About Community  Living Tillsonburg

About Community Living Tillsonburg - Inclusion

About Community Living Tillsonburg

What is Community Living?

Most of us experience community living as part of our daily lives.  We live in communities; work with our peers; are involved with various activities; and share our lives with our friends and families.

Community Living Tillsonburg is a non-profit organization that works with people with intellectual disabilities to ensure they are included in their community and enjoy active and productive lives.

A Community for Everyone

How can you help?

Our vision, our goals, our dreams can only be realized through continual effective leadership, communication and with a supportive, progressive caring community.

Vision & Mission

Our Mission

Building Inclusive Communities by Promoting Acceptance.

Our Vision

A Community Where Everyone is Included.

Our History

How we started

Tillsonburg District Association for Retarded Children was originally formed in 1955.  At that time the association operated a school for developmentally disabled children and promoted public awareness.

Our name changed in 1970 to Tillsonburg and District Association for the Mentally Retarded and expanded our services to include residential and vocational programs.

1998 marked a third name change to Tillsonburg and District Association for Community Living.  For individuals today, community living is more then being cared for in a community based setting.  Community living means being a valued member of a neighbourhood, being with family and friends and neighbours, earning a living or taking part in meaningful activities of daily living.

History - 1955 - First-Class

Where We Are Now

Officially named Community Living Tillsonburg in 2000, our agency focus has moved towards a more individualized approach to service delivery, empowering and supporting individuals to make informed choices from a range of options.

We support over 300 people with developmental disabilities.  We are the largest service provider in Tillsonburg for these individuals and their families, and we are one of the largest no-for-profit and registered charities in our community.

Board of Directors

Community Living Tillsonburg is led by a skilled and dedicated Board of Directors, that work to advocate for people who have an intellectual disability for inclusion in their lives and in the community.

Doug Cooper - President
  • Former Director at Large with  Community Living Ontario
  • Chair of the Conference Committee
  • Co-Chair of the Awards Committee
  • Chair of the Anne Stafford Bursary committee
  • Past member of the Communication Strategies, Presidents, and Government Relations Committees
  • Former Vice-President with Community Living Ontario
  • Advisor with People First of Ontario
  • Special Advisor for People First Tillsonburg
  • Coach in the Tillsonburg Minor Hockey system
  • Former Director with the Norwich Merchants Jr. “C” hockey club
  • Former Equipment Manager and Trainer with the Norwich Merchants hockey club
  • Ontario Hockey Association Intermediate Level coach and Level III trainer
  • Baseball Golf and basketball coach for Special Olympics, Tillsonburg
  • Operations Manager at Country 107 3/Easy 101 Radio, Tillsonburg
  • Graduate of Radio Broadcasting Arts course, Fanshawe College, London
  • Graduate of Crisis Intervention Worker course, Fanshawe College, London

General Manager of the Port Stanley Jr. C hockey club

Hockey coach of Men's and Women's extramural teams at Conestoga College


Patrick Benoit

Patrick has resided in the Tillsonburg area for over 35 years. He has operated his own agricultural service business for over 25 years in the surrounding area.

He has been involved with Special Olympics as a coach and general volunteer for many years.

Patrick also serves on other boards including his church.

Over the years, he has participated in many volunteer organizations.

David Clergy

David originally came to Tillsonburg in 1979, left in 1985 and returned in 1989 and has lived here ever since.  David's son Jerry lives in Tillsonburg as well. David manages Home Hardware Building Centre here in town and has worked there for 23 years.  He believes what Community Living Tillsonburg stands for and realizes people with special needs require others to advocate for them.

He has volunteered at the Valentine Luncheon and Bazaar for Community Living and has volunteered with Boy Scouts and Ventures for many years.

Bryan Crossett

Bryan has lived in Tillsonburg for 47 years and has been a part of the community for a long time. He likes to help others – friends, family, and organizations.

He has volunteered with several groups – Fair Grounds for a lot of years, Church functions, Right to Life, Relay for Life and Batten Disease fundraiser.

Some of the other groups that he attends are:

  • The People First Tillsonburg for the last ten years.
  • Men’s Breakfast (Church Group) on a monthly basis.
  • Community Living Tillsonburg Board of Directors since September 2016 to present.
Rosemary Couture

Rosemary was born, raised and married in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Husband Serge, daughter Siobhan. She is currently employed at Premier Tech Home and Garden - Shipping – LTL Co-ordination. She has worked in the Home and Garden sector for 35 years.

Volunteered positions:

  • Represented Community Living Oxford on the London Catholic Special Advisory Committee for eighteen years
  • Children’s Committee – part of Community Living Tillsonburg
  • Executive Committee for the South Western Aquatic Swim Team Tillsonburg
  • Treasurer and member of the Tillsonburg Kiwanis Sport Club
  • President, Vice-President of the Kiwanis Club of Tillsonburg
  • Currently treasurer for Special Olympics Tillsonburg
Robert Verhoeve

Robert is a lifelong resident of Tillsonburg. He is employed as managing funeral director within his family business, the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (Tillsonburg branch). He is the proud father of Lucas (6) and Eleanor (3), with his wife Kaitlynn.

Robert became involved with the Special Olympics Ontario, Tillsonburg organization in 2006, as an assistant basketball coach, with the goal of attaining high school community volunteer hours. He continues to enjoy coaching basketball and has accepted the role of Head Coach for 2022.

Robert is a proud community supporter. Volunteering and educational history:

  • Member, Langton Lions Club
  • Member, Knights of Columbus - 3rd Degree (Council 3212)
  • Member and Executive Comptroller, Knights of Columbus - 4th Degree (Assembly 3854)
  • Co-organizer, Knights of Columbus Annual Golf Tournament
  • Co-organizer and Player, Tillsonburg Red Sox (Senior Mens Baseball Club)
  • Volunteer Coach, Tillsonburg Minor Baseball Association 
  • Earned Degree, University of Guelph Sociology BA, with distinction.
  • Earned Degree, University of Guelph-Criminal Justice, and Public Policy BAH, with distinction.
  • Earned Diploma, Humber College, Funeral Services (Licensed Ontario Funeral Director- Class One), with distinction.
  • Past Member, Town of Tillsonburg Parks, Beautification and Cemeteries Committee
  • Past Volunteer, University of Guelph Student Foodbank
James Kane

Jim was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada with his family in the 1950s.

After what was a lengthy process of trial and error including studying journalism and film, Jim finally settled on social work, gaining his MSW at the University of Nottingham in 1981.

Jim's notable areas of work during over 30 years experience in:

  • practice in and management of family support, and child protection social work with children, including those with disabilities
  • working as part of a small team working with the Scottish government developing an early years framework to enhance socially inclusive day services for younger children
  • managing domestic abuse services
  • contracting services including family based respite for children with disabilities
  • developing quality assurance system to ensure better outcomes for children using social work services
  • strategic planning with colleagues in education, health and independent sectors.

Jim moved to Tillsonburg 5 years ago at the same time his partner of 40 years died after a series of falls. Now in a new relationship with another widower and happy to call Tillsonburg home.


Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with Community Living Tillsonburg.  If you are family member, a community member, or a business or organization that wants to help make a difference to people’s lives then and achieve our vision throughout the community.



Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Email: info@communitylivingtillsonburg.ca

Call Us: 519-842-9008

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