Board of Directors

Margaret Barbeau:  Retired 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.

Gordon Draper: I lived in Wawa most of my life. I am a middle aged person. I like to do anything outdoors such as hunting and fishing, blueberry picking and riding a bike. I also like to spend my time doing home renovations. My health, my family and friends are very important to me. Anyone that knows me will say I have a happy disposition. I used to be a registered apprentice at an auto body repair shop, worked in mining, and used to volunteer. Two years ago, I became a member of the Council of Community Living Algoma where I was a part of:

  • Developing and presenting a respect power point to be used for staff training and orientation. I presented the power point to many staff teams, the CLA management team, Board of Directors and potential new hires
  • I participated in training on abuse, neglect and rights and empowerment training with the hopes of being a train the trainer to my peers.
  • In 2019 I also was a part of addressing City Council to declare the month of May Community Living Awareness Month.
  • I was a part of CLA’s Christmas address on ONNTV
  • I am currently working on plain language pamphlets such as Complaints and Psychotropic Medications

In September 2019, I ran for a position on the Council of Community Living Ontario and was successful. I have participated in meetings were we discuss:

  • Physician assisted dying
  • Discussions around the situation at Participation House
  • CACL (The Canadian Association for Community Living) is working on a new strategic plan and they asked for feedback from the Council which I participated in
  • I was a part of the campaign with a sign that says ‘In this Together’ were my photo was used in a photo montage for Community Living Month.
  • How COVID is impacting people with disabilities

With these new experiences, I realize there is much more I want to do and learn. I believe in the work CLA is doing (Mission, Vision, Values). Being on the Board of Directors would be a new experience for me and I like to learn.  When I had some things happen to me medically, I became aware that hospitals in northern communities don’t have the care we need and that we have to travel to larger city centers. This cost money and sometimes we need someone to take us. Transportation in Northern communities is not good and can be a barrier especially when you need to leave town for medical care. I am also concerned about the cost of living on ODSP–housing and food prices are getting too high and fuel bills are high especially in the winter time.

Ann Ficociello: I graduated in 2005 with a Graphic Design Diploma and then in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Laurentian University. Wanting to make a positive change in the lives of others upon graduation I started my career in the field of Health Research. I am honored to be a part of Community Living Algoma as I currently sit on the Quality Enhancement Committee and the Human Resources and French Language Committee. I fully support Community Living Algoma’s mission, vision and values. 

Steve Haney:

  • 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, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Volunteer for persons with disabilities social club, Thunder Bay
  • !979 – 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. Retired. Moved back to Wawa, Ontario.
  • I am committed to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities exercising their rights, inclusion and they, with their families and their 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 or developmental disability.

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.

Marilu Horton: I was born and raised in Dayton, Ontario-  a small farming community between Iron Bridge and Thessalon.   Except for my year at Teacher’s College, I have  resided in the Algoma District, currently in Blind River.      I am married and have one daughter and a three year old grand daughter.   I am retired and enjoy spending my time volunteering.   I help out regularly in my church and I have been an active member on the Education Committee with Community Living Algoma for many years.

I spent my working career in Education- starting out as a classroom teacher, becoming a  LEAD class teacher,  then a Special Education Resource Teacher, and ending my career as a Special Education Coordinator for the Algoma District School Board.      Special Education was and continues to be my passion.    I loved working directly with students who had learning challenges but I discovered that working with their teachers was also very rewarding.     Seeing evidence of a change of practice in the classroom was very heart warming.  

In my role as a Special Education Coordinator, I supported schools in the eastern and northern regions of the Algoma District School Board.   Part of that job included working directly with community partners.   I met regularly with families and support workers from CLA.    We maintained a good working relationship by putting students first and supporting their individual needs.   Each community/school that I supported had its own unique challenges and differing resources available.   I bring that knowledge and  perspective with me to this role.

Anke Lansky-Johnson: Anke graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Friedrich Wilhelm’s University of Bonn, Germany in Communications, Political Science and Pedagogics. She 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 her new home, Anke has devoted herself to the field of Psycho-social Rehabilitation for the seriously mentally ill. The past 25 years have seen the successful implementation of a variety of supports for people in the growth of North Shore Community Support Services in Elliot Lake, the organization she heads as executive director.

With a wish to contribute to a greater community Anke volunteers and serves on a variety of committees and boards. The Quality Improvement Committee of Community Living Algoma has been pre-eminent in her attention and efforts to work toward making services work for people.  Anke has and is as well serving as director of the board of Community Living Algoma and would be looking forward to continue for another term.

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.

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.

Jacques Ribout: Born and raised in Northern Ontario (Mattawa).  I am fluently bilingual.  Went to the University of Waterloo and obtained a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Moved to Elliot Lake and have lived here ever since.  Worked in the area at Denison Mines and Denison Environmental Services in Elliot Lake and Cameco in Blind River.  Most recently retired from Director of Engineering Services for the St. Joseph's Elliot Lake Hospital and Long Term Care Home.

 Have been involved with Community Living Algoma for many years.  I was on the Board of Directors in the early 2000's and rejoined the Board in 2016.  Have been on the Human Resources & French Languages Committee since the early 2000's.  I am fully committed to CLA's Mission, Vision and Values.  I truly believe our mission is to ensure people with an intellectual disability are recognized as full citizens and are provided all opportunities to achieve personal dignity.  Independent living should be the ultimate goal, if that is the will of the person supported.

 We have three adult children, one of which has an intellectual disability and lives with us.  We receive support through CLA and Passport funding to allow her to participate fully in the community.  She is a valued member of the Elliot Lake community and at Paroisse Ste-Bernadette Parish.

Brad Symboluk:

I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie but have since lived in a few different cities including Waterloo, Toronto, Edmonton and Sudbury. I moved back to the Soo in 2019 and plan to call it home for the rest of my life. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010 and was awarded my Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2016. I have spent the last 10 years in the banking industry helping personal and business customers achieve their financial goals.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time playing recreational sports such as hockey and basketball. However my true passion is being in Algoma’s great outdoors hiking, fishing or camping with my wife Courtney, daughter Lonnie, and our dog Dolly.

I joined CLA’s finance committee in 2019 hoping to bring some of my education and professional experience to an already well run organization. I look forward to being a board member and assisting in CLA’s mission of supporting people with intellectual disabilities and the advancement of all people in the community. Seeing how the organization helps brings dignity and independence to individual’s lives also provides me with an excellent feeling of giving back to the community.