CCD is a multi-service registered charitable organization providing a broad range of support services for individuals over the age of 16 and their caregivers.
Jahnoah is one of the Intake and Care Navigators at CCD. She is also a registered social worker, who has a passion for the geriatric community. Jahnoah chairs CCD’s Client and Family Advisory Committee, where she guides the objectives of the committee to align with the organization’s policies while promoting a motivating environment. She is driven to be a voice for marginalized communities whose voices may go unheard.
Ryan Davie spent 20 years working as a Project Manager and Quality Assurance Manager for large mechanical contractors in the construction industry. He has significant experience in problem solving and finding ways to improve programs to ensure that clients get the proper products or services they deserve.
He became a client of CCD’s COPE Program in 2015 after suffering a mental breakdown as the result of numerous traumatic experiences within a short span of time. He has been a regular attendee of COPE’s Men’s Group for Anxiety and Depression ever since and credits the group for helping him through his darkest time.
In 2017, a viral infection caused severe heart failure, ending his Construction career and requiring him to spend the next 18 months living alone on 24/7 bedrest. He has developed a Facebook page, speaks publicly through numerous organizations and is also currently writing a book describing his amazing mental health journey through his long recovery from heart failure.
Happily married and retired, Vincent is a CFAC committee member because he strongly believes volunteerism breeds an inclusive as well as a kinder, gentler community. Currently, he volunteers with the local Food Bank, Big Brother’s and facilitates two COPE support groups.
Professionally the bulk of his background was in advertising/research and education. His longest career was with Toronto District School Board, assigned mostly to schools located in neighborhoods identified with low academic scores and severe socio-economic needs.
For self-care he enjoys jogging, walking and badminton. For leisure, together with his wife, he enjoys movies, travels, trying new cuisine and reading. Watching his two sons grow and mature, being a full-time father is another important focus for him.
Dagmar Von Schwerin-Weller
Dagmar joined the Advisory Committee to advocate for the people who cannot speak for themselves.
Born in Germany in 1939, she immigrated to Canada in 1954. She’s married and has two sons.
Dagmar worked in several capacities throughout her career. She started at 4 Seasons in Toronto before working at Ballycliffe Nursing home for eight years. For the bulk of her career though she worked as a Personal Support Worker for 18 years, first for the Red Cross and then St. Elisabeth. Due to health issues she transitioned from healthcare and became a home chef to a doctor’s family. Throughout Dagmar’s life she’s taken night school classes and volunteered at hospitals and the Church community.
Sadly, Dagmar’s husband died in 2020. She said she’s still trying to cope without him after 43 amazing years.
Elizabeth (Liz) Fulford
Liz has come full circle as a wife and mother, community volunteer, caring in her home as her mother’s dementia increased, having a 26-year career with Community Care Durham and now a CCD client, Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, great grandmother and wife.
Her work experience includes: Education in Voluntary Sector Management and Long-Term Care Administration, a broad range of experience in local, regional, and provincial organizations, understanding the important partnership of service providers with all levels of government in the delivery of quality services, former Chair and member of Durham Region Health Care Group, member, Cross-Level Needs Subcommittee, member, Provincial Roundtable on Elder Abuse Strategy, member, Provincial Roundtable on the Alzheimer Strategy.
Liz’s volunteer experience includes membership on the Board of Directors and President, Ontario Community Support Association, the Board of Directors and President, Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, the Board of Directors, Handi-Transit Incorporated
She also helped to establish the Operation Scugog Food Bank in Scugog Township.
Linda has lived in Durham Region for 33 years now!
She has two adult children and two grandsons and she’s proud to be their Mom and Nana.
Linda enjoyed a very interesting and exciting career in the insurance industry working in the claims department in various positions including management. She handled auto and personal injury, homeowner, and marine and aviation claims.
She became a client of Cope Mental Health in 2017, after suffering from significant mental health challenges. Linda attended various groups dealing with anxiety and depression, Women’s Wellness and the Social Butterflies Recreational groups. These programs have helped her in her recovery journey.
Her desire to volunteer on the CFAC is to pay it forward for others who are struggling and need support in their everyday lives.
When the opportunity came up to become a Member of the CCD Client and Family Advisory Committee, Sandra was excited to take part.
She worked in sales and marketing for most of her career with a heavy equipment dealership and was involved with clients on a regular basis before she retired. Once she retired, she decided to start volunteering in the community. Community Care Durham was a great fit for her. She has volunteered at foot clinics as well as making reassurance calls.
Sandra is also a mother and grandmother and that is a skillset that can translate into being able to see where problems may arise. She also sits on the Board of Directors of her Homeowner’s Association, currently as president and has undertaken other roles at various times.
She said as both a client of CCD and a volunteer, she’s in a good position to make recommendations for new CCD initiatives as part of the Client and Family Advisory Committee. Sandra said her fellow members all have great ideas and the different expertise of the group, is what keeps it going.
Penelope served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Communications) before continuing to a career to serve and protect the public as a Professional Engineer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Bachelor of Education and Teaching certificate.
Penelope is the Conservative candidate of record for Don Valley East and is committed to addressing community issues and to supporting local residents to achieve their goals to live independently. She has knowledge and personal experience through friends and family with the services provided by Community Care Durham and has seen how members of the community have benefited and relied on their important services.
She cares about the good work the organization provides, has seen the incredible leadership they have demonstrated in delivering high-quality care to the community and is working to ensure the community receives the best services available.