CLH Foundation exists solely to raise, invest and expend funds to the association of CLH Developmental Support Services, located in North Simcoe, Ontario. For almost 60 years, CLH Developmental Support Services has supported the children, youth and adults with developmental support needs and their families in our community. CLH receives funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the County of Simcoe.
The CLH Foundation is under the direction of the Board of Directors.
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 is a local business owner and aesthetician. Her full service hair and aesthetic salon “One Stop Beauty Shop” is located at 352 Midland Avenue, and is proud to have been selected as the Readers Choice Award winner for “Favourite Hair Salon” for four consecutive years: 2014-2017.
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, “Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year”. She now sits on the planning committee for the Meridian Women of Excellence Awards as a committee member, and Head Judge. In 2016, Sarah joined CLH Foundation’s “A Red Carpet Evening” Gala Committee, and in 2017 acted as the Gala 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 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, and the Guesthouse Shelter.
Sarah believes that it is paramount to support local endeavours in the community where her business has flourished.
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!
Jennifer Goldsmith is a lawyer at Ferguson Deacon Taws in Midland. Jennifer’s work consists of real estate transactions , wills and estates work. Jennifer graduated from Laurentian University with a degree in Law and Justice and she received her law degree from the University of Ottawa. Jennifer spent her summers away from law school on Georgian Bay working at Henry’s Sans Souci.
Jennifer’s first career was with CIBC for 8 years as a teller and later a financial adviser. A native of Orillia, Jennifer now resides in Midland with her son.
Jennifer is a member of the Barrie Real Estate Lawyers’ Association, the Simcoe County Law Association and BNI – Ontario Central North Chapter.
Jennifer is proud to be a member of the CLH Foundation and looks forward to helping make an impact on the community. Jennifer is a die-hard New England Patriots fan and a self-proclaimed karaoke queen. She also enjoys networking, reading and cooking in her spare time.
Mark Kowalsky has been practicing law in Midland for over 25 years, after moving to Midland from Alberta. He has degrees in philosophy and law. He funded his education by working seasonally in logging camps and fighting forest fires in British Columbia. Mark and his wife, Kathy, are proud supporters of CLH and Mark is passionate about advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. He currently limits his practice to family law, and sits as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court. He has previously sat on the board of directors of Huronia Transition Homes and the Community Advisory Board at the Mental Health Centre.
Leisure time sees Mark either above the ground or under the water in his two passions of free diving and hang gliding. Mark has been the Canadian National Hang Gliding Champion in his class four times in the last ten years, most recently in 2011.
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.
Jackie was born and raised in the Elmvale area, attending both public school and high school in Elmvale. Jackie Started working for TD Bank in 1987 and has enjoyed growing her career within TD, and at present, she is the Branch Manager at the Midland TD office.
Jackie and her husband, Ken, have two beautiful daughters and have enjoyed living and raising their children in the Wyevale area, close to friends and family. Community has always been a big part of Jackie’s life and she has supported a number of local organizations such as Coldwater Lions Club, Rotary Club of Penetanguishene, GBGH with the Gord Leonard campaign, as well as the GBGH POP’s summer event which raised funds to assist in purchasing a much needed CT scanner.
Jackie is so proud of the journey CLH Foundation is on and is honored and excited to support the continued growth in this organization. CLH Developmental Support Services focuses on the individual – growing and developing life skills, encouraging independence and building confidence. One of the best feelings in life as people is to be valued and needed; CLH has a strong focus on building these skills and growing confidence and self-worth.