Board of Directors Biographies

Eileen McGrath Ervin

Chair

Ms. McGrath Ervin joined the legal profession in 1995 as a law clerk and has worked in numerous areas of law over the course of her career, including but not limited to Real Estate, Wills and Estates. In 2008 she successfully wrote her Paralegal License with the first set of Licensee's in Canada, and has provided support services to Criminal Lawyers, Provincial Offences Clients, Small Claims Court. Ms. McGrath Ervin appears as a Provincial Offences Court Agent throughout Northern Ontario.  She was born and raised in Northern Ontario and calls Marathon, Ontario home, where she ran a Branch Office for Rene Larson Law Office Professional Corporation for four years prior to opening  her own Paralegal Firm in the Town of Marathon and currently operates as EME Paralegal Services. Ms. McGrath Ervin continues to provide legal services throughout Northern Ontario. 

Christopher Martin

Vice-Chair

Mr. Martin is a Principal with Superior Greenstone District School Board. He is currently the lead learner of Lake Superior High School, located in Terrace Bay, Ontario. In addition to his school responsibilities, he is the SGDSB contact of the Teacher Leadership Learning Program.   Mr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University, with a focus in Physical and Health Education as well as Communication.  He completed a Masters degree from the University of New Brunswick in Educational Administration.   Additional qualifications include the completion of the Principals Qualification Program at Lakehead University and currently working toward completion of the Supervisory Officers Qualification Program.  Mr. Martin has previously sat as the Northern Regional Director for the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association and as a councillor representing Superior Greenstone District School Board for the Ontario Principals’ Council.

Paula Verin

Treasurer

Ms. Verin graduated from the Ambulance and Emergency Care program in 1992 and is currently a Paramedic for the Superior North EMS with 27 years of service and is a receipient of the Exemplary Service Medal.     She is also an instructor and Ambulance Service Inspector for the Ministry of Health.  Ms. Verin was previously a regional educator for the TBRHSC Base Hospital Program and was employed by Wilson Memorial General Hospital from 1990-1998 as an EMA volunteer then as a full time paramedic.  In addition to her role on NOSH's Board of Director's, she has also participated on the Marathon Cross Country Ski and Shoe Shoe Club Board of Directors since 2011.   Ms. Verin is currently pursuing a Health Administration degree through Athabasca University.

Claudette Morriseau 

Director 

Boozhoo, niin Mushkiki Wawiuk Ikwe Gahbiizhiag, I am a Anishinaabe ikwe from Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation), my given name Claudette Morriseau and I am currently employed  as  the Child & Family Prevention Services Coordinator for Pays Plat First Nation.
I am actively involved with my cultural and traditional ways of life. I am a Knowledge Keeper, helper and jingle dress dancer.
Involved with various community events throughout the year.  Furthermore, I earned my Community Health Representative  diploma from Confederation College in 1991-1993.
Worked in various positions that served many Anishinaabe families and communities.
Currently involved with the Anishinaabemowin Boodawe Committee that serves Pays Plat First Nation, Red Rock Indian Band and BZA.

Mary-Lynn Dingwell

Director 

Mary Lynn Dingwell is a resident of Rossport.  Mary Lynn started in Health Care in 1994 as a recreation therapist at Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital.  She then returned to school part time to complete a degree in social work graduating in 1997.  She left Thunder Bay in 1999 to work for The North of Superior Programs in Terrace Bay and Schreiber.  In 2007 she joined the newly formed North Shore Family Health Team as the social worker.  She completed a Master’s in Health Management from McMaster University in 2017 and transitioned to the role of Executive Director for the FHT in 2018.  Mary Lynn is also a director for the Rossport Local Service Board.  In her spare time, you can find her participating in many outdoor activities. 

Michèle Lajeunesse

Director

Michèle Lajeunesse has been a resident of Marathon, ON since 2015. Michèle relocated to Marathon after completing her post-secondary education at Laurentian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, with a concentration in Health Promotion, as well as a Master of Human Kinetics. Michèle works as the Community Health Promotion Coordinator at Marathon Family Health Team. Through her work in primary care, she has gained experience in identifying community healthcare needs, delivering programs that address barriers to optimal health, and working collaboratively with others to achieve key strategic directions and positive patient outcomes. Michèle has an interest in developing her leadership capabilities and is currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Health Leadership through the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She also serves as Board Chair with Superior North Victim Services and as Board Director with Marjorie House. In her spare time, you can find Michèle at her camp with her partner or participating in outdoor activities.

