Connected Winter 2020 Newsletter

CLH Foundation raises, invests and directs funds to CLH Developmental Support Services. For almost 60 years, CLH Developmental Support Services has served children, youth and adults with developmental support needs and their families in our community. The CLH Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who bring passion, leadership and experience to their roles. The Foundation is grateful for the support of our many community donors, sponsors and volunteers – you are making a significant impact on the lives of the individuals we support through the programs and initiatives of CLH Developmental Support Services.

If you would like to learn more about getting involved in supporting CLH, we would welcome an opportunity to chat!  Call Sue-Ellen Boyes at the Foundation at 705-526-4253 ext 225 or email

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CLH Foundation Board of Directors

CLH Developmental Support Services is continually looking for people who are interested in being Directors on our Boards. Directors bring personal skills or knowledge in such areas as finance, law, fundraising, public relations, advocacy, banking, health, or education to CLH Developmental Support Services. Some also bring the knowledge and perspective of a parent or other family member of the people we support.

CLH Foundation engages in community driven fundraising initiatives to support CLH Developmental Support Services. The Board of Directors of CLH Foundation is responsible to oversee fundraising activities, strategize for increased fundraising and community engagement opportunities, as well as monitoring the progress and direction of CLH Foundation.

Directors attend Board meetings, which are held monthly (September to June) and an Annual General Meeting.

Sarah Kitchen, President

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Sarah Kitchen is an aesthetician and the owner of One Stop Beauty Shop.  Sarah works full time with her full aesthetic clientele, frequently upgrades her technical skills, and manages a thriving business and staff.

In 2010, Sarah was awarded a Meridian Women of Excellence Award, and now sits on the planning committee for the Women of Excellence Awards as Committee Chair and Head Judge.

In 2016, Sarah joined CLH Foundation’s “A Red Carpet Evening” Gala Committee, and since 2017 has acted as Chair. In 2017, Sarah joined the CLH Foundation Board of Directors.

Sarah has operated several fundraisers and initiatives through her business to benefit local nonprofits, as well as volunteering at or coordinating many events and fundraisers. Some of her current and past volunteerism includes: Ontario Event Committee to benefit Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation, Fore Pink Golf Tournament, “A Day in the Life” Marketing Committee at the Midland Cultural Centre, prom dress collection to benefit Ballroom Blitz, CLH Developmental Support Services, and the Guesthouse Shelter.

Sarah believes that it is paramount to support local endeavours in the community where her business has flourished.

Dorothy Blanks

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Dorothy Blanks was raised and lives in Midland, Ontario. A mother of two children (Brittany and Kevin), Dorothy also has two grandchildren, Olivia and Frazer, who are the joys of her life!

In the Financial Industry for the past 30 years, Dorothy is currently employed with Meridian Credit Union in Penetanguishene, as the Assistant Branch Manager.

Dorothy is very involved in the community, and joined the CLH Foundation Board of Directors in 2018, with a commitment to focus her time to help enhance the lives of the people supported by CLH Developmental Support Services.

Dorothy has always been passionate about giving back to the community that gives so much to others. She participates (or has in the past) in a volunteer capacity or as a committee member for a number of events and local initiatives, including:

  • D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
  • Meridian Women of Excellence Awards
  • Meridian Credit Union Local Food Drive
  • Bowls for Beds
  • Party on the Dock
  • Penetanguishene Winterama

And many more!

Wendy McKinnon

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Wendy was born in England and came to Canada at the age of three. She was raised in the Toronto area and moved to Barrie with her husband Greg where they started their family.

It was here where she pursued her passion for Interior Design and took a course at Georgian College. After apprenticing with a local designer for several years she started her own business in 1994.

She was approached by the May Court Club of Barrie to decorate a home for their biggest fundraiser Homes for the Holidays which she continued to do for more than twenty years. Wendy was asked to join May Court as a volunteer and later to sit on the Board of Directors. Wendy held several positions over the seven years that she sat on the Board and was President in 2011/2012.

Wendy also supported the Big Sisters Showcase of Homes fundraiser and was a member of the committee for several years.

Wendy moved to Penetanguishene in 2017 and she is looking forward to taking an active role with CLH Foundation.

Lois Irvine, Director

Lois’ work experience throughout her career has focused on providing client centric service to meet individual needs. Relationship building, partnership development, caring and providing help are what she lists among her strongest abilities.

Lois has worked at North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC) since 2000, and is currently in the role of Client Care Coordinator. Here, she provides support, guidance, coaching for new and existing entrepreneurs in both English and French, as well as assistance in the loan department.

Lois is deeply committed to the health and well-being of our community and her volunteer work is an important part of who she is. Lois’ current and past volunteerism includes:

•Steering Committee, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North (specializing in public relations & marketing)
• Fundraising Committee for Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North
• Women of Excellence Awards Executive Committee Member and Secretary
• Interviewer with Agricultural sector on the Business Retention & Expansion Projects, County of Simcoe
• Member of our local Georgian College Advisory Committee
• Ecole Secondaire LeCaron Parent Fundraising Committee
• Past Board member and Treasurer of the Penetanguishene Figure Skating Club
• Project management roles with many stakeholders in the community on a multitude of projects