Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are all volunteers looking towards the betterment of our Business Community and Economic Development.

  • Michael Filip - Director

    Michael Filip  – President 

    Scugog Computers

    Michael has decades of computing and IT experience.   Beginning in 1998 out of the Computer Science Co-Op program at the University of Waterloo, his experience ranged from help desk & support, to programmer, website developer, up to managing a multi-member corporate programming team.   He also enjoys playing the piano and tinkering with other electronics and solar projects.

    Michael started Scugog Computers in 2013 to fill the need for local onsite and mobile computer repair and to share his expertise with the community. His services are extensive: PC and Laptop repair, virus removal, tune-up,  battery or hardware replacement, broken touchscreen repair, and even websites.

    He is proud to be the Chair of the Scugog Chamber of Commerce and is looking forward to helping the Scugog community grow.

  • Terry Vos – Vice President

    Vos Independent Grocer

    Terry had a very successful career and has focused on inclusive hiring throughout his career.  terry uses a peer mentoring approach that ensures everyone has a successful employment experience and he is. a firm believer in employment inclusion for everyone.  Terry provides education and offers mentorship to many small businesses in the Durham region and is also involved in many community organizations, including the Port Perry Canada Day committee, past board member of Community Living and as well Big Brothers and Big Sister North Durham.

  • Karen Hunt - DirectorKaren Hunt – Treasurer

    Electrolysis by Karen

  • Margaret Ayres – Director 

    Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham (BBBSND)

    Currently, I sit on the Fundraising and Finance committees for BBBSND.   I have helped the Scugog Chamber with the Annual Elimination Draw, I take part in the Santa Claus Parade with BBBSND and I attend chamber events such as the home show,  AGM’s, breakfast/ lunch meetings, and attend and participate in community events.

    As a Board Director I hope to contribute new ideas, help where needed and bring a positive attitude to the chamber and community. I wish to serve on the Board of Directors as my way of contributing and giving back to the community.

    I am really not sure yet as to what I would like to see accomplished, I know that the Board members work hard to make Scugog a great place to play, work and live and I would like to be a part of that. I look forward to gaining knowledge by learning more about the variety of issues surrounding Scugog.

  • Elaine Hall – Director & Sitting Chaplain to the Scugog Chamber

    Elaine and her husband Don Willmer bring over 20 years of experience in team ministry and have been serving the Port Perry and Prince Albert United Churches since Fall 2011. Both grew up in East York, in the east end of Toronto. They were married in 1992. Ordained in 1994, for the next 7 years they served together in a five-point charge in Cape Breton; this stirred in them a love of rural and small-town life. They then moved to Perth, in eastern Ontario, and spent 10 happy years working half-time each at a two-point charge in Lanark County and raising their young family.

    Elaine’s passions are storytelling and finding God at work in both the big picture and the small details of our lives. Elaine values journeying with people at all ages and stages of their living. She looks for and encourages the Christ light in all whom she meets.

    Don and Elaine have 3 children, and live in Port Perry.

  • Jill Howsam-Adomeit – Director

    Service Co-Ordinator, for Community Care Durham / Scugog.

    Community Care Durham (CCD), established in 1977, is a multi-service registered charitable organization. We provide Home Support (Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Foot Care) In Home Respite (Caregiver Relief) and COPE Mental Health services for adults and their caregivers who have needs related to aging, physical and/or mental health. This would not be possible without the support of our volunteers, partners and community supporters. Our services are provided free of charge or for a minimal fee and are administered through various service locations across Durham Region. Services provided by Community Care Durham help adults in need maintain their health and independence at home – where they want to live – and to help adults and families cope with the increasing demand of caring for loved ones.

    For over 10 years Jill has been actively been involved in helping others with planning and running special events as well as celebrations.  She assists and organizes “The Community Gift Giving Program” through Mary Kay which provides residents at the Port Perry Community Nursing Home with gifts on Christmas Day.

