PAST PRESIDENT

Lisa Ellacott

Lisa has worked as a Front-line Worker, Supervisor, and a Director of Services for agencies that provide supports and services to people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. She is presently continuing her education at Lakehead University and will achieve her HBSW and then carry on with her Masters in Social Work. She is presently working as a Family Resource Facilitator for Wesway and volunteers in many different capacities within the community.

Her interest in volunteering with the CLTB Board is to give back and educate the community at large about people with disabilities. She feels it is important to demonstrate that everyone has something to contribute to the overall general well-being of the community in which we live.

PRESIDENT

Robert Rickards

Robert has worked in various fields including:

Telecommunications as a technician with Confederation College with over 18 years’ experience in the digital and IP based telecommunications and data network systems. As a supervisor with Bombardier managing a team to deliver a product on time and within budget. As a Nursing Orderly at Westmount, Hogarth and McKellar hospitals assisting clients with their physical, emotional and ADL (Activities of Daily Living) needs.

Robert was born in Fort William and has lived the majority of his life in the city. He have been active in the city as a volunteer and/or director with the following organizations:

Big Brother Big Sister – Volunteer – Board Member – President

Salvation Army – Volunteer (soup van and kettle campaign)

Community Living Thunder Bay – Director – Volunteer – President

Robert looks forward to bringing his skills and dedication to the Board of Directors for Community Living Thunder Bay.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Donna Lagergren

Donna has been a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) for over 26 years and was employed at St. Elizabeth’s Home Health Care. She provides care and health care teaching to individuals and families within the community. In 2007 she received her BA in psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Lakehead University. She will be entering her 4th year of the Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSCN) program.

Donna is currently an active Board member at the Thunder Bay Counseling Centre and the Catholic Family Development Centre. She previously served on the CLTB Board (2007-2011), and hopes to build on her past experience and bring new ideas to the Board. It is her belief that every individual with special needs is unique and should be heard with a strong voice. She is an advocator for the individuals and their families within the community and believes that by educating and providing supportive programs, it encourages individuals with a disability to maintain a stronger role in today’s society.

2nd VICE PRESIDENT

Marybeth Barrett

Marybeth has worked for over thirty years in the Social Work field, especially in the areas of respite and working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She is currently Supervisor of Services at Wesway. Within the context of this position, Marybeth has enjoyed meeting with families, both in the city and surrounding areas, who are seeking ways to ensure that their family member enjoys a full life while they continue to remain a strong support to one another.

In her role of managing services, Marybeth has developed a strong skillset in a number of areas, including responsive service development, individualized funding, strategic planning and budgeting. She also has a Masters of Social Work degree.

She is a proud mother of four and has been married for almost 29 years. Family is very important to Marybeth. Her belief in community makes her a strong advocate for people who are marginalized or vulnerable.

Over the years, Marybeth has supported people with developmental disabilities in both a paid and volunteer capacity. She is very excited about many of the changes currently being undertaken by the organization and shares the same values and mission with CLTB. Marybeth strongly believes in an open, welcoming and inclusive community.

DIRECTOR

Ken Merkley

Ken Merkley is the Buyer for Tbaytel and has nearly 10 years experience in the supply chain management profession. He is a member of the Supply Chain Management Association of Ontario and holds the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation.

Ken has lived in Thunder Bay the majority of his life, and is an active member of the music and arts community. He is looking forward to bringing his knowledge, compassion, and commitment to the Board of Directors for Community Living Thunder Bay.

DIRECTOR

Wendy Brescia

Wendy Brescia was born, raised and educated in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is happily married to husband Joe, and has two wonderful children Nicholas and Katherine. Katherine is currently attending the Community Living Thunder Bay W.J. Griffis Children’s Centre.

Wendy attended Hillcrest High School and Lakehead University, graduating from the Honours Bachelor of Commerce program in 1999, majoring in Accounting. From there, her she continued to pursue her Certified Management Accountants designation in Toronto, Ontario. Recently, Wendy returned to University completing her Master of Science in Management Degree in 2011 at Lakehead University.

While completing her accounting degree at Lakehead, Wendy commenced employment with the Tom Jones Corporation and has continued to advance in her role there since 1997. She is presently the Controller of the Tom Jones Group of Companies, working in management, where she is involved in continuous system improvements, audit, finance, accounting, human resources and technology.

Wendy enjoys volunteering in the community and has taken leadership roles in many fundraising and board activities for a variety of local charities and interest groups. Wendy looks forward to new learning opportunities and is excited to apply her knowledge of business management, systems, accounting and finance to this new role.

DIRECTOR

Janette Sprovieri

is a mother of 3 children and grandmother of 5 and to date, this is her proudest achievement.  She has an Applied Degree in Aboriginal Law and Advocacy.  She has been working for Ministry of the Attorney General since 2004 at both Superior Court and Ontario Courts of Justice in Thunder Bay as the Supervisor of Court Operations.  She recently completed a secondment in the Cochrane/Temiskaming District as a Manager of Court Operations. This had her working closely with the northern fly in communities of the James Bay coast.

Currently, Janette is in Thunder Bay and is the Regional Accessibility Lead for the Northwest Region and co-chair of the Provincial Accessibility Committee.  She is also the northwest regional lead on the Criminal Operational Policy and Civil Technical Tables provincial tables.

Prior coming to the OPS, she worked in the private sector in non-profit organizations as an advocate/manager, whose main focus was accessibility issues, working with different disability sectors in the community of Thunder Bay.  Her work with Community Living Ontario saw her on a provincial wide initiative with schools boards’ developing an inclusive school culture.

DIRECTOR

Tisha Hasan

Tisha is a third-year law student completing her last semester of law school in Thunder Bay at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts with distinction from theUniversity of Toronto double majoring in Criminology and Equity Studies with a focus on Disability and a minor in Women and Gender.

Tisha is a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her passion stems from her brother Ryan who has Down Syndrome. She is committed to understanding the inequities that are presented and faced in the community and advocating on its behalf, such that individuals with disabilities have ample equitable opportunities to be integrated into society. She is dedicated to breaking barriers, raising awareness, and diminishing the stigma surrounding disabilities.

Originally from Toronto, Tisha moved to Thunder Bay to pursue her interests in equity and social justice. Since then, Tisha has fallen in love with Thunder Bay and its community. In her spare time, Tisha is a volunteer with the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto and runs monthly programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.  She is excited to build her experience in Thunder Bay with the Disability community.

Our goal is that ALL people live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively.

Community Living Thunder Bay

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