Our Board of Directors meets monthly.
Directors contribute their expertise in the areas of:
Governance/ Board Development
Strategic Planning & Visioning
Marketing & Communication
Knowledge of Broader Health & Social Services Sector
Experience with Diverse Populations
Meet the Board
Janet Kaufman - Chair
Janet Kaufman has lived in Guelph since 1976 when she accepted a position in the University of Guelph Library, retiring after thirty-five years of service. She and her husband have three adult children, all U of G alumni, and two grandchildren.
Janet has been a volunteer board member and served in leadership roles with a number of community benefit organizations in Guelph for over twenty-five years. She currently serves on the boards of the Guelph General Hospital and PIN:The People and Information Network, as well as the CLGW board.
Janet brings her experiences in library service and management, as well as knowledge of the community, to board discussions. Her involvement on the board of CLGW draws on her desire to make a contribution to building a healthy and inclusive community.
Lynn Hammond - Vice Chair
Lynn Hammond has lived in Guelph for over 30 years. Over her career, she has worked in Guelph and its surrounding community in both the not-for-profit social services sector and the for profit sector.
Currently working for the Ontario College of Family Physicians in Toronto as the Manager of Governance and Board Planning, Lynn brings experience in Board Governance, Planning, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Finance and working with membership organizations. Lynn joined the CLGW Board in February of 2020 and is excited to volunteer in the community she lives in with an organization whose values align so closely to her own.
Otto Schmalz - Treasurer
For over 45 years, Otto and his family have lived in the Guelph area.
Otto is a member of the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
For 30 years, Otto worked with Siemens Canada Limited in finance, administration and audit.
He says, “I believe it’s important, where possible, to give back to others with special needs. I look forward to working with other members and the Board at CLGW.”
Gerry Walsh - Past President
Gerry is Human Resources Manager at AOC Resins and Coatings Company in Guelph. She’s also active on AOC’s social committee that raises funds for local charities.
Gerry has a wealth of knowledge in the field of Human Resources. She has professional certifications including: Human Resources Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Ergonomic Specialist.
Currently, Gerry is also a Board Member with the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation. After serving a one-year term as CLGW Vice President, Gerry is now sharing her expertise as our Board President.
Scott is a partner at the law firm of Miller Thomson (Guelph). His practice includes: land development, municipal law, real estate and general corporate law.
Scott has lived in Guelph and Wellington County for 15 years. During this time, he has assisted various nonprofit and charitable organizations.
As a CLGW Board Member, he is eager to share his expertise in real-estate and legal matters. Scott is dedicated to giving back to the community.
Pauline Busby has lived in Guelph for the past 30 years. She has had previous experience working on a number of community boards and committees, with previous experience on the CLGW board and sitting as a SEAC representative for the Upper Grand District School Board. Pauline currently works as an Office Manager in downtown Guelph. Pauline is a parent and primary caregiver for a person supported at CLGW and she is looking forward to sharing her perspective with the Board as the Board strives to make the best decisions for CLGW.
John has lived in the Wellington Region for over 25 years. He first moved to Puslinch and now resides in Guelph. He has two daughters and a partner and balances his time in the community as a senior swim official, soccer coach and business youth mentor.
John is very excited to join the Board of CLGW where he hopes his experience in not for profit and charitable housing partnerships will be valuable. John has worked to build housing for other CL organizations in the province.
John Gerrard is a Senior Level Executive (CEO) with a decade of successful experience in developing Innovative strategies and building organizational capacity. John specializes in new business, operational improvement, and development. He regularly presents at national not for profit and charitable sector conferences on housing and social enterprise platforms. A strong believer in the power of “trial and test” John sees resource/financial management opportunities as the key to organizational self reliance.
A father of three, David has lived in Guelph for 28 years.
For 25 years, David worked in international sales. Currently, he owns and manages rental properties.
Now that he is semi-retired, David has time and expertise to share as a Board member. He brings his perspective and and experience as the parent of a 27-year-old son with special needs.
