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Health care, education again top ‘sunshine list’

Ontario’s “sunshine list” was released Friday and once again, it appears health care and education salaries comprise the bulk of those earning $100,000-plus in the region.

Riverside Health Care

Facilities, Inc.

Former Riverside CEO and president Wayne Woods’ salary went up more than $23,000 in 2011, as he earned $251,384.64 last year compared to $228,000 in 2010.

Lori Maki, Riverside’s executive vice-president and chief nursing executive, made $157,525.84 in 2011, slightly more than $156,610.02 in 2010.

Rainycrest administrator Edith Bodnar made $110,015.02, staying at roughly the same level as the year before ($110,413.68).

Ed Cousineau, director of capital planning and engineering, made $102,953.85 in 2011 while Henry Gauthier, director of corporate services, chief financial officer, and chief information officer, made $115,338.47.

Tammy McNally, manager of care at Rainy River Health Centre, made $101,012.91, slightly above her 2010 salary of $100,721.30.

Registered nurses who made more than $100,000 in 2011 included Shelley Gustafson ($109,238.91), Marina Martin ($114,629.83), Shirley Scott ($103,795.74), Dwight Stang ($101,424.28), Laurie-Lee Vien Pelepetz ($105,717.24), and Dianna Whalen ($108,768.63).

Northwestern Health Unit

Medical Officer of Health Dr. James Arthurs saw his pay go up from $262,986.53 in 2010 to $280,466.75 in 2011,

But CEO Mark Perrault’s salary decreased from $123,602 in 2010 to $120,041.25 in 2011, as did that of chief financial officer Lois Bailey, who made $101,254.94 in 2011 compared to $105,197.45 the year before.

New additions to the “sunshine list” from the health unit were Tanis Fretter, manager of chronic disease and injury prevention, who made $100,909.07 in 2011 and Kim Gardiman, manager of family health, who earned $101,829.07.

Joining them were manager of sexual health Gillian Lunny ($106,460.57), manager of enforcement Jennifer McKibbon ($100,909.07), manager of dental health Dawn Sauve ($100,909.07), and manager of infectious diseases Donna Stanley ($101,829.07).

North West LHIN

North West LHIN CEO Laura Kokocinski made $248,038.60 in 2011, up from $211,791.65 in 2010.

Brian Ktytor, senior director of health system performance, saw his pay increase from $161,929.34 to $175,798.46 while Susan Pilatzke, senior director of health system transformation, saw her pay jump from $129,281.74 in 2010 to $173,408.33 in 2011.

Heather Grey, senior consultant, planning and integration, saw her salary increase from $112,431.32 to $115,214.20 while Kevin Holder, senior funding, performance, and contract management consultant, made $117,176.22 compared to $114,802.80 in 2010.

Liisa Simi, senior consultant of funding and allocation, saw her pay rise from $119,274.94 to $122,225.68.

New to the list was Heather Murchison, senior consultant, planning and integration, who made $105,005.42 and Andrew Wehrstedt, regional manager, project management office and change management, who made $118,462.30.

Rainy River District School Board

New to the “sunshine list” among Rainy River District School Board employees were vice-principals Diana Coutts ($102,939) and Cameron Keast ($101,095.74).

Meanwhile, principals returning to the “sunshine list” included Leslie Barr Kellar, whose pay rose from $109,487.81 to $113,029.46, James Chorney (from $105,490.44 to $107,756.42, William Daley (from $110,609.10 to $113.916.11), Darryl Gannon (from $107,090.40 to $110,294.04), Al McManaman (from $119,131.77 to $123,889), Lucinda Meyers (from $106,253.15 to $109,429.46), and Kendall Olsen (from $106,253.15 to $109,429.46).

Gordon McCabe’s salary stayed the same at $115,209.

Vice-principals on the list include Jennifer Baker (from $100,964.81 to $104,427.09), Pegeen Keffer (from $104,823.96 to $108,511.21), Donna Kowalski (from $100,023.50 to $103.013.07), Donald McBride (from $100,934.50 to $103,951.43), Dianne Thompson (from $112,402.13 to $119,348.80), and Kerri Tolen (from $106,253.15 to $110,677.40).

Teachers on the list again include Paul James Elliott, also vice-president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, who saw a rise in salary from $162,454.44 to $167,595.73, and Gary Lipinski, whose pay dipped from $119,535.60 to $118,242.

