Board of Directors

The Volunteer Board of Directors constitutes the Association’s membership and is accountable to the individuals we serve, their families, the community at large and our funders for all of our programs and corporate activities.

Community Living Kingston and District is a non-profit corporation that meets all of the requirements of a transfer payment agency under contract with the Ontario government. The organization is accountable for the use of public funds according to the laws and regulations as set out by the Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston. Community Living Kingston and District is a member in good standing with Community Living Ontario and the Canadian Association for Community Living and OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs).

Interested in becoming a Board Member? If inclusion and a healthy, thriving community where everyone can live their best life is one of your values, consider joining our Board of Directors. Contact us to learn more.

Bill Scrannage

Bill is a graduate of Queen’s University (BCom, Honours) and is a designated accountant (CPA, CMA).  Bill has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of financial and management roles.

He owned and operated Ward’s Marine for over twenty years, selling it in 2015.  He and his wife Theresa have a son with special needs who has participated in various Community Living activities for many years.

Brian Bennett

Dr. Bennett is a parent of an active young adult with a developmental disability. He is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen’s University. Brian has served on the Board since 1990 with appropriate breaks as stipulated in Association By-laws. Brian has been an officer on the Board including President of the Association.

Erina Park - Past President

Erina Park is a Registered Nurse (RN). She is also an Assistant Coordinator at the Canadian Red Cross and has a passion for human rights and equality. Erina is a strong advocate for humanitarian causes in the community, both locally and nationally. She was first appointed to the CLKD Board in 2018 and has since served in various roles.

 

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell, with a career in Business and Finance, first joined the Board in 2012 and has served on various committees since. Her brother’s support by CLKD and her father’s service as a CLKD Board member has inspired Heather to continue her family commitment to advocate for those with developmental disabilities.

Jeff Pogue - Treasurer

Jeff Pogue is father to Joey, an individual who has been supported by CLKD for 25+ years. Jeff is actively involved on the Board of Directors, serving on the Finance Committee and as Treasurer for a number of years.

Jeff is married to Sue and has 3 other sons and 3 grandsons. Jeff has owned and operated numerous businesses over the past number of years as well and managed Industrial Operations.

John Suart - Past President

John Suart is a federal civil servant who works for Service Canada. He spent 15 years working for and with local health and social service agencies in communications, fundraising and volunteer services. John has an MBA from Athabasca University. He got involved with Community Living when his son needed support transitioning into daycare and school.

Karen Cornish

Karen Cornish is the mother of a young adult woman who has Autism.  Approximately 14 years ago, as her daughter was preparing to leave high school, the family started working in partnership with the Gananoque and District Association for Community Living. Her daughter Jennifer’s goal was always to be as independent as possible and, in the spring of 2019, she was able to move into her own apartment. Jennifer has now celebrated her 5th year of living independently.

The support and life skills that Jennifer learned from Community Living was an important piece of her reaching that goal. When the Gananoque and Kingston Associations amalgamated, the time seemed right to join the new board of directors.

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.

Kimberly Hurt - President

Kimberly is a licensed paralegal at Kingston Community Legal Clinic.  She joined the Legal Clinic in 1998 as a frontline staff member.  She has been a paralegal since 2008 specializing in social assistance law, including representing clients at the Social Benefits Tribunal.

Besides representing clients, Kimberly provides public legal education to the public, government agencies and health care professionals.

Kimberly is a past member of the City of Kingston’s Poverty Reduction Initiative Steering Committee for Social Services, the Provincial Inter-Clinic Steering Committee on Social Assistance and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Kingston and the Income Security and Advocacy Centre.

Krystal Oxbro

Krystal is the Director of Unity Child Care Centres, a multi-site childcare organization which strives to provide meaningful opportunities for children of all abilities to bring out the best in one another. Krystal sits on a number of community committees for the benefit of children and youth.  She is the mother of 4 children and has had both personal and professional involvement with Community Living Kingston and District for the past 20 years through her involvement with Preschool Resource Consultant Services.

Linda Lam

Linda Lam is a retired chartered professional accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 38 years of experience in public practice, in the municipal sector, and in post-secondary education.

Linda was first appointed to the Board in 1990 and has served several multi-year stints as a valued, contributing board member.

During her tenure on the Board, she served most of that time as Treasurer.  Linda is a member of the Finance Committee of the Board.

Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey is an associate professor of employment relations at Queen’s University. He teaches courses on labour relations, negotiations, and health and safety. Robert’s research examines the impact of technology and industrial changes on employment relations, the quality of work-life, and employment outcomes. One of his current research projects examine work and career experiences in Ontario’s developmental services sector. Robert joined the faculty at Queen’s University in 2006 after completing his Ph.D. at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Robert served on the board at Community Living Kingston and District for a number of years. He lives in Kingston, with his wife, Erin, and children Maggie and Evan. Robert currently serves as president of the microboard, “Maggie’s ambitious gaggle for inclusive community” better know as MAGIC. Maggie has led efforts to change policies that discriminated against people with disabilities. Working with Community Living, Maggie helped end barriers for people with disabilities to immigrate to Canada. More recently, Maggie’s featured article in the Toronto Star spurred the Ministry of Health to end the requirement that people with intellectual disabilities lose their independence in order to participate in Family Managed Homecare services.

Sarah Jikeli

Sarah has obtained experience for this position from her previous paid employment and student placements while studying Business Administration. She is proficient in the use of various software packages including Microsoft Office and able to learn new software quickly. Sarah is highly adaptable to change and able to cope well in a fast paced, high stress situations allowing her to be an efficient and reliable member of any team. She is committed to ongoing professional development and training to maintain ongoing high levels of professionalism.

Vici Clarke - 1st Vice President

Vici joined our board with over 40 years of volunteer and professional experience at the local, provincial, and national levels of the Community Living and People First movements.

She grew up in a household of active advocacy due to the efforts of her mother – Muriel Grace (Past – President of CLKD) to ensure Vici’s brother Rob would have the same opportunities as Vici.  Her exposure to clear values, advocacy, creative & innovative systems redesign, and learning from leaders such as Wolf Wolfersberger, Dr. John O’Brien, Jean Vanier and countless others has resulted in her involvement with creative efforts deeply rooted in the inherent rights of all people.

Vici holds a B.A. Honours from Queen’s University in Sociology, and courses from Syracuse University Leadership and Change Agentry.  She is currently a freelance consultant.