99 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 4H5
Phone: 705-253-1700     Toll Free: 1-800-448-8097

Board of Directors

Lila Cyr: I have been a Municipal Politician for over 20 years.  I was the first female to hold the office of President of the Blind River and area Chamber of Commerce.  I was the first female to be the Minor Hockey president and the first female to be the Finance and Public Works Chairperson.  In 2001 I was nominated along with 94 others and won Most Influential Woman of Northern Ontario by the Northern  Ontario Business Magazine.  I have two children and five grandchildren.   I use to pilot my own floatplane back in the 1980’s.  I believe in keeping very busy.  I sit on the Board of Directors of Community Living Algoma and have served as Chair in the past along with several other positions on the Board and the committees of Community Living Algoma for the past nineteen years.  Vice Chair - 2016-2018

Sally Garland:  I hold diplomas in Nursing Administration and Health Management.  I have actively participated in workshops, seminars and other educational activities over the years.  I am currently a member of the North Algoma Mental Health and Addictions Planning Table (Chairperson) and have been administratively responsible for the North Algoma Counselling Service since 2004.  I also sit on the Central Planning Table for Mental Health and Addictions in Sault Ste. Marie.  I am the CEO of Lady Dunn Health Centre and expect to retire from this position in August of 2015.  My personal interest include: fair wages and safe working conditions for all workers.  As a young nurse I was very active in the union movement both in the United States and Canada.  I have worked as a volunteer with a Provincial Archeologist; love to study cultures and societies.  I am an avid history fan, love to study military strategies from history as well as those living today.  I garden, watch birds and enjoy travel.

Emily Kelly:  I live in the lovely Havilland Township on Lake Superior. I am originally from Charlottetown, PEI and moved here in November 2012 after completing my degree in dietetics from the University of Prince Edward Island. As a high school student I had a keen interest in health, nutrition and cooking which led me to pursue a career in nutrition. 

After completing several school related placements in Sault Ste Marie I was able to find a temporary position with the Community Care Access Centre as a Homecare Dietitian. In that role, I would travel throughout the Algoma District assisting people with their nutrition related problems. As the Homecare Dietitian, I was lucky enough to work in several of the CLA homes assisting people in optimizing their nutritional status. I currently work as a Registered Dietitian at the Renal Clinic in Sault Area Hospital and at Van Daele Nursing Home. I enjoy working in both the hospital and long-term care setting and feel it provides me with a unique perspective of healthcare within Ontario. As a dietitian, I work with a variety of different people to assist them in meeting their nutritional requirements. I have worked at Van Daele Nursing Home since 2013 and enjoy interacting and spending time with residents. Van Daele is truly a great place to work and a home not only to the wonderful residents but staff as well. In January 2016, I began working at the Sault Area Hospital Renal Clinic as a Registered Dietitian seeing outpatient and inpatient dialysis patients as well as people living with chronic kidney disease in the community. My new role has been a major learning curve but very interesting and informative.  I have a lot of admiration for people who require dialysis; it is not an easy road and there are many people who face this challenge with determination and a positive attitude.   Prior to my role in the Renal Clinic I worked at the Algoma District Cancer Program and assisted people who were undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment manage nutrition related side effects from treatment. I enjoy working with the public and am so pleased that I have had to opportunity to work in Sault Ste Marie. 

This coming September I plan to continue my education at McMaster University and am currently enrolled in the Master of Health Management Program. I am excited for this new learning opportunity and can’t wait to get started.

Since I am new to Sault Ste Marie I was pleased to be given the opportunity to volunteer with the Quality Enhancement Committee at Community Living Algoma. I enjoy be involved in the community and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters for several years prior to moving to Sault Ste Marie. Throughout my time on the Quality Enhancement Committee I have learned a great deal about the important and exceptional work that is being done at Community Living Algoma and I feel strongly that all people should be included and recognized as full citizens.  I am excited about the great work that is being done to get people out in the community engaging in activities of their personal interest.

Anke Lansky-Johnson:  I graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Friedrich Wilhelm’s University of Bonn, Germany in Communications, Political Science and Pedagogics.  I worked as a journalist in the news division, both the private and public television sector and spent a number of years as the Chief Editor for an industrial/environmental publication.  Upon making Canada my new home, I devoted myself to the field of Psycho-social Rehabilitation for the seriously mentally ill.  The past 20 some years have seen the successful implementation of many concepts in the growth of North Shore Community Support Services in Elliot Lake, the organization I am pleased to lead as Executive Director.  With a wish to contribute to a greater community, I have been a proud member of Community Living Algoma since 1996, participating on committees that report to the Board of Directors and serving as a Board member since 2003.  Fellow Board members elected me, during my terms, to executive positions including the position of Board president.  I am honoured to continue my volunteer position with Community Living Algoma.

Joe Laforge:  I was born and raised in Wawa, Ontario before moving to Sudbury and then to Sault Ste. Marie approximately 27 years ago.  I am married.  I enjoy travelling and watching movies.  I am a Board member and have been since 2009.  I also sit on the Finance Committee and Quality Assurance Committee.  I am a hard worker and have a great sense of humour.  I am committed to my involvement with Community Living Algoma and I have learned a lot over the years about the supports and services made available in the community.

