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
Learn more about this dynamic team
Doug Wilton has been an active member of the Parry Sound Downtown DBA since 2019. In 2019 Doug became Owner of Jeans Unlimited, a staple business operating in Parry Sound for over 40 years. Doug has attended and participated and supported the Parry Sound DBA with meetings and events over the years.
He has the desire to improve our development of our downtown core in Parry Sound. Our DBA’s goal is to make our visitors to Parry Sound feel welcome and safe while visiting. He believes the best way to achieve this is through our volunteer DBA, beatification committee, marketing, and events.
With our current developments and population growth in Parry Sound along with new local businesses opening and expanding our community has grown showing great opportunity for our Downtown Core.
Doug has vast knowledge of social media channels, and various marketing programs, before moving to Parry Sound Doug worked in downtown Toronto for 22 years as an international customer relations manager with the same company.
Doug has a vested interest in the improvement and long-term success of our Downtown Parry Sound and its development.
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.
Tim has been with the Parry Sound DBA since 2020, and has actively been involved in running multiple business in the Downtown Parry Sound area since 1991.
Born in Parry Sound I left town in the mid 80’s to become an equestrian and show jumping competitor on the circuit situated around our farm in Schomberg located in King Township. As well attending York University for a few years in undergraduate work in Political Science.
Returning to Parry Sound in 1991 after my father, Vince Dunn passed away and running the companies with my mother Betty Dunn until her passing in 1997.
We operate a variety of Property management entities, and also run Dunn’s Parry Sound Self Storage on William Street, along with a U-Haul dealership., and other locations situated throughout the Province of Ontario . As well, i keep my offices in Downtown Parry Sound.
Doug Wilton and myself purchased Jeans Unlimited in 2019 from Susan Sullivan who had run that business for over 40 years.
Finding Downtown Parry Sound to be tremendously important in the entire surrounding area , and a Centre for quite a few communities, it is very important that the DBA manages and sees that this area prospers and grows.
This hub of the BAY is incredible , the beauty of the Georgian Bay cannot be ignored, and as we incorporate this with downtown access all the way right to our Town Dock, the entire Downtown Core is very important and must be properly maintained, and lovingly cared for in the region.
We can no longer just wish for people to discover this hidden GEM themselves, we must make our presence known and we will see the rewards for our future.
I am proud to call the Parry Sound the place that I raise my family, have my business, and reside. I am a Financial Advisor at my firm, Sound Wealth Financial Inc located on James Street in Parry Sound. With over 16 years in the finance industry, I take great pride in helping my clients achieve goals that are important to them. I also have partnered with two other advisors to form Women Empowering Wealth. Our goal is to host seminars, videos, and podcasts to help educate and inform our community. I look forward to being part of the DBA as their treasurer. I have a strong passion for our community and look forward to what’s ahead for the DBA.
Chris is a proud and passionate resident of Parry Sound and has spent his entire life working and living in the Parry Sound Area.
In 1999 he opened a brew on premise facility King Brew & McWine on Bowes Street while continuing to work for his family-owned business Georgian Lanes Entertainment. In 2004 he became part owner and full-time manager until 2012 when he purchased sole ownership.
Chris currently sits on several boards including the Downtown Business Association, as Council Representative, the Industrial Park Board, Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Exhibition Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, Civic Scholarship Committee, and the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative Stakeholder Board.
Chris has co-chaired a committee to lobby to bring a Splash Pad to Waubuno Beach, and in 2021 he sold his businesses and accepted a position as the Executive Director for the Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2023 Chris was elected Councilor for the Town of Parry Sound.
Chis is married to is wife, Natalie for over 9 years and stays busy raising their family of two sons Declan and Edwin and caring for their old English Sheepdog Winnie.
Bernice and her husband Dave opened the doors to Huckleberry’s in the spring of 2002. Huckleberry’s is a charming retail shop nestled on the shore of Georgian Bay; in the heart of Parry Sound’s waterfront. Huckleberry’s offers a curated collection of quality home and cottage products. Inspired by the Northern Ontario cottage lifestyle and great design Bernice strives to provide great service to all customers.
With this vision Bernice is a member of the Parry Sound Beautification Committee. This committee strives to create an atmosphere that attracts more people to the downtown to walk and explore the shops. In the summer you can find Bernice early on Saturday mornings tending the in-ground gardens along James Street. One of the many initiatives of the Beautification Committee.
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Though Matt is a relatively new resident of Parry Sound, he has quickly made it his home. Matt recognizes the importance of taking an active role in shaping his community. In addition to being a Director on the DBA board, he is also an executive board member of the Parry Sound Chamber of Commerce. He believes that only by giving back can we move forward!
Matt is the proud owner and trained chef behind Parry Sound Country Kitchen, home of the all day breakfast!
Gibson Gallery and Mercantile opened in 2019 and has undergone tremendous changes like adding four apartments and hosting Air-B-n-B guests. The gallery is home to the work of many local artists in the area and Don got to fulfill his dream of having a co-op art gallery. Don is excited to bring his eclectic vision to helping grow Downtown Parry Sound.
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