State Deputy – Député D’État
Dan was born in southern Ontario – the 9th child of Irish parents who farmed near Arthur, Ontario. Dan attended a one room country school house until Gr 6, and then St John’s Separate School in Arthur. He graduated from Norwell District SS in the technology program before being hired by Ontario Hydro as a Millwright Apprentice in 1973.
He married his high-school sweetheart, Rita, in 1972, and together they raised their 2 sons, Daniel and Christopher. During his career, as an Industrial Millwright, and then, Vice-President over the Nuclear, Thermal and Construction Divisions of the Power Workers, they moved around Ontario – now in their 18th home near Iron Bridge!
In 1988, Dan joined the Knights of Columbus Council in Alliston, and quickly achieved Charter Deputy Grand Knight position to the newly formed Council in Angus where he performed Council Executive positions for many years before starting 2 new Councils, and accepting the District Deputy role.
His passion for his Faith and the Knights of Columbus shone when he was first appointed Pro-Life Chairman for Ontario, then was elected to the Ontario State Board in 2006.
Dan’s journey on the Board was not without its challenges but his courage and trust in Our Blessed Mother, and Our Lord Jesus saw him elected to the position of State Deputy this past April, 2017. Together with Rita, they will travel around Ontario to support existing Councils, nurture new Councils, and encourage men and their families to join this faith-based fraternal organization.
Dan gives praise to Our Lord through his daily devotion by praying the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Rosary. He has dedicated his term of Office to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and hopes to evangelize and continue to grow this Catholic Gentleman’s Order through his actions and guidance from the Holy Spirit
Most Rev. Marcel Damphousse
State Chaplain – Aumönier D’État
Born on March 19, 1963, in Saint-Joseph, Manitoba, Bishop Marcel Damphousse was ordained a priest on June 28, 1991, for the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface. He served in a number of French and English parishes throughout the Archdiocese before being named Rector of the Cathedral in 2008. The Bishop earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1984 at the University College of Saint Boniface, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in theology in 1989 from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He received his formation for the priesthood at Saint Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa. In 2002 he earned a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Teresianum in Rome.
For a number of years, Bishop Damphousse taught at the Manitoba Catholic School of Evangelization, and was vocations director for more than 12 years. Before being appointed Rector of the Cathedral, he was chaplain at St. Boniface Diocesan High School for five years. He gained experience as a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, the Presbyteral Council and of the Diocesan Commissions for Liturgy and for Catechesis. He also served as the spiritual director of the TEC (To Encounter Christ) movement for eight years.
On June 28, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named the Reverend Marcel Damphousse as Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall. He was ordained bishop on September 2, 2012 in St. Finnan’s Cathedral in Alexandria, ON.
Né le 19 mars 1963, à Saint-Joseph, au Manitoba, Mgr Marcel Damphousse a été ordonné prêtre de l’archidiocèse de Saint-Boniface, le 28 juin 1991. Il a exercé son ministère dans plusieurs paroisses francophones et anglophones de l’archidiocèse avant d’être nommé recteur de la Cathédrale, en 2008. L’évêque élu a obtenu un baccalauréat ès arts en psychologie, en 1984, au Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface et un baccalauréat en théologie, en 1989, de l’Université Saint-Paul, d’Ottawa. Il a reçu sa formation sacerdotale au Séminaire Saint-Paul, à Ottawa. En 2002, il a obtenu une licence en théologie spirituelle du Teresianum à Rome.
Mgr Damphousse a enseigné plusieurs années à l’École catholique d’Évangélisation au Manitoba et a assuré le rôle de directeur des vocations pendant une douzaine d’années. Avant d’être assigné à la Cathédrale, il a été aumônier du St. Boniface Diocesan High School pendant cinq ans. Il a acquis de l’expérience en siégeant au Conseil diocésain des affaires économiques, au Conseil presbytéral et à la Commission diocésaine de liturgie ainsi que celle de la catéchèse. Il a été également le directeur spirituel du mouvement TEC (To Encounter Christ) pendant huit années.
Le 28 juin 2012, Sa Sainteté le pape Benoît XVI a nommé M. l’abbé Marcel Damphousse, évêque d’Alexandria-Cornwall. Il a été ordonné évêque le 2 septembre 2012 à la Cathédrale St. Finnan à Alexandria, ON.
Immediate Past State Deputy – Ex-Député D’État
Alain Cayer was born on February 10th, 1970, in Winchester, Ontario and raised on the family dairy farm. In 1992, he married Sheryl and together they have four beautiful daughters; Marie-France, Gabrielle, Natassja and Karine. They now own a garden center, L’Arbrerie Cayer, in Casselman, just east of Ottawa.
Brother Alain joined the Knights of Columbus, days after his 18th birthday in Council 7743 Ste-Thérèse d’Avila in Marionville. He has served as Trustee, Chancellor, Advocate, Deputy Grand Knight, and three terms as Grand Knight. He has served as a District Warden, and four years as District Deputy of District 58. At 19, he became Sir Knight of the 4th Degree with J. Urgel Forget Assembly 1999. In May 2008, he was elected as the Ontario State Warden. He appreciates the support of his Brother Knights from across the province, and this allowing him to serve as a member of the State Board as State Deputy.
Alain has always been involved in sports; hockey, baseball, curling, golf, volleyball, and bowling. He also stands on the sidelines watching and supporting his daughters as they engage in volleyball, and cheerleading. His most memorable moment was in December of 2008, when he participated in a fundraising hockey game, playing on the same team as his hockey idol, Guy Lafleur, and 10 of his NHL buddies.
