Dilico Anishinabek Family Care’s Board of Directors are responsible for setting the long-term vision for Dilico and providing guidance for operational efficiencies. All Directors are independent from the management team and represent the First Nations in Dilico’s service area.

Meet our 2021 Board of Directors

Chief Theresa Nelson

December 22, 1972
Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek
(Lake Nipigon Ojibway First Nation)

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Chief Theresa Nelson is currently the President of the Board of Directors and has served as the Vice-President for five years. Chief Nelson has several years’ experience working with families on reunification through life plans, assisting members with re-entering the workforce, becoming new homeowners, or completing treatment and training. As Chief of her community, she is honoured to provide front line assistance to families and help with needs; from helping to secure housing to preparing members to attend treatment and training programming. Chief Nelson has two diplomas from Sault College in the science field which provides her with an excellent background in planning and technical advisory roles and great communication skills. She has worked for the Ministry and understands policy and procedures. As a mother, she is well versed in multi-tasking, nurturing and ensuring that the work gets completed on time. As a hunter and trapper, Chief Nelson knows how to survive with basic needs, she can think quickly and without panic. She is a logical thinker and has travelled in many moccasins; coming up with solutions without judgment. She is always willing to roll up her sleeves and fight on the front line when things get rough, answer tough questions when things go south, or be there for the most precious moments. She dedicates 100% to everything she does.

Shirley Tyance

August 20, 1996
Long Lake 58 First Nation

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Shirley is the Vice President of the Board and was appointed by the community of Long Lake 58 First Nation and is in her third year on the Board. She is currently employed as a Metis Family Wellbeing Coordinator. Shirley’s educational background is in teaching. She has 35 years’ experience in Social Services and 20 years’ experience in Child Care and Education. Shirley is an experienced facilitator in Traditional teachings and traditional parenting. She has been trained in many areas: ASIST, Safe Talk, First Aid Mental Health, First Aid/CPR, B Safer.

Donald A. Humphries

October 12, 1954
Michipicoten First Nation

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Donald is the Secretary/Treasurer and has been on the Board of Directors for seven years. He has a Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University as well as a Masters of Social Work from York University. Donald worked in the field of Child Welfare for over 31 years; 5 years for Alberta Social Services and 26 years for the Childs Aid Society of Algoma. All of his social work career occurred in rural communities and he was a Supervisor/Manager for 25 years. He has a Voluntary Social Services Management Certificate from York Univeristy and is a certified trainer for OACAS. At times, he taught college courses in Family Violence and Rural Social, and supervised College and University Field Placements. Donald has also written numerous social policies and funding proposals over the last 35 years.

Bonnie Goodchild

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
(Pic River First Nation)

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Bonnie Goodchild has been on the Board for more than five years. She is a lifetime member and resident of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. She has a solid foundation of the indigenous way of life and is a proud Anishinabe Kwe. She has served on Council for a total of ten years. Bonnie’s educational background is in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Her previous work experience includes ten years as a personnel clerk with Parks Canada, ten years as the Executive Director of Anishinabek Employment and Training Services. Bonnie is currently the General Manager with Pic River Development Corporation, a non-profit organization promoting Biigtigong Nishnaabeg economic and social development for the membership.

Michele Solomon

Fort William First Nation

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Michele was appointed as a representative of the Chief and Council of Fort William First Nation. She has served on the Board for four years. She is currently employed as a Community Development Manager by the Ontario Native Women’s Association. She has five years of management experience, and twelve years of experience working in Mental Health and Addictions. Michele possesses a Social Service Worker Diploma and a Bachelor Arts Indigenous Learning. She has a certificate in Management Training from Schulich and has been on Council for Fort William First Nation for six years.

Kelly Fortier

October 22, 1977
Ginoogaming First Nation

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Kelly was appointed as a Board of Director by the community of Ginoogaming First Nation and is serving her third year on the Board. She is currently employed by Ginoogaming First Nation as the Community Health Representative / Registered Practical Nurse. She also worked for her community as the Prescription Drug Coordinator for six years. Kelly also has experience as a Family Support Worker. She was elected and has served more than six years on Band Council for Ginoogaming First Nation. She is also the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Mazinaajim Childrens Foundation.

Chief Wilfred King

Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek
(Gull Bay First Nation)

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Chief Wilfred King has been on the Board of Directors for eight years and has served two terms as the Vice-President of the Board. He represents his community of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek.

Tracy Gibson

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
(Sand Point First Nation)

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Tracy was appointed to the Board of Dilico to represent Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek.  This is Tracy’s first term on the Council of BNA and her first year on the Board of Dilico. Previously to her being elected to Council, Tracy worked in the Governance Coordinator role for her First Nation for 5 years. Her previous work experience included 10 years in banking and 17 years as an Accounts Payable Clerk for a privately owned company. Tracy was born and raised in Thunder Bay, due to the displacement of Sand Point Members by the government back in the 50’s.  Tracy is passionate about her First Nation and is thrilled to be a part of the redevelopment of Sand Point First Nation, the land that her father once called home.  


Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg
(Pic Mobert First Nation)

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Raymond Louis Goodchild

Pays Plat First Nation

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Raymond was appointed by Chief and Council of Pays Plat First Nation to sit on the Dilico Board of Directors. He has served 12 terms as a Board of Director. Raymond has worked for his community for many years. He has served his membership as a Chief for 2 years and a Councillor for 14 years. Raymond has a lot of Board experience, also serving on the boards for: Marjorie Crisis Home Marathon, McCausland Hospital Terrace Bay, Schreiber Food Bank, North of Superior Counselling Program and Wequedong Lodge. Raymond is a graduate of the Social Service Worker Program from Confederation College and has 34 years’ work experience in the social service field.

Edward Wawia

Red Rock Indian Band

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Bio coming soon

Diana Nayanookeesic

March 19, 1958
Whitesand First Nation

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Diana was appointed by Chief and Council and represents Whitesand First Nation. She has served as a Board of Director for 3 years. She has worked for Whitesand First Nation for 25 years and held various positions since then. She is currently employed as the Indian Registration Administrator. She is also a Board of Director for Biidaaban Healing Lodge.


Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek

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TBA – Vacant

Senior Management

Dilico has brought together strong leaders, professionals, teachers and families to create a custom culture of care. Together, we guide, advocate and care for Anishinabek children, families and communities to help them connect with their culture and achieve incredible things.

Meet our Senior Management team:

  • Executive Director: Darcia Borg
  • Associate Executive Director: John Dixon
  • Director of Finance and Corporate Services: Kevin Green
  • Director of Health Services: Natalie Paavola
  • A/Director of Child Welfare: Vanessa McLaughlin
  • Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Tina Bobinski


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