We are a team of dedicated staff and Board of Directors helping the
1 in 5 in Simcoe County.
New Path Foundation Board of Directors 2020 - 2021
Bill is a Real Estate Sales Representative with Exit First North Realty in Barrie serving clients throughout Simcoe County. He is also president and owner of
P G Bell Porcelain Inc. This company provides steel porcelain panels for architectural projects and steel porcelain signs to clients, both government and private, throughout North America. During his long business career and before coming to Barrie in 2010. Bill was president of a number of companies in Canada and the United States. During those years he served as a director on many corporate, industry and government boards. Bill strongly believes in giving back to the community and especially helping those in need. In addition to being a director on the New Path Foundation Board, he is also a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie.
Jeff has worked in the financial services industry building relationships and garnering trust with his clients and colleagues since 1989. His career began with London Life here in Barrie and continued with RBC Financial Planning and BMO Harris Private Banking.
He is truly committed to continuing education and has earned his Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. Jeff sits on the board of the local Simcoe-Muskoka Chapter of Advocis, the Financial Advisors Association of Canada.
As an independent advisor, Jeff has formed Legacy Wealth Solutions which is dedicated to fostering a family’s wealth from generation to generation; keeping both the wealth and the family whole.
Jeff and his wife Sue-Ellen have been married for over 25 years and are blessed with three children – Cullen, Fiona and Allison.
Paul Pratt was in the Banking business for 40 years, with extensive experience in Commercial Lending. He has held numerous management positions and retired in 2016 as a Senior Manager of Commercial Banking with Scotiabank. Presently, Paul works part time as a Mortgage Agent with Verico Allendale Mortgage Services. Paul has lived and worked in Barrie since 1996. He is married with two children and three grandchildren. In addition to his volunteer work with New Path Foundation, Paul is President of the Barrie Probus Club.
Bill received his Bachelor of Honours of Arts in Business Administration from University York 1970-74. He started a retail plumbing business in 1975 developing it into a franchise chain of 13 stores in southern Ontario. In 1982, after the death of his father, Bill, along with his family and a Board of Directors, became President of Barrie Supply, a regional wholesaler of plumbing, electrical and heating products. The company was later sold in 1989.
In 1993, in search of adventure, Bill moved to Providenciales in the undeveloped British protectorate of the Turks & Caicos Islands; just south of the Bahamas. Bill and his partner built a design and advertising business. Marathon Design created identities and marketing material for private banks, law firms, real estate companies, local Airlines and luxury condominiums. It also managed the sales of the Yellow Pages and a major travel magazine.
Bill also acted as the Executive Director of the British lead, Financial Services Commission Marketing committee. He organized conferences across Canada with the Governor, the Prime Minister and local practitioners to promote the tax free jurisdiction.
After 17 years in the tropics Bill decided to retire and return to Barrie to look after members of his family. He rejoined the Rotary Club of Barrie, and was invited to serve on the Boards of several not for profit organizations.
Carolyn (Burden) Stevenson
Carol has lived in Barrie since 1971 and has four adult children.
Carol attended Ryerson University and achieved a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Making a positive difference in the lives of others has been a guiding principle of Carol’s personal and professional life.
Carol worked within the child welfare community for sixteen years. She has created, developed and facilitated two preventative programs to empower children in partnership with the Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society and the Simcoe County District School Board.
Carol has also volunteered throughout the span of her professional and personal life and has advocated for many causes. These include World Vision, Red Cross, academic support for youth and young adults, Parent committees and School Council, and raising awareness for Blood Donor Clinics. Currently, Carol volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Society and is expanding her knowledge base in Indigenous Worldviews and Perspectives. Carol is a new provisional member of the OASW Huronia Highlands Branch and strongly believes in ongoing professional development.
Carol is grateful for the opportunity to give back, as a former beneficiary of the services of New Path. She looks forward to serving as a member of the New Path Foundation Board of Directors.
