One of Patrick 4 Life’s key volunteers this year was Tyler Besner. Tyler was a key component in assisting with Run Walk registration, as well as race day preparation. On top of that, Tyler volunteered with P4L throughout the year by assisting with newsletter distribution and marketing within the university.
Tyler is a graduate of Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and aspires to pursue a career in law. Tyler is one of the most self-motivated, hard working individuals that P4L has had the pleasure of working with. His positive attitude and the energy he brought to the organization did not go unnoticed and definitely made a powerful impact. P4L would like to sincerely thank Tyler for all of his efforts and wishes him nothing but the best in his future career as any employer would be fortunate to have him!
An active Board member of the Patrick for Life organization since 2007, Mr. Michel Paulin recently retired with more than 35 years of progressive experience in financial and organisational management roles within the financial co-operative financier and education sectors, where he held senior executive management positions. He has also gained extensive knowledge and experience on Boards and Committees at the provincial and national levels within the associative non-profit, insurance, financial co-operative and public sectors. He is currently a director on Board of Le Groupe Media TFO and Chair of the Audit Committee.
Michel also supports organizations in their implementation of policy governance frameworks and is a consultant in the development of Strategic Enterprise Risk Management Framework for the school board sector in the province of Ontario.
Michel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Brock Univ.) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA – Laurentian Univ.). He is also a Chartered Corporate Director (ASC – C.Dir– Laval Univ).
Michel plays an essential part on the Patrick 4 Life board as he is currently the Chair. For the past 10 years, Michel’s experience, educational background and strong work ethic has helped shaped Patrick 4 Life to what it is today. His leadership is bar none, and P4L will forever be grateful for all his hard work and determination in fulfilling Patrick’s Wish of Zero AIDS.
Anna-Marie Aquino, Principal at St. Gregory’s Catholic Elementary School, has played leadership roles with Patrick4Life for the past 8 years. She is the principal writer and coordinator of the Partici-Patrick curriculum (Grades 3 to 8) which was originally written and then revised with the support of volunteer teachers. She has also led the teacher-training committee to develop a professional development program to enable teachers to implement the Partici-Patrick program in a most effective manner.
The most recent research project was led by Anna-Marie as the principal researcher. Under her leadership and guidance a research initiative was undertaken entitled, “Partici-Patrick and Values Education, Developmental Assets, Self-Worth and Self Esteem in Grade 4 – 6 students’ The findings from this report revealed that students participating in the Partici-Patrick program emerged with a higher sense of self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
Patrick4Life’s success is directly related to the leadership of a volunteer such as Anna-Marie.
Tony Limina is an Honours Business Administration Graduate from the University of Western, Ontario. Recently, Tony retired as President of Kennedy Insurance Broker’s Inc. after thirty-one year tenure. Prior to this he was with Gulf Oil Company Limited before leaving his position of Manager, Financial Planning and Control, Central and Eastern Canada in 1983.
Currently Tony maintains an active role with Rotary and is a Board member of Northern Ontario Angels. He has been on the Patrick 4 Life Board for several years acting as Chair of the Management Committee. In his role as the Chair of the Management Committee, Tony has made a positive impact on the direction of the Patrick 4 Life organization and continues to thrive in his role. His devotion, guidance and leadership have in many ways shaped P4L to the organization it is today and his volunteerism is something that will always be cherished. Thank you for your many years of great work!
The Volunteer of the Month for April is Pierre Chaput! Pierre is the Financial Controller for La Conseil Scolaire Catholique Franco-Nord. For the past two years, Pierre has volunteered for Patrick 4 Life and is an active member of the Management Committee. As a member of the Management Committee, he plays a significant role in contributing to the operational decisions which have to be made in the best interest of the P4L organization.
Pierre is in charge of the organization’s finances and audit preparation. As a non-profit organization, there are continual financial challenges which have to be addressed. Pierre’s financial knowledge and skills contribute to effect decision making. Whether it be preparing for the audit or the countless hours spent preparing financial reports, Pierre’s efforts go above and beyond the call of duty. Patrick 4 Life appreciates everything he has done and is thrilled that he is a key part of the team!
The Volunteer of the Month for March is Kelsey Cobb! Kelsey has been volunteering with Patrick 4 Life for over 4 years; she was the executive assistant for 2 years and is now an active volunteer on the Run/Walk Committee. Kelsey graduated from Guelph University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and then graduated Nipissing University with a Bachelors of Education Degree. After Graduation, Kelsey traveled to England where she taught Fashion and Art for 2 years. Currently, she is a Long Term Occasional (LTO) teacher for the Near North District School Board teaching at Widdifield Secondary School. As a life-long learner, she believes in helping students develop a passion for learning. Being an artist and visual learner, she recognizes the importance of differentiated instruction and strives to implement it into her classroom. She is a creative, organized and energetic teacher who is motivated and inspired to develop student centered learning. Patrick 4 Life thanks Kelsey not only for her years of hard work, but for the passion and energy she has instilled in the organization that continues to be a source of motivation.
For the month of February, the volunteer of the month is Kealey Ducharme! Kealey has been heavily involved with Patrick 4 Life for over 4 years now. She has assisted in many activities that P4L has implemented throughout the community, such as volunteering for the annual Day of Champions and Run/Walk events. In addition, she was the president of Youth 4 Youth and was in charge of previous events such as Youthfest and Pizza 4 Patrick. Most recently, Kealey graduated from St. Joseph Scollard Hall with prestigious awards such as the Dick Smith Memorial Volunteer Award and the Nipissing-Parry Sound District Catholic Distinguished Graduate Award. She was also awarded Student of the Year Honors at St. Joseph Scollard Hall. Kealey has just begun her first year at Queens University studying Con-Ed and is pursuing a career in teaching. Patrick 4 Life wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavors and cannot thank her enough for all her years of hard work and dedication!