The provincial board
MATTHEW DUCHARME - Provincial Chief
Matthew is the Ontario Provincial Chief Squire for the 2018-19 fraternal year. He is currently 16 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 for his 2nd term. 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 strives to improve communication between the circles and the Provincial Board. He is eager to meet the Squires of Ontario throughout this fraternal year. If you wish to contact Matthew, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOMINIK JEZIERSKI - Provincial Deputy Chief
Dominik Jezierski is the Provincial Deputy Chief Squire for 2018-19 fraternal year. He is 17 years old, the fourth child of six kids, and grew up in the town of Kingsville. He was homeschooled till eleventh grade, when he started attending Cardinal Carter Catholic High School. He is a long-time member of Constable John Atkinson Circle 5147 Kingsville, where he has held the positions of Sentry Squire for one term, Deputy Chief Squire for two terms, Chief Squire for one term, and is currently the Bursar Squire. The Squires program has been a big part of Dominik’s life as he learned many new things and met many new friends through it. Dominik enjoys playing soccer, violin, hanging out with his pets, and travelling. He is excited to be able to meet squires from all of Ontario and keep in contact with them! If you have any questions email Dominik at email@example.com
JEREMY LOPEZ - provincial notary
Jeremy Lopez is the Provincial Notary for this fraternal year. He is 14 years old, currently lives in Toronto, and is a member of St Dominic Savio #5217 in Rexdale. He attends Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School, where he is in the ninth grade. He joined the Squires program when he was 10 years old. Jeremy has previously served on the Provincial Board as Membership Committee Chairman. Locally, he has been very active with his circle. In his Parish, St Andrew, Jeremy is an altar server and is very active with his parish community. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family. He has an older sister; and older brother who is also a squire. He truly admires his mother and father and looks forward to following his father’s footsteps of becoming a Fourth Degree Knight. His personal goal this fraternal year is to meet and make friends with squires from around the province.
JENS DEKKER - provincial bursar
Jens Dekker is the Provincial Bursar Squire for the upcoming fraternal year 2018-19. He has been a part of S.K. Leonard T. Smith # 4742 since 2013, where he has served as the Sentry Squire for 2 years and Bursar Squire for 3 years. Jens was born in the Netherlands and was raised there for 6 years before moving to Canada. His favourite classes in school are Mathematics and the Sciences. Besides being a Squire, he is an avid contestant in many business competitions including DECA and enjoys participating in his school’s wrestling team. Jens is excited to work with the Provincial Board to make this year one to remember.
JONAH GLAJCH - provincial marshal
Jonah Glajch is the Marshal Squire for the Provincial board and he is 16 years old. He was homeschooled most of his life and is now attending Tilbury High School. Jonah is a member of the Constable John Atkinson Circle #5147 Kingsville. He joined the Kingsville circle at the age of 11 and has held 3 positions: Sentry, Notary and Chief. He is the second oldest of 7 sisters and lives in Stoney Point. He has been an altar server for 8 years at many churches throughout Windsor. One of his major hobbies is playing the guitar and he has been playing it since he was 9. He also likes to play soccer and football and whatever else gets him out of the house and away from his sisters. He is excited and honoured to see what this year has in store for the Squires both on the provincial and the local levels.
JUSTIN BORNAIS - provincial sentry
Justin Bornais is the Provincial Sentry Squire for the 2018-19 fraternal year. He is 16 years old, and currently lives in Amherstburg. He attends General Amherst High School, where he is in the eleventh grade. The Squires has been an important part of Justin’s life ever since he joined the John Brazil Circle #1385 in McGregor when he was 10 years old. Justin is serving his first year on the Provincial Board. Locally, he has held the positions of Marshall, Notary, and Deputy Chief Squire. Justin is an alter server in his Parish, St. John the Baptist, and has played the piano for several masses. In this fraternal year, Justin hopes to meet every Squires circle and develop friendships with all of the Provincial Board members.
JEREMIE BORNAIS - Past Provincial Chief
Jeremie Bornais is the Past Provincial Chief Squire for this fraternal year. He is 17 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 twelfth 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 four years now. Last year, he served as the Provincial Chief Squire, two years ago, he served as the Provincial Notary Squire, and three years ago, he served as the Provincial Marshal Squire. Locally, he has served in the positions of Sentry, Marshal, Notary, and Deputy Chief Squire. At his home Parish, St. John the Baptist, Jeremie is an altar server, and has helped to organize a variety of materials for Parish events. He is also a part of the Youth Commision at his parish. Going forward, Jeremie hopes to be able to lead the Squires in a way that makes the program available to all Catholic youth.
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 25 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.
AIDEN D'SOUZA - Circle chaiR
Aiden D'Souza is serving as the Provincial Board Circle Chairman. He is 14, and is currently in grade 9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Secondary School. He is from the St. John Berchmans Circle # 5570 in Mississauga and is their Chief Squire. He is also very involved with his parish, St. Josephine Bakhita where he altar serves and helps with other events. He is excited and ready for the upcoming year with the Board.
LUCAS MCGEE - SERVICE chair
Lucas is 15 years old and attends the St. Paul’s IB program, where he is in Grade 10. He has been a Squire for four years and is going into his second term as a Notary Squire in St. Patrick’s church, Circle #4827. Lucas is very excited to be assisting the board members in service events.
Brennan Meloche -MEMBERSHIP chair
Brennan Meloche is serving as the Provincial Board Service Chairman. He is 15, and is currently in grade 11 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.
NIGEL SANTAMARIA - Spiritual chair
Nigel is the Spiritual Chairmen this fraternal year. He is 15 and in grade 10, attending Monsignor Percy Johnson. He has been a squire for 5 years and is now the Marshal Squire at the St.Dominic Savio circle # 5217. He is very excited to be involved with the Board as a Spiritual Chair.
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 19 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 ( 2014 -2016 ) at his parish, and his Council was the recipient of two consecutive Star Council awards during his tenure. He is also the Past President of the Rotary Club of Mississauga - Meadowvale.
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 - KOC State BOARD 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