About Community Living North Perth

Who We Are

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the Anishinaabe people. We wish to recognize the long history of the Indigenous people of Canada and show our respect to them today. We recognize their stewardship of the land. May we all live with respect on this land and live in peace and friendship.

Community Living North Perth


Our Story

Community Living North Perth is a not-for-profit charity. We champion and advocate for the inclusion and citizenship of  people with developmental disabilities in North Perth.

Community Living North Perth began in 1958 as a group of concerned parents in need of a school for their children with developmental disabilities. It has evolved into an organization that is committed to providing unique, individualized support to people with a developmental disability in partnership with their families, friends and the larger community.

Today, our supports can range from 30 minutes a week helping to balance the cheque book to 24 hours a day helping with cooking, personal care, and anything else anyone needs to do in a day. We listen to what a person wants out of life and then help them formulate a plan to reach their goals and dreams.

Community Living North Perth is funded by the provincial government through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Service.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to promoting quality of life through education, advocating inclusion, realizing dreams and supporting people to be contributing members of their community.

Our Vision

Supporting individuals in a welcoming community.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Inclusion
  • Empowerment
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

Strategic Action Plan

Audited Financials


Annual Reports





Stephanie Gratton was born and raised in the Listowel area. She has worked in the Developmental Services sector in different roles for over 25 years and most currently work as the Office Practice Manager for the North Perth Family Health Team. Presently, she is Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Community Living North Perth. Steph resides in Atwood with her husband Stephane and has 3 Children, Courtney, Chase and Jenna.


Ben was born and raised on a farm in Wingham before pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University. Ben moved to Listowel in 2020 to start a career in CIBC Commercial Banking and was looking for a way to give back to his new community. In 2021 he came across an opportunity to join the board of directors for CLNP. Ben is looking forward to providing his financial knowledge and eagerness with the board. Ben’s hobbies include sports, reading, and exploring nature with his dog Link.


Velma Hamilton retired after over thirty years from Trillium Mutual as a commercial property underwriter. Velma joined the CLNP board of directors in 1990, wanting to learn more about the organization. At that time Velma’s family were fortunate to receive supports at CLNP for their daughter Cindy. By joining the board Velma wanted to help other parents in the transition of finding supports for their child. Since that time CLNP has joined with Listowel District Secondary School to connect with parents before their child has finished high school and also provides a summer support program for young teens. Velma sits on committees for CLNP and Vacation Bible School at her church. Velma’s hobbies and interests include scrapbooking, enjoying life with family and friends. Along with her husband Ron, they have their daughter Cindy, son Kent and his wife Julie, and their children, Bryce and Laci , and daughter Kelly and her husband Greg, their children Cody, Jadyn and Harley.


Jill Calder is a retired teacher who spent the last 17 years of her career committed to educating students with special needs at Listowel District Secondary School. She values this experience and the relationships she formed, and brings a strong belief in equity and the importance of celebrating diversity to the CLNP Board. Jill is a proud mother of two who enjoys travelling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.


Bethany Dinsmore has worked at Thames Valley Children’s Centre for nearly 17 years and is a Manager of Clinical Services in the Autism & Behavioural Services program (supporting families of children and youth with an autism diagnosis). She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ® and is passionate about supporting individuals of all abilities to build fully integrated and inclusive lives within their communities of choice. After moving to the Gorrie area in 2001, when she joined her husband on his family farm, Bethany has enjoyed working with countless families and community partners throughout Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties. She brings with her a host of leadership experience and an enthusiasm for human services as she joins the CLNP Board of Directors, June 2021.


Mary Jane (MJ) Bender has lived her whole life as part of the North Perth community. She grew up in Atwood and now resides on their 6th generation family-owned farm just outside of Listowel. She spent her professional career as a Child and Youth Worker in many aspects of the social service field, including Community Living and Avon Maitland District School Board. MJ is semi-retired and is presently driving school bus which she loves. She is looking forward to her term with the Board and CLNP.


Karen was born and raised in Millbank. She has worked in children’s mental health and developmental services sectors for 30 years. Currently, she is the FASD Coordinator for Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre and is involved in many provincial initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of FASD. Karen is passionate about equitable, inclusive and culturally safe communities. She works towards this through her work at Sunbeam, her private consultation practice and her involvement in volunteer work. Karen has twin boys, Jacob and Justin. She enjoys time at the cottage, hiking and reading.


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