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Board of Directors & Staff

Jane Dupuis
Jane Dupuis (2005) President

Jane was born in Sudbury, the oldest of six daughters. She attended Laurentian University, achieving an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and later attended Teachers College at Queen’s University in Kingston.

With a diverse work and volunteer experience history, Jane realized that her talents could be put to good use for the right organization. By chance, in 2002, she met NOFCC’s then-President Micheline Ferguson and first learned about NOFCC. Having seen her mother and two of her sisters battle breast cancer, Jane had strong feelings of compassion about cancer’s smallest sufferers – the children. So in 2004 she decided to take on the position of Secretary for the NOFCC Board.

Currently a Quality Management Systems Officer for the City of Greater Sudbury’s Water/Wastewater Services Department, Jane loves pets and has enjoyed a 21+ year relationship with one special friend.

“Being a member of the NOFCC lets me feel that I am doing my bit to help”.

Shannon Primeau (2011) Vice President

A mother’s worst fear, hearing your child has cancer. On Dec 9th, 2002, Shannon Primeau’s son was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) Shannon and her 1 year old son, Jordan were flown to Toronto to receive treatment. After spending 3 months in Toronto and delivering Shannon’s second son Zackery there, her family was finally able to return home. Jordan went through 2.5 years of chemotherapy to kill his cancer.

Sadly, on Jan 22, 2006, 3 years after his diagnosis, Jordan relapsed. The leukemia attacked his Central Nervous System, causing Jordan to lose most of his vision.  Once again Jordan and Shannon were rushed to Toronto for vital treatment, not being able to return home for 10 months. Jordan received intense chemotherapy and radiation that lasted slightly over 3 years.

“I am happy to inform you that Jordan is a healthy and happy boy and is living as such!”

NOFCC was a huge part of Jordan and Shannon’s family’s life, relieving some of the financial burden having a sick child presents. They are grateful for everything NOFCC has done for them and are extremely proud of the organization.

“If I could only give back some of what the NOFCC has done for us, maybe joining the board will allow me to do just that, Families helping Families.

Vicky Wilton
Vicky Wilton (2008)

Pediatric Interlink Nurse for Northern Ontario BPHE, RN.

Vicky was born and raised in Sudbury, where she attended Laurentian University and received an undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education, before graduating from the Nursing program at Cambrian College.  Vicky has been employed with the Sudbury Regional Hospital since 1998 as a Staff Nurse on the Oncology/Palliative care unit and as a Nurse in Pediatrics and the Intensive Care Nursery.  Before joining the hospital, Vicky worked a number of years with the CNIB, VON, & Bayshore.
Vicky wanted to become the Pediatric Interlink Nurse because she loves working with children and their families; plus she enjoys the challenges involved with community based programs.  Vicky’s experience in oncology, pediatrics, and home care proves that she is the right person for this specialized position.

PLEASE NOTE: The Pediatric Interlink Nurse is a paid position with the Northeast Regional Cancer Center.  Vicki’s role is to provide guidance, support, and information to families of children with cancer.  Vicki is a volunteer with the NOFCC and she is our connection to families dealing with childhood cancer.

Jamie Cressswell
Jamie Cresswell (2016)

Jamie grew up in a small community outside of Sudbury. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University, and later attended Algonquin College in Ottawa for his electrical apprenticeship. He worked for many years in the electrical trade, performing work in residential, commercial, industrial and mining workplaces. It was during his time while working with a local mining company that he got involved in health and safety, which lead to his current role as a Provincial Mining Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Jamie’s son was diagnosed with a stage 3 brain tumour, 3yrs ago, he underwent emergency surgery to remove the tumour, and that was followed up with radiation and chemotherapy treatments. His son required a second surgery to remove cancerous tissue; however, after this surgery no radiation or chemotherapy was required. His son continues to be monitored at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

We are extremely grateful to NOFCC for providing assistance; we were able to focus on our son’s health, and know that there was an organization that would support us if required.

Justin Burns
Veronica Denommee (2016)

Born in Edmonton Alberta, moved to Sudbury at a young age and have remained in Sudbury since. Veronica graduated from Cambrian Nursing program in 2002 and began her career on the Oncology and Palliative *oor where she wanted to work as a student. She began her family a couple of years later and is a proud mother of two beautiful children. This forced her to rethink her current job situation and left the *oor to work outside of the hospital for work that was more accommodating to a young family life. After six and a half years working with Dr Barr, Veronica received the amazing opportunity to come back to the Hospital to work at the Cancer Center in the Chemotherapy Suite. She was never happier to be back in the nursing she loved!

Holding this current position for almost four years now, Veronica has had some exposure to the paediatric patients and has been lucky to make custom cupcakes for the paediatric patients for their end of treatment celebration. Also Veronica has volunteered for the Hats for Heroes fundraiser for the past 5 years. Looking to contribute further Veronica has now joined the NOFCC board to have the pleasure of helping these families to get through this journey and ease their burden anyway possible!

Kelly Bubba
Areeda Mohammed (2011)

Areeda Mohammed (2011)

Areeda was born in Trinidad and moved to Canada on June 11th, 1994.  Her favorite hobby and passion is cooking and hopes to have a restaurant one day! Here she pursued a career in Early Childhood Education at Cambrian College. Areeda was then employed at Laurentian Child and Family Centre from 1997-2007.   Working with wonderful children and families, Areeda decided it was time for a career change; she then pursued Human Resources Management where she graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma from Cambrian College in 2008.

Areeda worked for the Sudbury and District Health Unit and the City of Greater Sudbury before landing the position of Disaster Management Coordinator at the Canadian Red Cross Society in 2009 to present.

Her passion and love for working with children and people is evident; assisting people in our community when a disaster strikes any hour anytime. Meeting the client’s basic needs; of food, shelter and clothing.  Areeda also shares her passion with volunteering with local agencies and Groups;

  • Easter Seals 2001-2007
  • Relay for Life – 2002- Present
  • Dragon Boat festival
  • Diabetic Association- 5km Marathon
  • Personal Disaster Assistance Program- Canadian Red Cross Society
  • Early Childhood Education Board Member – 1995-2000
Aaron McBain
Jane Mazzuca (2015)

Staff

Dayna Caruso
Dayna Caruso (2012) – Executive Director

Dayna is a Honours graduate of the Psychology Program at Laurentian University and has special qualifications in neuroscience, family life studies, sexuality and women’s studies. Dayna worked as a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Worker for the Northern Lights Program and Ontario March of Dimes for 7 years, being hired in her 2nd year of her Honours BA. Dayna was hired by the Board of Directors in 2012 to help recruit volunteers and manage the fundraising for the organization. She was quickly promoted to Executive Director in 2014 as the needs of the charity began to grow and the responsibilities of her position required more attention. Dayna has played an important role in growing the name of the charity and developing it into the organization it is today.