Lucille Norman:  Through my role as an Educator, I have been involved with Community Living Algoma for several years and also participated in the Education Committee of CLA for over 6 years.  I recently retired from a 30 year career in teaching with the Algoma District School Board where I was Special Education Coordinator for the past 14 years.  I am a graduate of Ottawa University in Communication Arts and hold a Master Degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  I am fluently bilingual in both English and French.  My earliest summer jobs, when I was in High school, involved summer camps for children with disabilities.  In teaching, my career centred on supporting students with special needs and now, in retirement, I volunteer on the Board of Directors of Community Living Algoma since 2010.  I also sit on the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre of Algoma.  Chair 2016-2018

Mary Lynn Riberdy:  I was born and raised in Iron Bridge, in a family of 13 children.  After completing the first 2 years of post-secondary education at Algoma University, I graduated with an Hons. Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University in 1983.  

Employed in the banking industry for 30 years, I worked for a crown agency, Schedule A and B banks and a credit union in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Windsor.  After years of being transferred by employers, her permanent home has been Sault Ste. Marie since 1999. While based in Sault Ste. Marie, I was responsible for serving business located throughout the Algoma District, so I am well versed in the challenges facing our northern communities. 

I am married to Gerald Riberdy, an auditor and enforcement officer with the Ministry of Transportation.  She is a proud stepmom to Jonathan and Megan, grandmother to 5 and auntie to numerous nieces and nephews. 

I believe I can contribute to Community Living Algoma by bringing an "outsiders" view point to the organization.  Although I am not directly involved with individuals with intellectual disabilities, I firmly believe that all individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be encouraged to reach THEIR full personal potential, with support as necessary, so they are full, contributing members of our community and viewed as such. 

I have years of experience sitting on boards at both the executive and committee level and am well versed in working with teams to brainstorm and achieve common goals.  My employment experience and personal reputation in the banking industry has been built on a foundation of trust, honesty and integrity, all of which are consistent with CLA’s values.  My experience may assist the organization in looking at financial alternatives and options to organization achieve goals.  My personal background, coming from a large family, has honed my negotiating and compromising skills, making me a good team player while ensuring everyone is included and contributing for the common good.  Treasurer 2016-2017

Jacques Ribout: I was born and raised in Northern Ontario.  I am bilingual in English and French.  I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  I have been residing in Elliot Lake since 1979.  I have been working in this area since.  I am currently the Manager of Engineering Services at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Elliot Lake.  I was previously on the Board of Directors.  I sit on the Human Resources and French Language Services committee.  I have a 30 year old daughter living at home being supported through services with Community Living Algoma and Passport funding. 

Linda Headrick:

I made Sault Ste. Marie my home in 1972 moving here to take a position at Sault College in their Library. In 2003 I retired from the College. Then deciding that retirement wasn’t for me, I went on to the Algoma District School Board from where I will be retiring this year...this time for good.

I’ve been married to Mac Headrick for 43 years…we have 3 children. Mac Jr. is the eldest and he experiences autism. He has resided at Lewis Road since 1990. Mac has many challenges and meets them head on every day with a 100% determination and mostly a smile on his face. He is a phenomenal young man and garners dignity and respect from those around him who know him well. We are proud to say that he has a caring and committed staff. It is our fervent hope and expectation that he will continue to excel given supports that he needs to make his field and equal playing one.

I have served as:

  • A past Board member

  • A past member and Chair of the “Review & Monitoring” Committee of ADMRS and then CLA

  • A current member of the “Quality Enhancement Committee”

  • A past member of Special Education Advisory Committee of the Algoma District School Board

  • A founding member and past President of the first Sault Ste. Marie Chapter the Ontario Society for Autism

  • A past member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Society for Autism

  • A founding member of the Employee Assistance Program at Sault College

I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to serve as a Board member and give back to Community Living Algoma who has not given so much to our son and family, but continues to provide excellence in every endeavor and aspect of the organization.

Lynda Lewis:

I am a proud member of Wiikwemikoong Unceded Reserve on Manitoulin Island. I graduated from Laurentian University with a BA degree in Native Studies. I then went on to work for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. I retired from the Ministry in September 2013 after over 30 years of service. Retirement has given me new opportunities to explore with family and friends and also I now enjoy the very expansive hobby of sewing.

Through my working career I was responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring agencies that the Ministry funded delivered services as contracted to in the areas of Aboriginal Child Welfare, Developmental Services and Violence Against Women programs in the North Region

  • Ensure the agencies were adhering to the necessary government legislation and requirements

  • Review agency financial reports and targets

  • Negotiated budgets and outcomes

  • Review and prioritized funding proposal requests and make recommendations for approvals

  • Identified and investigate any issues in relation to financial, program delivery and management of Board structures

  • Worked with Juveniles and Young offenders

  • Monitoring probation orders

  • Preparing pre-sentence reports

  • Meeting with offenders to ensure conditions of court orders are adhered to

  • Met with community partners to ensure offenders had access to programs without prejudice

  • Reporting breaches of court orders to the police and filing necessary documentation for charge

  • Counseled offenders and made necessary referrals