BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors is made up of many devoted, smart and caring people.
They are:

President - Richard Hodges
Vice President - Kyle Webb
Secretary - Bonnie Singleton
Treasurer - Linda Paluck
Director at Large - Colleen Wor
Director at Large - Ross Romanyshyn
Director at Large - Russ Goossen
Director at Large - Jim Croy
Director at Large - Steve Grahame
Director at Large - Brenda Cawson

Executive Director Maria Freeman reports directly to the Board. You can learn more about Maria at the bottom of this page.

To get to know each Board member and learn who they are and why they joined the Board, keep reading! The Directors are a diverse group with many different interests and backgrounds.


President - Richard Hodges

My sister, Marilyn, has been under the care of Community Living since 2000, shortly after my family moved to Selkirk and she followed with us. I was pretty naïve about the “system”, assuming that she would automatically have a place to live, and I learned a lot at that time about the important role that Community Living Selkirk played.

Board President Richard Hodges

Board President Richard Hodges

I’ve always been a believer in being involved and giving back to the community.  Since Community Living was doing so much for us, I felt that I should contribute and so joined the board sometime in the early 2000s. It is great to be part of a caring, capable, forward-thinking organization that provides so much to Selkirk and the surrounding areas, and indeed also to the field of caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

I work at the University of Manitoba, and my past few years have been spent with my wife raising three children. Our hobbies have included chasing them around watching hockey, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse etc.  With their heading off to University, my spare time has increased and I’ve taken on the Presidency for CLS. I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future to continue to provide the services needed and to plan for the future.

Vice President - Kyle Webb

I have been on the Selkirk board of Community living for about 10 years.

Vice President Kyle Webb

Vice President Kyle Webb

I joined the board because I have a younger brother who has been in one of the Selkirk Community living homes since around 1974.   This organization was a Godsend for our family back then and even more so today.  My brother loves being a part of Community Living Selkirk.  I want to do my part to make sure Community Living Selkirk continues and thrives in the future.

I enjoy being on the board and being a part of making life better for all the clients we serve in our residences.  We have grown and have seen many good changes in the services we provide for our people.

I worked for Manitoba Hydro as a Fleet Technician 30 years.  I repaired equipment and later wrote specifications to purchase Hydro fleet equipment. I enjoy hunting deer, moose and elk. I enjoy the great outdoors and the beauty that I experience when I am hunting in the wilderness. I golf, and I enjoy wood working and making furniture.

Looking back over my years of volunteer work and service I like to think I have made a difference for the better, in our world and in the lives of the people I may have touched along the way.

Secretary - Bonnie Singleton

I have been associated with Community Living Selkirk for approximately 4 years, initially as a parent transitioning my son from high school and more recently as a board member.

Secretary Bonnie Singleton

Secretary Bonnie Singleton

I have always been impressed with the passion, energy and commitment that the staff at Community Living Selkirk display when doing their jobs.

I joined the board to be a part of this energy and to advocate for the people we serve. I am very excited to see what the future holds for Community Living Selkirk!

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible!"" (Audrey Hepburn)

 

Treasurer - Linda Paluck

I have been on the Board of Community Living Selkirk since 1999. My mother was a life member and had been on the Executive from the early 1970's until the early 1990's when her health deteriorated. The members of that time worked hard to improve the lives of their family members and others - they were an inspiration.

Treasurer Linda Paluck with her beloved brother Terry at his home.

Treasurer Linda Paluck with her beloved brother Terry at his home.

I have a brother who has an intellectual and physical disability and he is very special to me and our family.  I joined Community Living to ensure he (and others with an intellectual disability) was able to live the best life possible.  I have been involved in several facets of the organization through the years and have enjoyed the people I have come to know.  I am also pleased with our Board and staff, how well they work together, and how far we have come in the last 16 years.  A few years ago, I was able to take Terry and two of his friends on a trip to Churchill, MB.  Thanks to my brother who arranged the trip, we were able to fly to Churchill, stay for two nights, see polar bears from the Tundra Buggy (everyone even had a turn at driving!) and see the other sights in the area at a reasonable cost.  It was a great trip with a lot of wonderful memories for all!  

I have remained involved with Community Living because I believe people should be able to live in their own communities, near family, and do the things that make them happy.

Director at Large - Colleen Wor

I became a board member of Community Living Selkirk when my daughter was still in high school, around the year 2000.

I was always interested in people with special needs, even before having my own child with Down Syndrome. I joined Community Living Selkirk to keep in touch with what was available in her community and to offer support around issues and concerns that affect those living with intellectual disabilities. I want to support these individuals to become contributing citizens in our community and to ensure that they are treated with empathy and respect.

