“We welcome you to explore our website and join us in our journey as we navigate the experience of early learning and child care within our communities” – Tina Leduc, President/Chair of the Board of Directors

“Nous vous invitons à explorer notre site Web et à vous joindre à nous dans notre parcours alors que nous naviguons l’expérience de la petite enfance et de la garde d’enfants au sein de nos communautés” – Tina Leduc, président du conseil d’administration

Vision: Children and families are the heart of our future

Mission: Engaging children and families in fostering a healthy future for our communities

Values: Development, Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Excellence

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is committed to conducting business in an open, legal and ethical manner. This is accomplished by creating and maintaining a workplace built on the strength of trust, accountability and integrity. The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership setting long term goals based on our Vision, Mission and Values.

Board Contact Information

Tina Leduc, President/Chair

Email: chair@ocof.net

Get to know our Board of Directors

Vincent Lacroix, Past President

Vincent is a retired Inco maintenance employee with 30 years of service. He graduated from the electrical apprenticeship program as a 1st class electrician and was promoted to supervisor for the last 10 years of his employment. After retirement, Vincent was elected as a Councillor for the Municipality of French River serving three consecutive terms of office. After 15 years of public service, Vincent and his wife Colette decided to move to the City of Greater Sudbury. Vincent is a Board member with the Sudbury/Manitoulin Children’s Aid Society as well as a Board member at Cooperative Funeral Home in Sudbury, Chelmsford and Hanmer. Vincent joined OCOF/Nena’s Board of Directors in June 2015, appointed to Finance and Fundraising committees.

Tina Leduc, President

Tina is a Staff Scientist for Science North in the Education Department. Tina has always lived in Sudbury and has been raising her young family in her native community. As a mother of two, both her children attend our child care centre. Tina has also participated in many of the programs and events offered by OCOF/Nena. Tina has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017 and sit on the Finance committee.

Marlo Desjardins, Vice-President

Marlo joined the OCOF Board of Directors in June 2019, bringing with her over 15 years of Human Resources experience within the public sector. She is the Human Resources Manager for the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre and is an active member of the community. As a parent, Marlo has been involved with many OCOF programs and both her children attend OCOF daycare on a full-time basis. Marlo is a graduate of Laurentian University with a B.A. in Sociology and is currently involved in continuing education with York University.

Marianne Schwendener, Treasurer

Marianne was raised in Sudbury. After receiving a B.Sc. in Physics from Laurentian University, she chose to make her home in the Municipality of French River. She has worked with businesses and individuals in her region as a bookkeeper and tax preparer for the past ten years while raising her two children. An active community participant and advocate, Marianne volunteers with a variety of youth and community groups, participated gratefully in OCOF/Nena programming with her children in their early years, and partnered her non-profit organization with OCOF/Nena and the local Municipality to build the French River Community Splash Pad in 2016. Marianne joined the OCOF/Nena Board of Directors as its rural representative in 2018 and also sits on the Finance Committee.

Claire Valtins, Director

Claire joined the OCOF Board of Directors in June 2016, bringing 25 years of experience in the children’s service sector in the areas of health, mental health and education. For more than 15 years, Claire has maintained a management position working with Northeast Mental Health Centre as Program Manager with Integrated Services for Northern Children, Child and Family Centre as Program Manager for various children’s mental health programs and currently with Health Sciences North as Supervisor with the Infant and Child Development Services including Children’s Treatment Centre, rural Service Manager. Claire is an active participant at the community children’s tables and contributes in community wide cross sector planning for children and families across the District of Sudbury/Manitoulin. Claire is a graduate of Laurentian University with a BA in Psychology and is an OACCPP (cand).

Kathy Longarini, Director

Kathy was the Community Outreach Coordinator for Rainbow Schools, acting as liaison with the City of Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin- Sudbury District Service Board – Children’s Services/Early Learning Sector and their networks for children and families for 12 years. Kathy had the experience of collaborating with OCOF/Nena time and time again to assist in supporting the many needs of children and families in some of the most vulnerable circumstances across the district of Sudbury, Espanola and Sudbury East. OCOF/Nena’s vision and dedication demonstrated the value and rewarding benefits to the individuals they served. This inspired Kathy to become a supportive part to this organization as a member of the Board of Directors in June 2020.

Natasha Delaney, Director

Natasha is an active community member sitting on several councils and committees all geared to the health, education and well-being of families in our community. Natasha sits on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for Rainbow District School Board since 2015 to present as well as the Parent Involvement Committee serving as chair, vice Chair and secretary. Natasha has been involved with the Minnow Lake Community Gardens Committee from 2015 to present. Natasha was also involved with the Autism Ontario Sudbury Chapter Leadership Council From June 2014 to 2021. Natasha has always wanted to give back to OCOF for the support and leadership she received as a Program Member. Natasha is looking to pay forward by giving of her time and skills as a member of the Board of Directors.

Join our Board of Directors

Composition of the Board

The Board of Directors shall consist of minimum of seven (7) Directors to a maximum of eleven (11) Directors who must reflect the geographic, cultural, ethnic and linguistic characteristics of northern Ontario. Guidelines for the selection of Directors specify the range of professional skill, expertise and personal attributes required to make informed governance decisions.

Roles and responsibilities

Applicants will demonstrate an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and commitment this appointment will entail. Applicants will also demonstrate a commitment to dedicate the time required to attend Board meetings, participate on committees when required and attend annual events such as the Strategic Plenary and Annual General Meeting.

An understanding of the role of governance, the knowledge to participate in informed and critical discussions about policy issues and the ability to offer expertise in specific areas. Effective communication skills and the absence of a real or perceived conflict of interest.

Application Process

Every applicant must complete an application form supported by a C.V. and personal references. The Membership Committee will review all applications. All applicants will be acknowledged. To assist you in considering this position please review the Board Application form.

You can also contact Ms. France Gauthier, Executive Director for more information at (705) 677-0440 ext. 222 or france.gauthier@ocof.net

Applications should be forwarded to:

Chair, Membership Committee
c/o France Gauthier, Executive Director
Our Children, Our Future/Nos enfants notre avenir
201 Jogues Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 5L7

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Leadership Team

Executive Director: France Gauthier @ ext 222 – france.gauthier@ocof.net

Director, Finance & Corporate Services: Sierra Pothier @ ext 226 – sierra.pothier@ocof.net

Director, Child Care Services & Pedagogy: Donna Whitmore @ ext 224 – donna.whitmore@ocof.net

Manager, IT Services: Mark Trenouth @ ext 231 – mark.trenouth@ocof.net

Manager, Accounting Services: Lyne Thibault @ ext 227 – lyne.thibault@ocof.net

Manager, Fundraising & Community Engagement: Lynne Ethier @ ext 223 – lynne.ethier@ocof.net

Manager, Family Services: Stephanie Brazeau @ ext 228 – stephanie.brazeau@ocof.net

Executive Assistant: Chantal Mrochek @ ext 221 – chantal.mrochek@ocof.net

Administration Team

Payroll Specialist: Tina Gareau @ ext 234 – tina.gareau@ocof.net

Lead Billing & Accounts Payable Officer: Chantal Brousseau @ ext 230 – chantal.brousseau@ocof.net

Billing & Accounts Payable Officer: Penelope Morel @ ext 295 – penelope.morel@ocof.net

HR Specialist: Jessica Conlon @ ext 286 – jessica.conlon@ocof.net

Finance Assistant: Tamara Gatto @ ext 553 – tamara.gatto@ocof.net

Administrator – IT Services: Michael Fortin @ ext 292 – michael.fortin@ocof.net