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Board of Directors

Jennifer Berry:  Jennifer is a qualified primary/junior school teacher and has taught in Kingston for the past 14 years.  Jennifer was most recently a Board Member of the Gananoque District Association for Community Living.  She was involved in that capacity for the past 5 years.  Jennifer is thrilled to become a member of the Kingston and District Association for Community Living as a result of the amalgamation.

Susan Boehnke:  Susan is the proud mother of 10 yr old twin boys, one of whom has autism and intellectual disability and receives support from Community Living’s Childcare Resource Consultant program. She is a neuroscientist in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University, and teaches about Autism in the “Disorders of the Nervous System” course.  Susan joined the CLKD board in 2014. She previously served on the board of the “Limestone Advisory for Child Care Programs” (2010-13), and also sits on Advisory Committees for the Autism and Behavioural Sciences program at St. Lawrence College (2013-present) and Q-POND (Queen’s Partnership on Neurodevelopment, 2016-present).

Heather Campbell:  Ms Heather Campbell has a Business Administration (Finance) education, is retired from IT Finance at a Life Insurance company and previously worked in Internal Audit/Risk Management. She enjoys being an active volunteer member in the gardening community and operates a garden design business. Heather and her family have a strong commitment to Community Living Kingston; her brother Robbie was supported by Community Living Kingston for eleven years and her father Ian served on the Board of Director’s for several terms. Heather became a member of the Board in 2012.

Karen Cornish:  Karen Cornish is a mother of a young adult woman who has Autism. Approximately 8 years ago, as her daughter was preparing to leave high school, the family started working in partnership with Gananoque Community Living. Now that the Gananoque and Kingston Associations have amalgamated, the time seemed right to join the new Board of Director’s. Karen conveys a “parental / family” perspective to the Board, and looks forward to learning all that Community Living has to offer to individuals with disabilities, and the families that love and care for them.

Michelle DeLong Hannan:  Michelle works as a Dental Assistant, however she has 12+ years of supporting people with developmental disabilities and advocating on their behalf.  She joined the Board to contribute and remain involved with the individuals that Community Living supports.  In Michelle's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being on the water and enjoying the outdoors.

Muriel Grace:  Ms. Grace is the parent of a man with a developmental disability who lives at home.  She was involved in the research part of the “Better Beginnings, Better Futures” project though Queen’s University.  Muriel was a former member of this Board whose first tenure started in 1967, then her second tenure as Director began in 1996, and is now involved in her third tenure that started in 2009.  She has also served on the Board of Community Living Ontario and served on committees of the Canadian Association for Community Living.  She and her son and daughter Vici have been involved with People First Ontario and Canada that began in 1979. 

Robert Hickey:  Robert is an Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at Queen’s University. His area of research encompasses unions, labour relations, and human resource practices. He teaches courses on work, employment relations, negotiations, and conflict resolution.  Robert and his wife Erin Sheldon have 2 daughters Maggie and Ella. 

Brenda Jost-MacGarvey: Brenda moved to Kingston from Whitby three years ago upon her marriage to Darhl. Brenda has volunteered with H'Art Studio and Family Services of Kingston. She works in the Home Staging and Senior Move Management industry as well. Previously, Brenda worked as an Associate Behaviour Analyst where she implemented the ABA/IBI model in the classroom setting, for children with autism. She developed a deep appreciation for these children and their families while working in this field.

Brenda has 3 adult children all within a 2 hour drive from Kingston. She is pleased to be welcomed to this new board position.

Linda Lam:  Miss Lam is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CMA).  Linda is the Director, Finance & Administration for Queen's School of Graduate Studies.  She was first appointed to the Board in 1990 and completed three six-year terms as Director.  During her tenure on the Board she served most of that time as Association Treasurer.  Linda is a member of the Finance Committee of the Board.

Jan Marchant:  Jan and her husband share their home with Jan's brother John, a long term client of Community Options.  Understanding the daily challenges of living with and loving for a person with an intellectual disability, Jan chooses to be involved with an organization that upholds the worth of all persons. She is pleased to be affiliated with Community Living Kingston and District - a professional, well managed and caring organization that treats all people with dignity and respect and supports people to participate fully in our community.  Jan was first elected to the Board in 2001.  Professionally, Jan provides oversight for IT procurements within a provincial ministry.

Diane Mills:  Diane has been involved with Community Living Kingston and District since the age of 16 years.  Diane lived at the Rideau Street group home when she started at the ARC Industries workshop.  She was the first President of the first worker owned cooperative, Prepco, and still provides service to that business.  Diane has Board experience with Prepco and was on the Community Living Kingston Board a number of years back prior to her current status of a Director.  Diane her husband of 29 years are presently supported through the SIL program.  Diane brings 36 years of experience with the Association.

Jeff Pogue:  Father of Joey.  Joey is 25 years old and began using the services of CLK&D in 2009.  Jeff joined the Board shortly after utilizing the service.  Jeff has served on the Board and as Treasurer on the finance Committee.  Jeff jointed the Board with the goal of supporting and maintaining all the values and supports that Community Living offers to individuals in need. 

Mark Sheridan: Mark has been a member of Community Living in Kingston for twenty years and has volunteered as a Board Member and Executive Committee member for the past twelve years.  Mark’s education was in Engineering at McMaster University which led to a fulfilling career with Dupont Canada and later with INVISTA in a variety of Operations Management roles in North Bay, Whitby and Kingston.  Mark has recently retired and has been spending more time on his artwork and involving himself in wood carving and wood sculpture competitions and shows.   

Mark and Peggy have two children.  Emily is a graduate of Engineering and is currently teaching in southern Ontario.   Paul enjoys participating in the Community Options program here at CLK&D where he enjoys volunteer work assignments at Hotel Dieu and at the Limestone School Board.  Paul is also active at H’Art Studio and keeps himself and his parents busy at a wide variety of Special Olympics and community events.  

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