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

  • Fred Cipryk


    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.  

  • Zeau Ismail


    Mr. Zeau Ismail is currently the Director of Interprofessional Practice, Ethics & Research for Niagara Health. Mr. Ismail has been a member of the Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln Board of Directors since May 2011 and is also a member of the Board Succession & Development Committee. Mr. Ismail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health from Brock University, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a dual concentration in Healthcare Administration and Strategic Management from Niagara University. Mr. Ismail currently sits on the Board of Directors of INCommunities and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.  

  • Ian Smith


    My career is primarily in the accounting field.  Nearly 12 years working in public accounting was followed by 13 years in a senior accounting position in the wholesale agricultural industry.  After spending several years in the Ontario grape growing industry I currently hold a senior position with an award-winning luxury home builder in the Niagara Region. In addition, I continue to provide accounting and management services to a select clientele of professionals and not-for-profit organizations.

    I am proud to be associated with Community Living Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln having been a board member since 2009.  For several years I was a volunteer with the United Way of Hamilton and Burlington as well as the Burlington Sound of Music Festival.  For more than 15 years I have served the Anglican Diocese of Niagara on the Finance Committee, Budget Committee, Audit Committee and presently as a member of the Property Committee and a board member of their Foundation.  An honoured recipient of the Order of Niagara in 2009 and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2013.  Since 2006 I have volunteered as the Treasurer for St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Beamsville. 

  • David Boersma


    David Boersma comes to the board with a background in Law, Real Estate and Mortgages. He's excited to bring his knowledge and experience in helping Community Living thrive as business and support organization that assists people with a developmental disability become members in the community.

  • Christine Hahn

    Past President

    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.

  • 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.

  • Chris Smith

    Member at Large

    My name is Chris Smith.  I am at present the Member at Large on the Board of Directors for Community Living - Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln.  I have served on the board for 5 years in total, the last 2 as the Member at Large.  I also serve on a board sub-committee, Board Succession and Development Committee.  I am also currently a member of the Grimsby Historical Society, and volunteer in the archives department of this organization.  I enjoy volunteering my time with Parks Canada as a representative with the HMCS Haida National Historic Site and am a member of the Friends of HMCS Haida, through which I am a tour guide on the ship.  I am an active member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Grimsby.  In my spare time, I am an avid painter and lover of History!

  • Sarah Violante


    My name is Sarah Violante and I have been a teacher with the DSBN for over 10 years.  I currently teach Grade 3 French Immersion and am an instructional coach for the board.  Family and committment to family values is very important to me.  I have a 10 year old son and am proud of the job I have done raising him with my family's support.

    I have been a Board Member with CL-GLWL for 3 years.  This year I am also Chair of the Board Succession and Development sub-committee.  I am a Certified Success Coach and present seminars in my school and in the community.  Teaching success habits and helping people achieve their full potential is a passion of mine and it brings me joy that I can accomplish my goals in work, with family and in my volunteer time.

  • Laura Walsh


    Laura Walsh works as an Advisor, Planning in Health System Strategy and Integration at the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN). The HNHB LHIN is responsible for planning, funding, and integrating the local healthcare system, and most recently that mandate has expanded to include the coordination and delivery of home and community care services. Laura’s work at the LHIN focuses on Mental Health and Addictions, where she works with health service providers, stakeholders, people with lived experience and their families to address the growing need/demand for Mental Health and Addictions services and the complexity of the system, through a focus on populations, integration, outcomes, and the reduction of variation between services and programs. Laura’s career in health care began in Community Mental Health Nursing in the Niagara Region. Prior to her work at the LHIN, Laura worked as an Engagement Lead at the Ontario Telemedicine Network where she worked with healthcare providers to expand their reach and bring care closer to home by incorporating virtual care into their practice.

    On a personal note, Laura lives in Niagara and is fortunate to live with her best friends: her husband Blake and their Boston Terrier Molly. When she isn’t working, Laura loves to spend time with family and friends, read, practice yoga, and see the world!

  • 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.  

  • Thomas Ayers


    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.

  • Bianca Pisani


    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.