Board of Directors

Board of Directors

We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent the interests of the Association and work to help us carry out our mission and vision while adhering to our values. Our Executive Director oversees the daily operations of all our programs and services.

Statement from the president on behalf of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a group of volunteers with a variety of knowledge and experience. Many of us have friends or family members who have developmental and/or other disabilities, and one of us is a self-advocate.  Some of us are former educators and special education specialists.  We have business and financial advisors, plus Board members with experience in the areas of law, social work, and advocacy.  While we come from decidedly different backgrounds, we all have one important thing in common:  we care deeply about the well-being of those in our community who have developmental and/or other disabilities, and their families.  We passionately support the mission and vision statements plus all the core values of Community Living Sarnia-Lambton (CLSL), and work to advocate for both the organization of CLSL and its people.

We recognize the excellent work of our organization’s personnel.  Their high level of professionalism is admirable.  This has been especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, as everyone has worked together, going above and beyond to help keep the people we support healthy, safe, and comfortable.  Our staff deserve tremendous credit for their efforts.

It is our Board of Director’s legal responsibility to support and protect the corporation of CLSL from undue risk; to oversee the operations within the organization and to support the Executive Director in his role. With the help of the people we support and their families, our staff, management, and community partners, we collectively create CLSL’s strategic plan. This is based on people’s knowledge and experiences, their creative visions, wishes and hopes for our organization’s future, and is a comprehensive list of goals along with measurable steps toward achieving them. The strategic plan is used as a guide to decision-making in CLSL and provides benchmarks for evaluating progress.

On a personal note, after serving on the Board of Directors for nine years, I became Board president at the November, 2020 AGM.  Being new to the role, I am especially grateful for the support of our past president, Chris King, Executive Officers and other Board members, administration, and all our other agency staff.  I am proud to volunteer with this outstanding organization.

Meet Our Board Members

Lorna Cooper
President
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Wilma Maher
1st Vice-President
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Chris King
Past President
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Tyler Virostek
Secretary-Treasurer
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Murray Smith
Board Member
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Scott McKelvie
Board Member
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Barry Vosburg
Board Member
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Karen King
Board Member
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Kevin Schenk
Board Member
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Heather Collins
Board Member
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Paul Stevens
Board Member
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Justice Mark Hornblower
Board Member
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Brenda Roby
Board Member
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Trevor Roberts
Board Member
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John Hagens
Executive Director
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Pam Atkinson
Controller
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Lorna Cooper
President

Retired Teacher

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Wilma Maher
1st Vice-President

Homemaker

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Chris King
Past President

Retired Teacher

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Tyler Virostek
Secretary-Treasurer

Financial Analyst

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Murray Smith
Board Member

Retired Teacher

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Scott McKelvie
Board Member

Retired Education Administrator

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Barry Vosburg
Board Member

Business Owner

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Karen King
Board Member
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Kevin Schenk
Board Member

Self-Advocate

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Heather Collins
Board Member

Social Worker

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Paul Stevens
Board Member

Retired Financial Consultant

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Justice Mark Hornblower
Board Member

Retired Judge

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Brenda Roby
Board Member

Retired Teacher

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Trevor Roberts
Board Member

Portfolio Manager / Financial Planner

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John Hagens
Executive Director
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Pam Atkinson
Controller
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Volunteer as a Board Member

Make a big impact on our community by becoming a volunteer member of the Board of Directors.

Community Living Sarnia-Lambton is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with an intellectual and/or other disability by providing quality supports and services for over 65 years.

Our vision is that that all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community, and have the opportunity to participate effectively.

Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers who govern the organization and are elected by our members at our annual general meeting and commit to serving at least a two-year term.

The Board of Directors typically meets monthly between September and June. Board Members can also volunteer on special committees, task groups and at events.

Follow this link to apply to join our Board of Directors.

Board of Directors Application Form