Our Board

Our Board

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Elizabeth Fry Society Northwestern Ontario is governed by a 10 member volunteer board.

Caycie Soke
President

Caycie Soke is a Métis lawyer born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She moved to Thunder Bay in 2015 to work in administrative law with a specialization in poverty law. In her down time she enjoys hiking with her three dogs and gardening. She has been a member of the Board since 2016.

VACANT
Vice-President

Jean Armstrong
Treasurer

Jean was the Executive Director for an arts centre in Manitoba, and has held positions across several boards including the Thunder Bay Symphony, Bay Credit Union, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Manitoba) among others. Now retired, and in her final place of employment, Jean brings along her skills, knowledge, & abilities in Management, Financial Accounting and Office Administration gained throughout her career and volunteer positions. She has been a member of the Board since 2019.

Tara Hum
Secretary

Tara’s practice focuses primarily on Real Estate, Wills & Estate and Corporate Commercial law. Originally from Ottawa, she is proud to now call Thunder Bay her home. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Law Association and the Law Society of Ontario, as well as a sponsor member of the Thunder Bay Real Estate Board. In her free time, Tara gives back to the community by volunteering and likes to stay active by playing hockey, golf, running and downhill skiing. She has been a member of the Board since 2017.

Kate Brindley
Director

Kate Brindley is a director on the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario and the chair of the advocacy committee. She is also a criminal defence lawyer, who has practiced law in her hometown of Thunder Bay since her call to the Ontario bar in 2010. Kate is a member of Ontario’s Criminal Lawyers’ Association and Thunder Bay Law Association. She regularly presents at continuing education events for lawyers and community events. Kate teaches advanced criminal advocacy at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and participates in a number of social justice and court committees. She has been a member of the Board since 2016.

Bev Picard
Director

Bev Picard is Metis from the Winnipeg area but was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She is a retired Registered Social Worker who worked for 24 years in the Forensic Adult Mental Health Unit of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Previous to that, she worked with women who had been sexually abused. She has been a member of the Board since 2018.

Jamie McGuiness

Jamie Lynne McGinnis is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Batchewana First Nation, Rankin Reserve.  She relocated to Thunder Bay in 2011 to work as Legal Counsel for the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and since 2018 has been the Indigenous Services Coordinator. She briefly taught at Confederation College in 2013 and an intensive human rights course for the Bora Laskin Law School in 2015. She has been a member of the Board since 2016.

Erin Bellavance

Erin Bellavance has resided in Thunder Bay since 2004 and is a frontline Social Worker in the community. She represents Northwestern Ontario on the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario (CEFSO) Board of Directors 2008-2020 and serves as an Ontario Representative on the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) Board of Directors 2015-2020. Erin also works with the Provincial Advocacy Team to monitor conditions of confinement inside Provincial jails. She has been a member of the Board since 2007.

Steph Simko

Steph Simko (she/her) is a Lakehead graduate who holds two MA degree (one in English and Women’s Studies and another in Social Justice Studies), with future aspirations to pursue a PhD. She is a former Gender Equity Centre Coordinator with the Lakehead Student Union and currently works at the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre as the Coordinator of the “Analysis to Action on Gender-Based Violence” Project.  Steph is also part of the Loud Women Collective, a grassroots movement promoting equality, inclusivity and body positivity through creative engagement and education. She has been a member of the Board since September 2020.

Helle Møller

Helle Møller Joined the Board in September 2021. She was born, grew up and received her initial education as a nurse in Denmark. She has called Thunder Bay her home since August 1999 although has moved back and forth between Thunder Bay, Nunavut, Alberta, Denmark and Greenland to work as a nurse, an educator and a researcher and to complete an MSc and PhD in Medical Anthropology. Since 2011 Helle has been permanently in Thunder Bay working in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University where her research teaching and community involvement spans the determinants of health focusing on social justice particularly in relation to the north. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Elizabeth Fry Society Northwestern Ontario is governed by a 10 member volunteer board. Our current Board:

Caycie Soke
President

Caycie Soke is a Métis lawyer born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She moved to Thunder Bay in 2015 to work in administrative law with a specialization in poverty law. In her down time she enjoys hiking with her three dogs and gardening. She has been a member of the Board since 2016

Mary Veltri
Vice-President

Mary is the former president of the Elizabeth Fry Society of NWO. She is also a Regional Advocate for the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario and conducts inspections of Ontario Correctional Centres to identify systemic concerns raised by prisoners. She is a former lawyer at the Kinna Aweya legal Clinic where she practiced poverty law for 25 years and has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors for over 30 years. She has been a member of the Board since 2013.

Jean Armstrong
Treasure

Jean was the Executive Director for an arts centre in Manitoba, and has held positions across several boards including the Thunder Bay Symphony, Bay Credit Union, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Manitoba) amoung others. Now retired, and in her final place of employment, Jean brings along her skills, knowledge, & abilities in Management, Financial Accounting and Office Administration gained throughout her career and volunteer positions. She has been a member of the Board since 2019

Tara Hum
Secretary

Tara’s practice focuses primarily on Real Estate, Wills & Estate and Corporate Commercial law. Originally from Ottawa, she is proud to now call Thunder Bay her home. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Law Association and the Law Society of Ontario, as well as a sponsor member of the Thunder Bay Real Estate Board. In her free time, Tara gives back to the community by volunteering and likes to stay active by playing hockey, golf, running and downhill skiing. She has been a member of the Board since 2017

Kate Brindley

Kate Brindley is a director on the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario and the chair of the advocacy committee. She is also a criminal defence lawyer, who has practiced law in her hometown of Thunder Bay since her call to the Ontario bar in 2010. Kate is a member of Ontario’s Criminal Lawyers’ Association and Thunder Bay Law Association. She regularly presents at continuing education events for lawyers and community events.  Kate teaches advanced criminal advocacy at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and participates in a number of social justice and court committees. She has been a member of the Board since 2016

Bev Picard

Bev Picard is Metis from the Winnipeg area but was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She is a retired Registered Social Worker who worked for 24 years in the Forensic Adult Mental Health Unit of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Previous to that, she worked with women who had been sexually abused. She has been a member of the Board since 2018.

Lori Gilbert

Lori Gilbert served as Treasurer from June 2015 to June 2019. She works as Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and has been involved in the arts and feminist activism in our community since 1987. She has been a member of the Board since 2014.

Jamie McGuiness

Jamie Lynne McGinnis is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Batchewana First Nation, Rankin Reserve.  She relocated to Thunder Bay in 2011 to work as Legal Counsel for the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and since 2018 has been the Indigenous Services Coordinator.  She briefly taught at Confederation College in 2013 and an intensive human rights course for the Bora Laskin Law School in 2015.
She has been a member of the Board since 2016

Erin Bellevance

Erin Bellavance has resided in Thunder Bay since 2004 and is a frontline Social Worker in the community. She represents Northwestern Ontario on the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario (CEFSO) Board of Directors 2008-2020 and serves as an Ontario Representative on the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) Board of Directors 2015-2020. Erin also works with the Provincial Advocacy Team to monitor conditions of confinement inside Provincial jails. She has been a member of the Board since 2007.