Courtney Horowitz has lived in Guelph since she was four and kept meaning to move to Toronto when she finished university (also at Guelph), but eventually decided that it was too great to leave. She has worked in developmental services for over 15 years. In that time, she has been a direct support professional, the project coordinator for the Supporting Kids in Camp program through the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington, and a family support coordinator at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR).
She is now a project manager with EAFWR, where she works on evaluation, strategic planning coordination and reporting, legislative compliance, and software development.
She connected with CLGW as part of her MPNL program and sought out board membership after getting a chance to meet CLGW members and hear about how the organization's innovative supports were positively impacting their lives.
Carly has over a decade of experience in financial services, and is currently pursuing her MBA at the DeGroote School of Business.
As a passionate Guelph-Wellington resident, and a sister to an individual living with a developmental disability, Carly is eager to contribute to Community Living’s mission of encouraging opportunity and inclusivity through her Director role with CLGW.
Current CLGW Board Committees
Otto Schmalz, Chair
Courtney Horowitz, Director
Christopher Henry, Community Representative
Gerry Walsh, Ex-Officio
Gerry Walsh, Chair
Scott Galajda, Director
Lynn Hammond, Director
Carly Woodhead, Director
Quality Monitoring Committee
Janet Kaufman, Chair
Cindy Kinnon, CLGW Staff
Debb Young, CLGW Staff
Janette Andersen, CLGW Staff
Claire Jenkins, CLGW Staff
Gerry Walsh, Ex-Officio
Are you interested in getting involved with a progressive dynamic organization that seeks to make a real difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities? Would you like to share your previous board experience with us, or gain new experience as a board member and share your talents while contributing to improved developmental services?
Community Living Guelph Wellington (CLGW) is inviting applications for new Board Members to serve a minimum two year term. CLGW is a large community-based agency, providing a broad range of developmental programs and services for Guelph and Wellington County residents.
We’re looking for board members who are excited by what we do and have a desire to actively contribute to CLGWs’ future. We are seeking individuals with the following areas of expertise:
- Fund Development (e.g. fundraising, alternate funding sources)
- Human Resources
- Experience with Diverse Populations
- Parent, sibling or caregiver of a person we currently support or could potentially support in the future
Preference will be given to family members, individuals living in rural areas (Wellington County), and BIPOC.
Who can get involved?
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live or work within Guelph and Wellington County and possess skills, experience and areas of expertise as identified above.
How to get involved?
If you require any accommodations with the application, please contact Minerva at firstname.lastname@example.org or 226-314-0829
COVID-19 consideration: at this time, meetings are held virtually or by telephone.
Thank you for your interest! Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Community Living Guelph Wellington's Board of Directors meets the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Public Attendance at Board Meetings
All members wishing to attend open meetings of the Board in the capacity of an observer are welcome to do so. Attendance may be restricted to a maximum number if space is not available. For virtual meetings, individuals are to inform their intention of attending the open session through Email: email@example.com A link will be provided to access the open meeting.
Delegations to the Board
Members of the public may not address the Board or ask questions of the Board without the advance permission of the Chair and must contact the Secretary or their delegate in advance of the meetings.
Become a Board Committee Member!
Are you a Guelph or Wellington County resident interested in giving some of your time to a charity? Do you want to volunteer and make a real difference? Would you enjoy reviewing how a charity delivers their services, assessing their risk management or auditing their operational resources?
Community Living Guelph Wellington and its Board of Directors are currently looking for volunteers to join two of our Board Committees. Volunteer positions are open on our Quality Monitoring Committee and our Resources Committee. The Quality Monitoring Committee looks at CLGW’s service quality and risk management, while the Resources Committee focuses on agency resources like finances, human resources and physical assets.
Experience and knowledge of the areas being assessed is an asset. Having experience with not-for-profits, boards or board committees is beneficial. Enthusiasm, the drive to see a project to its fruition, and curiosity are key!
If this opportunity sounds interesting, we want to hear from you!