Putting Childrens' Health Needs First

NEO Kids Foundation is dedicated to building awareness for children’s care needs and raising funds for services, equipment, and research to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients.

A healthy beginning builds a healthy life.

MISSION

We raise funds to support the health of our children in the North.

Children need their own voice in health care, champions to herald their health care rights, and resources to help treat their unique medical needs, especially in Northern Ontario.

VISION

We want our children cared for closer to home.

Values

    NEO Kids Foundation is dedicated to building awareness for children’s care needs and raising funds for services, equipment, and research to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients.

    A healthy beginning builds a healthy life.

    MISSION

    We raise funds to support the health of our children in the North.

    Children need their own voice in health care, champions to herald their health care rights, and resources to help treat their unique medical needs, especially in Northern Ontario.

    VISION

    We want our children cared for closer to home.

    Values

    • Trust

      Build relationships based on trust and accountability

    • Kindness

      Compassion and empathy is embedded in everything we do

    • Family

      Foster a community to form a healthier future

    ABOUT NEO KIDS

    NEO Kids is Northeastern Ontario’s hub for specialized children’s care.

    Located at Health Sciences North in Greater Sudbury, NEO Kids is not merely a building or a program. NEO Kids is a philosophy and approach to care.

    The goal of NEO Kids is to ensure as many children as possible can stay in Northeastern Ontario to get the care they need, in a child-and youth-centred environment.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NEO KIDS

    NEO KIDS BELIEVES THAT

    • Children receive the best health outcomes when they are treated in an environment that caters exclusively to them.

    • Children’s health outcomes and quality of life improve when care is provided as close to home as possible.

    From before birth to 17 years of age, the NEO Kids & Family Program provides care for families and children through a continuum of services–inpatient care, outpatient services, and care in the home and community.

    The NEO Kids and Family Program at Health Sciences North include the Birthing Centre, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatrics, NEO Kids Outpatient Clinics, Children’s Treatment Centre, and the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.

    NEO Kids Foundation Staff

    Patricia Mills

    President

    705.523.7100 x3273

    pmills@hsnsudbury.ca

    Shanna Crispo

    Manager, Events and Marketing

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    scrispo@hsnsudbury.ca

    Christine Hryciw

    Administrative Coordinator

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    chryciw@hsnsudbury.ca

    Taylor Austin

    Marketing and Events Intern

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    taustin@hsnsudbury.ca

    Board of Directors

    Nick Foligno

    Honorary Chair

    Nick Foligno is the Honorary Chair of NEO Kids Foundation. Nick currently plays for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, serving as the team captain. Previously he played for the Ottawa Senators and the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. Nick is director of the Janis Foligno Foundation, which was created in honour of his mother and seeks to provide support to local charities who are committed to finding a cure for cancer. In 2013, his daughter Milana was born with a rare heart condition and understands the stress and fear of having a sick child, and the impact it has on a family. Having dealt with NEO Kids first-hand, Nick believes that there is a need to better serve children and young patients in the North. Nick and his wife Janelle have two children – Milana and Landon and are expecting a third child this spring.

    Mick Weaver

    Chair

    Mick Weaver is the Founding and current chair of KICX for Kids, a fundraising campaign for the NEO Kids pediatric unit at Health Sciences North. Mick and his wife Juliana launched the new Broadcast license Sudbury’s KICX 91.7FM in 2008, with Mick now serving as the General Manager and General Sales Manager at Larche Communications in Greater Sudbury. Through KICX for Kids and his involvement with HSN, he has become passionately engaged with NEO Kids Foundation. Mick believes in treating kids closer to home and is committed to delivering the vision of NEO Kids Foundation.

    Julie Desimone

    Executive Member

    Julie DeSimone is the owner of DeSimone Foot & Ankle Centre. She has a Bachelor of Science in Podiatric Medicine and was a former Director of the Chiropody Department at Laurentian Hospital for 9 years. Due to her dedication to promoting health care in the North, Julie has recently been appointed as a director of the inaugural NEO Kids Foundation Board and has been chosen as chair of their NEO Kids Foundation Fundraising Committee. She was also the Chair of Meals on Wheels Sudbury, Director of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists, as well as many other local charities.

