Our Board Members provide diverse views and expertise that will further our collective work at

Community Living – Fort Erie.

Please join us in welcoming our 2023-2024 Board Members.


Betty Talbot

Chair

Betty was a member of the Board of Directors from 2011 to 2021 acting as President during part of this term. After a one year hiatus, Betty returned as a 2022-23 Director. Betty is an Independent Mortgage Broker with CENTUM Omni Mortgage Corp. Her experience with charitable organizations is not limited to Community Living, she has also been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Women and Children’s Crisis, Brain Injury Association of Fort Erie and the Lions/Lioness International.

Rebecca Parton

Co-chair

Rebecca Parton joined the Community Living – Fort Erie team in June 2018 acting as Vice President from 2021 to 2022. Rebecca has supported people with intellectual challenges for over thirty years as an Educational Assistant with the DSBN. She is also a Health & Wellness Coach. For over 20 years, she has been involved in many community volunteer projects, including Food for the Soul in Fort Erie, the Terry Fox Run, Stair Climb for Cancer, as well as being a Rick Hanson Medal Bearer. Rebecca retired from the DSBN, but continues to support and advocate for people with intellectual challenges.

Maureen Murphy

Treasurer

Maureen Murphy joined our Board of Directors in 2021. She works as a Financial Service Specialist at PenFinancial Credit Union. Maureen was also a valued Board Member of the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce. She has been involved with several local community charities and events. With a personal interest in mental health, she is an active ambassador with the Canadian Mental Health Association. We are grateful to have Maureen return as a dedicated member of our Board of Directors and appreciate the many leadership qualities she brings to our team!

Bobbie Paonessa

Director

Bobbie joined the Board of Directors in 2020. As a strong self-advocate she has been involved with Community Living-Fort Erie for many years in several different capacities. Bobbie is the President of the Self Advocacy Committee and a valued member of the Community Living-Fort Erie volunteer fundraising team. Bobbie has been a leader and advocate for people with developmental disabilities for many years and is excited to remain a member of the Community Living – Fort Erie Board of Directors.

Pauline Wilson

Director

Pauline Wilson began her career with Community Living – Fort Erie in October 1975 as a direct support employee. She was promoted to Residential Supervisor for many years and then retired as Manager of Staff Scheduling, Training, Health & Safety in March of 2021. Since retiring, Pauline has remained a dedicated volunteer of the organization in many different capacities. She has found other ways to give back to her community through volunteerism since retirement. She volunteers at the Crystal Ridge Dream Centre and Happy Days Cat Sanctuary. She also volunteers to raise funds through cGaming for CLFE/SNAFE and the South Niagara Canoe Club

Nick Dubanow

Director

Nick is a small business owner in Fort Erie who is serving his second term on the Town’s Municipal Council representing Ward 2. He is a lifelong Niagara resident and is the proud father of William and Penelope, and spouse to Lauren. As an advocate for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, his family has been privileged to experience first-hand the great work Community Living – Fort Erie undertakes to ensure that all people in our community are treated with the respect and dignity deserved. Nick looks forward to continuing this important work during his term on the Board of Directors.

Susan Doan

Director

Sue is a parent advocate who has a son that has been receiving service From Community Living – Fort Erie for the past 25 years. As a toddler her son was diagnosed with Autism, this began her relationship with Community Living – Fort Erie. She feels her son has always received wonderful support and this has led her and her family to give back to our agency in wonderful ways! Sue previously served on the Board of Directors for 10 years, after a two-year hiatus she returned as a Director in 2021. Sue has been the co–chair of our fundraising committee for 10 years. Sue’s experience and insight as a parent is truly valued by our organization. We are grateful that she will be continuing as a member of our Board of Directors.

Sandy Leemet

Secretary

Sandy has been an employee with Community Living – Fort Erie for the past 36 years. She has worked progressively into senior executive leadership roles throughout her career. Sandy has a proven ability to develop and execute financial strategies and has extensive knowledge of the Developmental Services Sector. As part of the Board of Directors, she brings her passion for our mission of inclusion as well as strong leadership skills to the team. Her communication and strategic thinking skills will help to provide direction to the Board of Directors that will ensure growth for our organization.