CLD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with varied backgrounds.
Lisa joined CLD’s Board of Directors in September 2016. She is an avid volunteer in the community and brings a passion for fundraising and leadership. Lisa lends her time to various organizations in the community including Family Transition Place, Community Safety Partners and The Community Resource Centre.
Lisa involves herself in a variety of fundraising initiatives for ‘Taking the Edge Off Cancer’ supporting the oncology expansion at Headwaters Healthcare Centre, a cause near and dear to her heart. She is a cofounding member of the Celebrate Your Awesome initiative.
Lisa, a 20-year veteran in retail management, recently decided it was time to turn her true passion into her career and opened her own freelance writing business, Written Works. Her time in retail brings her experience in sales and customer service, financial management and leadership. Two years ago she successfully ran a campaign for a position on the Town of Orangeville council In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time at her family’s cottage in Caledon, with her husband, son and daughter and last year welcomed a granddaughter to their family.
Andy joined CLD’s Board in the fall of 2016, he brings particular skills in leadership, community involvement, and previous board experience.
His volunteer history includes Director with Orangeville Food Bank, Chairperson of Safe Communities Dufferin, and is the current Deputy Mayor for the Town of Orangeville.
Before Andy retired he worked for the Orangeville Fire Department for 30 years 18 of them as Fire Chief, during his time as Fire Chief he has been awarded, The National Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, Fire Service Long Service Medal, as well as the Queens Diamond Jubilee and Queens Golden Jubilee medals, this September he will be receiving the Canada 150 Medallion.
In his spare time Andy enjoys RVing, biking and golfing. Andy and his wife Kathy are proud grandparents to Nova who keeps them busy and always entertained.
I was born and raised in Jessheim, Norway, my parents and two sisters still live there. I studied Physical education at Oppdal College, but became a flight attendant with Sterling Airways logging thousands of hours in the air. It was an exciting career that afforded me the opportunity to travel extensively. Physical education is still a very big part of my life and I remain active on a daily basis.
I moved to Canada in 1994 and proudly became a permanent resident 11 years ago. I met my soulmate Jeff (pilot for Air Canada) 30 years ago and we have been married for 20 years, we live in Mono with our three dogs. I own and show horses with my best friend Shannon and can often be found at her barn when not working p/t at RustiK Local Bistro as a hostess.
I have always been involved in the community and believe in giving back through my volunteering with Big Brothers and Sisters, Orangeville Girls Hockey, Canadian Sport Horse Association, and now the Orangeville Food Bank and Community Living Dufferin.
Mike has had extensive knowledge in the sales and service industry for over 30 years. Mike and his wife Sheila operate The Mullin Group, a very successful real estate company here in Dufferin county. He realizes how precious each and every client is and thus believes in treating them with the utmost care.
Mike is a logical thinker and helps guide you through the process of buying and selling which can be a very emotional experience. Mike deals in residential and commercial markets. With his years of experience and his tough negotiating skills, Mike has consistently earned top 1% in his trading area.
Mike became a member of the board of Community Living Dufferin in 2019 and is the chair of the Ithron board. He is also a member of the Orangeville Lions. Mike and his family are committed supporters of the community through multiple initiatives.
CLD VIce Chair, Governance and Events Committees
As a seasoned recreation professional, Sharon brings over 25 years’ experience in recreation and event management to the Board.
The youngest of seven children, Sharon was born and raised in Scarborough, ON and holds a degree in Recreation Geography from Trent University and a Recreation Diploma from Humber College. Sharon is currently the Manager of Recreation & Events for the Town of Orangeville.
Making connections and giving back to the community is important to Sharon. She was looking for just the right volunteer opportunity when she discovered Community Living Dufferin and found herself eagerly wanting to get involved. Sharon joined the Board in October 2019 and has already been assisting with events like the annual Curling FUNSpiel held at the local Orangeville Curling Club.
Sharon moved to Orangeville in 2015 and lives here with her partner Chuck and their 3 children. In her spare time Sharon enjoys camping with her family and gardening.
Ithron Vice Chair
I was born in Hamilton Ontario and attended Brock University where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. In 1997 I started my journey at RTF Global Inc. and over that period of time led a group of employees in the design, manufacturing and distribution of retail display security systems. In 2003 I purchased the company and led it into the UK market where it saw global growth. We now operate offices out of Orangeville and Daventry. In 2016 I became President of SensorMedia Inc. which provides software to wireless retailers.
