Board of directors
As per the Ontario Municipal Act the BIA Board of Management shall be composed of one or more directors appointed directly by the municipality AND the remaining directors elected by a vote of the membership of the improvement area and appointed by the municipality.
The term of the directors of the PSDBA Board of Management is the same as the term of Town Council that appointed them and continues until their successors are appointed.
The following are eligible to be a director on the PSDBA Board of Management
1. Commercial property owner within the PSDBA boundaries
2. Business owner within the PSDBA boundaries
3. A PSDBA business or commercial building owner may appoint a Parry Sound resident or business owner to represent them
Board of Directors
Sue Sullivan Director
Owner of Jeans Unlimited
Sue has owned a retail business for 42 years and is experienced in a lot of the different aspects that pertain to the running a business, such as marketing, planning, operations, etc.
She served on the PS Mall Merchants board and the Parry Sound Business, Retention & Expansion committee. She has had stores in four different towns so is aware of dealing with a variety of situations. Sue has been a DBA board member since April 2014 and believes every town needs a DBA to represent its’ members and their best interests. With her previous experience, she feels she would be an asset to the board in implementing the strategic plan to make downtown Parry Sound a prosperous shopping community for everyone.
Amy Black Vice-Chair
Co-owner of A Black Tie Affair / Pardon My Garden
Amy has a degree in Interior Design accompanied with over 15 years of experience in the field of design.
She is a certified wedding planner with a background in Interior Design that she feels would help with the aesthetics and beautification of the downtown. Amy has been a DBA Board member since September 2018 and is currently the chair of the DBA’s Event Committee and a member of the DBA’s Beautification Committee. She is also the secretary for the PS Public School’s Advisory Council. Amy would bring eight years of event planning experience to the board, including planning and executing a fundraising event for the WPSHC, “The Bride’s Ball”. Amy would like to join the board so she can continue to build and expand on their current events and policies. She would also like to bring a new and fresh perspective to the board in hopes of helping to revitalize the downtown core from an event planner’s perspective. Amy feels there is a lot of potential for community based events in the downtown that will not only benefit our local businesses, but appeal to our local clientele and draw from our tourist base.
Thomas Clark Director
Co-owner of Parry Sound Bikes
Thomas moved to Parry Sound from Port Credit 18 months ago bringing what he feels is an important outsider’s view to the board.
Thomas has experience in Product Management, involving industry and market research, for a high-end bicycle manufacturer. Thomas has also held a variety of positions, including club president, for a cycling club. He initiated new policies and practices that helped grow the membership in the club. As someone who works, lives and spends much of their time in the downtown, Thomas wants to see the downtown succeed and grow. With the Seguin River flowing through town and the amazing waterfront, there is no reason why our downtown can’t become as busy and prosperous as neighbouring cottage towns.
Bernice Anderson Director
Owner of Huckleberry’s
Bernice has owned and operated a seasonal business in Parry Sound for almost 20 years.
Her business is located on the waterfront which she feels gives her a unique perspective to the DBA. Bernice has been involved in local church committees for over 20 years. Bernice has a degree in Fine Art and would bring social media experience, as well as experience creating websites and brochures to the DBA Board. She would like to join the board to help improve the downtown and because she cares for the Parry Sound community.
Seanan Megyesi Director
Owner-Operator of Boston Pizza
Seanan has had a passion for marketing and promotion with Boston Pizza for the past 27 years.
For eight years he worked in head office as a Regional Manager working with Franchisees to increase profitability, most often with local store marketing to increase awareness. Seanan has been on various committees as well as being a Big Brother for six years. Seanan has an interest in being part of the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association as his business is in the downtown area. He has a passion for marketing and promotions and an interest in being part of the community and serving the business owners around him.
Karen Hobson Board Treasurer
Owner of The Town Trading Post
Karen has owned a retail business in the downtown for 34 years which she feels gives her a feel and passion for the successes of our downtown.
She has a business degree with a marketing influence. Karen previously sat on the DBA board for 9 years and then rejoined the board in June of 2017 in order to be involved with the Strategic Plan. Karen has a great love for the downtown and wants to be involved to make sure it is and continues to be the heart of Parry Sound. Karen would also like to continue with the projects currently on the table. She also has a vested interest in keeping the downtown a vibrant and interesting place for locals, visitors and seasonal customers.
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She has been a DBA board member since September of 2018. Tanis has been involved in numerous fundraising activities including a cross cultural exchange for Canadian Crossroads International, creating an HIV AIDS Foundation in Guyana, South America, and planning and executing a fundraising event, The Bride’s Ball, for the WPSHC Foundation. Since Pardon My Garden moved downtown in the fall of 2017, Tanis feels there is an opportunity for her skillset and experience to continue to make Parry Sound a great place to live, work and play. She would like to continue to build on the momentum that seems to be taking place, as well as seeing current projects through to the end.
David Coles Chair
Representing Georgian Engraving
David has lived in the Parry Sound area for 38 years, and has worked full time in retail in Parry Sound for the past 24 years.
Specifically in the downtown for the past 19 years. David has been an officer with the 295 McPherson Cadets since 2005, including 4 years as their commanding officer. David has been a DBA Board member since April 2014, was a member of the Parking Committee that helped with the free parking initiative, and has served as DBA Treasurer for the past 4 years. David has experience with public speaking, DBA procedures and community involvement. David is committed to improving the downtown experience for both business owners and the public. David is enthusiastic in assisting with current and new events with a focus on bringing back the “good old days” everyone talks about.