I enjoy being part of a progressive board with a variety of backgrounds ... all with valuable views, insights and ideas to better serve the needs of those living with intellectual disabilities.

I’m a retired teacher, wife, mother and grandmother.  Family is my most important and enjoyable vocation, and I am busier than ever!

Director at Large - Ross Romanyshyn

I have been involved with Community Living since shortly before my sister, Olga, moved into a residence with Community Living Selkirk about 16 years ago. She passed away over two years ago, but I have continued to serve on the board, including 14 years as President.

I joined the board in order to become involved in the work that Community Living was doing.  I have enjoyed being a part of its growth and participating in its work of providing the best possible life for people with mental disabilities.

I am now retired from my career as an accountant with the provincial government, and Canada is my favourite place in the world.

I would like to say that all agencies that work with people with disabilities have to stress the need for more support from governments.

Director at Large - Russ Goossen

I've been on the board for approximately 5 years. When working as a teacher throughout the province of Manitoba, I became acutely aware of the need for improved life-situations for people with intellectual disabilities. Wherever I went, we were always fighting the good fight for the inclusion of all into everyday life.

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Community Living Selkirk under the leadership of Maria Freeman provides an excellent example of what can be accomplished when energy (and money!) is harnessed and put into the service of improving the day-to-day lives of our clientele. We have a working model that should be the envy of every jurisdiction in the country.

On a more personal level, my three kids provide me with all the gratification I can stand (as well as a reason to keep working). Lil, the eldest, is a costume designer. Rose, #2, is a world traveler. I have taken the opportunity to meet her all over the globe (Taiwan, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, the Islands of Crete and Gavdos in Greece)... and a son, Matt, who is currently attending the U. of M. as well as being a student of the martial arts.

Director at Large - Jim Croy

I started with Community Living in the early 80’s when my wife, Sandy, and I moved into one of the residence as the house manager. We have been involved in some capacity ever since. As my children grew older, I knew we would be using the services and I wanted to be part of future decision making as we shaped what Community Living offers.

Director at Large Jim Croy

Director at Large Jim Croy

When I think about why I enjoy being on the board for Community Living Selkirk, I think of the other board members. Meetings are actually fun, and if you’ve been on boards before you know this is not always true. There are difficult topics to handle, but we have tremendous respect for each other and we know we can handle anything that comes along.

I’m also very involved in Special Olympics so it’s been great to help bring these two organizations closer together in supporting people with intellectual disabilities. I’m very proud of Community Living Selkirk's accomplishments, and I am proud of the way we've been leading this sector in how we approach our responsibilities that we have to the people we support. 

Director at Large - Steve Grahame

I have been a board member for the past 15 years. My family has had a long history of working with Community Living organizations in Winnipeg and Canada.

Director at Large Steve Grahame

Director at Large Steve Grahame

My brother John Grahame had Autism, and my parents were big supporters in the push for inclusion in both the school and the community. As a kid growing up, this was a topic of conversation around the dinner table, and the inclusion philosophy became deeply embedded in my own personal philosophy.  

As a teacher, I have worked in the regular classroom as a resource teacher, and I've also worked as a special education teacher, a teacher of at risk students, and a Vice Principal. I am currently the Director of the Lord Selkirk Education Centre.

I have a firm belief that inclusion in all aspects of the community is paramount for a successful community on all levels.

Director at Large - Brenda Cawson

This is my first year as a board member at Community Living Selkirk. I joined the board to become more aware of what Community Living is about, and I also enjoy listening to our Executive Director Maria Freeman, who in my mind has wonderful ideas.

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My sister is Nancy Bowser and she lives in a Community Living Selkirk residence.  My parents were involved for many years with Nancy and Community Living, and my Mom is still a big part of Nancy's life.

I live just outside of Selkirk with my husband Derek and we have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. We have a trucking company that I do the books for and I also drive a school bus.

 


Executive Director Maria Freeman reports directly to the board.

Executive Director - Maria Freeman

In 1992, I started working with Community Living Selkirk as a program coordinator at the day program known as Arc Industries. I was fresh out of the Developmental Services worker program at Red River College.

I left work for a short time after having children and returned to an assistant manager position in the day program in 1995. As the organization restructured over the years, I moved through several roles and have been working as Executive Director for over 15 years. An interesting fact about me is that I was born in Wales, and moved to Canada when I was nine.

Executive Director Maria Freeman

Executive Director Maria Freeman

I am lucky that a work injury led me to change my path as I had not even thought of working in this sector. Once I became engaged, I found a passion that just keeps growing. My passion for this cause only grows when I see the joy and appreciation that some people have for life, even while they struggle to overcome barriers that many of us never face.

The best part of my job is working with people and seeing the growth and change over the years. I like the fact that I can never get bored – there is always something interesting happening on the horizon.