William W. Creighton Youth Services

Inspiring youth to nurture healthy communities

Board of Directors
About Board of Directors

Dr. Ben Stride-Darnley (President)

Ben was appointed a Director in June 2011.  He recently graduated from the Northern School of Medicine and is completing his residency in Family Medicine the Northern School of Medicine / Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre.

Dr. David Richards (Vice-President)

David was appointed in June 2013.  David has a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and holds Master degrees in Business Administration and Social Work.  He is a faculty member and the Assistant Dean and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Faulty of Business Administration at Lakehead University.

Michelle Probizanski (Member at Large)

In June 2019, Lakehead District School Board trustees have approved the appointment of Michelle Probizanski to the post of Superintendent of Education. Michelle Probizanski has served with the board for 15 years, including most recently as Principal of Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

Melanie Dupont (Member at Large)

Melanie was confirmed in June 2016.  She was the Vice-President of the Community Action Group for Windsor, Blucher and Piction neighbourhood for the City of Thunder Bay and currently provides district representation.

Ron Kanutski (Director)

Ron was appointed as a Director in June 2016.  Ron is a Registered Social Worker and Native Cultural Teacher in the mental health and addictions field.  He owns and operates With Care Consulting, healing through connection.

Rachel Labate

Appointed in February 2017, Rachel has received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Lakehead University and is currently working towards her designation as Chartered Professional Accountant.  She is an active member of the Thunder Bay Woman’s Hockey Association and participates in various community races and marathons within our community.

Bob Simon

Bob is originally from the Elsipogtog First Nation, formerly called the Big Cover Band and belongs to Mi’kmaq First Nation, his family relocated to Thunder Bay in 1998.  Bob is the Aboriginal Liaison Officer for City of Thunder Bay Police Services and he is dedicated to creating positive relationships between Aboriginal students and City Police.  His appointment as a Director commended in March 2017.

Pat Murphy

Pat, appointed as a Director in 2017, is lifelong resident of Thunder Bay and has served 27 years with the City of Thunder Bay Police Services.  He also owns and manages PDR Contracting and Concrete Walls, both successful companies that provide commercial and residential contracting.

Michael A. Hargadon, M.A., J.D.

Michael has been appointed in March 2019 and will be confirmed in June.  Michael specializes in criminal law, is the firm principal and provides services to our northern communities. His background and preparation as lawyer will be valuable to Creighton.