Women in Action

Uniting women to improve health care in our community. 

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Who Are We?


Formed in the fall of 2016, Women in Action (WIA) is a united Membership of dynamic and dedicated women with a shared philanthropic interest of improving healthcare at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Currently we are over 100 members strong, funds raised through our membership supports improvements to the Emergency Department. Over the past 9 years we have raised more than $340,000 that has been directed to Emergency Department projects that have included upgrades to both the Trauma and Resuscitation Rooms, creation of a De-escalation Room, upgrades to the waiting room and equipment.


Women in Action Will:

  • Act as healthcare champions in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.
  • Promote the importance of philanthropy in healthcare and the positive impact of making a donation.
  • Develop a strong network of philanthropic women and celebrate the impacts of our contributions through social gatherings.

Our First Goal: Supporting the Emergency Department Enhancement Project 

Our Emergency Department at our Hospital is one of the busiest in Canada! Designed almost twenty years ago, our Emergency Department helps 110,000 patients per year in a space meant to serve approximately 80,000. There are severe over-capacity issues impacting wait times, patient/family/staff safety and overall patient experience. Hallways are overcrowded and, despite best efforts, privacy and dignity can be compromised.

Funds raised through membership have a direct impact on these issues.

IMPACT! Your Annual Membership Donation Will Help Support:

  • A more functional and efficient Emergency Department space, designed to serve the increased need for services.
  • Additional treatment spaces to address over-crowding issues.
  • A new PRIVATE treatment area to ensure patient privacy and dignity won't be compromised, especially for mental health patients.
  • A re-designed triage area for more privacy and accessibility.

Membership to Women in Action

Membership is open to any woman wishing to be a part of Women in Action. Our strength comes from the open and diverse nature of the group, so we want to welcome everyone we can.

Members will be required to sign a pledge agreement committing to a monthly donation of $41.67+, or annual donation of $500+. A charitable tax receipt will be provided for the full amount of the membership donation.

Join Women in Action

Donate Monthly
You may choose to make a monthly donation of $41.67 or above.

Donate Annually
You may choose to make an annual donation of $500 or above.

Will I receive a charitable tax receipt?

Yes. For monthly donations you will be mailed a charitable tax receipt at the end of each year, totalling that year's donations. For annual donations, you will be emailed your tax receipt immediately, then mailed all subsequent receipts in the same month every year.

Upcoming Events


"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Ladies Night & Diamond Dig
Wednesday, August 7th, 2024
6:35 PM @ Port Arthur Stadium

Come join us for a fun day of cheering on the Border Cats and participate in the Diamond Dig sponsored by Vince Mirabelli!
Indulge in delicious snacks catered by Salt & Pepper on the Tiki Bar Rooftop Deck! This will be an exciting event that you won't want to miss - grab your tickets now!

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Your Women in Action Committee Members

Committee Members

Sharon Bon, Chair

Natasha Zeleny, Past-Chair

Wendy Bell

Penny Belluz

Shannon Joblin

Vanessa Kasper

Tracey Maticic

Lisa Matyasovszky

Melissa Roulston

Karin Sitko

Marnie Madeo



Kristen Pouru

Debra Prete


More Information

If you'd like more information about Women in Action please contact us:

Email Women in Action

or contact Kristen Pouru at (807) 684-7106.