Near North Palliative Care Network

A Special Thanks to:


Caisse Populaire North Bay limitée

North Bay & Area Community Foundation

IBM Canada Ltd

North Bay Cruisers

Dr. Ken Runciman

United Way Toronto

Knights of Columbus 1007

Rebuilt Resources Skills Development Inc.

Northern Business Solutions

Mac's Office Supplies

Moose FM North Bay 106.5

Ohana Wellness Centre

Aha Communications

Boyd Print and Design

Chevaliers De Colomb #12101

Chevaliers De Colomb #8163

Hillside Funeral Homes

KFM North Bay

IODE Dr. Herbert A. Bruce Chapter

Widdifield Lions Club

Bonfield and District Lions Club

Northern Business Solutions

Widdifield Lions Club

Northern Business Solutions

A&A Entertainment

Aggies Flowers

Bell Canada Employee Giving Program

BEAM Blue Sky Net

Sofa Communications

Saint Peter's Church

Chip Kean and 22 Wing Band

The McCubbin family

Richard Smith, NBRHC Pastoral Care Team, and Palliative Care Committee

Miranda Weingartner

Gen McRae

Cheryl Gates, Respiratory Technician

Darren Renaud

Carol Owens

Marilyn Weingartner

Heather McGuinty, Case Coordinator for the CCAC

Bev Charron

Oriana Webster, NBRHC Volunteer Coordinator

Steve Lamb, Aids Committee

The Rheaume Rochefort Family

Jeff Johnson at Cambrian Technical Services



Joan Burnett, NNPCN Founder

Honorary Board Member for Life

It all started when Ellis New of Powassan made this statement over 25 years ago: “If anyone can learn from what we’re going through, you teach ‘em, girl,” he said. Ellis New had no idea what a force he was unleashing. New was dying and Joan Burnett was caring for him. “He was like a father figure to me,” Burnett said. “He was a prankster with a big heart and when he found out he was dying with cancer we had no idea where to turn. He wanted to stay home. Between family and friends we organized shifts so that he would have 24 hour care.” From that experience, and following New’s edict, Burnett and eight other Powassan women formed a palliative care volunteer group, realizing how many other families were struggling and needed support. “We saw how big a need was out there,” said Burnett. “We were experiencing it every day. We just wanted to help people. We soon realized that there was a gap in the type of support that organizations were offering to terminally ill people. We realized that volunteer support was really important so I approached Canadore College to see if they could offer a course. Canadore looked to Algonquin College and brought in someone to teach an orientation course on palliative care.” The Powassan palliative care team’s compassion, dedication and caring for not just the terminally ill, but as emotional support to the families of the dying, soon earned them a reputation that brought calls for service from North Bay. Canadore College had also seen the importance of the palliative care program and had instituted its own course of study with a total of 30 graduates. In 1987 Burnett brought all of the palliative care volunteer professionals together and the Near North Palliative Care Network was born, with offices in Powassan, Sturgeon Falls and Mattawa. Joan is currently happily retired but will always be the soul of the NNPCN.


Darren Renaud, R.S. Kin, C.ap,

Chair of the Board [email protected]

(First Term: April 2016 on)

Darren is an IT Specialist, Network and Infrastructures: focused on high level corporate business systems and implementation. Specializing in strategic planning, project management, network design, and associated services. ITIL Certified. Utilities expertise in smart metering AMI, interval metering, and meter to cash operations. His Specialties are: ITIL V.3 NQI Framework for Excellence Certified OHS – Basic Certification 1 & 2 / Certified Fall Arrest Trainer Consulting / Advanced Skills for Trainers Certification Lotus Domino and Microsoft Administration Certification CompTIA A+ International Technical Certification Novell Certified; Network Engineer Certification Certified Advanced Lotus Notes Administrator and SecurityManager Sensus AMI MV90 Sungard THE Survalent SCADA. Darren is the IT and Billing Manager of North Bay Hydro in North Bay, Ontario. He is responsible for billing operations, as well as enterprise IT infrastructure and metering operations, including networks, datacentre, server, SCADA, MV90, Smart Metering, and telecom. North Bay Hydro is the local electric distribution company (LDC) in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, and is committed to the safe, reliable and responsible operation of North Bay’s distribution system infrastructure serving approx. 23,000 customers.


Brad Halonen, H.B.Comm., CPA, CMA

Vice-Chair of the Board[email protected]

(First Term: April 2017 on)

Brad worked for the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN), North Bay, ON as Officer – Performance and Decision Support, from May 2009 to May 2012. After officially retiring in May 2012, was hired back on annual contracts for the following two years ended June 2014. He worked for North Bay General Hospital, in North Bay, as Senior Financial Analyst/Co-ordinator Accounts Receivable, from February 2006 to May 2009. He also worked for the Ministry of Health – North Bay Psychiatric Hospital, North Bay (presently – North East Mental Health Centre) as Financial Officer, from October 2000 to January 2006. More highlights of his career are:

  • Spruce Falls Inc. – A Tembec Company, Kapuskasing, ON, September 1985 to October 2000, various positions as listed below:
    • Title:  Chief Accountant – N.E. Ont Forest Products Grp – Tembec, October 1999 – October 2000
    • Title:  Woodlands Cost Accountant – Spruce Falls Division, January 1992 – October 1999
    • Title:  Accountant Accounts-Receivable, June 1989 – January 1992

Brad’s academic qualifications are:

  • Professional Accounting Designation:  Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.) – 1983
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce:  Lakehead University – 1975
  • Continuing Education:
    • MIS Level 1 and Level 2 Certification (OHA)                                    2001&2003
    • Labour Relations Training for Managers in the OPS (SSB)              2004
    • Financial Management & Budgeting (OHA)                                     2004
    • Management Leadership Training (CTS)                                           2007
    • Advanced Excel Spreadsheet Training (CTS) (2 courses)                   2007
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Training                                             2010
    • Advanced Conversational French                                                      2011

Personal interests include biking, cross-country skiing, and camping.  Ontario Special Olympics Volunteer Coach for 9 years and past Secretary/Treasurer for the Kapuskasing and District Association for Community Living.  Previous audit committee member of the Kapuskasing Northland Credit Union Board.  Past Treasure of the North Bay and District Community Living Board. Presently Treasurer for the Nipissing Condo Corporation No. 2.  Have been an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, North Bay, On for approximately 12 years.



