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
Gerry Walsh - 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Vanessa brings an executive background to the board – she has been Vice President of various auto/transport industry companies (eg Daimler Trucks Canada Day & Ross, total Care transport Services Inc) in her career. Since 2009 she has also had her own consulting company which she is now full-time at. Her company is focused on small business – she assists owner/operators in sales development, human resources utilization and general management. She has had success in strategic marketing, new business and fund development areas as part of her career. Vanessa’s volunteer involvement includes 10 years as a member of the Erin Community Theater Board of Directors and more recently 3 years on the East Wellington Community Services Board of Directors.
Current CLGW Board Committees
Otto Schmalz, Chair
Vanessa Parker, Vice-President
Wilf Rieck, Community Representative
Gerry Walsh, Ex-Officio
Gerry Walsh, Chair
Scott Galajda, Director
Jacquie Rodden-Yetman, Community Representative
Quality Monitoring Committee
Janet Kaufman, Chair
Janette Andersen, CLGW Staff
Claire Jenkins, CLGW Staff
Jessica Vanderslikke, Community Representative
Jessica Johnston, Community Representative
Gerry Walsh, Ex-Officio
Become a Board Member!
We are looking for new board members!
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. Nominations are invited from individuals with any of the following areas of expertise:
- Fund Development (eg fundraising, alternate funding sources)
- Marketing & Communication
- Property Management
- Strategic Planning & Visioning
- Change Management
- Knowledge of Broader Health & Social Services Sector
- Experience with Diverse Populations
- Parent, sibling or guardian of a person we currently support or could potentially support in the future
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 required any accommodations with the application, please contact Minerva at email@example.com or 226-314-0829
Thank you for your interest! Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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!