I also have a passion to create experiences for travellers and operate three unique destinations. One in Mono, another in Adjala-Tosorontio and the last in Nippising. Onthe9 Mono is a 15 acres property just outside of Orangeville which has one of the top Airbnb’s in Canada. The Ketchum House is first an education center for responsible living and conducts Earth Day Tours, every day! It also serves as an ecotourism destination where people can stay as well as learn about sustainable habits and construction. In April 2020 I took possession of a remarkable property three hours north and Onthe9 Wolfe Bay is a natural wonderland of forests, rivers, waterfalls, and sand beaches.
In June 2020 I retired from an active role at RTF and serve as the Chairman of the Board. My main focus now is the Onthe9 experience and the eco journey at Ketchum House. I am excited to be a member of the Community Living Dufferin board and look forward to assisting with the path that the agency currently is on.
Chris is currently retired and lives in Fergus with her husband Ray. Her daughter Barbara lives at Community Living Dufferin’s Hillview home.
Chris’s background was in finance, audit and management. The last 21 years of her career, she was the financial controller and then the general manager of the Canadian division of the Draka group of companies. Chris has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Over the years Chris has served as a Committee Member, Director or Treasurer of several nonprofit and charitable organizations. She was a member of Community Living Dufferin’s board from 2009 to 2018 and also volunteers in her home community with “Curl for a Cause” which raises funds for local charities. Chris is pleased to serve as a Director of Community Living Dufferin, drawing on both her parental and professional experience.
Aisha currently works as an Analyst with the Treasury Board Secretariat. She completed an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing the Certified Human Resources Professional designation.
From a young age, Aisha’s persistent community involvement has allowed her to reach leadership roles within various non-profit organizations. These previous roles include: Big Sister at ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ and the External Communications Outreach Director on the Social Justice Committee at the University of Toronto. She holds a record of impactful leadership roles and has made a positive impact on her community; through a strong commitment to developing inclusivity and equity within marginalized members of society. Currently Aisha is serving as the Human Resources Coordinator for Peel Regional Police, Crime Stoppers, where she not only engages in recruitment and training, but also mentors’ volunteers in their employment and academic journey. Her strong passion for crime prevention through collaborative efforts between the police, media, and public, has helped raise awareness for public safety.
Aisha continuously strives to create a meaningful relationship with her community through the use of her knowledge and experiences. She uses leadership qualities to inspire others to create a safe space hence is looking forward to supporting those with intellectual disabilities at Community Living Dufferin. When not in the office, Aisha gets in touch with nature often spending quality time outdoors.
Will is an Articling Student at McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto. He completed his Juris Doctor degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2022. Will also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University.
While at Osgoode, Will worked as a research assistant for the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project, sat on Osgoode’s Admissions Committee, and participated in two national moot competitions. He interned at a law and tech NGO located in Myanmar. Prior to law school, Will worked as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Provincial Parliament at Queen’s Park. Will is committed to investing in the growth of communities. In particular, Will has used his training and knowledge to collaborate and assist vulnerable communities. During his academic and professional work, he provided support to trans individuals in attaining governmental identification services and contributed to the work of various Indigenous organizations and causes.
Will joined the Board in 2022. He will bring his passion for community activism and strong sense of service to the position. He is inspired by the existing work of Community Living Dufferin and will contribute to the further success of the organization. Outside of work, Will enjoys reading biographies and fantasy, cooking, and travelling.
Julie Elsdon-Height was born and raised in Orangeville. In 2002, she and her husband Bradley returned to Orangeville to raise their two daughters, and Julie has been an active member of the community since.
As a current student at Laurentian University, studying Indigenous Social Work, Julie is committed to making a positive impact in her community. In addition to her studies, Julie is also employed as a Supervisor at Dufferin Child & Family Services, where she works at the Headwaters Family Visitation Center. Julie is also the co-owner of SJ Consulting, a marketing agency, and holds professional certifications as a life coach and recovery coach.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Jule volunteers in various capacities within the community, including being a member of the Youth Justice Committee, and the Overdose Awareness Committee and holding a seat on the Celebrate, Your Awesome board of directors. With a background in mechanical engineering, management system development, and health and safety management, Julie is skilled in problem-solving and systems design.
Julie is dedicated to promoting wellness and recovery in all areas of life. Having been in recovery from substance use disorder since 2010, Julie committed to using her experiences and skills to help others.
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We would like to respectfully acknowledge that Dufferin County resides within the traditional territory and ancestral lands of the Tionontati (Petun), Attawandaron (Neutral),
Haudenosaunee (Six Nations), and Anishinaabe peoples.