayor of the Municipality of French River in the fall 2006 elections.

Collin Bourgeois has a strong sense of civic responsibility and feels compelled to help others around him, and he invests this same commitment to others in his work. As a funeral director at Théorêt-Bourgeois Funeral Home in Sturgeon Falls, he works to appease the suffering of families living through a difficult time. According to Collin, when families feel confident their Funeral Director will take care of all the details, that lightens their burden: that’s why a Funeral Director who is reliable and sensitive to people’s needs is so important.

Tina Halvorsen (Member)Tina Halvorsen (Member)

Tina was born and raised in the small town of Warren with generations of her family being in retail, she loves the people atmosphere and volunteering her time. While raising her son she was on the minor hockey as well as the school committees. She also volunteers at many local events.

Tina and her husband donated part of their land and many hours of their time out in Kipling years ago to build a pond for the ministry of natural resources and the West Nipissing Hunters and Anglers, to help raise fingerlings of pickerel to re-stock our local lakes. Her enthusiasm and energy has brought her to join the WNGHF in hopes to help out with many of our local events. Tina is currently the General Manager at the Comfort Inn, from the time it was being built, she dedicated her time to the project and now her staff and guests.

Marcy Lemieux (Member)


Diane Jenner (Member)


Robert Pilon (Member)


Mary Willemsen