Philip Townsend

Director 

Philip Townsend is a retired Partner of the Consulting Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC").  He held a number of leadership roles for PwC Canada and for the PwC Global firm with a focus on strategic planning, finance function effectiveness, process improvement, internal controls design and technology enablement. Prior to joining PwC, Philip held a number of senior management positions in both the private and public sectors. He is a resident of Rossport living on Nicol Island having moved from southern Ontario to the North Shore in October 2018. He received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a Certified Internal Auditor. Philip has volunteered with various community based organizations in the Lake Superior North Shore area, the York Region of Ontario and in his home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Shelly Livingston

Director

Shelly (Michano) Livingston is a Nishnabeg Kwe from Biigtigong Nishnabeg. She served her home community for many years as the Community Health Nurse (RN) before continuing her path of helping the wider indigenous community. She is currently serving as Health Manager for the neighboring community Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg. From life and her lengthy career, she has seen the effects of colonization on the first people of this land with her own eyes. She has seen how systemic racism in health care contributes to issues such as chronic illnesses and social issues such as addiction and suicide. Noticing how systemic racism and the active separation of our society from our original ways of being is key in Shelly’s view of her surroundings; as well, as influencing the way she thinks about helping her indigenous relations overcome these challenges. She is an excellent listener with the talent for saying the right thing at the exact right time. She is a passionate supporter of the revitalization of Nishnaabemowin, taking care of relationships with the natural world around her and especially reclaiming indigenous food systems. Shelly has also served her fellow indigenous relatives on the board of directors for Biidaaban Healing Lodge, the Northern Neighbors Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic - White River, as well as Gagige Zaabigigaa, Northern Ontario Indigenous Food Sovereignty Collaborative, Stewardship Council. Her work as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada makes sure indigenous communities across Turtle Island have safe and accessible health care. She is well respected in her nursing communities and has had input into Accreditation Canada standards for Cultural Safety and Humility for non-indigenous health organizations nationally. By nature, Shelly is a nurturer and feels most herself and fulfilled when breaking down barriers and practicing her indigenous ways of being. She is a mother of two who is determined to leave this world in a better condition than she originally found it; teaching her children and their peers to follow in these footsteps along the way.

Stephen Wilson 

Director

Stephen Wilson is a resident of Marathon, ON. He was born and raised in Marathon and is a graduate of Marathon High School. Following post-secondary education in Ottawa and Thunder Bay, Mr. Wilson worked as a secondary teacher and school administrator in Geraldton, Ontario, where he was involved with the Greenstone Area Situation Table, Geraldton Curling Club, and other volunteer organizations. Mr. Wilson moved back to Marathon in 2019 as the Principal of Marathon High School where he focuses on positive relationships and student well-being. In addition to NOSH, he is currently involved with the Ontario Principals’ Council and serves as the principal representative on the Superior-Greenstone District School Board’s Policy Review Committee.

Vijay Veeramisti

Director

Mr. Vijay Veeramisti is currently working with Aditya Birla Group as General Manager (Maintenance & Engineering). He relocated to Canada in 2013 and joined AV Terrace Bay mill.  Prior to this, he worked in multiple countries such as India, UAE, and UK.  He is a master’s degree holder in Engineering (M.Eng) and Management (MBA). He is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng) from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) from UK. He has extensive experience with high-engineered systems and processes which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries; He held multiple roles in 25 years of his career such as Scientific Officer, Instrumentation Engineer, Capital Projects Manager, Program Manager, Maintenance & Engineering Manager. He earned multiple certifications to his credit, such as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Functional Safety Professional (FSP). He was awarded “Manufacturing Leader of the year – North America” in 2021 by GDS group, UK and was a recipient of a national award for his master’s thesis in Breast cancer detection using phase array based diffuse optical tomography by the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE).

Dr. Sayali Tadwalkar 

Chief of Staff

No biography at this time. 

Dr. Lindsay McLeod

 Associate Chief of Staff

Dr. Lindsay McLeod practices comprehensive rural family medicine with the North Shore Family Health Team.  She has also practiced rural family medicine at multiple locations throughout Northern Ontario.  She is the former Chief of Staff and President of Medical Staff for The McCausland Hospital.  Dr. McLeod is an Assistant Professor and Education Lead Coordinator – Terrace Bay/Schreiber site for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  She completed her medical degree at McMaster University in 2004 and the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of British Columbia in 2006.