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A Big Welcome to CACL's Newest Board Members

January 17, 2018 - -

The CACL membership appointed nine new members to the Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, December 2017. New board members represent diverse regions of Canada including British Columbia, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories.

We know you will make wonderful contributions in advancing inclusion in Canada!


Raymond Castonguay, Ontario

Raymond is currently Senior Vice-President, Finance with Morneau Shepell Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for reporting, tax, treasury, financial operations and financial systems.

Raymond is a past Board and audit committee member of LeaderCity Canada and United Way of Peel. Raymond’s wife works at a French public school board as Director of Student Service supporting exceptional students. Through her work Raymond has gained an appreciation for the challenges and growing needs of students with an intellectual disability.

 

Dominique Gilbert, Québec

Dominique Gilbert is a single mother of a son who has hereditary spastic paraparesis type 11 and two other healthy children. Her 27-year-old son pursued a special academic path due to learning difficulties related to the medical diagnosis. At the age of 17, he left the school system and was unsuccessful in integrating the labour market. Since 2014, intellectual impairment, spasticity problems and progressive paralysis have limited him to social activities, with support.

Having found help for leisure activities from the Montréal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, Ms. Gilbert was invited to represent this organization in its dealings with the AQIS in 2015. She has sat on the AQIS Board of Directors since then and on the Le Support Foundation Board of Directors since 2017.

 

Doug Graham, Yukon

Doug Graham joined the YACL Board after retiring from his most recent political role as Minister of Education with the Yukon Government. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Doug Graham has served at the municipal level, first on city council, then on the Territorial government. Prior to taking over the cabinet portfolio for Education, he served as Minister of Health and Social Services.

 

Caihla Maccuish, Northwest Territories

Residing in Yellowknife for almost 7 years, Caihla calls this beautiful city home. After working and volunteering for many different organizations in town, including Community Living, and with a lot of thought to her part in creating a positive community space, Caihla went back to school for social work and now works at the Catholic School Board, focusing on work with students with unique needs. 

Her dedication to YKACL and to the board is to ensure that those with exceptional needs are integrated into a community that understands that each member is a valuable citizen.

 

Barb MacIntyre, Alberta

Barb and her husband live in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the financial controller for a commercial developer. Together, they are the proud parents of two young men. Their youngest son was fully included throughout school, university and has a job in media. All this was possible because of the strength and support of Inclusion Alberta and the network of families connected to the organization.

Barb is the acting President of Inclusion Alberta and began this term April 2017. She served as President 2010-2012 and has been on the Executive since 2008. She is also the Treasurer of Inclusion Edmonton Region.

 

Jim McNamara, Ontario

Jim McNamara is currently beginning his second, two year term on the Board of Community Living Ontario and is in his first term as its President. He is also the Vice-President of his local association, Simcoe Community Services.

Jim’s career in the Ontario Public Service spanned over 33 years and included work with Young Offenders, Child and Family Intervention, Children’s Mental Health, Child Welfare and services to people with a developmental disability. He was also responsible for the management and delivery of the Ontario Disability Support Program, including income and employment supports to people with disabilities. Currently, Jim also volunteers with the John Howard Society in Mediation Services.

 

Michael J. Prince, British Columbia

Michael J. Prince, PhD and Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, teaches at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, in areas including disability, public health, social policy, public administration and organizational analysis.

He is currently Co-Principal Researcher with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) on a five year community-university alliance project entitled “Disability Poverty, Enabling Citizenship.” Michael also sits on a number of Boards, including Inclusion BC and contributes extensively at senior levels to innovation in policy in BC and across Canada.

 

Yvonne Spicer, Ontario

Yvonne Spicer is a self-advocate living with a disability. She lives in Milton, Ontario. Yvonne has been a valuable member of Community Living North Halton. She is an individual who brings advocacy and a strong passion for the sector and would represent families and self-advocates on the board in a positive way.

Yvonne is a currently a college student and she is taking a course specialized for persons with disabilities in Conestoga College. She is currently in her last term and is currently taking business electives courses in hopes that with her experience she can achieve a job once the course is completed.

 

Stuart Strijack, Manitoba

Stuart Strijack is a Chartered Professional Accountant, practicing in the province of Manitoba, with his own firm. He has served on various boards, currently the President of Community Living Manitoba, in addition to Treasurer for Manitoba State Council for the Knights of Columbus, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce member of finance committee plus events committee.

Stuart and his wife have 2 children. He is an advocate within the association of Manitoba, working to ensure the rights of people with intellectual disabilities are protected and maintained for all. An active supporter of the movement since August 2016, with his involvement with the board of Manitoba Association for Community Living.