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.
Kim Lowry
Kim Lowry of Listowel, passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 16, 2021, in her 52nd year. Beloved daughter of the late Allen & Wilma (Machan) Lowry. Dear sister of Kirk & Mari-Lou Lowry of Listowel. Kim was a beloved member of the community, known for her joke telling and positive attitude toward life. She was well known for her beautiful singing voice and spent many years entertaining at the Hospital and area Retirement and Nursing Homes. She was a long-time member of the Calvary United Church Choir. Kim loved life and was always up for new adventures, from horseback riding to swimming and bowling. Kim was a HUGE fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite Kim’s challenges she lived life to the fullest. She always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart.
Kendal Ambedian
Kendal Ambedian, of Listowel, formerly of Atwood, passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at the age of 59. Kendal will be remembered as a very sociable person who enjoyed the company of others. She loved to sing, act in plays and animals. Kendal was so appreciative of her caregiver team especially Kathy-Jo. Beloved daughter of Goldie (Robert) Kamrath and the late Edward Ambedian. Loving sister of Lynn Ambedian, Marty (Jean) Ambedian, Leslie Ambedian (Peter Kotanen). Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews Desmond, Ricki, Krys, Simon and her great-niece Sienna.
Robert Mennie
Robert Mennie of Listowel, passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home on Friday August 20, 2021 in his 72nd year. Loved son of the late Clarence and Nora (Widmeyer) Mennie. Loving brother of Wanda Mennie of Listowel. Best friend of Sheila Morgan. Fondly remembered his Community Living Care Givers, as well as many friends. Predeceased by one brother Lenard (1989) his Godparents Uncle Clayton and Aunt Dorothy Mennie as well as his Grandparents Cecil and Rosa Mennie and Oscar and Christine Widmeyer.
Richard Malcom Barker
Richard Barker Rick Barker (Richard) of Listowel and formerly of Toronto passed away January 22, 2021. Loving husband of Stacey Bross. Rick became involved with Community Living North Perth in 1981, Rick was one of the first people who moved to the Listowel Group Home on 710 Wallace Avenue, North and Blake Street, East. When the home moved to 660 Wallace, South in 1986 so did Rick. Rick then had several more moves in his life before he became ill and moved to Cressant Care Nursing Home. Rick continued to receive support by staff that enjoyed taking him out for a drive coffee and bagel or a hamburger with cheese. Rick’s favorite saying was blondes have more fun. Rick is greatly missed.
Joanne Lesley Beacom
Joanne Beacom Joanne Beacom of Stratford and formerly of Listowel passed away in the year July 1, 2021 at Spruce Lodge. Joanne came involved with Community Living North Perth in the year 2002. Then moved into an apartment before she moved to Spruce lodge due to health concerns in 2019. Joanne liked to keep staff on their toes doing her favorite workout to Richard Simmons and driving her to MacDonalds on Wednesdays and KFC on Sundays. Joanne is greatly missed by everyone.
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