Meet Our Staff

Vince Simon

Vince Simon, Executive Director

Vincent Simon with a Masters Degree in Social Work, has several years experience of management in the social service sector. Married and with a grown up family of five children and 10 grandchildren, he comes from Big Cove, New Brunswick. His passions are camping, fishing, playing pool and big game hunting.
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Darlene Maki, Treatment Coordinator

Hi. My name is Darlene Maki. I am the Treatment Coordinator at Ka-Na-Chi-Hih. I’ve been employed here since November 1997. I enjoy meeting and interacting with our clients. I am a mother and grandmother of one. On my time off, I enjoy curling, baseball and playing pool. Contact Darlene at



Marlene Orr, HR/Finance Officer

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Marlene heads the HR/Finance department.  A graduate of Lakehead University with a post graduate diploma in Human Resources, background in finance  and a BA, in Education, Marlene is proud to be part of KA-NA-CHI-HIH Treatment Centre Team.  Marlene is married with a daughter, four stepsons and eleven grandchildren. Marlene’s motto is “Live for today, work hard, play hard and be happy”!  Contact;



Darlene Jack, Administrative/Financial Assistant

My name is Darlene Jack from Naotkamegwanning First Nation, I came to Thunder Bay in 1980 to attend school and am still here.  I worked for Public Works, Indian and Northern Affairs for twelve years as Administrative/Finance Clerk and then I was offered a position with Ontario First Nation Technical Services as an Administrative Assistant for fifteen years and retired.  After retirement of two years, I decided to go back to school and I did!  I graduated from Everest College from the Computerized Accounting Program, graduating with honours. I was offered a three month contract, June 12, 2015 as an Administrative/Finance Assistant with KA-NA-CHI-HIH Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre and still here.  I love and enjoy working here. Contact:



Dawn May, Intake/Outreach Worker




Kent Dickson, Chef/Kitchen Manager

With over 20 years experience and a passion for cooking, Kent has been with Ka-Na-Chi-Hih since 2011 as our full time head chef and manager of the kitchen. Kent has his Red Seal Certification and most of his apprenticeship training was completed in Toronto and Thunder Bay. Kent's area of expertise is with french cruisine. As the head chef who caters our hall rentals, his menu options are equisite with many compliments from the guests who rent our hall.



Derek Sanderson, Primary Counsellor

I am a counsellor, co-worker, friend, husband, father, son, brother, cousin, and a member of the Thunder Bay Community. I was born and raised in a mining town that I eventually left to live in Thunder Bay, Ontario. After turns in life and discovery, I realized my place was with Native Youth. The warmth, enriching, safety and structure that Ka-Na-Chi-Hih provides for not only it’s clients but staff has given me a great opportunity to bring forth my skills, wisdom, and heart to battle Solvent Abuse first hand, and look for ways to empower our youth to defend themselves and help beat these deadly addictions. Contact Derek at



Marsha Ruben, Primary Counsellor



Betty Turega, Housekeeper

I enjoy working here at Ka-Na-Chi-Hih and have been here since August 2000. I enjoy spending time with my spouse Dan and son Josh, and other family and friends at curling, Bingo, fishing, camping and shopping. I have several years experience cooking and cleaning, also, I am a member of the Fort William First Nation.




Full Time Staff Members

Jason Waukey, Day Youth Worker

Kimberly Cooke, Day Youth Worker

Ernie May, Evening Youth Worker

Tyler Pantti, Evening Youth Worker

Olivia Pelki, Night Attendant