Contact Us

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, if you or someone you know needs help, please connect with our professional counsellors by:

  • Calling our 24-hour support line 905-372-0746
  • Connecting via webchat between 6pm and 6am at
  • Texting 289-210-4774 between 6pm and 6am

Visit us at 40 Swayne St., Cobourg, ON K9A 1K5 Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

For administration, donations and fundraising, public education, communications and general inquiries:

40 Swayne Street
Cobourg, ON K9A 1K5
Tel: 905 372-1545
Fax: 905-373-4800

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Meet Cornerstone’s Leadership Team

Nancy Johnston, Executive Director

Nancy Johnston, Executive Director
905-372-1545 ext. 224

Nancy has been working with Cornerstone since 1999, working at 3 different shelters before joining the Cornerstone team. She has worked in the violence against women sector for more than 30 years, and throughout her time with the Agency has held various roles including Residential Counsellor, Transitional Housing and Support Counsellor, and Manager of Residential Services. Nancy was hired into the role of Executive Director in July, 2015. As the Executive Director she leads the overall strategic direction of the agency and is accountable for all aspects of its management and operations. Specifically, this includes human resources, finance, programs, property, and fundraising. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Nancy works within the agency budget and policies, legislation requirements to ensure the long-term viability of the organization. Outside of Cornerstone Nancy is a member of Northumberland Sunrise Rotary. She enjoys, walking, reading, life-long learning, and spending time with family and friends. Born and raised in Toronto, Nancy moved to Northumberland County more than 20 years ago where she continues to reside with her family.


Wanda Brooks, Manager of Finance

Wanda Brooks, Manager of Finance
905-372-1545 ext. 221

Wanda has been a fixture within Cornerstone’s agency structure since 1989. Beginning her time with the Agency fresh from graduating from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Wanda was a part-time residential counsellor. She then transitioned into administrative roles in 2003 after obtaining her payroll and accounting certification. From there Wanda progressed to become the Finance Officer in 2009, and settled into the Manager of Finance position in 2019. As the Manager of Finance, she oversees all of the organizations financial activity to ensure accountability of funds and compliance with policies and regulatory requirements. This includes budget planning and preparation, reporting for all grants and fundraising revenue, monitoring of banking, investments and expenses, payroll and benefit administration. When she isn’t crunching numbers and balancing the budget Wanda enjoys biking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. Wanda was married to her late husband Paul for 19 years, and together they had 6 children. Born and raised in Northumberland, and with her children out of the house, Wanda resides here with her two dogs, Spencer and Shilah.


Lucy Caldwell, Manager of Residential Services

Lucy Caldwell, Manager of Residential Services
905-372-1545 ext. 238

Lucy started with Cornerstone in 2013 as a relief residential counsellor. She has a Masters of Counselling Psychology from McGill University and applied her learned skills as she progressed from her Relief Residential Counsellor position to a Residential Counsellor, Transitional Support Counsellor, Child and Youth Community Counsellor, Family Court Support Worker, and Residential Team Lead before accepting the Manger of Residential Services position in September 2020. As the Manager of Residential Services Lucy manages the day to day operations of the shelter program, providing oversight and support to residential counsellors and program support staff. When she isn’t managing the shelter, or liaising with community partners, you can find Lucy on stage under the spotlights. A member of both the Safe Harbour Choir and Northumberland Players Lucy loves singing, dancing and bringing local productions to life. Further to her work with Community Theater, Lucy resides in Northumberland County and volunteers her time with Sounds of the Next Generation and Ten Thousand Villages.


Christina Colacicco, Manager of Community Services

Christina Colacicco, Manager of Community Services
905-372-1545 ext. 274

Christina joined the Cornerstone team in 2017. Christina has a Bachelor and Masters in Social Work from York University. She began her career as an Outreach Counsellor in a harm reduction services program, and has held various positions working within harm reduction, substance use and mental health programs – focusing on working collaboratively with community partners to develop and enhance programs and services for clients. Christina also has experience as an instructor at the College level, and has been a guest speaker in both College and University settings. Formerly the Manager of Residential Services, Christina moved into the Manger of Community Services position in September 2020. In this role her main responsibilities are managing the Community Services Team, helping to develop and administer programs, and working with partner agencies and community committees. Christina deeply enjoys her work supporting the workers within her program who provide individual and group counselling, housing and support services to women, children and families in Northumberland County. In her free time Christina enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking, and reading.


Carly Cunningham, Manager of Communications & Donor Relations

Carly Cunningham, Manager of Communications & Donor Relations
905-372-1545 ext. 236

Carly joined the Cornerstone team in 2016 fresh from studying Public Relations at Durham College. Beginning her time with Cornerstone on a maternity leave contract, she held two other contract positions with the agency before accepting the role of Manager of Communications and Donor Relations in April 2019. Carly facilitates the organization’s communications program and is responsible for creating and distributing both internal and external communications projects. Additionally, her direct responsibilities are the Annual Giving initiatives, the Major Gift program, and donor stewardship. Carly has always enjoyed giving back and has volunteered her time with the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, Sounds of the Next Generation, and Trinity United Church. An amateur baker, interior design enthusiast, and reality TV fan, Carly was born and raised in the community, and resides in Cobourg with her fiancé Matthew and dog Tyson.


Janelle Eisler, Manager of Community Engagement

Janelle Eisler, Manager of Community Engagement
905-372-1545 ext. 237

Janelle started with Cornerstone in 2013. Prior to getting into Fundraising, Janelle worked as a video editor for CTV National News and Canada Am, before realizing her passion was in connecting with people and making a difference in the communities closest to her. After 2 years in healthcare fundraising, Janelle came to Cornerstone as the Resource Development Coordinator, progressing to the Manager of Community Engagement in 2016. Signature Events, Third Party Fundraising are her responsibilities, along with engaging and educating the community on Cornerstone, as well as managing our amazing team of volunteers. When Janelle isn’t planning events, and liaising with the community she enjoys going to the cottage, reading with a good coffee in hand, experimenting in the kitchen and trying out all of the amazing food that Northumberland has to offer. Janelle has two children and a dog with her partner Erik. While she and her family reside in the Durham Region, Janelle considers Northumberland County her “second home.”


Jane Lang, Manager of Operations

Jane Lang, Manager of Operations
905-372-1545 ext. 231

Jane began with Cornerstone in 1992. Throughout her tenure with the Agency, Jane has held a number of different positions, including various management positions since 2004. She most recently moved into the Manager of Operations position in the fall of 2020. As the Manager of Operations, Jane is responsible for quality assurance, maintaining and developing systems to ensure established standards are achieved in a variety of areas including legislative and sector standards. Additionally, she has oversight of the physical plant to ensure smooth running and maintenance of the facilities. Jane appreciates that her time with Cornerstone has always allowed the opportunity for growth and advancement for both individual professional development, as well as for programs and services. This learning culture creates a work environment that Jane finds is never boring, always engaging, sometimes challenging, and often fun. When she isn’t enlisting help from her family to volunteer at Cornerstone, managing the latest construction project onsite, or preparing policies and procedures, Jane enjoys escaping into the wilderness to go back country camping, boating, and gardening. A resident of the community since 1992, Jane currently lives in Cobourg with her partner Paul, youngest son, and dog, Teddy.


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