Board of Directors

The Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which represents the interests of the Association and ensures the agency is carrying out its goals, objectives and policies. Our Executive Director oversees the daily operations of all agency programs and services.

 If you are interested in becoming involved in our organization as a Board Member, please click on the link below and submit your application to: (Please reference Board of Directors in the subject line of your email application).

Board of Directors Application Package

If you would like to connect with the Board directly, please email to

  • Lilia Masternak


    My husband and I have lived in Beamsville for over 40 years where we operated a small family-owned fruit farm and vineyard for about 35 years. During this time I also worked (and still work) at Jadee Meat Products Ltd., in Beamsville.  This is a mid-size family-owned food manufacturing facility and during my 36 years there, I learned and performed most of the general office duties.  I also developed and initiated many procedures and programs which helped the company in it’s growth and expansion.   My current role is in Human Resource and Health and Safety, as well as overseeing the general office operations.

    When my sons were playing hockey in Beamsville, I became involved with the Lincoln Minor Hockey Association for about 10 years and held many positions there – from House League Convenor – to Secretary and President.

    One of my boys has a developmental disability as a result of a brain injury sustained from an accident and from my experience in trying to help him through school and social activities, I developed an awareness of the many agencies in our area whose purpose is to help people with disabilities play an important part in the community and lead full and meaningful lives.

  • Thomas Ayers

    Vice President

    My son has received much needed support from Community Living - Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln and other local agencies since his early teens. My wife and I are indebted to the ongoing help and respite we have received over the years.

    I have spent much time since my youth actively participating and ministering in the church I attend. My experience has involved mostly teaching but also leading various auxiliary organizations and being appointed head minister or Bishop of our local congregation for a period of five years ending in 2013. Coupled with my former career spanning over three decades as a teacher and school administrator in the public school system and serving on the Board of Directors before (CL-GLWL, 2004-2009), I am no stranger to addressing the needs of people of diverse abilities in our larger community. I look forward to offering my perspective for a second term on the Board of Directors.

  • Sharon Yan


    Sharon Yan, Director of Corporate Service at Summit Housing & Outreach Program in Oakville, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).

    She is a dynamic and highly motivated financial professional with broad experience in both the profit & non-profit sectors. Sharon has extensive senior management experience, specializing in comptrollership functions. She ensures that finances are managed correctly according to policies and implements accounting best principles for the health care system. She has an excellent track record of leading organizations she is at to a clean annual audit year after year.

    Sharon lives in Mississauga with her husband and son. She enjoys yoga, swimming, travelling, and spending time with her family.

  • Christine Hahn


    It was instilled in me at a young age to give back to my community.  Over the years, I have been an active volunteer with a number of organizations.

    I joined the Community Living - Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln Board of Directors in June 2007 and have served as Secretary, Vice President and am currently in my third term as President.  I have been on the Foundation Board since it began.  I was with Scouts Canada for 17 years serving as an administrative scouter at the local, district, regional and provincial levels.  I was with Big Sisters Niagara Falls for 5 years as a Big Sister and a member of the board, and also served on the Board of Big Sisters Hamilton for 5 years.  I have been an active member of my church for many years, spent 7 years on staff for an annual youth conference and have been a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group Leader and Council Member as well.  I am currently a Warden and Chair of the Council.

  • Fred Cipryk

    Past President

    Currently Mr. Cipryk is the Manager of Quality and Patient Safety at Niagara Health.  Mr. Cipryk has extensive experience across the health care contiuum from a health systems perspective to management in clinical and community based settings of Acute Hospital Care, Community Care, and Long Term Care.  He has completed a Masters in Health Administration from University of Toronto, obtained a designation of Certified Health Executive (CHE), and certificate in Lean Methodology from University of Michegan.  Through the above experiences, his leadership skills are in quality concepts, data driven performance improvement, management, coaching/mentoring, program evaluation, health management research, budgeting, and organizational development.  

  • Jeffery Oborne


    I am a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with RBC Wealth - Dominion Securities in St. Catharines.  In my roll with RBC, I have extensive experience in investments and all wealth management matters.  As well, I have had the opportunity to work closely with and advise local Community Foundations.

    I am a graduate of the University of Western Ontario - Economics and currently live in Jordan. My family has experienced first hand the wonderful work of Community Living and I have a special appreciation for the dedicated front line support professionals that work with clients every day.  

  • Robert Josefchak, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C), C. Dir.


    Born in Thunder Bay Ontario and practicing in St. Catharines Ontario, I have been married for 38 years. I have two adult children who have both completed post secondary educations. We have recently become grandparents. I am in the process of transitioning my surgical practice and have eliminated my “on call” obligations. This will enable me to utilize my experience in the medical field taking it in different directions including volunteering, teaching and the business environment.

