Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of a group of dedicated volunteers. They provide an invaluable service to our association, performing a governance role, while being accountable to our membership. If you would like to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available through our Board, please contact us at: 905-985-8511


Below you can view the bios of several of our dedicated Board of Directors volunteers. 

Clare Suggitt

Clare was raised on a farm near Sunderland with two sisters. His youngest sister had Down’s  Syndrome and was cared for at home. He earned a B. Sc. from University of Waterloo and then a B. Ed. from Queen’s University. Clare taught for one year in Ajax, and then worked for Black’s Cameras for 3 years before re-entering the teaching profession. He taught for 30 years and was the head of the Science Department at Brock High School upon retirement. e He For 10 years during his teaching career, Clare was an auxiliary police officer with Durham Regional Police Service rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. After retirement, he was the chair of the School Community Council at Port Perry High School. Clare and his family have lived in Port Perry for over 25 years and he still has many connections in Brock Township. 

Candace Taylor

Candace was a secondary school Math/Science teacher with the Toronto Board of Education for 11 years, serving as teacher, science head, and acting principal in the alternative school stream.  She moved to Port Perry 25 years ago with her veterinarian husband and 3 boys, the youngest of whom has quadriplegia and is currently supported by CLDN.  She taught in Port Perry before switching careers to train as a professional ADHD Coach.   She has a private practice, working with professionals who have ADHD for the past 10 years.  Her committee work includes 8 years on the School Community Council of Port Perry High, 5 years on the International ADHD Awareness Committee, and the Credentialing and Certification board of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches.  She is founder of Addmirable Woman Coaching, and cofounder of CADDCA, Canadian ADD Coaches Association.  Candace is a public speaker, conference presenter, and workshop leader on Neuroscience, ADD/ADHD, Learning Challenges,  Parenting, and Coaching. 

Nicky Jones

Nicky is a resident of the town of Port Perry. She has been a volunteer at Community Living Durham North’s Resource Centre for the past 15 years. Nicky is also an active member of the Self-Advocate group, the A-TEAM currently holding the position of past President. Nicky also holds a board position on Community Living Ontario’s Self-Advocacy Council.

John Lee

John is a new member of the A-Team as well as the team’s representative on the Board of Directors. He is a big movie buff and likes to play and watch hockey, soccer, baseball and basketball. Johns goal is to travel to the States next year.

Len Wright

Len and his wife live in the Township of Uxbridge. Len is a stroke survivor which has given him an awareness of the need to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. He has extensive experience in the financial services sector and the farm co-operative sector and he has previously served on the boards of Peel Crime Stoppers and Habitat for Humanity-Brampton. He is active in his church and is currently Chair of the Benevolent Committee.

Bill Klaas

Bill Klaas is a retired mechanical engineer who worked in the Kirkland Lake area, and taught for Northern College both in area mines and in the College. He held various union and administrative positions at the College, and was elected Kirkland Lake Town Counsellor for three consecutive terms. After retirement Bill and his wife were farmers and operated a B & B. Their son is associated with C.L.D.N.   

Shona Casola

As a Social Worker, Shona has a fundamental belief in the protection of respect and dignity of all persons and she is a disability rights advocate.  As a professional Shona, has worked for nearly a decade in a charitable organization supporting individuals and families living on the autism spectrum to advocate, navigate and integrate into their communities and now works in a policy branch at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  As a volunteer Shona serves on the Board of Directors for Community Connection in Whitby and has experience volunteering with Kerry's Place, Elizabeth Fry Society, Telecare Orillia, Roots of Empathy and the Canadian Red Cross.  Shona is a mother of three incredible children who inspire her to celebrate uniqueness and imagination every day. She lives in Brooklin with her family.

Elise Hawley 

Elise holds a Broadcast Journalism Diploma and Corporate Communication and Public Relations Graduate Certificate, both from Fanshawe College, as well as a Digital Marketing and Social Media Management Certificate from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Elise has worked in various corporate communications and social media roles in both tiers of municipal government (municipal and regional levels). She currently sits on the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival Committee as Vice-Chairperson, and assists various local organizations/individuals with their communications, social media and web development efforts. 

Fonda Zettler

Fonda Zettler has a Master’s In Education with a concentration in Teaching, Learning, and Development, as well as a Bachelor in Adult Education, both from Brock University, in addition to a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Seneca College. Fonda is an Innovative Educator and Community Support Consultant who has an extensive background working with diverse groups and individuals with exceptional needs. Fonda has worked as a front line staff in both Public Sector Education, and Non Profit environments, and also has experience at the Management level as a Coordinator for Autism and Early Childhood Inclusion Programming as well as being a past Manager of New Visions Toronto.  She is currently an on-line professor at Seneca College in the Autism and Behavioural Science program. Fonda currently chairs the Board of Directors at New Visions Toronto, and sits as a Board Director at Community Living Durham North in Port Perry.