Collin Bourgeois is well known as much for his volunteer work and humanitarian efforts. He holds a diploma in Funeral Services from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology (1979) and was awarded an honorary diploma in Health Sciences from College Boréal in 2014. He has served as General Manager of a most successful funeral home in Sudbury for 21 years. He is presently chair of the board of directors of the West Nipissing General Hospital, was the founding chair of the West Nipissing Community Health Center and was elected mayor of the Municipality of French River in the fall 2006 elections.
Collin Bourgeois has a strong sense of civic responsibility and feels compelled to help others around him, and he invests this same commitment to others in his work. As a funeral director, he works to appease the suffering of families living through a difficult time. According to Collin, when families feel confident their Funeral Director will take care of all the details, that lightens their burden: that’s why a Funeral Director who is reliable and sensitive to people’s needs is so important.
Gerry was born and raised in the tiny Northern Ontario community of Connaught. Following a move to Sudbury in the early 80’s, Gerry volunteered first with the March of Dimes followed by a 12 year stint with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Then, the sound of distant drums beckoned him and he joined the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival and served there in various capacities for 18 years. Once inducted into Lionism in March 2007, Gerry spent two years as Community Services Chair and attended MD “A” Regional Lions Leadership Institute. He received the International Presidents Commendation Award at the A-5 Convention in 2009/2010, the same year he served as the 85th President of the Lions Club of Sudbury. He served as Zone Chair for 14 Central in 2010/2011 and Regional Chair 14 from 2011 to 2013. Gerry was presented with the “Judge Brian Stevenson Award” in 2013, the International Presidents leadership gold medal in 2013 and a Melvin Jones fellowship in 2014. Gerry also served as the District A-5 Governor in 2015/2016. He is currently the Vice-President of the Lockerby Legion. Gerry married his wife Catherine Walton in 2004. Between them, they have 6 children and 9 grandchildren. He has been with Simple Wishes as a Funeral Director’s Assistant since 2017.