    I am a licensed medical practitioner in the Province of Ontario and British Columbia. I received my Orthopaedic Surgical fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1986, after completing my training at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.  A year of specialized post-graduate fellowship training was completed in England and Scotland in 1987.  Presently, I have an active office orthopaedic practice in St. Catharines, Ontario.  Currently, I am an Associate Clinical Professor at the Department of Surgery, McMaster University. I have been appointed the rank of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. I have been the Principal Investigator in over thirteen orthopaedic research studies. Along with several professional affiliations in orthopaedic and hand surgery.

    I have completed the “Business Health Care Leadership Program” from the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education, Goodman School of Business, Brock University and the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine, Niagara Regional Campus. I have successfully completed the McMaster University Chartered Director Program.

    Both my wife and I demonstrate mutual interests in health science (she is a nurse), golf, skiing, cycling, wine, travel and transitioning our lives to share these together.

  • David Dawson


    I am a retired (2015) Police Officer after serving 28 years in Law Enforcement. During my time with the Niagara Regional Police Service I spent the bulk of my career in the Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln area (19 years). Over that time, I was incredibly involved in the community and the agencies in it. I lived in Grimsby for several years presently living in Smithville with my wife Brenda.

    I have 3 adult children, David and wife Stacey, Matt and his wife Tara and my Daughter Emily and her husband Tyler. From David and Matt, I have 4 beautiful grandchildren, (Matt-girls Charlie 11yrs, Sophie 9yrs, David-boys, Tyler 10 yrs. & Carter 8yrs).

    I am presently working at developing a business (Dawson Professional Services) providing Security Services, Life Coaching Services, Corporate culture. (Attached find my resume for your information).

    On a personal note, on May 19th, 2019 I suffered a critical stroke. Fortunately, with the unbelievable work of many doctors and nurses I was able to not only survive but, survive with minimal deficits. I am now on a mission of awareness & support.

    Through the Hamilton Health Sciences- Central South Regional Stroke Network, I presently sit on their Patient Advisory Council (PPAC), Participating in the Healthcare Providers Education Forum, and will be participating in the Peers (Fostering Hope) Program (When Covid is over).

    I am very pleased to be chosen to participate on the Community Living Board of Directors, I hope I show worthy of the appointment and can have a positive impact going forward.

  • Rajesh Ravisankar


    I am a seasoned IT professional with 16 years of unparalleled industry expertise. I moved to Grimsby in April 2018 from upstate New York. I am very passionate about volunteering and serving the community that I live in. I currently work as a Scrum Master for Canada’s only online insurance brokerage. After garnering a rich industry experience, I decided to start my own small business IT consulting company in 2019. I have a Bachelor’s in Computer Science Engineering and a Post Grad Diploma in Programming & System Design.

    I enjoy tutoring in Advanced Mathematics and Science. I have completed “Process Improvement” training which helps me observe, identify, and map any process gaps and provide the solutions to make the process efficient. I have been involved in transforming software teams into high performing teams thru coaching and implementing Agile Principles. I look forward to passionately serving the interests of CL Grimsby and the community.

  • Richard Doyle


    Richard has over 40 years of management experience from retail management through to the Executive Suite as CEO, Owner and Board member.

    Richard began his career in retail management working for Canada’s leading office supply chain and then the leading Canadian book store chain. Leaving the retail industry to join S. C. Johnson and the consumer products industry, Richard moved into sales management and marketing. After moving through various management positions, Richard progressed to the role of National Sales Manager for their Retail Sales Division.

    In the ensuing years, Richard has been the General Manager for the Ontario PGA, President of ImagineAbility providing jobs for the intellectually disabled and President of Herd North America a manufacturing company. Richard also owned Lauridon Sports Management a recreational facility management company.

    Richard is the President & CEO of Caledonia Enterprises a sales / consulting company. In addition, he is the President of CEO Focus Canada and supports many business executives / owners to deal with the challenges they face each day, as they continue the growth of their companies.

    Richard’s career has spanned various industries: Retail, Consumer Goods, Sports Management, Executive Coaching, Technology, Charitable, Not For Profit (Golf), Textiles, Manufacturing and Distribution

  • Bianca Gagnon


    Bianca’s experience has been in the not-for-profit health sector, and is currently a Health Planner with the French Language Health Planning Entity (Entité2) who provides advice to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant and Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Networks on engagement with the francophone population and on French language services within the healthcare system. Having done a post graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences, Bianca looks forward to continue learning through her involvement with Community Living’s board and contribute to the agency’s vision for its community. 

  • France Vaillancourt

    Executive Director

    France joined the Community Living GLWL team on July 10th 2017 as the Executive Director.  Prior, she was the Assistant Executive Director at the Centre de santé communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara (CSCHN) from 2012-2017. Before re-orienting her career in the not-for-profit world, France worked for the Ontario government for 15 years in different front line and management roles. She worked as a Probation & Parole officer with both adults and youth.  She then moved to the Ministry of the Attorney General where she worked as a Program Supervisor for the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat before becoming the Manager of the French Language Institute for Professional Development with the Office of Coordinator of French Language Services. Her last government position was as the Area Manager of the Hamilton Centre Probation and Parole Office.