As the Executive Director, Linda is deeply passionate about creating a safe place to help those who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness in our community. Linda brings her leadership, passion and determination to serving at The Lighthouse. She is excited the build and collaborate with community partners in order to see vulnerable people succeed.
Linda and her husband Kevin traveled and worked throughout Canada and in the UK before settling in the Orillia area, where they are raising three amazing kids. And although she's been diagnosed with both depression and anxiety, Linda doesn’t let this stop her from living the life God created for her!
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Trish's enthusiasm for life is contagious! She loves connecting with people and has wicked organizational skills. Leading a youth camp for 10 years, she now brings her staff and volunteer management skills to create amazing teams. We are so thankful Trish is investing her time and energy at The Lighthouse.
Trish married her husband on the shores of Lake Simcoe and now they have a fun, spunky daughter.
705-329-2265 ext. 101
Client Services SUPERVISOR
Sara has been serving at The Lighthouse for over 15 years. Her father, Tim Tanton, was manager from 2000-2015, and Sara grew up watching her dad help anyone in need. Sara continues to follow in her father's footsteps with huge heart and passion for helping those experiencing homelessness and assisting clients to reach their goals.
Growing up in Orillia, Sara loves our community. She is married with three beautiful children.
705-329-2265 ext. 102
Lynn fundraises to meet the needs of our clients and programs, co-ordinates special projects and major events, and works closely with our Board members to build a strong, life-changing organization. She loves to see hope in the eyes and attitudes of people who donate. Lynn volunteered at the Lighthouse before being hired on staff because she has a heart for those in need in our community, and sharing the love and hope of Christ. When Lynn isn't pouring her time and resources into The Lighthouse, she recharges by spending time with family, her husband, 3 sons, daughter-in-law and her pup. She loves to sing, play the flute and Christmas is her absolute favourite time of year. Plus, she can't go a day without a good laugh! A good person to have around.
705-329-2265 ext. 111
David plays an important role in operating our shelter on a daily basis, from serving meals on time to helping someone in a crisis take the next step. He's passionate about treating people with dignity and creating a safe place when someone needs it. When David is taking a break from keeping us organized at The Lighthouse, he loves to cook for friends and family, cast a line on the lake, or volunteer in the community.
Dennis has the important job of making sure every guest at the shelter has a safe, peaceful night's rest. He's passionate about getting to know guests that stay with us, and always has an ear to lend. The Lighthouse is thankful for him. For fun, Dennis likes to read fiction, enjoys manga and watching anime!
Tobey is a recent graduate of the Social Service Worker program at Georgian College. Tobey understands the struggles of living on a low income and how quickly circumstances can change in people's lives. Her goal is to provide the clients with the care and respect they deserve while assisting them with their needs, and working to make the shelter a safe and welcoming place. Tobey has 5 amazing children and 5 beautiful grandchildren, spending her spare time with family. When she's not with family or friends, she likes to keep busy restoring furniture and finds mother nature to be a great stress reliever – she also enjoys motorcycle rides in the country, fishing, boating and camping.
John cares about providing the best, most well-balanced breakfast he can for residents at the lighthouse. He serves overnight, and has the important role of care for The Lighthouse while others sleep. He makes sure that clients have clean laundry and a place to stay. On his own time, John has many hobbies and finds satisfaction in gardening, home renovations, playing with his labradoodle puppy "Miss Doofus II", tending to his bees, cooking and designing/building electric and acoustic guitars. He also has a love for skydiving, but his family convinced him that's a little inappropriate now. But who's to say?
Kitchen Staff/Shelter Relief Worker
Teresa has been serving at the Lighthouse for over 15 years. She leads the charge in the kitchen day in and day out, cooking for everyone that comes through our doors. She is also a Relief Shelter Worker, assisting with the shelter residents in the evenings. She loves the friendly relationships that begin to feel like family at The Lighthouse. Her passions line up with her role here, since cooking, helping others and talking to people are a few of her favourite things.
HOUSING SUPPORT WORKERS
Teal is an enthusiastic individual who is always willing to help. She loves to smile, and you will often find her with it on. She has an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and knows Orillia and the surrounding area very well. She is a local, however has moved 29 times in her life and knows personally about the struggles of housing. She currently resides in Orillia with her extended family and enjoys family outings and time with friends. She is excited to use her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to help the vulnerable find stable housing as one of the new Housing Support Workers here at The Lighthouse.
Samantha is excited to be working in her new role as Housing Support Worker at The Lighthouse/Building Hope. Samantha has an Honours Degree in Psychology and is an RPN. She has worked with a diverse client population and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Samantha is compassionate, supportive, and client centred. She has lived in the Orillia area with her husband and five children for 25 years. Samantha is looking forward to providing housing support in our community.
Board of directors
Glenn Wagner Chair of the Board firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Sawatsky Treasurer
Christine Woodman Secretary
Tony Bianco Board Member
Dan Barber Board Member
Justin Piercy Board Member
Charlene Taylor Board Member
Bruce Thompson Past Chair of the Board
Andy Harvey Advisory Board Member
Barb Graham Advisory Board Member