Meet the Council Candidates
Mark Anderson is from London, Ontario and a member of Community Living London’s self-advocacy group, New Vision Advocates for over 10 years. He is currently the President of the CLO Council and hopes to be re-elected for another term. He feels he is a strong advocate for people with developmental disabilities living in London. Mark is also active in giving presentations to college students, community groups, and staff of Community Living London. He enjoys being on Council and being the voice for those who have difficulty speaking for themselves.
Niko Pupella is from Uxbridge, Ontario and a member of the Community Living Durham North self-advocate group, The A-Team. He is currently a member of the CLO Council and hopes to be re-elected for another term. He is part of the Rights Review Board Committee at CLDN as he feels strongly about fighting for the rights of people who have a disability. Niko is also a member of the CLO Finance Committee. Niko is very savvy with computers and technology and enjoys learning as it continuously evolves. He hopes to continue working with the Council to ensure the voices of people who have a disability are heard regarding issues with ODSP, fair rent, work wages, and the many issues related to poverty. Niko also enjoys volunteering, bowling, hanging out with his friends, spending time with family.
Ashley Stekel is from Port Perry, Ontario and a member of the Community Living Durham North’s self-advocate group, The A-Team. She is currently a member of the CLO Council and hopes to be re-elected for another term. She enjoys being part of a team and feels strongly about equality and inclusion.
James Taylor is from London, Ontario and a member of Community Living London’s self-advocacy group, New Vision Advocates. He is currently the past President of the CLO Council and hopes to be re-elected for another term. If re-elected, it will be the last of his 8 terms on Council. James is active in the community, giving presentations to groups and schools, such as Fanshawe College, on how to advance equal citizenship, acceptance, and belonging. James works full-time as a receptionist at Community Living London and enjoys playing sports in the Special Olympics.
Nicole Flynn is from Belleville, Ontario and a current member of the CLO Council. She is a student at Loyalist College in the General Arts and Science program. She is also a member of the women’s cross-country team at Loyalist College. Nicole is an adjunct member of the Accessibility Committee in Belleville. She is a Youth Accessibility Leader, identifying and reducing barriers and increasing inclusivity in the community. Her long-term goal is to be an advisor to the government on behalf of people who have a developmental disability. Nicole stands up for people’s rights around inclusion, education, employment, housing, and health care. She enjoys being on Council and expanding her knowledge and experience. In her spare time, she likes to be outside in nature and hanging out with her friends and family.
Crystal Wales is from Formosa, Ontario and a current member of the CLO Council. She works at Community Living Walkerton and District in the kitchen. She is a member and secretary of Community Living Walkerton and District’s self-advocacy group, the Walkerton Action Committee. She is also a member of the Wingham Lions Club, which allows her to help many people through community service. She speaks at schools in the Walkerton area about inclusion as she feels it’s important for children to learn that everyone belongs and deserves respect.
Richard Sitzes from St. Thomas Ontario and is very interested in being part of the CLO Council as a way to advocate for people who have a disability. He is confident that he will be comfortable in raising issues and speaking to various levels of government and organizations. As current Chairperson, and also a founding member of the self-advocacy group in St. Thomas, Our Choice Matters, Richard has experience in public speaking and chairing meetings. Richard is a board member of the Elgin Oxford Legal Clinic and has volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion, the Salvation Army and at the local MPP’s office.
Jessica Forsyth is from Walkerton, Ontario. She is a member of Community Living Walkerton and District and is interested in running for the Council of Community Living Ontario. Jessica’s interest in the culinary arts has found her working in the kitchen with Community Living Walkerton catering service. She has also helped raise money for an accessible playground in her community and for the past three years, Jessica has been on a committee to make the community garden accessible for all. Jessica is interested in being part of Council as a way to apply her leadership skills and to listen to the concerns and ideas of fellow self-advocates.
Jess Hollett is from Richmond Hill, Ontario and is a member of Community Living York South. As someone who lives independently in the community, Jess believes that she is an excellent example of how anyone can achieve their goals and dreams if they put their mind to it. Jess is running for a position on Council as a way to advocate for people who have a disability and stand up for their rights.
Scott Schihl is from Port Colborne, Ontario and is a member of Port Colbourne-Wainfleet Community Living. He is running for a position on the Council of Community Living Ontario as he finds enjoyment in promoting inclusion and the rights for people who have a disability. Scott is a member of STAR, the Chairperson for ‘People Helping People Achieve’ and sits on the Board of Port Colbourne-Wainfleet Community Living.