• Board of Directors

  • Stephane Deschenes 


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    Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

    Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is a year-round naturist park near Toronto in Canada where the entire family can experience traditional naturist values in a modern setting. We are nestled among the natural wilderness of the Ontario Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. Our varied landscape includes open spaces, forests, ponds, streams and a small lake. We also have many recreational facilities. Our clubhouse provides year-round amenities including saunas and a whirlpool. Bare Oaks offers day-use memberships and seasonal campsites but also welcomes visitors and travellers.

    Stéphane Deschênes is the owner of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and one of the founders of AEC Daily Inc. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 2000, Stéphane spent 15 years in marketing and advertising in a variety of product & service categories. He is experienced in the automotive, financial services, packaged goods, and hospitality sectors. A veteran of the internet since the mid-1980’s, he led the team that built, in 1996, the first website to sell and issue an insurance policy online.

  • Curtis Biggs

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    NewRoads Mazda is a proud member of the NewRoads Automotive Group and is located on Mulock Drive in Newmarket, Ontario. We’re your local Mazda dealership in York Region for new and used car sales, service and Genuine Mazda Parts and Accessories. Our dealership is proud to serve Mazda customers from King City to Aurora and Bradford as well as Keswick.

    I am a diligent, industrious, passionate and result driven individual with 10+ years of experience in retail automotive industry. Expertise in managing and leading large teams in a continuously challenging retail environment with success. Develop teams that share the common purpose by instilling oneness at every touch point. Sat on Mazda Canada’s Ontario Dealer Advertising Board and assisted with strategies to promote the brand through various new channels. I graduated from Humber College back in 2008 and I am now working towards getting Masters in Business Administration.

    I live in the northern 905 (Aurora) with my wife and 2 sons (11 and 5 years old). My wife is actively involved with (Women in Crisis) and loves the support York regions has provided to this cause.

  • Stephanie Clare 



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    East Gwillimbury Public Library

    East Gwillimbury Public Library nurtures literacy in all its forms and is the cultural and social heart of the community. Here you create, play, and grow. And here you belong.

    Stephanie Clare is currently working at East Gwillimbury Public Library as Manager, Programs & Community Engagement. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts while studying New Media at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. Here she learned the power of storytelling through various mediums ranging from video and web production to community installation projects. Working with various field professionals she has been able to apply her technical skills and is now focused on community storytelling and engagement while studying to complete her Masters of Library and Information Science. Always trying to think outside of the box she looks for new ways to engage residents though innovative programs and outreach sessions. She is passionate the community of East Gwillimbury and is looking forward to serving on the Chamber Board of Directors.

  • Deniz Jafari

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    Lions & Sun is a full-service destination offering excellent dining, unmatched night life, and private event hosting. Outfitted with a sprawling patio, intimate dining area, full-service bar, fully equipped stage for live performances, spacious private party room and patio, Lions and Sun is your EG hot spot. We do not serve processed, pre-packaged, nor frozen food, and only use the finest and freshest ingredients to prepare all our dishes. Our professional staff will help you organize and host memorable events, from private and family gatherings to company functions. Our group and catering menu have been thoughtfully prepared to exceed the expectations of your guests, and designed to suit a range of budgets. We are a family run restaurant and bar, located at the corner of Mt. Albert Rd. and Woodbine Ave.

    Deniz is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences in collaboration with Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research area of focus is development and validation of artificial intelligence models and affordable clinical tools for automatic, easy to use, and accurate monitoring of motor deficits in individuals with neurological diseases. Her passion lies in developing and implementing models/methodologies/solutions to directly impact human lives with the ultimate objective of improving healthcare quality for all. Particularly, focusing on developing affordable, easy to use, and clinically feasible systems that can be used by individuals in need around the globe. At Lions and Sun, she takes care of the logistics and online presence of the company. 

