March 25, 2022
Retirement Notice – Rick Hill, Executive Director
Community Living Owen Sound and District and Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living, and Community Living Walkerton and District would like to take this opportunity to recognize the retirement of Rick Hill, Executive Director with Community Living Owen Sound and District, former Executive Director of Community Living Walkerton and District and Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living.
After a long and lustrous career in developmental services, Rick will retire on March 31st, 2022. As per Rick’s request, there is no big formal goodbye party. Rick is retiring in much the same way that he has led throughout his career in the most calm and understated manner. No big fanfare and definitely no parade.
Rick has dedicated his career to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. He returned to his hometown of Wiarton as a young married man supporting people at BPACL. He spent many years in this community, eventually advancing to the position as Executive Director. In September 2004, he took on the position as Executive Director of Community Living Owen Sound and District, a neighboring town, but one that required him to actually drive his car to work. Rick has spent the last 18 years leading CLOSD as well as being an instrumental player in the initial creation of the Tri Alliance services agreement between CLOSD, CLWD, and BPACL back in 2013. An innovative agreement between the three agencies to share Senior Leadership support. He took over the shared leadership of CLWD in April 2013 until Sept 2020, leading both community living agencies, until September of 2020.
Rick has been generous with his knowledge and leadership at the provincial level, participating on many provincial and regional committees. Most recently as the Chair of the Grey Bruce Service Providers Table and representative on the West Region Service Systems Planning Table. He has also assisted in the last few years with the planning for orientation for new Executive Director’s across the province.
Since Sept 2020, Rick has been instrumental in the development and creation of Grey Bruce Management and Administrative Services, the formal arrangement from the initial shared services agreement. As a key member of the team, Rick worked tirelessly these past twenty-four months to help create Grey Bruce Management and Administrative Services, operating as Tri-Alliance Shared Services Organization (TASSO) He has worked with all three agencies to bring together and create a cooperative working group of representatives of the three boards and the creation of a new agencies.
We are thankful for Rick’s years of service and dedication to improving the lives of people in our communities and across the province. He will be missed by many people supported, the staff and management teams, as well as all the colleagues in the sector that he has worked with over the years.
We are asking you to help us send Rick off in his preferred understated way, and fill his inbox with messages and well wishes in the next few days leading up to his last day on March 31 2022.
I know that he would appreciate hearing from all who have worked with him over the last thirty-nine plus years.
Ross Davidson, Rosalind Brooks
TASSO Board Chair CLOSD Board Chair