I was born in 1955 and raised in Tecumseh, Ontario, into a French Canadian home, and I am the fifth child of seven; three sisters and three brothers. My father was Villemaire Papineau. He worked at the Essex County Separate School Board until his untimely passing in 1973. My mother, Beatrice, worked at Green Giant for many years and later re-married Sam Goyeau. She passed away in 2007.
After graduation from St. Anne’s High School, I attended Seneca College in Toronto and completed the Law Enforcement Program.
In 1975, I joined the Toronto Police Service as a radio dispatcher, then re-classified to clerical/administration. In 1986, I was promoted to a supervisory position and then transferred to the Police College. It was during this period that I became proficient in budgeting protocol and financial management of municipal funds.
Shortly afterward, I was appointed a College instructor, teaching Adult Education to civilian and uniform personnel. My expertise was in preparing and presenting courses in Leadership, Ethics, Diversity, Elder Abuse, Race Relations, and Instructional Techniques. However, my entire spectrum included delivering topics on Communication, Conflict Resolution, Supervisory Skills, Time Management, Customer Service, and Professional Development.
My last few years were devoted to the rank of Registrar at the Toronto Police College. Primary duties included a supervisory role, maintenance of employee training records, and course training standard records. Again, much of my responsibility focused on budgetary needs as dictated by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Police Service Board.
With 36 years of service, I retired and returned to Windsor to begin the second chapter of my life.
Soon afterward, I owned and operated D.A.R.T. Moving & Organizing Support (2011-2018). I also worked part-time for HomeInstead Senior Care as a care worker (2013 -2020).
In 2015, I married Joe Derikx, and we reside on Boulder Crescent in Windsor. We are now a blended family with six children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
My Mission and Vision
To serve and represent the citizens of Ward 7 to the best of my ability, focusing on their needs for the betterment of the community.
J’aimerais adresser à toutes les personnes francophones… Mon objectif est de vous représenter aussi dans votre langue.
Je vous assure que je tiens à coeur ma langue maternelle. C’est un aspect très important de ma vie personnelle et professionnelle.
Knowing how to listen, screening concerns and achieving an attainable and measurable solution is my biggest asset. I am READY.
Current issues surrounding race relations, diversity, elder abuse, mental health and homelessness are important to me. Also, customer service, protocol surrounding municipal affairs, and specifically budgets are a priority. I am SET.
Ward 7 is a vibrant and growing area of Windsor with abundant green space and trails. It is rooted with tradition and is inviting to newcomers. This is where I call home. So let’s GO!
For 32 years, Thérèse has been an active member of the Girl Guides of Canada.
Thérèse receives the Purple Heart award in December 2019 from HISC owner Colleen Jersy.
Working with Seniors in the community has become a passion for Thérèse Papineau