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Board of Directors

Michelle Earle – President

Michelle Earle has been on the Board for Community Living Quinte West for ten years and is in her fifth term as President. Michelle’s interest in this field is sparked by her sister who has Down Syndrome. Michelle is very proud of her mother, Joan Scott, for the passion she showed for so many years for people with intellectual disabilities.  Michelle is also a member of the CLQ Foundation Board of Directors.

Michelle was a Director with East York Figure Skating Club for five years. She was also a member of the Janetville Ladies Auxiliary for the Janetville Volunteer Firefighters for 12 years and president for two years. Michelle’s five years of banking experience was a significant aid in her role as Office Manager for her husband’s former company, Medi-Inn Ltd., which manufactures and distributes medical supplies and accessories to the Radiology field. Michelle’s responsibilities included overseeing production, manufacturing, distribution, human resources and accounting.

Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. For relaxation, she enjoys reading, boating, golfing, and looking after her grandchildren.

John Klein- Vice President

John was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where he met his wife Cathy. After the birth of their second child they decided that the city was not where they wanted to raise their children and they moved to his wife’s hometown of Cobourg, Ontario. John soon became actively involved in the small community life that Northumberland County had to offer.   John coached minor hockey for 12 years at the local arena and has coached Softball for the past 10 years.  John is an active executive member of the Cobourg Minor League Softball Organization.

John owns and operates a family run construction business and is actively involved in his church where on occasion he has been able to use his talents as a carpenter to assist with church “builds”. He has just participated in a church reconstruction project in the Ukraine.

John is a patient and devoted husband and father of two boys, Zachary and Noah, and has always tried to instill a sense of responsibility in his children that you need to help those who don’t always have the ability or means to stand up for what they need or deserve.

He continues to help make a difference in the lives of those that the organization supports.

Deana Lewis – Secretary-Treasurer

At age 26, the opportunity arose to travel for 8 weeks with a 50lb backpack, a youth hostel card, and a 30 day Eurail pass to travel to 6 countries.  Within one year of her return Deana graduated from basic training, and completed technical school for a career in the United States Air Force with two goals in mind: to complete her education and to see the world.

Twenty six years later, she is retired from the military with a plethora of skill sets, memories, and accomplishments collected along the journey.  Deana is a permanent resident (from the south), married to one of Canada’s finest service men, Sean Lewis, and has been posted four times as a military spouse.  At any given time she might own 3 indoor cats, enjoy gardening, swimming, continuing her education and travelling the world.

Deana has experience in Logistics Management, Emergency Management, and Project Management.  She was the lead for the million dollar renovation of the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre 2011-2012.  She was chair of the Centre’s fund raiser, The Invisible Ribbon Gala, and her committee raised $72,000. This was the most raised in the 10 year history of the gala.

Currently Deana is in her second year as a director on the CLQW Board of Directors and also sits on the Board of Directors for the CLQ Foundation.

She believes in the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all and the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

 Dan Koets – Director

Dan was born in Den Haag, Holland.  However, shortly after WWII, Dan’s family immigrated to Canada arriving by ship at Pier 21 in Halifax.  His father instilled in his children a great respect for Canada and a pride in being Canadian.

Dan attended Loyalist College in 1969 where he met his wife Pat.  In 1976 he started his own plumbing business and enjoyed the arrival of their first son Jeff followed a couple of years later by their son Chris.  It was a busy time raising two boys and getting a new business off the ground!

As his sons grew Dan took on the role of coach for both t-ball and hockey.  Fun times that kept everyone out of trouble!  Today you will find Dan either in a hockey arena or on a soccer field cheering on his grandsons.

Dan has always felt as a proud Canadian that it was very important to give back to the community.  He is Past President of Trenton Rotary, has been a youth leader and council member at his church, has worked with special needs adults, has worked with troubled youth, has taken a youth group to Winnipeg to help clean up after the flood and another youth group to Zambia to work with aids orphans, is part of a music ministry at Napanee Detention Centre.

Currently Dan is in his second term on the CLQW Board of Directors  and is also the President of the Board for the CLQ Foundation.

Scott Smith – Director and Self Advocates Rep

Scott Smith is the representative for The Self Advocates Committee and represents their views on the Board. Scott is very active in the organization. He volunteers at the bi-weekly bingos, at the Annual General Meeting and has assisted at the CLQ Foundation’s Comedy Night.  For his continued service Scott received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013 and was named Benefactor of the Year in 2014.

Scott has lived in Trenton since 1986.  He has been married to Cathy for 17 years and loves to go dancing with her.  Family is important to Scott and he visits them as much as possible. Scott loves sports and participates in as many as time and resources allow.  He particularly likes sailing, skiing, dragon boating and kayaking.

We are pleased that Scott has chosen to share his insights and energy by being a member of the Board of CLQW.

LCol Brent Hoddinott – Director

Lieutenant-Colonel Brent Hoddinott joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1993 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1997 with a Bachelor of Chemical and Materials Engineering. After receiving his Navigator Wings in 1998 and his category in 1999, he served on board the mighty flush-riveted CC-130E/H at both 436(T) Squadron and 429(T) Squadron in Trenton until 2005. In that period, he crisscrossed the globe many times on various operations. Between 2005 and 2008, he worked in the Air Staff in Ottawa as Executive Assistant to the then Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. In 2008, LCol Hoddinott was promoted to major and posted to 426 Training Squadron where he worked as a Flying Supervisor and then Deputy Commanding Officer.

In January 2010, he deployed to Haiti for Op Hestia as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Airlift Coordination Element. Here, his team was directly responsible for the repatriation of over 4,400 Canadian Entitled Persons. Then, in July, he took command of Canadian Forces Station Alert and had the great fortune to have an uneventful command tour. A little less than a month after returning from CFS Alert, LCol Hoddinott was deployed to Malta, as OIC Tactical Air Transport Detachment, to conduct a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation from Libya just before the commencement of Op Mobile.

In June 2012, following graduation from JCSP 38, LCol Hoddinott was posted to Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) as the lead J3/5 Expeditionary Mission Planner. In that post, he was responsible for all deliberate and crisis planning for extant and emerging CJOC missions.

LCol Hoddinott was promoted to that rank in 2013 and then transferred to Chief Force Development as Director Strategic Integration 6 – Multi-Year Establishment Plan (MYEP). He and his team worked to synchronize Horizon 2 and 3 establishment position investment/ divestment opportunities in order to evolve today’s force structure to one that would be better suited for the projected future security environment.

Through a serious of fortuitous events, LCol Hoddinott returned to Trenton in 2014 for year-long French training and then in 2015 he joined the Directing Staff at CFC Toronto for JCSP 42. LCol Hoddinott is married and the father of two boys. He runs and coaches soccer.


Mission Statement

Community Living Quinte West is committed to the provision of supports that will assist individuals with an intellectual disability to live, work, and play as integrated and valued members of their community.

Vision Statement

Community Living Quinte West is a non-profit organization whose vision is one of a community that encourages and supports each person with an intellectual disability to participate, play, learn, work, and volunteer to the greatest extent possible.


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