Board of Directors (BOD)

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.

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.

Vici Clarke

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.

Karen Cornish

Karen Cornish is the mother of a young adult woman who has Autism.  Approximately six 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.

The support and life skills that she learned from Community Living was an important piece of her reaching that goal.  When the Gananoque and Kingston Associations have 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.

Michael Curtis

Michael has been employed in Social Worker positions for the past 37 years working primarily with children throughout Eastern Ontario. Since retiring 3 years ago he has kept busy by working on short term, contract projects as well as Co-Chairing the Board of Directors for the Kingston Daycare Services.

Michael has combined two passions by also being actively involved with the Guardians of the Children Motorcycle Club who work with abused children in Kingston. Michael and his partner Linda live in a 170 year old Loyalist home and enjoy motorcycling, sailing and kayaking.

 

Kimberly Hurt

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.

Currently. Kimberly is a board member for the Income Security and Advocacy Centre.

Linda Lam

Linda Lam is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CMA).  She is the Director, Finance & Administration for Queen’s School of Graduate Studies.

She 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.

Heather Campbell

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 long and strong commitment to Community Living Kingston and District.  Her brother Robbie was supported by Community Living Kingston and District for eleven years and her father Ian served on the Board of Directors for several terms.  Heather became a member of the board in 2012.

Diane Mills

Diane has been involved with Community Living Kingston and District since the age of 16.  Diane lived at the Rideau Street group home when she started at the ARC Industries workshop.  She was the President of the first worker owned cooperative, Prepco, and still provides service to that business.

Diane and her husband of 29 years are presently supported through the SIL program.  Diane brings 36 years of experience to Community Living Kingston and District.

Erina Park

Erina joined Community Living Kingston & District (CLKD) as a volunteer in 2015. Prior, she volunteered for Best Buddies Canada, an organization also supporting individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Erina currently attends school full-time and hopes to become a strong advocate for organizations like CLKD in the near future.

Karin Steiner

Karin began her career as an English instructor at universities in China and Japan.  After her son was diagnosed with autism, she embarked upon a second academic career in cognitive theories of autism, developmental psychology, and special education.  Her experience encompasses research, writing, online course development and instruction, textbook consulting, and editorial management.

Karin was New Leaf Link’s Founding Executive Director and Secretary.  She has lived in South Frontenac Township since 1994. In November 2018, she joined the board of Community Living Kingston and District.

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.