Board of Directors

Each community appoints a Board of Director member to the KDSB Board from their respective Municipal councils.

Each of the four Unincorporated Territories elects a member to the Board of Directors.

The KDSB Board of Directors has a legislated duty to ensure:

  • The provision of social service programs and services to the citizens of the Kenora District, and
  • To govern these programs and services in the public interest, including fiscal and administrative oversight.

The Board is responsible for authorizing the direction of program and services delivered by the KDSB. Recommendations are developed by the Chief Administrative Officer and the KDSB, which identifies the service needs of individuals, families and communities.

Message from the KDSB Board Chair

Image of KDSB Board Chair Barry BaltessenIt is my honour to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB). For over two decades, the KDSB has been helping to move the District of Kenora forward by providing innovative supports and services to individuals, families and communities. I commit to ensuring that the KDSB continues to be an active and valued partner with Municipalities, Unincorporated Territories, First Nation communities and stakeholders.

The KDSB is committed to the provision of efficient and effective District-wide services that support its individuals, families and communities through difficult times. The KDSB delivers valuable human services to the most vulnerable people in our region. These services are vital in any caring society, and this role is taken on by our staff with compassion and enthusiasm.

Our primary strategic directions include full integration of our services; effective communication with the public; an employer of choice in the region; a reliable and trusted partner that works to leverage combined resources to maximize service capacity; and, making use of leading-edge technologies to ensure effective and efficient utilization of resources.

It is the Board of Directors obligation to ensure our services are being delivered in a fiscally responsible manner. With commitment from the Province of Ontario, the KDSB will undertake this challenge with a positive and proactive outlook as we work towards a future where our District flourishes.

The Board’s continued commitment to you is to focus on how we can support our communities in thriving and to be an active voice on your behalf. I sincerely look forward to our journey together in improving the lives of those in the District.


Barry Baltessen, Board Chair
Kenora District Services Board

Board of Directors Membership

January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2026

Municipality / Unincorporated Area Representative
City of Dryden Jack Harrison, Mayor
Township of Ear Falls Dan Sutton, Councillor
Township of Ignace
City of Kenora Lisa Moncrief, Councillor
Lac Seul Unincorporated Mark Sobchuk
Lake of the Woods North Unincorporated Barry Baltessen
Lake of the Woods South Unincorporated Dennis Wallace
Municipality of Machin Gord Griffiths, Mayor
Oxdrift Unincorporated Laurie Huffman
Township of Pickle Lake James Dalzell, Mayor
Municipality of Red Lake Fred Mota, Mayor
Municipality of Sioux Lookout Doug Lawrance, Mayor
Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Matt Rydberg, Councillor

Board Meetings

2023 Meeting Schedule  Download PDF

Date Time
1st Board Meeting January 18 & 19 10:00 am
2nd Board Meeting February 16 10:00 am
3rd Board Meeting March 16 10:00 am
4th Board Meeting April 20 10:00 am
5th Board Meeting May 18 10:00 am
6th Board Meeting June 15 10:00 am
7th Board Meeting July 20 10:00 am
8th Board Meeting September 21 10:00 am
9th Board Meeting October 12 10:00 am
10th Board Meeting November 16 10:00 am
11th Board Meeting December 21 10:00 am


Current Meeting Agenda  Download PDF

Past Meeting Minutes  Download PDF