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State Secretary – Secrétaire D’État
David Peters was born on September 12, 1961 in Madras, India. He is a graduate in Commerce and Business Management and now owns a consultancy firm specializing in Project and Bridge Financing. David lives in Brampton with his wife Flavia and their two lovely daughters, Gabriella and Daniella.
He joined the Knights of Columbus in 2001 and since then has been very active in the Order in various roles. He was Grand Knight of Council # 12214, District Warden, District Deputy for 3 terms, and placed in the top 10 District Deputies for two consecutive years. He was instrumental in the formation of Michael The Archangel Council # 15098 in Etobicoke, and Bishop Scalabrini Council # 15329 in Mississauga.
He became a Sir Knight of the 4th Degree with Fr. Gregory Kelly Assembly # 0872 in 2003, and has served in many positions including Commander and Faithful Navigator for 2 terms. He has served the Western Zone as Warden and Secretary, and is also a member of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Degree teams.
David is a Director of the Parish Finance Council of Cristo Rei Catholic Church in Mississauga.
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Marcel Lemmen was born on October 16, 1963 in The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in engineering and management sciences from the University of Waterloo in 1989 and is a licenced Professional Engineer.
Marcel married Charlene in 1994 and they have a daughter, Grace. He is currently the Purchasing and Materials Manager for the family business, E.M. Precise Tool Ltd.
Marcel joined the Knights of Columbus in 1997 at St. Francis Xavier Council 12067 in Mississauga. He served in many executive positions in that council including two terms as Grand Knight. In 2007 he moved to Stoney Creek and helped start Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 14421, serving as the Charter Grand Knight. Marcel served three terms as the District Deputy of District 60 in Hamilton before being appointed in 2013 to the Ontario State Board as the Director of New Council Development and Round Tables. In 2015, he was elected State Advocate. He has been an active member of the Fourth Degree since 2005. Marcel acts as the liaison to The Arthritis Society, a principal charity of the Ontario Knights of Columbus, and sits as a Director on the Ontario Advisory Board.
When not busy with the Knights, Marcel is an avid runner, and has completed 27 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice.
State Advocate – Avocat D’État
Brother Bruce Poulin, MA, BA(Hon), CD, was born in 1962 in Ottawa. He is a retired military officer who graduated with First Class Honors from the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston and holds a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC., specializing in International Relations majoring in finance and conflict management.
Following in the footsteps of the Poulin family that spans more than 100 years in the Knights of Columbus in Ontario, Bruce joined the Knights in 2007 (Notre-Dames-De-Lourdes de Cyrville, Conseil #8679). Since then Brother Bruce has held virtually all of the positions afforded an elected officer – including Grand Knight (Jean Paul I, Conseil #8585) and District Deputy (District #54). He is also a member of the fourth degree (Assemblée #1693). In April 2015, he was elected as the Ontario State Warden.
Fraternal organizations, youth clubs, Church activities, neighborhood and civic associations, pro-life, sports and recreational activities have long been a staple in Bruce Poulin’s life. Indeed, he has more than 30 years of community service. Of note of his exceptional community work, Bruce was awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals in 2002 and 2012 respectively.
Brother Bruce retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after 22 years of service to his country. Since then he has worked at the national headquarters of The Royal Canadian Legion in the Marketing and Membership department as the Manager of Communications.
He is married to his loving spouse, Zoye are active members of the Holy Spirit Church in Stittsville and they have five children, Jean-Mathieu, Dayna, Olivier, Rylan and Catherine.
State Warden – Cérémoniaire d’Etat
David was born in June 1965 in Windsor. He was the first generation in his family born in Ontario. His ancestors, father and son, came over from France in the 1670’s and generations lived in Quebec. David graduated from F.J. Brennan Catholic HS in Windsor in 1984 and received a diploma from St Clair College in computer/electronic technician in 1990. David’s hobby in computers continues today to help friends with computer problems, bulletin editor for his Assembly and keeping two K of C websites he created regularly updated.
He is still employed at Chrysler Canada (FCA) for the past 32 years. David married Lori (nee Blair) in July 1992 and together they were blessed with 2 daughters, Taylor and Kelcie. Their family pet is Berkley a five year old male American Cocker Spaniel and David says Berkley makes him laugh every day.
David and Lori and family are parishioners of St John de Brèbeuf and Companions parish in Kingsville and both Ministers of the Eucharist. Lori is a convert to the Catholic faith through the RCIA program in 2002. Lori says David was “converted” first, from a city boy to a county boy, when they moved to the quaint small town of Kingsville after the birth of Taylor in London.
David joined the Knights in Feb 2002 and was the first knight in his council to achieve the Shining Armor award which David says is a great mentoring program. His brother knights entrusted him as Grand Knight of Council #8233 (Kingsville) from 2005 to 2007 and both years the council achieved the Star Council award. David was instrumental to establish Squires Circle #5147 in Nov 2006 in the name of the late Constable John Atkinson (3rd degree knight). David was a Squire Counselor from 2006 to 2016, Faithful Navigator of Fr Louis Boué Assembly #2355 (Amherstburg) from 2009 to 2011, District Warden from 2010 to 2012, District Deputy #21 from 2012 to 2015, Financial Secretary/Treasurer of the London West Diocesan Association from 2011 to 2015 and State Membership Retention Director from 2015 to 2017. David continues as a member on the admission, formation and patriotic degree teams and as an officer and director co-trainer in his Association since 2014.
David and Lori have taken to heart Supremes’ message that joining the Knights of Columbus is “an experience of a lifetime” and they enjoy and treasure most, the relationships with the men and ladies they meet along their journey. Lori supports David’s decision to work at the State level as Warden. David is just waiting for Lori to retire in two years as they look forward to their retirement years together which Lori says “to travel a little more”.