Notice: Our day program has been suspended since March 2020.
The Association for Community Living Interlake Branch recognizes the value of every person and believes that people living with an intellectual disability are individuals; each of whom has rights as community members.
Supporting an Inclusive Community
At Community Living Interlake we support adults who live with Intellectual Disabilities. We work with them to provide housing, day programs and employment training and we assist them in leading meaningful lives in a fully integrated community. We operate 6 houses and several apartments in Stonewall, provide a day program service, and we work with our clients to operate a social enterprise called Something Beautiful. Something Beautiful includes a gift shop, a lunch/coffee shop, and a venue for music.
Shop & Create A Better Community
We are also proud to say that when you shop at Something Beautiful you are also contributing to creating a better community. Many of the people we support are learning new job skills and building resumes through their work in Something Beautiful, skills that will one day lead them to employment in other community stores.
307 Main St, Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0
Community Living Interlake is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals, living with an intellectual disability, to live a fully inclusive life as members of the community.
- CLI clients are individuals and have a right to be treated with respect and dignity.
- CLI support for people living with intellectual disabilities is person centered and holistic.
- CLI clients have a right to actively and independently participate in the community
- CLI programs and support should promote self-esteem and personal growth
- Community Living Interlake objectives are to:
- Provide Housing and community residence living
- Provide employment training, job skills development and job placement
- Protect individual choice, independence, meaningful activity and life skills education
- Demonstrate industry best practices, reflective of current research
- Ensure staff are qualified and have the resources to work at the highest standards
- Promote full inclusion of people living with intellectual disabilities
- Promote awareness of the programs, services and value of CLI to the broader community
Chair Ila Buchanan
Treasurer Heidi Thomas
Pauline Bloom, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Pauline works for the Manitoba Government as a Regional Wildlife Manager with the Wildlife, Fisheries and Resource Enforcement Branch, where she oversees all the wildlife management programs in her region. Pauline is an active volunteer in the Interlake and sits on the executive for the Teulon Cross Country Ski Club as coordinator of online memberships and website manager. She also chairs the Teulon Ducks Unlimited Banquet Committee, which hosts an annual fundraising banquet to raise funds for conservation. Pauline is looking forward to being a part of all the positive initiatives being undertaken by Community Living Interlake.
Lisa Highmoor is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Educator & Musician who moved to the Stonewall area with her husband and 2 daughters in 2010. Over her professional career, Lisa has had many opportunities to support individuals of all ages who are dealing with communication challenges. Growing up in a small town in northern Manitoba, Lisa learned the importance of giving back to the community. She began volunteering at a young age for local events that required a singer or pianist and this philosophy has continued throughout her life. Upon arriving in Stonewall, Lisa became involved with the Rockwood Festival of the Arts as a pianist and committee/board member. Most recently, Lisa has been the accompanist for “Tabula Rasa”, a young adult choir in the Interlake under the direction of Kendra Obach. As part of the choir community in Flin Flon and Winnipeg, Lisa has been able to take part in a number of special events with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and in New York with the Distinguished Concerts International New York -Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre. Lisa is a recent addition to the board of directors for Community Living Interlake and is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with this important organization.
Scott Stephens, B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD.
Scott currently works for Ducks Unlimited Canada at Oak Hammock Marsh as Director of Regional Operations – Prairies and Boreal region, where he manages a $66M budget and oversees 180 conservation staff across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Scott and his family have lived in Stonewall since 2010 where he has been active in youth sports in the local community, coaching his son in youth baseball and basketball and his daughter in basketball throughout their middle school and high school years. He has also served in leadership positions with Parent Advisory Committee and Parent Information Group at Stonewall Centennial School and Stonewall Collegiate Institute, respectively. Scott has also served on the Board of the Stonewall Presbyterian Church.
Scott finds Stonewall to be a vibrant community where he is pleased to engage in local organizations and causes, like Community Living Interlake, to make it an even more special place to live.
Joan Schmidt, B.A., LL.B
Joan works as a Crown Attorney for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, where she has dedicated her career to strengthening communication and efficiency in the justice system. She is responsible for a number of portfolios including day to day operations of the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court, and prosecutions in a large number of communities. Joan has a long history of volunteer and board experience, and has a strong background in the arts community. Joan and her children moved to Stonewall in 2020, just as the first COVID lockdown began. With their newly blended family they have enjoyed exploring their new community and look forward to more opportunities to connect as things reopen!
Joan is excited to be joining the Board of Community Living Interlake and be able to give back to the community that she now calls home.
Jeff Levesque, B.A., LL.B
Jeff has been an administrator with the Interlake School Division since 2001 and has nearly 30 years experience in K-12 education. Recently, Jeff has had the opportunity to serve his community as a member of Stonewall Town Council from 2016-2019. This experience provided Jeff with a clear insight into many of the opportunities and challenges in our area. One highlight of this experience was the opportunity to see first hand how community challenges can be transformed into opportunities by the will of good people. Jeff first learned of the role of Community Living Interlake as a town councillor when there was opposition by some residents to a new group home under consideration. Jeff was profoundly impressed by the character shown by a huge contingent of support from the community of Stonewall that had challenged the initial resistance to the home. This support by the broader community clearly demonstrated the desire to accept and promote inclusionary practices within our community. Jeff and his wife Trena moved to Stonewall in 2001 at which time they started to raise their family. Jeff has experienced the importance of becoming an advocate and speaking out in order to build better supports to help those in need. He remains proud of the community of Stonewall and is appreciative of the caring nature of its residents.
Robin Varndell, NFP COO, B.Arts
Robin has 30 years of working within the non-profit sector. For 20 of those years, she was the Chapter Manager for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Dauphin Manitoba. Robin was very involved in the community ,sitting on numerous boards and committees. Robin moved to Stonewall in 2015 and became the Chief Operating Officer with the Mennonite Central Committee, Kildonan Community Assistance Inc., located in Winnipeg Manitoba. Robin loves living in Stonewall is excited to be part of Community Living Interlake Board. Robin’s passion is to be involved in a non-profit organization that is focuses on inclusion and providing job opportunities for those living in Stonewall.
Jimm Simon, HBOR, BA, M.Sc., MBA.
Jimm has been working with Community Living Interlake since 2014 and became the Executive Director in April of 2017. Prior to joining Jimm worked for over 20 years as a business planning and management consultant specializing in not for profit organizations. Outside of work Jimm volunteers with several not for profit charities primarily as a board member. He is the past chair and honourary lifetime member of the Association of Manitoba Museums and the past national board chair and honourary life member of the Canadian Cancer Society. Jimm has overseen the growth and transition of Community Living Interlake from its former operation at the former Arris Centre to its current headquarters at 307 Main Street. As an organization Community Living is very proud of its accomplishments in the past decade in creating opportunities for our clients including the employment opportunities we provide in our gift store and café, Something Beautiful.
Jimm first came to Stonewall in 1986 when he accepted the position as Manager of Stonewall Quarry Park where, among other things he planned for the development of the toboggan hill now known as Jimm’s Hill. Jimm is an executive member of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered his time to help support several other Stonewall charities.