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Our Mission

To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

Our Vision

To create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities.

Our District

United Way Centraide North East Ontario services the districts of Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Manitoulin, Cochrane, and Timiskaming.

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Our History

For over three decades, UWCNEO has been working locally to improve lives and create opportunities that help build brighter futures.

We believe that for our community to truly thrive, we need to look beyond single issues and temporary fixes. By working in partnership with our community; business, labour, social services, we identify needs and invest in targeted programs that help change lives.

Our Leadership - Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Tina Vincent-Gagnon, President

    Tina Vincent-Gagnon has worked at Vale for over 16 years as an operator and is a proud, active member of United Steelworkers Local 6500. She’s been involved with the USW Women's Committee, Health and Safety, and is a union representative for the Human Rights/Harassment department. Tina has also worked with the Young Worker Awareness Program in high schools across Northeast Ontario and is the representative for USW in their annual United Way workplace campaign.

  • Dr. Rayudu Koka, Vice President

    Dr. Koka is an accomplished Consultant Psychiatrist who has practiced in Sudbury since 1986. He is Medical Director for the Mental Health & Addictions Program, Health Sciences North (HSN) and Professor of Psychiatry with Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Dr. Koka has also served as Section Chair Psychiatry for NOSM. Currently, he is with Ontario Medical Association (OMA) as OMA Council Delegate for District 9 and OMA Section of Psychiatry Executive Member. Dr. Koka has many years of experience with Boards and Committees, including the HSN Board, the Multicultural Folk Arts Association of Sudbury, United Way, the Greater Sudbury Police Services, Laurentian University, and the India-Canada Association (ICA) of Sudbury. He has also sat on multiple mental health committees at the local, regional, and provincial level.

  • Valerie Barbe, Vice President Labour

    Valerie Barbe joined United Way’s Board of Directors as a Labour Representative in May 2018. Bringing 30 years of experience in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, Valerie is passionate about helping others by offering a “hand-up,” not a “handout.” Valerie is a proud CUPE member of Local 2599 and sits on their Executive as the Chief Steward and a Return to Work Advocate. Valerie is dedicated to building stronger communities and helping to create permanent, positive change for those struggling in poverty. Valerie is also a delegate for the Sudbury District Labour Council and the Vice President of the Sudbury Provincial NDP Riding Association.

  • Patrick Brouzes, Past President

    Patrick was born and raised in Sudbury. For over 20 years, he's worked in the financial services industry, the last seven as a financial planner with Bank of Montreal. Patrick is currently an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, is a Fellow to the Canadian Securities Institute, and a Certified Financial Planner professional. Patrick enjoys giving back in his community. In addition to his volunteer work with United Way, he is a board member with the Health Sciences North Foundation.

  • Lisa Scott, Treasurer

    Lisa Scott is a Partner at Baker Tilly SNT. She was born and raised in Sudbury and graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 2001. Lisa is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator with 18 years of professional experience. Along with her passion toward her career, Lisa enjoys giving back to the community which includes volunteering on Boards of organizations such as United Way North East Ontario.


  • Gary Aubut, Director

    Gary started working with the City of Greater Sudbury in April 1998. Within a few years, he was actively involved with Health & Safety for the Inside Unit, later becoming Chair for the committee. In 2005, Gary became a Union Steward for the Inside Unit. He is passionate about his work and about helping members. Gary is currently Chief Steward for the Inside and both the Inside and Outside Rep. for WSIB. In addition to being a board member for United Way, Gary sits on the SDLC and SDCC.

  • Doug Conroy, Director

    Doug Conroy is the Manager, Human Resources, for Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. With more than 30 years of mining experience in Ontario and South America, including over 10 years of experience in senior management roles, Doug currently leads the Human Resource functions for Sudbury Operations including Indigenous Engagement, Labour Relations, Occupational Health, Organizational Development, Compensation and Benefit, Communications and Public Affairs. Doug holds a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Doug is active in his community and is involved in several working groups with Wahnapitae First Nation, Sagamok Anishnawbek, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and the Métis Nations of Ontario.

  • Paul Gomirato, Director

    Paul Gomirato established PG Creative in 1987. He oversees the standards of excellence in creative development and production; account management and client relations; as well as new media services, development and integration. From 1987 – 2007, Paul developed and delivered courses in Graphic Design, Advertising Design and New Media as a part-time Professor at Cambrian College. Paul is active in his community having served on many Boards including UWCNEO, Sudbury Community Foundation, Rotary of Sudbury Sunrisers, The Northern Artist Guild, and Chair of the Visual Arts Advisory Committee and Cambrian College. Paul has been a proud volunteer with United Way for 30 years.

  • Dr. Paula F. Gouveia, Director

    Dr. Paula F. Gouveia, joined Cambrian College in the role of Vice-President, Academic in August 2019. Prior to joining Cambrian, she held progressive academic positions at Seneca College and most recently Humber College, where she served as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2009. During her time at Humber, she supported various community partnerships and organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toronto, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and the United Way.