Michael Lowe, CPA, CA, Treasurer

(First Term: January 09, 2017)


Fraser Williamson,  Almaguin Director

(First Term: October 27, 2016)



Carol Owens, Palliative Care Training Director

(First Term: 2015. Second Term: October 27, 2016))

Carol has recently retired from a rewarding  38 year career as a Registered Nurse. Most of those years were spent as a community visiting nurse with the Victorian Order of Nurses in North Bay, where she had many diversified acute care experiences, but loved to focus on the palliative clients in her care, who had chosen to die at home.  She retired from her position as one of the Professional Practice Leaders at the branch, responsible for teaching professional best practice standards for front line staff, and orientating new nurses to ensure quality care. Her sister, Nancy McCubbin, was a “driving force” volunteer for many years with Near North Palliative Care, so when she died suddenly, and Carol had just retired, it seemed fitting to try to contribute to Near North in her honour.  Carol is now facilitating the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario training  for the new volunteers at NNPCN.



Ryland Steel, Psychometric Director

(First Term: 2015. Second Term: October 27, 2016)

2012 – Present. PhD Neuroscience  Queen’s University.  THESIS: “Multiple Memory Systems: Possible Effect of Atypical Anti-Psychotic Medications on Non-Declarative Memory Performance in Persons with Psychotic Disorders.”

2010 – 2012 . Master of Science: Neuroscience Queen’s University. THESIS: “Multiple Memory Systems: Possible Effect of Atypical Anti-Psychotic Medications on Non-Declarative Memory Performance in Persons with Schizophrenia.”

2005 – 2010. Honours Bachelor of Arts: Psychology Nipissing University. THESIS: “Depression, Anxiety, and the CRH-1 Receptor.”



Scott Taylor, IT Director

(First Term: October 27, 2016)



Mary Lou Rainville, Mattawa Director

(First Term: October 27, 2016)



Lana Richardson, Sturgeon Falls Director

(First Term: October 27, 2016)


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 Linda Bishop, Director at Large

(First Term: 2014. Second Term: October 27, 2016)

Linda is an accomplished R.P.N. at the North Bay Regional Health Centre, deeply interested in the issues of palliative care and end of life.




Debbie Sloss, Director at Large

(First Term: 2015 . Second Term: October 27, 2016)



Monica Do Coutto Monni

Executive Director [email protected]

(August 22, 2016 on)

 Monica Do Coutto Monni, B.A. Pol.Sci. M. Psych., is the Vice-Chair of the BON – Bereavement Ontario Network, a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Palliative Care Instructor at Canadore College, sole proprietor of DCM Education and Training, and Volunteer Coordinator of Near North Palliative Care Network. Among other specializations, Monica holds certification in Board Governance (The State University of New York), and Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers (Johns Hopkins University).

She has international experience in non-profit and for-profit top management, a solid vision of organizational structure and strategic growth. A Canadian-Brazilian citizen, Monica formerly owned a for-profit training institute in Brazil, and worked for many years in education and training, as MBA international liaison among Universidade Sao Francisco, Stanford and Harvard Universities.

Monica got involved with Hospice Palliative Care and Bereavement Education and Training in Canada in 2009. Since then, she has developed Grief and Bereavement training and services for the Near North Palliative Care Network and DCM Education and Training, and has trained new teams of Bereavement and Grief Volunteers in several locations of Ontario. She is one of the authors of the new HPCO – Hospice Palliative Care of Ontario online Training Program for Hospice Volunteers in Ontario.

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Alison Wilkes – [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator


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Tamela J. Price-Fry

Accreditation Officer

[email protected]

(September 22, 2017 on)

Tamela has several years in marketing, sales, education, administration and employment services experience at IBM Canada.  After leaving IBM she has had several opportunities with include working with IBM partners as a Client Manager, as Sales and Marketing Manager for a retirement residence,  a Licensed Mortgage Agent as well as for the Red Cross as First Aid Coordinator.  She is dedicated and positive, and believes in hard work and commitment to excellence. Passionate about people, she is currently on a committee with North Bay Regional Healthcare Foundation, member of the Board of Management of Cassellholme Home for the Aged, and Chair of the Bonfield Library Board.  Previously on the Board of the Near North Palliative Care Network for 6 years. Tamela is committed to using her skills to make a difference in her community.   She brings strong communication, relationship and people skills  along with a technical aptitude to her work. She is a public speaker and educator, creative, dedicated and innovative.


For more information about our volunteer opportunities, call us: (705) 497-9239 – 1-800-287-9441

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Main Office:
St. Joseph Motherhouse
2025 Main Street West
North Bay, ON  P1B 2X6
Phone: (705) 497-9239
Fax: (705) 497-1039
08:30-16:30 Monday-Friday
(closed for lunch between 12:00-13:00)

Mattawa Office:
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West Nipissing Office:
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