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

Steve Haney:  I am committed to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities exercising their rights, inclusion and they, with their families and community together, will live enriched and meaningful lives.
As providers of support, I believe we have an obligation to advance issues impacting the lives of those living with an intellectual disability.

I was born and raised in Wawa, Ontario

1972 – Graduated Michipicopten High School

1974 – Graduated General Arts and Science Program (psychology), Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario. Volunteer for persons with disabilities, YMCA, Toronto.

1979 – Graduated Developmental Services Worker, Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Volunteer for persons with disabilities social club, Thunder Bay

1979 – 1986. Employment Counselor. Adult Training Centre, Thunder Bay

1986 – 1989 Part time. Algonquin College Literacy teacher for persons with developmental disabilities. Ottawa. DSW support provider. Medcare. Ottawa.

1989 – 1992 Supervisor of supports for persons with developmental disabilities. Medcare. Toronto.

1992 – 1994. Residential Manager. Oakdale Child and Family Services. Toronto. Partnership with Surrey Place Centre Toronto

1994 – 2000 Supervisor. New Visions Toronto. Supporting medically fragile children. Partnership with Hospital for Sick Children Toronto

2000- 2007. Manager. Kerry’s Place Autism Services. Partnership with Geneva Centre and Reena Association Toronto

2007 – 2017. Manager, Community Living Supports. Brampton Caledon Community Living. Brampton, Ontario.

September 2017 – present. Retired. Moved back to Wawa, Ontario.

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. In 2019, I completed my Master of Health Management degree from McMaster University and currently work in both the hospital and long-term care setting.

I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer on the Quality Enhancement Committee, Finance Committee, and the Board of Directors at Community Living Algoma. Through my volunteer work with Community Living Algoma I have learned a great deal about the important and exceptional work that is being done to support people throughout the Algoma District. I am honoured to volunteer with Community Living Algoma and fully support the organizations mission, vision, and values.

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.

Rhonda McCaig: 

I am the proud Auntie of 6 and 2 great nephews.  I love children.  I love to swim and camp.  I also like Art and bowling.

I love to help people who can’t speak for themselves; this is one of the reasons why I want to be on the Board of Directors for Community Living Algoma.

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 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

Margaret Barbeau:

Retired this year from being an RN since 1980.

Married to a saint for 37 years.

Mother of adult daughter and son.

Daughter of nanogenerian.

I am special Olympics cross country ski coach for 12 years.

Currently the secretary of special Olympics Sault Ste. Marie.

Founding member of Sault Ste. Marie Down Syndrome Society.

Hike and snowshoe leader.

Member of Goodlife fitness, Soo Finnish Ski Club, and Sault Naturalists.

Avid world traveler.

As the parent of a person who has Down syndrome, I have been involved in advocating for inclusion since she was a baby. This came from annual education via the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. They have up to date research and documentation on best practice for matters concerning people with Down syndrome.

Disability is the norm in society and I believe that all people have something to contribute.

I think that access to quality medical care, education, friendships, and nutrition and fitness are important components for quality of life.

I strive to have something positive to contribute to this community and to Community Living Algoma.