  • Michael Zajac

    A E Natural Meats

  • Lori Woodyatt

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    Executive Director
    Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum

    Lori Woodyatt started her career at the C.I.B.C. in the Management Training Program and subsequently spent seven years as a Branch Manager at various locations throughout the GTA. Leaving branch banking, Lori moved into C.I.B.C. Head Office obtaining the position as Director of Banking Operations & Information Technology for Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces.

    Lori & her family relocated to Scottsdale, AZ where she spent the next 17 years founding and running a chain of Hair Salons and Day Spas in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. While living in Arizona Lori served on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association for over 10 years. 

    Moving back to the GTA in 2010, Lori became the Director of Operations for snapd Newmarket Newspaper, a position she held until 2016.

    In 2016, Lori joined the team at the Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum as the Marketing & Sales Manager, she was subsequently promoted to the position of Executive Director in January 2017, a position which she currently occupies.

    Lori has been the Chairperson of the Tourism Committee of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce since 2016 and currently serves as its Vice President. 

  • Scott Bates 

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    Bates CPA has been a local accounting firm based in East Gwillimbury for the past 25 years and specializes in working with local small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. We are committed to providing excellence in client service which involves providing a service that goes beyond simple accounting and tax preparation. What sets Bates CPA apart from others is our desire to provide a full complement of services. This means actively engaging with our clients, understanding their business, and providing them with sound advice. Whether its identifying opportunities for growth, tax planning opportunities or succession and retirement planning we are always striving to go the extra mile for our clients.

    They say it’s in our DNA. With a family full of accountants, I was predestined for the business and accounting world. While other kids earned their allowance helping with chores around the house, I made mine photocopying and helping in my parents’ home accounting office.

    After receiving a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and completing my CPA designation, I officially graduated from the classrooms. Although the textbooks never close, I have spent the last decade working with entrepreneurial businesses and not-for-profit organizations. What I enjoy most about working with small businesses is both adding value and helping their businesses grow to achieve their goals. While it’s rare to hear anyone describe accounting and tax as simple, or exciting for that matter, I get excited about the prospect of learning about clients’ businesses and strive to help simplify their unique tax and accounting challenges.

    Numbers aside, when I am not at the office, you can find me working with local charities and non-profit organizations, running all over the GTA, playing hockey or enjoying time at the lake.

  • Linda Shaw


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    Owner: Holland Landing Tax Co. 

    Holland Landing Tax Company offers personal, small business returns, CRA mediation in a friendly and professional service in the community of East Gwillimbury, Surrounding areas and offer pickup & drop off service in the Mount Albert Area. 

    Linda holds a Bachelors degree and 30 years of experience as a Financial Advisor.

    Past President of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2012 

    Past Treasurer for the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce 2008 - 2010 & 2018 - 2020

  • Scott Crone

    Council Liaison - Town of East Gwillimbury

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    Scott Crone is serving his first term as Councillor for East Gwillimbury.

    Scott has twenty years of corporate business experience managing multi-million dollar budgets and as a member of the executive team, shared responsibility for nearly half a billion dollars in capital and assets.  Scott gained his corporate experience in the insurance industry. He started as an insurance agent and eventually worked his way up to Vice President of Underwriting & Distribution.  In his roles he was responsible for business development, marketing, and profitable risk selection. Born and raised in Mount Albert, Scott has called East Gwillimbury home for most of his life. Scott grew up on a farm and learned the value of hard work and community service early in life. His family goes back six generations in East Gwillimbury. His work experience literally spans from Main Street to Bay Street. Prior to his successful council run, Scott was instrumental in attracting the DUCA Credit Union to Mount Albert.In his first term on Council, Scott looks forward to improving community safety, better access to high speed internet and making East Gwillimbury an even better place to live.Since 2016, Scott has been a volunteer board member for the Alzheimer's Society of York Region. He chairs their fund development committee. He has championed other local causes throughout the years.In his spare time, Scott enjoys travel, movies, and volunteering for community organizations. Scott resides on the 9th Line, Mount Albert with his wife Saleena and daughter Kayla.

  • Rob Schuetze


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