    Richard Spadafora

    Treasurer

    Richard Spadafora is a Senior Manager, Tax at KPMG in Sudbury, having joined the company in 2005. Richard holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and received his designation as a Certified General Accountant in March 2007 and as a Chartered Accountant in November 2007. Having witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by families who are required to seek treatment outside of Northern Ontario, he is passionate about ensuring that children from Northeastern Ontario have access to quality healthcare in the North. Richard is also actively involved in coaching in local minor hockey and soccer.

    Dominic Giroux

    Executive Member

    Dominic Giroux joined HSN and HSNRI on October 2nd, 2017. With over 4,250 employees in 24 locations in Greater Sudbury and across Northeastern Ontario, 500 physicians, 2,100 learners, 700 volunteers and 446 beds, HSN is one of Northern Ontario’s largest employers, its largest hospital, and ranks among Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals.

    Prior to joining HSN and HSNRI, Mr. Giroux was Laurentian University’s longest-serving President and Vice-Chancellor from 2009 to 2017.  Under his leadership, Laurentian successfully completed a multi-million dollar campus renovation, secured private and public investments in research and infrastructure, and rose to Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities on Maclean’s rankings.

    Mr. Giroux has 19 years of senior executive experience in the public sector and policy setting having served as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, and as a senior executive in two Ontario school boards. He was one of four members of the 2012 Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services that made over 100 health-related recommendations. He chaired the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and co-chaired the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS).

    Mr. Giroux currently serves on the Executive of Universities Canada, on Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel, the Mowat Centre’s Advisory Board, the Board of the Greater Sudbury Food Bank and volunteers as a mentor in the Northern Leadership Program. He is a regular keynote speaker on strategic planning, leadership, organizational development and governance.​

    Rick Bartolucci

    Member

    Rick Bartolucci was elected as MPP in 1995 and served until 2014 in the Sudbury riding. As a former city councillor, cabinet minister and Sudbury MPP, Rick is known for being a successful advocate for various community projects. Rick has recently used his public platform to voice his support for NEO Kids as he believes in equitable health care for Northern Ontario children. As a father of two and a grandfather of four, Rick has strong family values that further his commitment to NEO Kids.

    Dionne Elgie

    Regional Member

    With close to two decades of experience in finance, education, administration, media, production and internet industries under her belt, Dionne Elgie brings a wealth of knowledge to her current role as President of Village Electric, a multimedia production studio, located in Sault Ste Marie, focusing on high quality video and audio recording, photography, livestreaming and virtual set design. Dionne is also Project Manager at her digital consulting firm DIG – Digital Intelligence Group, Project Manager at Village Media, a growing community of digital news sites across Northern Ontario, Director of Mackinac.com and editor-in-chief of Sault Ste. Marie content on NorthernOntario.travel.

    Dr. Janis Goldie

    Member

    Dr. Janis Goldie is a professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Huntington University. She has an extensive background in research, communications, and leadership roles. Janis brings substantial board and governance experience, and also feels very passionately about NEO Kids. She is a mother of two young children and has experienced the monetary, time, and emotional strains that traveling out of town for children’s care can have on a child and their family.

    Kristen Pollesel

    Member

    Kristen Pollesel completed her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and shortly after started working at the family business, Crosstown Chevrolet, currently serving as General Manager. Over the years, Kristen has held several positions throughout the dealership which has allowed her to fully understand the dynamics of all departments while developing her strong leadership and management skills. Her experience working at Crosstown Chevrolet has also increased her involvement within the local community through charitable events and sponsorship opportunities, and she is passionate about assisting children in Northeastern Ontario.

    Patricia Mills

    Ex-officio

    Patricia Mills is the President of NEO Kids Foundation. With a background in journalism and publishing, Patricia has over 25 years in the communications and business field. She was previously the publisher of Northern Ontario Business magazine and Sudbury Living Magazine Group. In 2014, Patricia launched her own company patriciaAmills Inc., where she provides advice to clients on marketing, sales, communication strategies and business development.

    GET IN TOUCH

    NEO KIDS FOUNDATION

    41 Ramsey Lake Road South Tower, Level 1
    Sudbury, ON P3E 5J1

    Charitable Registration
    # 74238 0322 RR0001

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    T: 705.523.7100 x1234
    E: neokidsfoundation@hsnsudbury.ca

    Help our children get the care they deserve,
    right here in the North.