Dear friend of Community Living Guelph Wellington,

On behalf of Community Living Guelph Wellington, I have both the pleasure and sadness to announce the retirement of our Operations and Compliance Manager, Heather Grimes.

With 31.5 years of service at CLGW, Heather has held a variety of positions. From front-line staff to Skills Development Instructor, to Developmental Community Placement Manager, to Developmental Supervisor, to Team Coordinator, and now as Operations Manager, Heather has worn many hats and helped make CLGW what it is today.

People fondly recollect Heather as the one looking for “rubble” (the cut off ends of squares and cookies not fit for Open House). She loved visiting the kitchen with her wallet to find a sweet treat to go with her afternoon break. It was an excuse to visit with people and check up on how they were doing.

Heather has supported all areas of the organization, including the Norm Jary Golf Tournament and the Fashion Shows. She was exceptional at supporting our fundraising, making calls and drumming up prizes and giveaways.

A proud Grandma, Heather is always good for a story about her grandbabies. When she’s not helping CLGW run, she enjoys spending time with her family, being active, and walking her dogs.

For all of this and so much more, we are grateful for Heather’s time, commitment, and leadership.

Heather’s retirement is effective as of February 22, 2023.

To help us send Heather off on a happy note, we are hosting a gathering to celebrate Heather on Thursday February 16, starting at 3pm in Guelph. 

Knowing that Heather’s 31+ years of experience has made quite the mark, we are looking forward to seeing many faces. This gathering is a drop-in, so please feel free to come anytime between 3pm and 4:30pm.

While we want to be sure to celebrate Heather the best we can, we do ask that each attendee is considerate of all that are attending. Please wear a medical/surgical mask (additional masks will be available at the celebrations), perform hand hygiene upon entry, and do your best to remain physically distanced. As a Disability Services provider, we are maintaining important preventative measures to reduce our risk of COVID.

If you are interested in attending, or would like to leave well-wishes, please share your contact information with our online RSVP.

On behalf of Community Living Guelph Wellington, please join me in wishing Heather a happy and relaxing retirement. Thank you, again, for all that you have done with and for CLGW, through your dedication and guidance as a leader. We wish you all of the best in this next phase of your life.


Cindy Kinnon
Executive Director

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