    Fluent in four languages, Dr. Gouveia completed her PhD in French literature at the University of Toronto in 2013 and TESL Canada Certification in 2014 which allows her to more effectively support the needs of diverse learners. Having recently relocated to Sudbury, she is eager to learn more about our community and help to make a difference.

  • Thomas Guscott, Director

    Having been called to the Bar in 2019, Thomas is a licensed lawyer who holds a law degree from The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where he explored the foundations of the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and focused on improving access to justice in rural communities. The decision to venture into law was driven by his past experiences working as a summer student with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, where he became aware of the significant needs of our most vulnerable population. Thomas is eager to use what he has learned in both public and private practice to improve their quality of life through the United Way. Now with the accounting and tax firm SRWC LLP, Thomas continues to help assist the local businesses of Sudbury everyday to succeed and develop the community that he grew up in.

  • Marisa Jarus, Director

    Marisa joined the City of Greater Sudbury in 2016 as the City’s first Active Transportation Coordinator, responsible for leading the effort to make Greater Sudbury’s streets safer and more accessible for residents who walk or ride a bike to meet their daily travel needs. Marissa is passionate about connecting ideas and people, building up her local community and exploring new places with a strong coffee in hand.

  • Nastassia McNair, Director

    Nastassia holds an Honors Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Masters of Public Health. She's currently a Health Promoter at Public Health Sudbury & Districts and is passionate about building healthy communities. Nastassia has been involved with the UWCNEO in a volunteer capacity since 2013 through both the Young Leaders on Board and GenNext Programs. In her spare time, she enjoys taking dance classes, playing volleyball, and travelling to new places. Nastassia is looking forward to giving back to the community where she grew up and help drive community change across the North East.

  • Barb Nott, Director

    Barb retired in 2002 after a wonderful career with the Rainbow District School Board. Since then, she has been a staple in the volunteer sector in our City. She has sat on various boards, trained with Girl Guides of Canada and was elected President of the Sudbury Teachers Lions Club. Recently, Barb was named chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the City of Greater Sudbury. This group is working to help our community become more age-friendly and to bring attention to seniors’ issues. Barb is arguably just as busy in retirement. Barb believes in giving back to the community and organizations that she belongs to, so we have a better place to live and be active. Her experience working on boards and with non-profits will provide valuable insights and prospective.

  • Michael Penwarden, Director

    Originally from Winnipeg, Mike has over 35 years of experience as a commercial banker and has been serving clients in Northern Ontario for over two decades. As an active volunteer, Mike has served his community in a variety of roles including Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Co-Chair of the Ward 10 Community Action Network, and Chair of United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l'Ontario's Campaign Cabinet. A proud alumni of the University of Guelph, Mike enjoys the outdoors and travelling with his wife Sandra.

  • Sebastian Shushan, Director

    Sebastian Shushan learned the importance of community at a young age. His professional experience includes working for the Ministry of Community and Social Services/Children and Youth Services, and various departments at Laurentian University including Accessibility Services, Treasury, and Human Resources. Sebastian is an avid and dedicated volunteer for multiple organizations around Sudbury and is inspired by people who help bring peace to those who need it.

  • Wayde Smith, Director

    Wayde has worked in the Social Services field for the past 23 years. He currently holds a position of an Adult Protective Service Worker, in addition to being a Registered Psychotherapist, at the Community Counselling Center of Nipissing, in North Bay. This role has allowed him to showcase his strong advocacy skills and passion for helping vulnerable individuals and their families. In addition, Wayde sits as the Northern Representative, on the Adult Protective Service Workers Association of Ontario. Wayde is very active in his community; he has sat on a variety of committees which include but not limited to; Special Education Advisory Committee for the Near North District School Board, Rights Committee with Community Living West Nipissing, and Specialized Accommodations with The North Network for Specialized Care. He is also very engaged in giving back to his community by participating in multiple community fundraisers/events and is currently coaching North Bay Boys Competitive Soccer Club and Rep Youth Hockey in Astroville. Wayde is also an active, proud member of Unifor; he currently holds the position of the Unit President and the Recording Secretary, on the Executive Board for Unifor Local 103. Wayde has spent the...

Our Team

  • Mary Lou Hussak, CFRE

    Executive Director

    Phone: 705.560.3330 ext. 201

  • Katherine Cockburn

    Development Manager

    Phone: 705.560.3330 ext 218

  • Linda Dupuis

    Governance & Partnership Manager

    Phone: 705.560.3330 ext 222

  • Jennifer Gorman

    Regional Manager

    Phone: 705.531.7233 ext 305

  • Patti Lamothe

    Finance Manager

    Phone: 705-560-3330 ext 212

  • Laura Beaudoin

    Communications Manager

    Phone: 705.560.3330 ext 215

  • Natalie Marshall

    Finance Associate and Data Specialist

    Phone: 705.560.3330 ext 217

  • Adam Killah

    Philanthropy and Donor Relations Officer

    Phone: 705.560.3330 ext. 223

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