Jake and his wife Jan moved back to Huron county in 2017 after being in the GTA for 26 years. They currently reside in Exeter and have 3 grown children. Jake and Jan met in London and have been married for 40 years. Jan was an Educational Assistant for 25 years working with special needs children of all ages.
Jake‘s 26 years in the Greater Toronto area was spent in various senior management functions primarily in finance and operations. Prior to moving to the GTA Jake was Administration Director/Controller of Schaefer Pens Canada, Inc. in Goderich.
Jake has been involved in a number of boards and advisory committees at St Peter’s in Goderich, Precious Blood in Exeter, London Ovarian Cancer Run and the Direct Sellers Association of Canada.
Jake is semi-retired working Part-time from home in a consulting role. He is excited about joining the CLSH board as a way of giving back to his local community.
At University I learned a life message that you chose a profession or career that you really would like to do and NOT to go after the Money as it will follow. This led me to nearly two decades working in management positions with MTO. Then a family opportunity to venture into raising ostriches brought me back to Strathroy. Longing to get back working directly with people, I began two jobs. One as a PSW for Strathroy Community Living and one as an Educational Assistant in Special Education. This latter position led me to attending Teachers College at D’Youville College in Buffalo with a History/Geography and French teachable.
Throughout my working career I was always volunteering. At MTO it was annually with the United Way of GTA and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In Strathroy, I served my church, Strathroy United Church on Property Committee and its Council. I was also recruited as a Board Member for the local mental health organization called Search Mental Health Services which I served for nearly 12 years. During which, we initiated a triple voluntary merger with Canadian Mental Health in London and WOTCH Community Mental Health Services. In both these non-profit organizations I initiated and oversaw the installation of a 10-kilo watt Roof Mounted Solar Project providing them with tax free additional future funding for 25 years.
Now residing in Grand Bend, Diane and I welcome our family and friends to the Lake House.
Marg is married with two grown children. Her first “real” job was at the Adult Resource Centre from 1973 to 1977, working in all areas of the new operation. She moved to New Zealand and worked in the social work department at a local hospital. When she moved back to Ontario, she began a 30-year career as a caseworker with FBA/ODSP. She retired in 2012. Marg brings an awareness of government programs, funding and transfer payment agencies to the Board of Directors of Community Living South Huron. She has a great relationship with many local agencies and groups who have similar goals and concerns as CLSH. She also volunteers as a driver with the Canadian Cancer Society. Marg enjoys interacting with the clients and is amazed at how far CLSH has come since its inception!
Greg has had a long career in high tech with stints at Corel Software, Infowave, and BlackBerry and is currently with Scotiabank as a Project Leader in IT. He relocated to Exeter with his partner, Sonya, and her two children Emily and Kenny from Kitchener in 2017. Emily has a congenital disorder called Kabuki Syndrome, and after moving to Exeter they found Community Living South Huron and it’s ARC Day Program for Emily and it is without a doubt the best resource Emily has had the privilege to attend. Greg is proud to sit on the Board of CLSH and hopes to continue there for a long time to come as a passionate advocate for Emily and all her new friends supported by CLSH.
Doug is married to Vanessa they have 3 grown children. He was in the insurance and investment industry for over 35 years. He enjoyed many aspects of the business from sales, sales management and various head office functions. He retired in 2011.
Doug has volunteered on many industry boards, the United Way, Kiwanis, and was Easter Seal Chairman while living in eastern Ontario. He also was involved with the board for Credit Counseling. He is honored to be on the Board of Community Living recognizing the value it adds to our community and the individuals it assists.
Dana & his wife Lee have been “cottaging” in South Huron since 2003. They have recently moved into their St Joseph home full time. They have one daughter currently working in the teaching profession.
Dana worked in the Kitchener area for over 40 years in various financial and operational management positions which were mainly in industrial type organizations. While in Kitchener, Dana & Lee did some volunteering at the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Christmas Hamper delivery.
In addition to volunteering with CLSH, Dana can be found either playing golf, organizing golf or just enjoying walks in the neighborhood. Dana also keeps busy doing his own building and renovating or helping friends with their projects.
He is very happy to be getting involved in the community by joining the CLSH board of directors.
Sarah Oud was raised in Grand Bend and now, along with her husband Andrew and two children, lives close to the lake which they all love. Sarah has been an elementary teacher with the Huron Perth CDSB since 2006. Sarah has over ten years of kindergarten teaching experience, has transitioned to teaching grade 6, and has her Special Education Qualifications. She feels strongly about advocating for all children and recognizing their diverse needs as learners and citizens. Sarah brings this same philosophy to the CLSH board.
I have moved around many times with my parents when my Dad was in the Air Force. I am married, have lived in Grand Bend for over 20 years with my husband, John and my two children, Derek and Devin. Devin has Downs Syndrome and attends ARC Monday to Friday. I trained as a Legal Secretary, worked in a Real Estate Office and later became a Financial Advisor. I am now retired. I was a member of the Grand Bend Lioness, the Winter Carnival Board, Treasurer of Cubs in Lucan and a member of the Board of Stewards at the United Church in Lucan.
Melanie Hardie is a Certified Financial Planner & Investment Specialist with Scotia Global Asset Management. In that role, she works with a select group of clients in the Exeter, St Marys, Grand Bend & Mitchell markets.
Melanie has returned to CLSH after serving as a Director on the Board from 2015-2017. She is currently a Director on the St Marys Healthcare Foundation and has served in that capacity since 2017.
As part of her dedication to community development, Melanie has also been involved with the Brain Tumour Foundation, Jessica’s House Musical Event (2018/2019), the local Women’s Shelter & Second Stage Housing, Heart & Stroke and various community fundraising events.
Melanie has been married to Gord Hardie for 30 years and has raised three children in cities all over Canada. She and her family have been in Exeter since 2006. She grew up in London, Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario.
Jessica Langan lives with her husband and three children in Bayfield, Ontario. She has worked for the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board as a Music Teacher, Classroom Teacher and Special Education Resource Teacher over the past 16 years. Jessica is currently the Coordinator of Special Education for the HPCDSB. She is passionate about meeting the needs of all students and advocating for inclusion in both school and community settings. In here spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends.
Cindy is a lifelong resident of South Huron. She grew up in Dashwood. Then along with her husband Wayne raised their two now adult children in Exeter. They currently live near St. Joseph’s and she happily spends time travelling the roads of South and Central Huron to support her two grandsons in their school and sporting endeavours.
Cindy is a retired Educator, having worked for the Avon Maitland District School Board in various positions, including Special Education. She recently completed her term on the Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society Board of Directors. She is actively involved with her church, Friends of the Zurich Library and is a certified Roots of Empathy Instructor. She is looking forward to volunteering in school literacy/numeracy programs once again this Fall. Cindy believes in equity and inclusion for all members of our community and looks forward to supporting the important work of Community Living South Huron