Board of Directors

 

OFFICERS

 

Patrick Grist

President, Board of Directors

Patrick began as a Board member with CLOC after retiring from 34 years in the financial industry,  including 31 years with Scotiabank.   With him he brings his strong financial, leadership, problem-solving and relationship building skills.   A long time community supporter, Patrick gets involved in many volunteer endeavors including the East York Rotary Club, where over the years he has held the positions of President and Chair of the Finance Committee, and was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award, and he is a member of the planning committee for the Toronto East General Hospital Golf Classic.

Since he became President of CLOC’s Board of Directors, Patrick has become very involved with Community Living Ontario, and currently sits on their Board as Vice President.

 

Bev Neblett

1st Vice President

With more than 25 years of experience in post-secondary education, Beverley Neblett is the associate dean, for the School of Health and Community Services at Durham College. As part of the School of Health and Community Services management team, Bev’s program portfolio includes:   Addictions and Mental Health, Child and Youth Worker, Collaborative BScN (Hons), Communicative Disorder Assistant, Community Integration through Co-operative Education, Community Services and Child Studies Foundations, Developmental Service Worker, Early Childhood Education, and Social Service Worker programs.

Bev has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She is also a certified Life Skills coach.

 

Jean-Claude (J.C.) Legault

2nd Vice President

Up until 7 years ago, J.C. spent his time living all over the world as an employee of Bell Canada.  He has a keen interest in music, and often shares this interest with others by volunteering his musical talents at events (including CLOC’s own AGM and Clarington Project Galas).   

J.C. has always given back to his community, through actively volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Community Care Durham, the Knights of Columbus and the French Cultural Centre.  J.C. started out with CLOC by volunteering as a driver and assisting at the Clarington Project, providing music and teaching French, and he continues to do so as he serves his term on the Board of Directors.

 

Joel Yelle

Joel is Branch Manager at RBC Laval & Stevenson branch. He is an active committee member (2nd year) on the CLOC May Gala, as well as serving his second year as a Board member for the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. Through work, RBC, Joel has been a multi-year supporter of the Firehouse Youth Centre in Clarington (charity fundraising BBQ, Mics on Fire/Battle of the Bands). He is an annual participant in the Heart and Stroke Big Bike ride, as well as an annual participant in the Port Perry Polar Bear Plunge. Joel lives in Bowmanville with his wife & 3 young children, 2 boys and 1 newborn girl. He also volunteers his time and assist in coaching lacrosse for his two boys.

Joel believes that CLOC is a great organization and feels strongly about CLOC’s vision to support the achievement of personal outcomes of individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

Nancy Veals

Secretary, Board of Directors

Nancy has lived in the Oshawa area for many years. She was educated as a Registered Nurse in Peterborough and later went on to attend Ryerson University where she earned her BScn, specializing in Mental Health Nursing.

She has been employed for many years in various Hospitals in the Durham Region where she honed her skills, first in critical care nursing and, later in Mental Health Nursing, specializing in Crisis Intervention. She is employed by Durham College where she teaches Psychology.

She is the mother of three adult children, two sons and a daughter, and grandmother to four grandsons. Her leisure activities include volunteer work as secretary of the Board of Directors of CLOC and member of CLOC’s Policy Committee and the Human Rights Committee. She is also a member at large of the Board of Directors of the Port Darlington Marine Villas condominiums. Nancy enjoys her volunteer work with the Bowmanville Older Adults Association and is secretary/treasurer of the Woodville Seniors Euchre Club. Reading, walking, gardening, photography and spending time with friends and family provide Nancy with a full and happy life.

 

Garry Cooke

Immediate Past President

Fifty plus years ago, Garry and his wife welcomed their daughter Lori into the world. Lori was born with Down Syndrome and their journey began with encouragement and support from their doctor.  They were adamant that Lori would lead a full and meaningful life in the heart of her family and community.

As Lori grew so did the family’s involvement with Community Living.   Garry is a past President of Community Living Ontario, and he has a list of accolades that fill a full page.  A few among these are: Past President of Community Living Oshawa/Clarington, Regional Director Community Living Ontario Central East Region, Board Member of Community Living Ontario and Board and Executive of Canadian Association Community Living. In fact, with the many other positions and roles  he has held with these organizations, Garry’s involvement continues to grow.

He speaks with pride and a continued commitment about his involvement with Community Living, acknowledging the challenges and barriers faced along the way. Garry works hard to ensure others have the same opportunity for a good and fulfilled life and this gives him the determination to carry on.  He is excited about the future and the vision of Community Living Oshawa/Clarington.

Garry and his wife Sandra live in Bowmanville and have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.

 

John Haze

John Haze has been a resident of Durham Region for over 30 years. He currently lives in Oshawa and is the father of one. John was a Special Constable with the Durham Regional Police for over 10 years before branching out to become a Real Estate Agent with Right At Home Realty in Whitby.

John learned the value of hard work at an early age, and though he is very busy, he has enthusiastically given back to his community through event sponsorship and committee work, sitting on the CLOC May Gala Planning Committee, the Fall Golf Classic Committee, and as a contributing member of the Board of Directors.

 

Mac Moreau

Chair, Governance Committee

Mac comes to CLOC with a very personal and forward-thinking perspective. Educated in business management and finance, Mac is a senior manager in the social housing industry, responsible for the (re)development of communities within the social housing sector – initiating programs for various groups, supporting social housing communities in their growth, providing access to resources for groups wishing to initiate programs, and being an advocate for the diversity of those affected by social housing.

 

Catherine Garacci

Catherine is currently employed as a Probation Officer for the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, where she has worked for the past 25 years. During this time, Catherine has held a variety of positions within Youth Justice including Volunteer Coordinator, Operational Program Analyst and YCJA Trainer for the Central East Region.

Prior to working with the Ministry, Catherine was employed for several years with CLOC as a supervisor, and later as the Manager of the Supported Employment Program.

As the family member of a person with a developmental disability, Catherine has a strong interest in working with families, and has taken the lead in facilitating many of CLOC’s family/membership meetings.

 

Darlene Day

Advocate
Darlene has been supported in many ways by CLOC over the past several decades. While she was raising her two children, Darlene volunteered as both a classroom and lunch room supervisor at an
elementary school, and worked with seniors at the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre. Darlene currently volunteers as a coach for Challenge League baseball and soccer. Now that her children are adults and Darlene is a grandmother, Darlene is starting to give back to CLOC by being a member of the P.O.W.E.R. (advocates) Group, which she joined over a year ago, and volunteering at multiple events and public speaking engagements.

Darlene would like to give back to CLOC for the support provided to her over the years, and she would like to represent people with disabilities on the Board because she feels she is able to speak on their behalf and has an understanding of what people with disabilities experience on a daily basis.

 

Krystal Manitius

Krystal is a Criminal Defence practitioner as a trial and appeal lawyer in Toronto.  Over the years she has been a strong supporter and volunteer within her community.  Throughout High School, University and Law School, Krystal has amassed a long list of awards and volunteer appreciation.

 As Krystal continues to give back to her community, she is on the Durham Lawyers Association Board of Directors, volunteers with PLEC by acting as a mooting/mock trial coach for O’Neil High School, as well as a judge at various mooting/mock trial competitions.  She also speaks at high schools throughout Durham Region on the practice of law and “knowing your rights”.  Her extensive experience with the vulnerable sector has brought her to volunteer with CLOC. 

 

 

 

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