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. 


Anne Wright

A Chartered Accountant, Anne is an experienced board member with finance, fund raising, governance and government relations expertise.  As a volunteer, she served as National President of the Canadian Diabetes Association and as board chair of Lakeridge Health and Trent University.  Resident in Port Perry, she previously served on the boards of Durham Hospice, Toronto Rehab, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.  


Brenda DeJong

Brenda lives in Durham Region and has worked in the health care field for over 30 years. She has been an active volunteer at her church, including Church Council, Director of the CoffeeBreak program and Alpha. Brenda also participated in the Lay Pastoral Visitor Program of the Chaplaincy Department of Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Brenda's sister has been supported by Community Living since the beginnings of Central Seven and this drives her passion to help and to learn.


Bill McKee

Bill has lived in Durham Region for 20 years and Port Perry for 12. He is on the executive of North House, volunteers for Community Care Oshawa and Uxbridge and is the Town Crier for Uxbridge, Scugog and Oshawa. Heis infactmthe Past President of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers. He received the Service Above Self award from the Scarborough Rotary Club in 2009 and is a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal recipient. He is twice past master of the Port Perry Masonic Lodge. He retired from Toronto Police in 2010 after serving over 35 years. 


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. 


Colin Kemp

Colinhas been on our board since 2010. He has resided in Scugog Township for some 33 years.  He is currently retired after holding a number of senior positions in business, finance, engineering and company turnarounds.  His resume as a volunteer, since 1990, is extremely impressive and includes lengthy stints on the Nestleton Hall Committee, Zero Garbage/Scugog, Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc., Operation Hospital and Lakeridge Health North Durham Community Council.


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. 


Louise Renwick

Louise is a Registered Nurse (St Joseph's School of Nursing, Hamilton) with a Diploma in Public Health (University of Windsor). She also has a Degree from University of Toronto and a Certificate in Collective Bargaining from York University. Louise studied and worked in the fields of Paediatrics, Mental Health and Public Health. Louise has volunteered and held executive positions with many community organizations in Stouffville, Uxbridge and Port Perry. For the past 13 years, she has been a member of the Kawartha Kavaliers Drum Corps and is a member of its Board of Directors and Chair of its 60th Anniversary Committee. This will be Louise’s third year on the Board of CLDN. She looks forward to another interesting year, in particular, working with the "Jamie's Dream Gala" Team. Since the passing of Louise’s partner, Jamie Ross, she has moved to Gilson Point, Lake Scugog. Louise has three daughters and six grandchildren. 


Nicky Jones

Nickyis 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.


Pieta Settimi

Pieta worked for the Ontario Public Service for over 30 years.  After retiring from the OPS, she looked for volunteer opportunities to use her experience in strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, and governance.  She joined our Board, and the Board of Directors for the Kawartha Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Pieta has also served on school councils under the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland, and Clarington Catholic District School Board. Pieta has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, Hamilton.  She also has a Certificate in Negotiations from Glendon College, York University, and is a graduate of Queen’s University Executive Program.   Pieta and her husband Perry have two adult daughters and have lived in the City of Kawartha Lakes for almost 35 years.    


Amanda Robinson

Amanda is a member of the A-team and also a Board of Directors Representative. In her spare time, she loves to do puzzles and is a bit of a card shark.  When not doing puzzles or playing cards you will find her outdoors. Her dreams are to go to Disney World and to ride a horse. She has a gift when it comes to animals, you could almost call her an animal whisper.


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.

His 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.