By volunteering, you can empower individuals with developmental disabilities and promote community inclusion.
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Has dedicated herself to the upliftment of Thunder Bay’s community and the promotion of inclusivity. Her satisfaction stems from witnessing the Foundation’s transformative impact on individuals, enabling them to embrace their communities with comfort and security. With 38 years of active advocacy in the developmental disabilities sector, Sherry has acquired a profound understanding of the challenges faced by this community. Her current role as a Positive Behaviour Supports Facilitator with OPTIONS Northwest reinforces her commitment to empowering individuals. Outside of her professional endeavors, Sherry finds solace in nature, relishing activities such as camping, fishing, and photography, and actively engaging in Thunder Bay’s vibrant artistic and entertainment scene.
A long-standing member of the Foundation board and current Board president at Community Living Thunder Bay, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our organization. With a dedicated career focused on serving individuals with disabilities, Lisa has spent the last 17 years as a Family Resource Facilitator with Wesway. Her passion for supporting those in need is evident in her work and volunteer efforts, making a profound impact on the growth and well-being of countless individuals. Lisa’s dynamic presence on the Community Living Foundation board adds to its vibrancy, enabling us to continually expand our support and services for the community.
A passionate advocate for empowerment and inclusivity, brings a diverse background in entrepreneurship, education, and military leadership to our foundation. With extensive experience in guiding organizations toward success, his expertise in organization building, leadership, and governance greatly enriches our board’s strategic discussions. Nathanael’s personal connection, growing up with a brother with Downs Syndrome, fuels his deep commitment to fostering strong community connections and advocating for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.
With a career spanning nearly five decades, Janet has dedicated herself to supporting individuals with disabilities. From Thunder Bay to smaller communities and Indigenous groups, she has been actively involved in various aspects of community life. She has contributed her expertise to educational institutions and served on multiple committees for CLTBF, gaining firsthand insight into the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families. Her role on the CLTB Foundation board exemplifies her commitment to fostering inclusivity and support, significantly improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Jacob, a local lawyer, is a passionate advocate for accessibility and inclusivity within the community. Hailing from Thunder Bay, he possesses a strong connection to the region and a deep dedication to its development. Jacob’s legal expertise in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities significantly contributes to our board’s strategic conversations. He regularly aids individuals and families in creating estate planning strategies that enhance their well-being and ensure financial security. Beyond his professional commitments, Jacob finds joy in golfing, hiking, and exploring various corners of the world. He remains committed to fostering an inclusive society through his continued efforts.
Her career as a credit counselor and financial advisor reflects her steadfast belief in everyone’s potential. Her dedication extends to her involvement with Thunder Bay Family Network and her volunteer work with the Special Olympics Winter Games. At CLTB Foundation, she empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to pursue their dreams, fostering a connected and inclusive community. Beyond work, Debra cherishes outdoor adventures with her family, from fishing to motorcycle racing, embodying her vibrant approach to life and community building. Although Debra’s motorcycle riding days are now sporadic, she clings to her helmet, unwilling to retire it just yet.
A lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, has dedicated himself to the betterment of the community and the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. With over a decade of involvement with CLTBF, Rick’s impact extends beyond the boardroom, as evidenced by his active contributions to various local organizations. Following his retirement from property management, Rick continued his engagement with the community, serving on the Credit Union Board for 10 years and volunteering within the local rowing and football communities. Through his unwavering dedication, Rick embodies the spirit of community and inclusivity, fostering opportunities for growth and empowerment within the vibrant tapestry of Thunder Bay’s culture.
With over 40 years of experience in life insurance and estate planning, offers invaluable expertise to the CLTB Foundation board. His commitment to the cause stems from his personal connection as a father of five, including one child with Down syndrome. Having served on the board for over a decade, Mark’s contributions reflect his profound dedication to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities. Apart from his role at CLTBF, Mark is an active member of the Redwood Park Church, where he serves on the Board of Elders. With a penchant for golfing and gardening in the summer and skiing and socializing in the winter, Mark brings a diverse perspective and unwavering advocacy to our board, shaping a more inclusive future.