Board of Directors



David Williams

David moved to Parry Sound in September 2015. A lawyer with a background in public service law, he has transitioned to the private sector and worked at Oldham Law Firm since moving to this area. He has been a member of the CLPS Board of Directors since 2017, before being elected Chair in 2019, and is committed to helping the organization work towards its goals.

Vice Chair

Julie Thorogood

Julie is a self-employed bookkeeper. She has been involved in her children’s school programs, class trips, curling tournaments and fundraising.


Cathy Barker

Cathy’s outstanding achievements as the owner of Kate’s Kart are a testament to her exceptional ability to build and maintain customer relationships, resulting in an impressive 30% yearly increase in sales for seven consecutive years. Along with her steadfast organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills, Cathy’s professionalism, discretion, and judgement in handling confidential information make her a valuable asset to any organization. As she begins a new marketing career, her entrepreneurial experience will be advantageous. Beyond her professional life, Cathy is a dedicated volunteer who has worked with organizations such as Girl Guides of Canada, West London Soccer Club, and London’s Bike to Work Week, demonstrating her commitment to positively impacting her community. Finally, Cathy is most proud of her family and their achievements.


Rose Bailey

Rose was born and has lived in Parry Sound all her life. She and her husband of 40 years have two sons and three grandchildren. Her son James has received support from Community Living for 30 years. Rose retired from full-time employment at the West Parry Sound Health Centre after 27 years and is currently working part-time in a surgeon’s office. She has been on the Board of The Friends and is active in her faith community, volunteering in leadership roles and serving at monthly community dinners. Rose hopes to bring a parent perspective to the Board along with her community and healthcare experience.

Matt Fisher

Born and raised in Parry Sound, Matt practiced as a lawyer in Toronto with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP before joining the Metrontario Group of Companies as its Chief Legal Officer. He has volunteered with community youth baseball and hockey organizations and served for many years on the Board of the Canadian Council on Africa.

Linda Mitchelson

Linda Mitchelson has a Masters of Social Work degree and has worked in the Social Services Sector for more than 38 years most at a senior management level. She has worked in Child Protective Services and Municipal Social Services across the province including a period of time in Parry Sound. That is where she met her husband and they relocated to Peterborough where they lived while raising their family of two boys. Throughout that time however they built their cottage on Lake Manitouwabing and once they were both retired they relocated to live at the cottage full time. As well as her work experience Linda has many years experience on Not for Profit Boards including another Community Living. She looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to Community Living Parry Sound over the coming years.

Executive Director

Brad Horne

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