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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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
Kevin Daudlin was born on March 10, 1962, in Chatham. He attended high school at Chatham Kent Secondary School, and attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Windsor studying accounting, economics, finance and administration. Kevin also attended Humber College where he studied funeral services. He is married to his lovely wife Gigetta and has two daughters Stephanie and Sabrina.
Kevin joined the Columbian Squires in Chatham at Circle 412 in 1974. He was very active in the circle cumulating with his election as Chief Squire and to the Provincial Board. As an adult Kevin also continued his involvement with the Squires as Chief Counselor, Area Chairman and was chair of the Ontario Squires Convention in 1981 and 1982. He joined the Knights of Columbus, Council 1412 in Chatham on his birthday in March of 1980, and has served in almost every position. Kevin was instrumental in the formation of Council 8739 and 9551 in Chatham and 14571 in Downsview and is a charter member of Fr, Leo J. Austin and Cardinal Carter Assemblies. He is a Former District Deputy, Past Grand Knight thrice, a Former District Marshall, and Past Faithful Navigator twice. Gigetta and Kevin are a Lady and Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.
Brother Kevin is a Licensed Funeral Director and is currently in the process of opening his own funeral home in Maple.
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State Secretary – Secrétaire D’État
Pete Lemon was born in Windsor on May 26 1949. He attended Corpus Christi High School (F.J. Brennan) and the University of Windsor specializing in Business management and finance.
Pete and Beverly were married in October 1970, and have four daughters and five grandchildren.
In 1972 he joined the Windsor Police Service working in many branches, spending 12 years in the Financial Crimes Unit specializing in lottery investigations. He retired after 35 years of service to his community.
Pete joined the Knights of Columbus Council 4924 in February 1992. He became active within the Council and served in almost all positions on the Executive. Pete served as Grand Knight of the Council (2002-2004) and was appointed District Deputy (2006-2009) placing in the top ten of District deputies two years running. Pete joined the fourth degree Rev. Wilfred Langlois Assembly in 1998. Since being elected to the State Wardens position he has had the pleasure of serving his brothers in the order as the of Chair of the Substance Abuse Poster Contest, Director for Wheelchair Foundation, Vocations/RSVP program Director and most recently Director for NCD and Round Table development.
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 State Advocate – Avocat D’État
Marcel Lemmen was born on October 16, 1963 in The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1968. While growing up the family moved from Stoney Creek to Orillia, then Cambridge and then back to Stoney Creek. Marcel received a degree in engineering and management sciences from the University of Waterloo in 1989.
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 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. He has been an active member of the Fourth Degree since 2005.
When not busy with the Knights Marcel is an avid runner and has completed 24 marathons including the Boston Marathon twice.
Bruce Poulin State Warden – Cérémoniaire d’Etat
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.