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Alison Galvan, Chairperson

Alison Galvan is the Co-owner of The Food and Art Café, or as it is affectionately known here in the Durham Region, The Fart Café. 

In the summer of 2017 Alison and her family moved to Whitby to open up their dream business, a restaurant in which her husband, Noel, and son, James are artists in the kitchen, and Alison and her daughter, Phoebe, are the artists out front, with Alison’s fine art hanging on walls that Phoebe designed. Their restaurant has been a labour of love and while Alison and her family are the new kids on the block, they have jumped in with both feet, getting involved in the community hosting the Whitby Chamber’s bi-weekly Java Jolt meetings, joining various committees and stepping up as an active and engaged member of the Downtown Whitby BIA. 

“I believe that our success is a function not only of our own individual businesses hard work and dedication to excellence, but also that of our wonderful neighbours and fellow business owners. When the tide comes in, together we are all washed up the beach, and I am excited to be a part of a community with such incredible potential, supportive fellowship, and products and services that we can all be proud of. Here’s to our mutual success! 

Bernadette Simms, Vice Chair

No stranger to Downtown, Bernadette Simms has been helping out at her sisters’ store, LAFONTAINE since it’s opening year, 28 years ago.

Keeping small business alive is a passion for her; she hopes her years of experience will be helpful when working with her enthusiastic and efficient colleagues in our new B.I.A.!

James Hobbs, Treasurer and Secretary

James is no stranger to Downtown Whitby, starting out as a bus boy at the Tap and Tankard to now owning it, James sees the potential that Downtown Whitby has!  James chairs the Downtown Whitby BIA Finance and Communications Committee.  In 2017 James presented the idea of hosting a beer fest in Downtown Whitby and in September 2018 that idea became a reality ! His famous line is “The BIA is here to do cool things….so let’s do it !”

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Michael Penney

Michael Penney is the owner of Penney & Company – a home furnishings and décor store in downtown Whitby.  Having grown up in Whitby, Michael has a real passion for it’s historic four corners and continues to work hard to promote it as the shopping destination and community centre it deserves to be.  

Michael’s career has included posts as Style Editor of Canadian House & Home Magazine, contributing expert to Chatalaine Magazine, Designer on HGTV’s Sarah 101 with Sarah Richardson and a longstanding décor expert on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show as well has his role as the creator and owner of Penney & Company.  It his desire to draw on these experiences to help shape downtown Whitby’s BIA.  

Councillor Derrick Gleed

Regional Councillor Derrick Gleed has served on Council since 2013, first as the North Ward Councillor and currently as Regional Councillor.

Derrick’s involvement has included serving on the LACAC Heritage Whitby Committee, Whitby Chamber of Commerce Board, as well as the Whitby Seniors Services Committee of Council, Brooklin Downtown Development Steering Committee and Groveside Cemetery Board.

Appointed as a Regional Councillor in 2016, Derrick Gleed is currently on the Health & Social Services Committee. He also sits on the Durham Region Local Housing Authority, the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change, as well as the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority.

Derrick manages his own insurance brokerage in Ashburn. He has been in the Life and Health Insurance business for over 30 years.

Derrick has been married to Nancy for 30 years and together they have one daughter, Amanda. Derrick has also been an active community volunteer for the 27 years of living in Whitby, including the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise amongst numerous other organizations.

Peter Bereczki

Starting his journey in 1977, Peter has been a part of the garments industry for more than forty years. In that time he has been a plant manager, production manager, and also the owner of an award-winning inflatable manufacturing company throughout the 1990’s. Peter has dealt with many clients during his extensive career: Alfred Sung, Nygard, Disney, and GWG are all examples. In 1994, Peter established Whitby Sewing Machine, which still serves the sewers and the sewing industry in the Durham Region. Outside of his expertise with garments and sewing machines, Peter enjoys volunteering for downtown Whitby. He truly believes in the idea of creating and maintaining a clean and vibrant downtown, as it is the heart and soul of the Town of Whitby.

Karey Large, Executive Director

While still working in the corporate world in 2005, Karey dabbled in cake decorating and baking and found her true passion. Karey started making cakes on the side out of her designated kitchen space in her home. In 2011, Karey, a 40 year long time Whitby resident opened her first retail location in historic downtown Whitby. 2015 saw the expansion of the bakery to its new location where it currently resides on Dundas St in Whitby.

In 2015, Kake Kreations won the  Parents Choice Award for Best Cakes in Durham Region and in 2016 Karey travelled to Los Angeles after receiving an invitation from Food Network as the lone Canadian to be invited to appear on Cake Wars, where she was awarded 1st runner up.

2016 also saw Kake Kreations win best business in Whitby from the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. Karey has had the opportunity to travel all over North America to compete in sugar Art shows and has a many accolades on her wall to attest to her skills.

Karey is intricately involved in the downtown Whitby community as an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, sitting on the Membership Committee, Connect Women, Peter Perry Awards Committee and is an Ambassador for the Chamber. Karey also sat on the Downtown Whitby BIA formation committee and now holds the position of Executive Director

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