Director of Education Heather Campbell made $176,756.42 in 2011. This is about $10,000 more than in 2010, when she first become education director and her salary was $166,748.24.

Assistant to the director Sylvia Parker saw her salary jump from $124,500.79 to $129,015.43.

Superintendent of Business Laura Mills made $153,458,52 in 2011, compared to $148,991.11 in 2010, while Superintendent of Education Casey Slack made $145,853.39—an increase of more than $14,000 over his 2010 salary of $131,138.10.

Northwest Catholic District School Board

New to the “sunshine list” for the local separate school board were principals Darlene Fejos Rousseau ($114,016.73) and Susan MacLellan ($104,070.36), as well as vice-principal Jennifer Rathwell ($102,528.80).

Topping the list for the separate school board is Director of Education Mary-Catherine Kelly at $214,055.26. In 2010, she made $184,670.45.

Both Superintendent of Education Al Cesiunas and Superintendent of Business Chris Howarth made $138,698.40 in 2011, slightly more than their 2010 salaries of $134,675.97.

Assistant to the Superintendent of Education, Jo-Ann Querel, saw her pay rise from 121,046.93 to $124,661.86 while assistant to the Director of Education, David Sharp, made $124,661.81, up from $121,046.90 the year before.

Principals on the list included Teresa Dennis, who saw her pay increase from $110,697.86 to $114,016.73, Guy Durand (from $106,306.83 to $112,239.68), Brendan Hyatt (from $100,938.78 to $119,764.62), and Mark Lugli (from $110,697.86 to $114,016.73).

Vice-principal Ron Fryer saw his pay rise from $100,031.76 to $103,424.60.

Confederation College

Anne Renaud, director of the Confederation College—Rainy River District campus, made $102,518.25 in 2011, up slightly from $101,474.85 in 2010.

Town of Fort Frances

Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig topped the list for local municipal employees on the “sunshine list” in 2011.

McCaig made $132,131.56 in 2011, compared to $129,285.70 in 2010. However, it bears noting the 2011 salary is less than his 2009 salary of $132,486.77.

New to the list among town employees making at least $100,000 are Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown ($100,505.54), Fire Chief Frank Sheppard ($102,858), and Fire Capt. Kirk Armstrong ($102,070.58).

Social services

Donna Dittaro, former CEO of the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board, made $125,731.84 in 2011.

Current CEO Dan McCormick is not on the list nor are any other local DSSAB employees.

Police/ justice

Former local OPP detachment commander Insp. John Kendrick earned $134,290.18 in 2011, up from $125,094.90 in 2010.

Acting Inspector Steve Shouldice made $123,118.05 in 2011, up slightly from $122,057.28 in 2010.

While there are about 50 OPP officers across the district, and some of them do make more than $100,000, all police names are listed alphabetically—not regionally—on the “sunshine list.”

This makes it difficult to determine which names, amongst the hundreds on the list, are those of local officers without unintentionally omitting some.

Treaty #3 Police Deputy Chief Terry Armstrong made $131,544.33 in 2011 while Sgt. Joseph Gervais made $102,785.26 and Cst. Scott Phillips made $108,622.30.

Meanwhile, Marc Bode, Regional Senior Judge for North West Region, made $277,200.82—a slight increase from $269,215.48 in 2010.

Judges on the list also include Dianne Baig ($258,236.69), Peter Bishop ($276,741.94), Joyce Elder ($258,236.69), Donald Fraser ($277,436.56), Jennifer Hoshizaki ($258,236.69), Alan McKay ($258,236.69), Joyce Pelletier ($258,236.69), and Frank Valente ($258,236.69).

Crown Attorney Robert “Buster” Young made $199,725.77 in 2011, up from $194,035.62 in 2010.

However, Young’s pay previously had decreased from $199,019.50 in 2009.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell made $118,867.64 in 2011, up slightly from $115,111.72 in 2010.

Overtime, retirement gratuities, and vacation pay are just some of the factors which can play into an employee making the list one year or not.

No other municipalities or First Nations within the district reported having employees paid over the $100,000 mark.

The complete salary disclosure list is available online at, including the salaries for certain public sectors, such as the provincial ministries, Hydro One, and Crown agencies which are not organized by region.

As part of the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, the province requires all provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations, the Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One and its subsidiaries, as well as publicly-funded organizations, to disclose the names, positions, salaries, and taxable benefits of employees who are paid more than $100,000 in a year.

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