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, 2019 to December 31, 2022

Municipality / Unincorporated Area Representative
City of Dryden Martin MacKinnon
Township of Ear Falls Dan Sutton
Township of Ignace Penny Lucas
City of Kenora Andrew Poirier
Lac Seul Unincorporated Mark Sobchuk
Lake of the Woods North Unincorporated Barry Baltessen
Lake of the Woods South Unincorporated Bob Stewart
Municipality of Machin Ron Kujansuu
Oxdrift Unincorporated Ed Murray
Township of Pickle Lake Dwight Monck
Municipality of Red Lake Fred Mota
Municipality of Sioux Lookout Doug Lawrance
Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Matt Rydberg

Board Meetings

2022 Meeting Schedule    Download PDF

Date Board of Directors
January 20 Cancelled
February 17 1st Board Meeting – 10:00 am
March 17 2nd Board Meeting – 10:00 am
April 14 3rd Board Meeting – 10:00 am
May 19 4th Board Meeting – 10:00 am
June 16 5th Board Meeting – 10:00 am
July 14 6th Board Meeting – 10:00 am
September 15 7th Board Meeting – 10:00 am
October 14 8th Board Meeting – 10:00 am
November 17 9th Board Meeting – 10:00 am


Current Meeting Agenda   Download PDF

Past Meeting Minutes   Download PDF