The Board Members
Christine Campbell, Chair:
Christine is a Child and Youth Worker who has been working with at risk youth for the past fifteen years in the high school setting. It became clear to her one Friday morning as she was trying to find a placement for a sixteen year old girl who had recently become homeless, that there were some serious gaps in providing emergency housing for youth between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. At the end of the day when I realized that Lanark County had no emergency placements for youth in that age group, I embarked on this journey to try and do something about it. I am happy to say that along with my fellow board members, we have succeeded in our goal and we are now able to provide emergency services to those in need.
Terrilee Kelford, Vice-Chair:
Terrilee has been working with children and youth in Lanark County and Ottawa areas for over 20 years. In 1997 she opened an organization called Kelford Youth Services Inc., providing residential services to high risk youth. In 2003 she co-founded a community coalition called Transitions Action Coalition to address concerns about the lack of knowledge and services provided to homeless youth in rural areas. In 2010, Terrilee and two other Transition members partnered with Cornerstone Landing board members to further explore services for this vulnerable group within our community.
Lonna Perrier, Treasurer:
Lonna has been working with at risk youth in Lanark County and Ottawa areas for over 10 years. Lonna has worked in the front lines in various roles, all with at risk youth. Lonna's experience began with Kelford Youth Services in 2004, and she has since returned in 2014 to work with children and teens involved in foster care. Lonna's interest in Cornerstone Landing stems from her committment to her clients that maintain contact well after they move on from services. She has seen how gaps in services directly affect individuals that she has worked with, and understands the needs of the community. Lonna decided to become part of the movement to ensure that a solution is found for youth homelessness in Lanark County by joining the Board of Cornerstone Landing.
Shirley Kelford, Secretary:
Shirely is a retired teacher and a former Principal for the Upper Canada District School Board. Upon retirement, she worked extensively with chldren and youth-at-risk in the capacity of Coordinator of Educational Services for Kelford Youth Services. She is currently Vice-President of the Retired Teachers of ONtario for District 29 Lanark and serves at the Provincial level of Retired Teachers of Ontario as a member of the Nominating Committee.
Hugh Henderson, Member-at-large
When nearing retirement from Pictures Perth, Hugh reengaged his interest in housing and youth. He has been a foster parent, primarily for teens, since 1993. Hugh came from the former Transistions Action Coalition, where he liased with Cornerstone Landing, moved furniture and did committee work. Hugh can also be found attending antique car and motorcycle shows.
Shane Rutherford, Member-at-large
Shane is an active member of the Lanark County community. He donates much of his time to coaching for Perth Lanark Minor Hockery Association, as well as volunteers as a firemen for Perth Fire Department. Shane became involved with Cornerstone Landing when he volunteered to organize our successful annual Golf Tournament.