Who We Are

Children's Centre Thunder Bay leads the way for children and youth to improve their quality of life.

We are an accredited team of respected professionals working in collaboration with families, caregivers and partners to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and youth.

Under the governance of a volunteer Board of Directors, our Management Team provides leadership to more than 150 professionals from fields such as social work, psychology, early childhood education, speech and language, developmental services and nursing.

As a team, we have a shared commitment to service excellence in prevention, treatment, research, and educational programs that improves the quality of life for children and youth.

Meet our Management Team:

Diane Walker

Chief Executive Officer T: 807-343-5006

John Friday

Vice President

  • Risk Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Resources
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Information Services
  • Property & Maintenance T: 807-343-5069

Terra Lofts

Director, Service Planning and Developmental Services T: 807-343-5018

Joni Nelson

Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Services T: 807-343-5088

    Fred Schmidt

    Director, Clinical Development, Evaluation, & Research

    • Performance Measurement
    • Program Evaluation
    • Research
    • Psychology
    • Learning Assessments T: 807-343-5016

    Chris McCarthy

    Director, Data, Information Technology, and Communications T: 807-343-5044

    Tanya MacLeod

    Manager, Human Resources

    • Human Resources
    • Hiring
    • Employee Wellness T: 807-343-5050

    Darlene Niemi

    Manager, Engagement, Planning, and Quality

    • Quality Assurance
    • Family Engagement
    • CYMH - Community Planning T: 807-626-0308

    Dave Villella

    Manager, School Services

    • School Social Work
    • Day Treatment T: 807-343-5039

    Renee Monsma

    Manager, Infant & Child Services

    • Preschool Mental Health Services T: 807-343-5076

    Lisa Joubert

    Manager, Youth Services

    • Intake
    • Access Network
    • First Connection (Brief Services)
    • While You Wait
    • Youth Mental Health (Counselling & Therapy) T: 807-343-5047

    Marinna Read

    Manager, Adolescent Services

    • Adolescent Mental Health (Counselling & Therapy)
    • Youth Engagement/New Mentality
    • Youth Justice
    • U-TURN
    • Oshkiniikidjig Miikanens (Cultural Group) T: 807-343-5027

    Laura Meisner

    Manager, Healthy Child Development & Autism Services

    • Pre-School Speech & Language
    • Blind-Low Vision & Infant Hearing
    • Autism Assessment T: 807-343-5094

    Scott McBean

    Manager, Child Care Services and Coordinated Service Planning

    • Special Needs Resource Program
    • Pre-School Assessment & Consultation
    • Coordinated Service Planning
    • Complex Special Needs T: 807-343-5019

    Angela Hill

    Manager, Live-In Treatment Services & Supervised Access

    • Short Term Assessment and Treatment Unit
    • Supervised Access Program
    • Walk-In Clinic T: 807-343-5008