    Jillian was also on the Mayor’s Honour Roll for 2009 recognizing her community service work. She is an Independent Sales Rep for Mary Kay, is a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2008 and also sits on the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

    She has been a Director with the Chamber of Commerce since 2003 allowing her to assist in planning and coordinating varies events within the community. Helping others is something Jill truly loves doing.

  • Kristen Meyer-Creamer – Director

    Sportslogos.net

    Kristen Meyer-Creamer is a branding and marketing specialist based in Port Perry. In partnership with Chris Creamer, she co-runs the popular sports media website SportsLogos.Net.  Created in 1997, SportsLogos.Net is the world’s largest online visual encyclopedia of sports logos, uniforms and branding. It has grown to include a media/news wing, a forum, a popular podcast, a book and a large social media presence. In addition to this, Kristen also lends her marketing services to local small businesses with a particular focus on female led entrepreneurs. Some of these include North End Fitness, Branching Out Floral Design, Williams & Follows RE/MAX Jazz, Chrystal Clean and more. Kristen proudly donates her time to community organizations such as the Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign in Scugog as a committee member & marketing manager, as the captain of the Queen Bees Dragon Boat team which raises funds for local charities and (along with the team at Williams & Follows) volunteers as an admin for the Port Perry Bulletin.

  • Sydney Lloyd, Director

    McMurtry Law

    Sydney is an associate lawyer with McMurtry Law PC, practicing primarily in the areas of family law and civil litigation.  As a lawyer, she understands the unique challenges that local businesses face.  Sydney began her career in Port Perry and is familiar with the issues specific to our community and how these issues impact the growth and development of local businesses.

    She believes that community involvement is vital for generating and preserving a healthy and thriving community.  Outside of work, Sydney volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham Region and as a panel member of Lakeridge Health’s Community Advisory Panel (CAP).

    Raised in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, in a family strongly committed to local advocacy, Sydney looks forward to bringing her experience and ideas towards the long-term growth of Port Perry.

  • Matt Somerville – Director

    Two Blokes Cider

    Matt is a designer, urban planner, heritage advocate, fifth generation farmer, husband and a small business owner.  In 2003 at the age of 23 I ran for Ward 1 Councillor.  While he didn’t get elected, the experience drew him towards the issues of urban planning, so much so that in 2005 he returned to planning school.  Upon graduation Matt was hired by one of Toronto’s top architectural firms where he assisted in the creation of both the Port Perry Downtown Waterfront Revitalization Project and led development of the Downtown Port Perry HCD.

    Given his agricultural background, much of his professional work revolves around the intersection of heritage, economic development and cultural vitality.  Two Blokes Cider emerged in 2018 as a means of integrating these personal and professional interests with the goals of breathing new life into our century family farm and helping to push the agritourism potential of this area.

    In 2019 Matt returned to Port Perry with a thriving business and an orchard now in its 5th year of growth.  While the pandemic raged, construction of the cidery did not stop and Matt opened to the public on June 18, 2021.

    Matt is eager to foster an inclusive space at the cidery that contributes to the area’s economic and cultural vitality. Participation in the Chamber enables Matt to work with other passionate business owners to create and advocate for innovative solutions that showcase the immense potential of Scugog and the surrounding area.

  • Holly Barkwell – Director

    BH Group Inc.

    Holly Barkwell is an experienced public safety practitioner with over 25 years of technical and operational experience in 9-1-1 emergency communications and dispatch. Holly works with Fire, Police, and EMS agencies to navigate technical, operational and organizational change. She provides support on public safety policy, governance, technology, and standards and best practices. She participates on multiple standards and technical development committees for various associations.

    Ms. Barkwell currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the National Emergency Number Association – NENA (an international public safety association), and is an active participant in the Canadian Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG), a dedicated national group of public safety professionals developing a plan to transition Canada to a digital infrastructure by March 2025.

    She has worked with federal, provincial, and local governments across Canada, the U.S., and overseas.

