Meet Our Board of Directors
Providing Help – Creating Hope
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President and CEO…
|Harvey joined the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Board of Directors in 2006 and was elected President & CEO in 2008. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 35 years. Harvey had the privilege to serve as the Conferring Officer for the Major Degree Team from 1986 – 2011 (22 years).
Harvey was employed for 35 years within the financial services industry He retired as CEO of Conexus Credit Union in Regina. He has also held positions on numerous Boards of Directors including Chair of the Board for Concentra Financial Group as well as Co-Operators Group of Companies.
Harvey currently resides in Saskatoon together with his wife Donna. Their primary enjoyment involves spending time with their three adult children and six grandchildren. In addition, they enjoy golfing, fishing, travelling and relaxing at their cabin at the lake.
|Bishop Emeritus Albert Thevenot
|Born in Treherne, Manitoba on November 6, 1945
Eleventh child of 12
Lived in Somerset, Manitoba.
Went to Somerset, Richard School and did my high School at St. Boniface, while living at the Junior Seminary of St. Boniface.
Joined the Missionaries of Africa in 1964 as a Brother.
Did Profession in 1967 in Montreal.
Finished my studies at St. Boniface with a B.A. and a certificate in secondary school teaching.
Went to Tanzania to the Seminary of Katoke of the diocese or Rulenge.
Returned to Canada to study in Education.
Then went to the Missionary Institute of London to study Theology.
Was ordained to the priesthood on August 2nd 1980 in my home town.
Worked in Tanzania for 5 years and then in Western Canada for Seven y ears and then returned to Tanzania.
In 1998 moved to Rome for Six years.
In 2004 worked in P.Q. for four years.
In 2008 Ordained Bishop of Prince Albert
Retired in June of 2021.
|Mervyn V. Welter, B.A., B.ED, PSD
|Mervyn is a retired schoolteacher and in-school administrator, employed for thirty years as a Saskatchewan educator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan as well as the Canadian Securities Course and the Professional Financial Planning Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.
As a Knight of Columbus, Mervyn has served at the Council and State level in various portfolios, culminating as State Deputy from 1992-94. At the Fourth Degree level, he served as Master for Saskatchewan and Vice Supreme Master of the Simon Fraser Province (Western Canada). At the community level, Mervyn has served as a director on the boards of Battleford Catholic Family Services and Battlefords Credit Union.
Mervyn has been a member of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Board for thirty years. At present, he serves as Vice-President as well as Chairman of the Investment and Planned Giving Committees.
With his extensive background and experience, Mervyn is an avid supporter of the Foundation and offers his expertise to the Foundation Board in a spirit of charity, unity and fraternity.
|Brad was born in Humboldt and grew up in Englefeld, Sask. He is presently involved in the day-to-day operations of Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel in Humboldt, a business they opened in April of 1992. He is married to Wanda and they have two sons, Nathan and Landon. They enjoy a wide variety of activities, especially cross country skiing, canoeing, Bronco hockey games, and the great outdoors in general.
Brad joined the Knights of Columbus in Rosetown, in 1990, and now belongs to Council 1886 in Humboldt. More recently, in 2009, he joined the Abbot Severin Gertken 4th Degree Assembly 2166. Brad and Wanda are also quite involved in their church, St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt.
“Our family loves living in Humboldt, and our doors are always open to family and friends”.
|Wayne Matt Treasurer
|Brother Wayne became a Knight in 2003 and belongs to Archbishop O’Neill Council 8896. He has held numerous positions within the Council including Grand Knight. He has also been actively involved with the Regina Chapter as Treasurer and currently (2023-24) Vice-President. Wayne has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1980. They have 3 children, Stephanie, Jeffrey & Jessica and no grandchildren.
Brother Wayne is active with the Parish Council of Holy Child in Regina, having served as Past Chair. Currently he is the on the Finance and Hall Catering Committees and occasionally works as a Bartender for events
Wayne has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1976).
Wayne has worked for the law firm of Kanuka Thuringer LLP as the Accounting Manager since 1978.
|GK Marte Clemente Nogot is a Filipino born and raised in the Philippines in a catholic family. He joined the order on April 22, 2015, with San Lorenzo Ruiz Council #11429, Saskatoon and one year later became a fourth-degree member of D’Arcy McGee Assembly #1065, Saskatoon.
Brother Marte and his wife Lorelie, a registered nurse in the Philippines, live in Saskatoon. They have two sons. Jaan the eldest lives in the Philippines. He is a Physics graduate with a master’s degree in Geology and works at the State University. Their second son, Jose, lives in the family home in Saskatoon. He is a Public Administration graduate now working at a Hotel in the city.
|Shawn joined the Knights of Columbus Council as a charter member of Council #8215 in 1983 and is presently a charter member of Saskatoon Council #2695 enjoying every minute. He has served in many executive positions including Grand Knight twice, Financial Secretary, District Deputy, State Wheelchair Chair, State Coats for Kids Chair. He was elected to the Board of the Saskatchewan K of C Charitable Foundation in 2018.
Shawn served as president of the CN Curling Club in Saskatoon, one term on the Canadian Spina Bifida Association and served on many other committees organizing fundraisers. He has been employed by the Hudson’s Company for the past 38 years.
