The provincial board
Jeremie bornais - Provincial Chief
Jeremie Bornais is the Provincial Chief Squire for this fraternal year. He is 16 years old, currently lives in Amherstburg, and belongs to the John Brazill Circle #1385 in McGregor. He attends General Amherst High School, where he is in the eleventh grade. The Squires has always been an important part of Jeremie’s life, ever since he joined when he was 10 years old. Jeremie has served on the Provincial Board for three years. Last year, he served as the Provincial Notary Squire, and two years ago, he served as the Provincial Marshal Squire. Locally, he has held the positions of Sentry, Marshal, Notary, and Deputy Chief Squire. In his Parish, Sr. John the Baptist, Jeremie is an altar server and has helped to organize a variety of materials for Parish events. Going forward, Jeremie hopes to be able to lead the Squires in a way that makes the program available to all Catholic youth.
Jeo villena - Provincial Deputy Chief
Jeo Villena is the Provincial Deputy Chief Squire for the 2017-18 fraternal year. He is 15 years old, was born in the Philippines, and came to Canada in 2010. He goes to De La Salle College “Oaklands” which is a Private Catholic school. He is from the Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter Circle #4827 in Mississauga, Ontario, where he was the Bursar for three years. Jeo has worked with the Provincial Board before. He was the Provincial Bursar Squire last year and the Provincial Spiritual Committee Chairman two years ago. He is an altar server in St. Clements Parish. He enjoys sports such as karate, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and many more. He also loves telling jokes. In the future, he would like to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Knight. He would like to meet every Squire in Ontario and grow his relationships with them.
Matthew Ducharme - provincial notary
Matthew is the Ontario Provincial Notary Squire for the 2017-18 fraternal year. He is currently 15 years old and attends St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Secondary School in LaSalle, Ontario. Matthew is an active member of Alex Chevrier Circle #3064, Essex, where he has held the positions of Marshall Squire for one term, Notary Squire for two terms and is currently the Deputy Chief Squire. He has an older brother, Alex, who is a Knights of Columbus Member and a past Provincial Board Member. Matthew has always had a passion for music. He serves his church community by playing the piano during the 8:30 Mass. Matthew is also very active in his parish, particularly the Squires Program and Youth Ministry. He is eager to meet the Squires of Ontario throughout this fraternal year.
Alex bruce - provincial bursar
Alex Bruce is the Ontario Provincial Bursar Squire, and he is 17 years old. This is his eighth year as a part of the St. Paul the Apostle Circle #4328 in Alliston where he has served as Notary, Bursar, Deputy Chief as well as his position this year as Chief Squire. He is the oldest of six kids in my family, two boys, himself and his brother (who is also a Squire), and four girls. He has two major hobbies, which are sports and music. Music has always been a passion of his and he is hoping to carry on into the music industry after high school. If you get the chance to come, talk to him at a Squires event or even if you see him outside of the Squires, he would love to meet every single Squire throughout the year.
Mitchell Kiteley - provincial marshal
Mitchell Kiteley holds the position of Marshal for the Ontario Provincial Board of Columbian Squires, and is 17 years old. He is in his senior year of high school at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School in Leamington, Ontario. He is an Essex native, and he is a Squire of Alex Chevrier Circle #3064 in Essex. This is his second year on the Board. Last year, he was the Provincial Sentry and Provincial Circle Committee Liaison. He is excited to see what this year will bring for the Board and the Order of the Columbian Squires.
zachary lazure - provincial sentry
Zachary Lazure is the Provincial Sentry Squire for the 2017-18 fraternal year. He is 15 years old, and attends Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa. He was born in Essex, and currently lives in Port Perry. He has been a member of Father Charles Faleiro Circle #5676 for 4 years now, where he holds the position of Past Chief Squire. Previously, he has been the Circle Chairman, Notary, and Chief. He attends mass at Immaculate Conception Parish, and was an altar server there for 7 years. He is an active runner, participating in Cross Country and Track and Field. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games, using programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom. He is excited to meet many more Squires throughout Ontario, and make new friends along the way, this year.
Steven Ilijanich - Past Provincial Chief
Steven Ilijanich is the immediate Past Provincial Chief Squire. He is in the 12th grade at Belle River District High School. He comes from The Good Shepherd Circle #3331, in Woodslee, where he has held role of Chief Squire. Once he has completed high school, he plans to study to become a Second Language English teacher overseas. He currently has two jobs, detasseling corn, and at Domino's Pizza. Steven enjoys spending time with his friends, in between his school work, work, and his involvement with the Squires. He is excited to partake in his duties with the Provincial Board, and to make and develop his friendships with the Columbian Squires across the province.