    Holly is the President & CEO of Barkwell Holland Group Inc., a successful Canadian 9-1-1 and emergency communications specialist firm. BH Group Inc. provides professional and technical services to public safety agencies, local, regional, and territorial governments, and associated industry partners.

  • Margaret Taylor – Director

    M. Taylor Services

    Margaret is a senior level executive with extensive hands-on experience in business leadership, management, and negotiations. Margaret has been a main player in the Construction Industry in Ontario for over 20 years.

    Prior to starting M. Taylor Services Inc., Margaret ran the executive and financial operations for one of the largest environmental abatement companies in Ontario, for over 16 years.  Currently, M. Taylor Services Inc. is hands on in the unionized construction industry, servicing their clients as an Association Management Company, and assisting construction trade associations with their Board’s objectives. Our roles include team leadership and support for Boards, Committees, Provincial Bargaining Units, Labour & Government Relations.

     

  • Karey Anne Large, Executive Director

    “While still working in the corporate world in 2005, Karey Anne Large started making cakes out of her home kitchen. After discovering her passion for cake decorating, she dove in headfirst, leaving her corporate career behind and opening her first retail location in 2011. Born and raised in Whitby, Large chose the historic downtown Whitby to open up her dream shop – Kake Kreations. After, a tragic fire at her Brock Street location, she persevered and moved Kake Kreations to its second location on Dundas Street in 2015.

    Large saw many sweet successes during her cake decorating journey, including winning the 2015 Parents Choice Award for Best Cakes in Durham Region and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce’s (WCC) New Business of the Year in 2016. She was also the only Canadian featured on the Food Network’s Cake Wars and was awarded 1st runner up.

    In 2017, Large made the difficult decision to close up Kake Kreations and step into the position as the Executive Director of the Downtown Whitby Business Improvement Area (DWBIA), combining her experience as a small business owner with her love for the Town of Whitby.

    With more than 40 years as a Whitby resident, Large sees the importance of giving back and has held such positions as Past President of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and a past member of its Signature Events Planning Committee. She is also a member of Whitby Rotary Sunrise as the current vocations director and co-chair for Whitby Ribfest, Large has also sat on the Whitby Heritage Advisory Committee, Lakeridge Health Gala Planning Committee, and currently sits as the co-chair for Mayor Mitchells Community Development Fund Planning Committee. Large has also sat on the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association’s Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee. Her dedication to volunteerism was recognized in 2019 when she received the WCC’s second-ever Jim Lavelle Award, inspired by the extraordinary contributions of the late Jim Lavelle and the four values he deemed most important: commitment, determination, innovation, and compassion.

  • Robert (Bob)  J. Brozina, BAA, CLU, ChFC.  – Advisor to the Board 

    Bob is a longtime and active director with the Scugog Chamber of Commerce and had served as our representative for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan for many years.

    Bob was an associate with Hardiman Mount & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. and has built a distinguished insurance career over the last three decades in both sales and management.  He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant.  He is Chairman of the Township of Scugog Committee of Adjustment and the Property Standards Committee.  In 2005, Bob was named by the Township of Scugog to the Mayor’s Honour Roll.

    He is a Past President of the Durham Children’s Aid Society, a founding Director of the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation and the founder and coordinator of the Durham CAPPY Ride.   Bob is a Past President of the Oshawa Jaycees and a lifetime member of the Canada Jaycee Senate.

    However, the only title which Bob is truly proud of, and to which he always responds to is “Grandpa”.

  • Councillor Robert Rock

    Mayors Designate

    While a relative newcomer to Scugog Island — Rock and his family moved in the summer of 2019 — the new Ward 3 councillor quickly became involved in his community through his position at Communicate Freely as well as by joining the Scugog Island Community Association.

    Prior to his move to Scugog Island, Rock worked in the financial industry for about 15 years before starting his own sales and marketing consulting company.