About Us


Our Board of Directors consists of volunteers that are professionals in our region. We are grateful for their time and effort in ensuring a strong and safe working environment at Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital.

Our Board

Joëlle Zorzetto

Board Chair

Joëlle Zorzetto is a registered dietitian with 32 years of experience. She retired in 2019 as a public health dietitian with the Porcupine Health Unit. Joëlle lived most of her life in Mattice. She started on the hospital board in 2019.

Josée Ringuette

Board Vice-Chair

Josée Ringuette is a teacher with the Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Josée is a member of the parents’ council. She is also involved in the community in various sport organizations. Josée is from Hearst and proud of her Francophone community.

Alain Blanchette

Board Vice-Chair

Bio is currently not available.

Ruby Brunet


Mrs. Ruby Brunet moved from Saskatchewan to Hearst in 1969. After completing her university studies in accounting, she became co-owner of B&B Auto Sports and Marine Inc. Mrs. Brunet is now retired. For twelve years, Mrs. Brunet was a trustee on the Hearst Board of Education & District School Board One, on which she served as a chairperson for six years. While on the Board of Education, she was a trustee responsible for the Kevin Leddy bursary Committee and is still responsible for this committee today. Mrs. Brunet received the recognition Letter H from Hearst Catholic Secondary School, for her continued dedication to making a difference in the field of education.

Josée Dallaire


After completing her university studies, Mrs.  Dallaire moved to Hearst to begin her career at the University of Hearst as a teacher and still teaches there. She is also vice-president of Maison Renaissance and was president of the Caisse populaire de Hearst for a few years before becoming a member of the North-West Region Advisory Committee of Caisse Alliance. She was also involved for ten years with the Hearst Figure Skating Club.

Josée B. Vachon

Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of Notre-Dame Hospital (Hearst) is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Josée B. Vachon as its new Chief Executive Officer as of April 29, 2024. Mrs. Josée B. Vachon has been the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer since 2022 and has been assuming the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer for the past few months on an interim basis.

Born and raised in the region, Mrs. Josée B. Vachon holds a degree in Business Administration from Université de Hearst and a certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Martin Papineau

Chief of the Medical Staff

Dr. Martin Papineau graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 1998 and he graduated in family medicine from the Northern Ontario Family Medicine Program in 2000. He completed the Anesthesia Program in 2001. Dr. Papineau has been part of the team of active physicians at the HNDH since 2001. In addition to his practice in family medicine, he is also an anesthetist in the operating room as well as a physician in the department of hospital emergency. He is Chief of Staff since June 2021.

Dr. Marjolaine Talbot-Lemaire

President of the Medical Staff

Dr. Marjolaine Talbot-Lemaire graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 2011 and she graduated in family medicine from the University of Sherbrooke in 2014. Dr. Talbot-Lemaire has joined our medical staff in December 2014. She established her family practice in Hearst in 2014 and also works at the Emergency Department.

In 2018, Dr. Talbot Lemaire obtained additional certification to offer Medical Assistance in Dying, for Northern Ontario Municipalities. Dr. Talbot-Lemaire is President of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital since June 2021.

Nadia Boissonneault Alary


Mrs. Nadia Boissonneault Alary is a member of the Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital’s Board of Directors since June 2015. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa and has over 16 years’ experience in the community health sector. She currently provides occupational therapy services to North East Community Care Access Centre patients.

Nadia is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy and has also served on her local minor hockey association.

Isabelle Chouinard-Roy


Isabelle Chouinard-Roy works at the Regional Research and Intervention Centre for Economic and Community Development (CRRIDEC) as a research coordinator. With a Bachelor’s degree in ethics and an interdisciplinary Master’s degree, she is also a lecturer at the University of Hearst. A proud francophone, she is involved in various committees and projects aimed at improving and strengthening the capacity of her community.

Julien Plourde


Mr. Julien Plourde is a native of Hearst, a graduate of the University of Waterloo, a Professional Engineer, and a business owner. For the past two decades, he has led numerous projects specializing in power generation and telecommunications across Northern Canada. Additionally, he serves as a board member for Hearst Power, contributing his expertise to shape the company’s strategic direction. Julien has also dedicated many years serving on the Skills Yukon and the Skills Canada boards. Through his commitment to both professional excellence and community service, Julien continues to make a positive impact in various capacities.

Manon Therrien-Pinto


Mrs. Manon Therrien-Pinto has been the Chief Nursing Officer since 2018. She began her career at the hospital as a patient nurse in 1990. During her career, she has worked in various services such as maternity, pediatrics, surgery, acute care and emergency. Since 2004, she has held the position of Executive Leader of Ambulatory Care and Surgical Suite until her appointment as Chief Nursing Officer to manage the quality and safety of patient care.