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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

dwalker@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5006


John Friday

Vice President

  • Risk Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Resources
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Information Services
  • Property & Maintenance

jfriday@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5069


Terra Lofts

Director, Service Planning and Developmental Services

tlofts@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5018


Joni Nelson

Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Services

jnelson@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5088


Fred Schmidt

Director, Clinical Development, Evaluation, & Research

  • Performance Measurement
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research
  • Psychology
  • Learning Assessments

fschmidt@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5016


Chris McCarthy

Director, Data, Information Technology, and Communications

cmccarthy@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5044


Tanya MacLeod

Manager, Human Resources

  • Human Resources
  • Hiring
  • Employee Wellness

tmacleod@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5050


Darlene Niemi

Manager, Engagement, Planning, and Quality

  • Quality Assurance
  • Family Engagement
  • CYMH - Community Planning

dniemi@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-626-0308


Dave Villella

Manager, School Services

  • School Social Work
  • Day Treatment

dvillella@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5039


Renee Monsma

Manager, Infant & Child Services

  • Preschool Mental Health Services

rmonsma@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5076


Lisa Joubert

Manager, Youth Services

  • Intake
  • Access Network
  • First Connection (Brief Services)
  • While You Wait
  • Youth Mental Health (Counselling & Therapy)

ljoubert@childrenscentre.ca 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)

mread@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5027

Laura Meisner

Manager, Healthy Child Development & Autism Services

  • Pre-School Speech & Language
  • Blind-Low Vision & Infant Hearing
  • Autism Assessment

lmeisner@childrenscentre.ca 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

smcbean@childrenscentre.ca 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

ahill@childrenscentre.ca T: 807-343-5008