About Us

Community Living Hamilton is an accredited not-for-profit organization and registered charity that offers a full range of services to people with special needs.  We are one of the largest not-for-profits in Hamilton; each year we provide service to approximately 1,400 children, teens, adults and families. 

Over 60 years ago, Community Living Hamilton was founded by a group of mothers who came together in a church basement to discuss how they could support each other and their sons and daughters with special needs.  Since then, we have continued to establish programs and services that have enabled our clients to fully participate and contribute to their community.

We continue to promote full inclusion through person-directed planning; which promotes independence, personal choice and assisting our clients lead the lives they want.

Whether it's living independently or in a group setting, working in a supported environment or participating in community activities, we are here to help people realize their full potential and dreams.

Vision & Mission

Vision Statement

All persons live with dignity as citizens of their community, share in every element of living and have equal opportunity to participate.

Mission Statement

Community Living Hamilton’s goal is to educate the community so that it recognizes that some people need more support than others, but all have a way to contribute. All can participate at their own level or in their own way.

Community Living Hamilton promises to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout their lifetime so that they can:

Be free to:

  • go to work
  • practice their own individual religious beliefs
  • vote
  • volunteer
  • donate
  • make their own decisions
  • have friends and people who care for them, and
  • succeed in life!

This is achieved through:

  • helping people build skills
  • providing a range of services
  • having partnerships in the community
  • speaking up for and with people with intellectual disabilities     


Approved by the Board of Directors as submitted by The Advisors, May 20, 2014

CLH By the Numbers

Here are some facts about Community Living Hamilton

In 2016/17:

Number of clients served:1,400

Number of Community Living Hamilton members: 105

Total number of staff: 119 Full Time and 203 Part Time

Number of volunteers: 70

Number of hours spent on staff training: 7,500


As of March 31, 2017

Board of Directors

Community Living Hamilton is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which sets the organization's goals and long-term plan.

2016/2017 Board of Directors

Randy Allen

Randy Allen was elected in 2010 and has been serving on the Board of Directors as President since 2011. He is a retired entrepreneur/Insurance Broker, speaks 2 languages – French & English and spent the first 12 years of his career with Canada Customs in Ottawa in a variety of positions.

Judy Colantino
First Vice-President

Judy was elected in 2007 and has been serving on the Board of Directors as 1st Vice-President since 2011. She also serves as Vice-Chair at the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton and Chair at Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC.) Judy has an adult son with an intellectual disability.

Katherine Scarth
Second Vice-President

Kathy Scarth was elected in 2012 and has been serving on the Board of Directors as 2ndVice-President since 2012. She is currently a retired Secondary Teacher and Consultant. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Education, Honours Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Biology and a Special Education Certificate Part I & II. She has an adult child with disability.

Joe Obermeyer

Joe was elected in 2008 and has been serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer since 2014. He is a Plant Manager with Sun Chemical in Burlington, a member of the Business Community, very supportive of inclusive employment and experienced with Community Living Hamilton’s Employment Access service.

Peter Jones

Peter has been serving on the Board of Directors as Director of the Board since 2001. He is a member of the Finance Committee of the Board, Human Resources Specialist at ArcelorMittalDofasco G.P. Peter has also volunteered as coach for the Special Olympics.


Megan Hemlow

Megan Hemlow was elected to the Board of Directors in June, 2017. She holds a position in the Mental Health and Addiction program at St Joseph's Hospital, and has a private practice of her own where she offers individual counselling. She has both a bachelor and masters degree in social work, along with a certificate of addictions. 


We are always pleased to receive applications from people who want to join our Board of Directors.  If you’re interested in joining our Board please let us know.  You can call our main office at 905-528-0281.


Sherry Parsley
Executive Director


If you would like to leave feedback about Community Living Hamilton, please email us at: feedback@clham.com.

You can also read our policy related to feedback here: 2.50 Complaints and Feedback - August 17, 2016