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Bendina Miller, Chair

British Columbia

A retired Superintendent of Schools for the Rocky Mountain School District of Southeastern British Columbia, Bendina Miller’s passion lies in ensuring that inclusive practices and programs are available for all students. She believes it is vital that strong family and community-based organizations exist to advocate for appropriate supports, lobby for strong legislation and work to unify individuals, families, as well as provincial and territorial organizations. Bendina is committed to ensuring that the rights and needs of all individuals with intellectual disabilities are addressed in a respectful and empowering manner. Since joining the Community Living movement in 1968, Bendina has been involved in local and provincial associations across four provinces. She served on CACL’s Board of Directors for over 10 years and is a Past President. Bendina has received a Life Membership with AimHi and the City of Prince George Volunteer Recognition Award for her work in the Community Living movement.

Joy Bacon, Vice-Chair

New Brunswick

Joy Bacon has more than 35 years of experience in the health and social services field, focusing on community involvement and helping others. Throughout her career she has co-chaired the Federal/Provincial planning group for Deputy Ministers of Social Services, acted as the interim Executive Director for the Canadian Mental Health Association and the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, and served as a Task Force member for the review of Mental Health Services in New Brunswick. Joy is currently President of the Canadian Association for Community Living Board of Directors, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association both provincially and nationally.

Peter Chivers, Treasurer

United Kingdom

Peter Chivers is a UK chartered accountant and senior strategy consultant with a track record for identifying emerging issues early on and implementing strategic initiatives. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in professional services, including more than 10 years’ experience leading teams and delivering change in complex organizations. Peter spent eight years as Chief Knowledge Officer at KPMG, where he oversaw the development and implementation of their global knowledge management policy. Most recently, Peter has worked independently with public and private sector organizations helping build and implement business and knowledge management strategies. Peter’s primary focus is on increasing efficiency and effectiveness, as well as dealing with resulting organizational change.

Laurie Larson, Director


Laurie Larson and her husband Leith are parents of three adult sons, two of whom have disabilities. Laurie has been a tireless advocate for her sons all their lives, and has a strong vision of full and meaningful community living for all individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is actively involved as a family leader at the local, provincial and national level. Laurie is a Past-President of the Canadian Association for Community Living and the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, and has served on the CACL Executive in various roles since 2007. Laurie maintains a particular focus in the area of family leadership and grassroots engagement, and believes the work done by the Community Living movement is critical in achieving full inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Lorraine Silliphant, Director

New Brunswick

Lorraine Silliphant has been involved in the Community Living movement locally, provincially and nationally since her son Ralph was born in 1968. She is an honorary life member of the Association for Community Living at each level and considers the Community Living movement her lifelong commitment. For nearly 20 years, Lorraine served as a staff member and Executive Director of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. She is a founding member of the Board of Jobs Unlimited, Past-Chair of the Roeher Institute, Past-President of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, and a Distinguished Associate of the Canadian Association for Community Living. She and her husband David have three children and five grandchildren. Their son Ralph lives in his own home, enjoys his many friends and family, works seasonally, and is supported to live his life fully and be involved in his community.