Board of Directors



Ron Crane


Ron was born and raised in Toronto attended high school at De La Salle Oaklands, university at St Patrick's Ottawa and York University Toronto. He obtained his J.D./L.L.B. for Osgoode Hall in 1968 and called to the bar in 1970. Ron practiced until 2004 with a Toronto firm where he was managing partner and in 2004 made Midland/Penetangushene, where he cottaged for many years, his home and joined this firm.

Ron has always been involved in community activities and on the board of many charitable and non-profit organizations including being a Rotarian since 1975 in Toronto and now in Midland.  His areas of law include real estate, corporate commercial and Ron is also a trademark agent.


Manon Jacques

Manon Jacques was born in Ville-Marie, Québec, and was raised in Sudbury. She moved in this area with her family in 1995. Her son now teaches in Borden while her daughter is working on her PhD at l'Université d"Ottawa.

She received her B.A. and Teachers College Certificate at l/Université Laurentienne. She completed her specialists in teaching the blind and deafblind at Western University. In the past 27 years she has taught both at the elementary and secondary level. Presently, Manon teaches for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud. She works as Resource Teacher at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Louis, Penetanguishene and as a teacher for the blind and deafblind at École secibdaure catholique Nouvelle Alliance, Barrie.

Doug Thorhauge

Doug was born and raised in Ottawa and moved to Midland in 2006 along with his wife Debbie and their two sons, Scott and Matthew.

Doug has been in the financial service industry since 1992 and is working with TD Wealth as an Associate Investment Advisor. As port of Thor Wealth Management Group, they manage all of the financial affairs for high net worth individuals in the Georgian Bay area.

Over the past nine years of living in 'cottage country', Doug has enjoyed coaching Matthew's minor hockey team and Scott's Special Olympics bowling league.

Susan Lyons

Dr. Susan Lyons is certified to practice Chiropractic in Canada, Australia, and the United States. Dr. Lyons left her full - time chiropractic practice in Australia where she had been practicing for over 4 years to set up a very successful multi disciplinary health centre called Health Works Chiropractic & Wellness Centre in Midland, Ontario. Currently the Centre offers Chiropractic, Massage, Counselling, Acupuncture, Nutritional Consulting, Fitness Classes, Reflexology, and a full line of Spa Treatments & Esthetics. Her family and friends in Tay Township welcome Dr. Lyons back to the community.

Dr. Lyons has her Doctor of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology, and is highly regarded amongst her peers in her profession. Dr. Lyons has also had formal training at McMaster University in Business Commerce, and has had many years of practice experience, both managing, and treating patients in a full time practice. As well, Dr. Lyons had trained as a Certified Fitness Appraiser with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and has been involved with fitness, training and treatment of many different athletic groups. Throughout her years of university training, Dr. Lyons gained experienced in assessment / fitness programs geared towards the Special Needs community.

Paul Hamelin

President  (2013 - Present)

Paul Hamelin began his policing career in 1975 when he joined the London City Police. In 1985 he accepted a position with the Midland Police Service in order to return to his home community. He served in all areas of the police service and was promoted through the ranks until he was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in Midland in 1995.

Paul serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Simcoe and I addition is presently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midland Unit of the Boys and Girls Club. Paul has also served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police for ten years in various roles and he has chaired and been active on many committees within the Association.

Paul Hamelin was awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal and 30 year bar and in May of 2006 was invested as an Officer of the Police Order of Merit for Canada by the Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean. He retired from the Midland Police Department in 2009 and is now self employed and on contract with the Ontario Police Technology Information Cooperative.

He is married to his wife Brenda and has three sons.

Paul Hamelin joined the CLH Board of Directors in 2007.

Chris Harding

Chris Harding is a Principal for the Simcoe County District School Board. He has taught in both the Secondary and Elementary panels for both the Simcoe County District School Board, with a majority of his career spent teaching various Special Education classes. Chris is currently the Principal at Byng Public School in Stayner and previous to this he was the Vice-Principal at Ardagh Bluffs Public School in Barrie.

He received his teacher training at the University of Western, Sydney, Australia, and has since completed his specialist in Special Education. He is also an associate Professor for York University, teaching Special Education Additional Qualification courses for teachers through their Department of Continuing Education.

Chris and his wife Jana, who is also a teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board, have a wonderful daughter named Willow who has Down Syndrome, and a beautiful daughter named Ella. Chris has previously served as a board member at the Midland Curling Club and is an avid curler and hockey player.

James G. Young, O.Ont, M.D.

Dr. Young has held prominent positions during numerous national and international disasters and emergencies. He had a long career with the Ontario Government and served as Chief Coroner of Ontario for 15 years, as the first Commissioner of Emergency Management and as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety for the Solicitor General. In the later role the Centre of Forensic Sciences, Emergency Measures Ontario and the Ontario Fire Marshal reported to him.

As Ontario's former Commissioner of Emergency Management, Dr. Young provided guidance on a number of unprecedented provincial emergencies. He led the central operation during the 1998 ice storm, which devastated eastern Ontario . He played a pivotal role in the Government of Ontario's management of SARS and was honoured with the President's Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons for effective emergency coordination and public communications during the outbreak. During the August 2003 power blackout, he ensured a coordinated government response and effective communication with the public. In recognition for these efforts and his role as one of Canada's foremost forensic scientists, Dr. Young was honoured with the Order of Ontario in 2005.

Mary Bourgeois

Born and raised in Penetanguishene, Mary Bourgeois obtained a Business Administrative degree from the University of Saskatchewan moved back to this area in 2010.

As the Manager of Human Resources with the Near North District School Board and serving some 30 years in Human Resources, she retired in 2002.

During her work experience and later in her retired life, she served in numerous capacities such as:

- Board member of the Elliot Lake Police Commission
- Chair and member of the Canada Pension Plan Tribunal Committees
- Board Member of the Lakeland Long Term Care Facility
- Volunteer - Belvedere Heights Long Term Care Facility
- Volunteer - Vcars
- Volunteer - Georgian Nordic Ski and Canoe Club

Over the last few years Mary has assisted numerous organizations with the development of Human Resources policy and practices.

Maryse Piché-Desroches


Born in Saint-Jérôme, Québec, and raised in the Sudbury area, Maryse moved to Penetanguishene after finishing her B.A and Teachers College at Laurentian University in the French program.

Maryse married Charles Desroches. They have been married for 19 years. She has two step sons, another son and a daughter. Her youngest son, who is 14 years old, was diagnosed with Asberger Syndrome last year. The family is learning more and more about the syndrome and the services that are provided in the area.

She has been teaching for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud (CSDCCS) at École Saint-Louis in Penetanguishene for the past 22 years. She took additional qualification courses to obtain her Special Education degree. She also offered tutoring whenever possible to students in need.

Maryse was elected to the CLH Board of Directors in 2012.


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