Provincial Father Prior
FR. JACQUES Labelle
Fr. Jacques Labelle is the Provincial Board Father Prior. He is not new to the organization of the Columbian Squires. Fr. Jacques was a Squire himself during his teen years. He was also elected to the Provincial Board many years ago. It is with great pleasure that we welcome him back.
Fr. Jacques is a priest of the Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese. He presently resides at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Cornwall. Father has been a priest for 24 years with the diocese. Fr. Jacques enjoys many things in life, but his new-found passion is performing with the Seaway Valley Theater Company in upcoming Broadway Musicals. When you meet Fr. Jacques, you will notice the joy that he radiates to all those around him.
Nihal azavedo - Circle chaiR
Nihal Azavedo is the Provincial Circle Committee Chairman this year. He is 16 years old and attends Mentor College in Mississauga. He is from the Gerald Emmet Cardinal Carter Circle #4827 at St. Patrick’s Church where he has served as the Marshal and Chief Squire. He is excited to work with the Provincial Board.
CYRIL RAMIREZ - membership chair
Cyril Ramirez is the Provincial Circle Membership Chairman. He is 16 years old and in Grade 11 at John Cabot Catholic Secondary School. He is the current Deputy Chief Squire of Gerald Emmet Cardinal Carter Circle #4827 in Mississauga. He was the former Chief Squire and also served as the Notary Squire. He looks forward to working with the Provincial team.
Brennan Meloche -Service chair
Brennan Meloche is serving as the Provincial Board Service Chairman. He is 14, and is currently in grade 10 at École Secondaire Catholique l'Essor. He is from the Alex Chevrier Circle #3064 in Essex and is their Chief Squire. He is also very involved with his parish, Holy Name of Jesus. He is enthusiastic to the upcoming year with the Board.
jens dekker - Spiritual chair
Jens Dekker is the Provincial Spiritual Committee Chairman for the upcoming fraternal year, and is 15 years old. He is from Oshawa Circle, SK Leonard T. Smith #4742 and was the Sentry there for two years and is serving his second year as the Bursar. He is very excited to see where this year will lead for the Provincial Board.
Provincial State TEAM
nARCISO RODRIGUES - sTATE SQUIRES DIRECTOR
Service above Self is the motto that Narciso lives by. Narciso has been a member with the Knights of Columbus for 17 years. He helped form the St. John Berchmans Squires Circle at his parish – St. Josephine Bakhita in Mississauga. He is also very much involved with his Church & Rotary International.
Social work is Narciso’s passion which is clearly demonstrated in the various volunteer opportunities that he has undertaken. For the beginning of his Circle’s development, he worked as the Chief Counselor and has since passed on that responsibility to focus on other pursuits. He was the Grand Knight for his Council at his parish, and now is the Immediate Past Grand Knight, and his Council was the recipient of two consecutive Star Council awards during his tenure.
KEN MCLEAN - senior STATE SQUIRES ADVISOR
Ken and his wife, Bernadette have been heavily involved within their Council, Church and the Squires program for more than 30 years. Ken has held several positions in his Council, up to and including Grand Knight. He started working with the Squires program in his own Circle, and has since served as an Area Chairman, Assistant State Director, and State Director throughout his many years.
Ken and Bernadette have continued their commitment to the Squires program as they have witness the growth and development of the young men that they have worked with at both the local and provincial levels. They highly encourage all Knights of Columbus Councils to invest in the advancement of the Squires program.
jOE BODNAR - STATE SQUIRES ADVISOR
Joe and his wife Tricia, have been married for 23 years. He has 5 children, a grand daughter and a grandson on the way. He is retired from General Motors after 30 years service and is presently self employed as a contractor. Joe has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 17 years. He started S.K. Leonard T. Smith Circle #4742 in Oshawa 15 years ago and was the State Squires Director from 2011-17. He is currently the Mission Chairman for the Ontario State Board and is looking forward to his role as State Squires Advisor.
Bruce Poulin - State Squires Liaison
Born to a working class French Canadian family in the Vanier Ward in Ottawa, Bruce Poulin followed in the footsteps of three family generations before him and joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he served for 22 years. He retired in 2001 and spent the next 15 years of his time advocating on behalf of Veterans and their families through various organizations. In 2002 and 2012, the Governor General of Canada awarded Bruce the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals respectively, as well as the Sovereign’s Volunteer Medal in 2016 – all for his exceptional community work.
Bruce is particularly proud about his involvement with the Knights of Columbus community in Ontario, where has been an active member since 2007. After holding various positions at his local Council and being appointed a District Deputy, Bruce was elected to the KOC State Board in 2015. Since then, he has held various positions including State Board Liaison to the Ontario Squires, his current position.
New circle development chairmen