Shawn lives in Saskatoon with my wife Laurel. They have raised three beautiful girls, Carly, Christine and Chantel.
|Marvin DeSchryver, PSD
|Marvin joined the Denzil Council #3920 in 1978. He served in most executive positions in his Council including Grand Knight. He served in all the State Board positions including State Deputy from 2006-08. In 1998 Marvin joined the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation. Marvin joined Fr. Schweer’s Assembly #1425 of the Fourth Degree in 1998 and presently serves as Faithful Navigator.
Marvin’s job with Sask Power as District Operator brought him and his wife Pat to Denzil in 1974. In 1978 they purchased some farmland west of town where they moved with their four children. Since all the children are now grown and away from home, both Marvin and Pat are fully involved in their church and community as well as the Denzil KC Council and CWL.
Marvin and Pat both love singing, curling and playing cards with the neighbours. Their nine grandchildren are the light of their eyes and they love to spend time with them.
|Tom Fortosky joined the Knights of Columbus in 1986 with Council 1517 in Saskatoon. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s Council 9538 and a member of Yorkton Council 2031 where he served as Grand Knight. He is currently a member of Denis Mahoney Council 8215. He joined the 4th Degree in 1993 with Brother Stanislaus Assembly 1286 and is currently a member of D’Arcy McGee Assembly 1065.
Tom received his law degree in 1986 and was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1987. He had a general practice of law until 1999, including 10 years in Yorkton. In 1999 Tom returned to Saskatoon and practiced Labour and Employment Law until 2016. As of 2017, he is a non-practicing lawyer.
Tom has a passion for Catholic Education. He first served as a Catholic School Trustee in Yorkton where he was elected to the Yorkton Catholic School Board in 1997. He served until his return to Saskatoon in 1999. In 2003 he was elected as Trustee to the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board where he served until accepting his current position as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA) in 2017.
Tom is a member of the parish of the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. He is married to Heather, and they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
|Joseph Riffel was born in Regina, Dec 1970, but raised in Saskatoon. He attended BJM High School and then attended the UofS for a couple of years. Things weren’t going to plan, so he moved on. He worked for various companies, moving up as able, then moving on as promotions topped out. In the mid-’90s, he met a lovely woman, Tracy. They have been married since 1999, having 2 children: John & Rayann. Currently, he works for BN Steel & Metals, overseeing the operation of a metal shredder and non-ferrous metal recovery system. The family attends ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ parish; serving at the parish as needed.
Joe joined the Knights of Columbus on October 20/03, joining Council #10587 – St Augustine. He took his 2nd & 3rd Degree March 7/04 in Regina, in the presence of his Grand Father, Fr John Riffel (FSC, FDM, PSD). He joined the Council Executive of #10587 as Outside Guard July/04. And then things took off from there. Effective July/05, was elected Deputy Grand Knight and effective July/06, was elected Grand Knight. Then served as a Trustee, and as well as Council Youth Director. He is active in many council activities: Basketball Free throw, past Bingo Captain, annual parish breakfasts, fundraisers, organizing the children’s programs for the State Conventions in S’toon, etc.
He joined the 4th Degree on November 12/05 (D’Arcy McGee assembly #1065), serving since as Sentinel on the Executive. He also serves as a member of the Honour Guard and assists at many Exemplifications as needed.
|Larry Packet, State Deputy and
|Larry’s involvement with the Knights of Columbus has been both extensive and satisfying, being actively involved in his council, parish, community and serving on the Sask State Council in the various executive positions. Larry is involved with Special Olympics, serves on the board for the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games and the Saskatchewan K of C Charitable Foundation.
Larry has a beautiful wife of 35 years Judi and is blessed as a father to three terrific daughters and one son. They have six energetic grandchildren under the age of four.
Larry visits shut-ins regularly and truly loves his role in the order. He and Judi had the experience of delivering wheelchairs in Costa Rica which has had a profound effect on how he views charity work. The Knights of Columbus have been very rewarding. The spiritual growth, the church involvement, the charity work, the influence of elders, and the chance to make a difference have moulded him into the man he has become today. In 100 years it won’t matter how much money you had, the kind of car you drove, or what house you lived in. What will matter is what you did to make a positive difference in this world. Larry is a better father because he cared about his church, country, family, community and all this was possible because HE BELONGED TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS.
Larry is very proud to say that he is a Catholic man, a Knight of Columbus, and a proud Canadian. He is very proud of his accomplishments to date with the Knights and cherishes the friendships he’s made with the people he has met within the councils.
|SK Gerry J. Gieni
|Brother Gerry is well suited for the challenges given his 34 years as a 3rd Degree and 32 years as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, recently retiring from a lengthy career as an executive manager, including the last 21 years serving as the chief financial officer with the Moose Jaw Catholic School Board.
Brother Gerry has served the Father Lawless Council #1534, Moose Jaw in most Officer positions and is a Past Grand Knight. Currently he is a CO with the Sask State Ceremonials Team (3rd Degree Team) and DGK on the Council Admission Degree Team. He is also presently the Financial Secretary for the Father Lawless Council #1534.
|SK Peter Folk, Webmaster
|Peter Folk has been active in the Knights of Columbus for many years, serving as Grand Knight, and Financial Secretary with Msgr. Robinson Council 8279 in Saskatoon. He now is a member of Denis Mahoney Council 8215 in Saskatoon.
He has been creating and maintaining websites for many years and is the webmaster for both the Saskatchewan State Council website and the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation website as well as other businesses.
Peter lives in Saskatoon with his wife Donna and daughter Erin. He has two other daughters, Stacey and Darcy, and a son Brad. He also has two granddaughters Jeannette and Grace.