Jim Gerhart has worked in strategy consulting and senior management roles over a 45 year career, retiring from IBM in 2017. During his career, Jim managed strategic programs in the public and private sectors, including healthcare. Jim developed a passion for improving the mental health system as a result of personal experiences with friends and family. Active in volunteer work, Jim has been a member of the Optimist Club of Barrie, organized junior golf programs, participated in the resettlement of Syrian refugee families, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors at RVH. Jim moved to Barrie in 2012 with his wife, Catherine, and has four adult children and four great-grandchildren
Betty Ann Lewis
Betty Ann is one of the newest members of the New Path Foundation Board and is happy to serve in support of child and youth mental health initiatives. Born into the home of Salvation Army Officers (Pastors) Betty Ann learned from an early age that people mattered and giving was important. Betty Ann went to Seminary in 1971 and was ordained in 1973. Both she and her husband are ordained pastors. Through her work in Seminary, she and her husband have lived in many places including Gananoque, Bowmanville, Toronto, the Maritime Provinces, Hamilton, London and Vancouver. They were also stationed in Germany at the Canadian Military Base and also lived in Bahamas and Bermuda. Betty Ann also worked, on behalf of the Government, with refugees from Cuba and Haiti. All of these stints involved helping others from families of war, homeless, unwed mothers, suicide, addiction, seniors and victims of natural disasters (tsunamis, hurricanes, forest fires, etc.).
She has been involved in many community Boards including Social Issues Committee, Ethics Board, Audit Board, Education Board, Executive Leadership.
Betty Ann retired 6 years ago and continues to be active in the community. She works for Golden Years at Home part time and is in charge of the Community Care Program at her church. She has been on the Clergy team at RVH, sits on the Spiritual Care Committee and on the Emergency Preparedness Committee. These have been positive experiences for Betty Ann that she cherishes. Betty Ann also conducts services at The Waterford, Amica, Simcoe Terrace and Victoria Village and many on the Specialized Seniors Floor at RVH. She is also on the Palliative Care Team at Victoria Village as a support to the Chaplain.
Betty Ann is an active member of the Rotary Club of Barrie, where she has been the Director of the Community Service Committee. She is also Vice-President of The Barrie-Huronia Probus Club and has also volunteered at the Bayside Mission.
Patti Norris-O’Shea is the newest member of the New Path Foundation Board. Patti spent 40 years in the Ontario Public Service in the area of social services. Her career spanned both the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Patti has held a range of positions including Director of Day Nurseries and Program Supervisor for Children’s Mental Health and Child Welfare. Her geographical jurisdictions have covered a number of municipalities including Dufferin, Peel, Hamilton, Niagara, Brant and Haldimand/Norfolk over the years.
Patti has sat on dozens of boards during her career. She has coached many of them in the areas of board governance, functionality and understanding and executing responsibilities.
She holds an Honours degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Patti and her husband retired to the Collingwood area 4 years ago after spending 25 years cottaging in the area. She is thrilled to represent the Collingwood area on the board.
Joe has a degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a BA (Economics) degree from Western University in London, Ontario.
Joe began his professional career practicing law and then became President of Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE) Inc., now headquartered in Innisfil.
During the 24 years Joe was President of JJE, the company was recognized as a Canada’s 50 Best Managed Company and JJE achieved exponential growth in all key categories leading ultimately to JJE’s successful sale to a US-based publicly-traded company in 2016. Most importantly, Joe was fortunate to be associated with a wonderful team of colleagues during this time.
Recently joining a new firm and true to his entrepreneurial spirit, Joe is now the Vice President of Investment for a Canadian-based Family Office.
Joe has been enthusiastically volunteering throughout his life. Whether serving on various charitable organizations’ boards or coaching minor league sports, he is passionate about supporting teams to reach their goals.
Joe’s spouse, Erin, is an anesthetist at RVH. They proudly live in Midhurst with their three children. In addition to spending time with his family, Joe’s past times continue to include playing hockey, coaching hockey and playing bass guitar in a garage band.
Joe was recognized as one of Canada’s Top-40 Under-40 Leaders by the distinguished National Post / Queen’s University program.
New Path Foundation Senior Management Team
President and CEO
James Thomson brings over 30 years of relevant social services experience working with disadvantaged children, youth and families. Most of James’ work-related experience has been in the charitable not-for-profit sector and areas of expertise include program/service development, strategic planning, community development, fundraising and advocacy. He has led many training and development initiatives including organizational management projects. James is an accomplished leader with a passion for making a difference and shares his busy life in Barrie with his wife Kim and two children Ceilidh and Kieran.
Maureen is the Executive Assistant at New Path Foundation and Executive Assistant and Board Liaison at New Path Youth & Family Services of Simcoe County, where she has worked for 30 years. Maureen is a northern girl from Sudbury, Ontario. She graduated from Seneca College in Toronto with Honors in Accounting. She worked in various Accounting roles, before accepting a Finance/Admin position at the Robert Thompson Centre (predecessor of New Path) in 1989. She was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant in 1999.
Maureen is also President of the Barrie Simcoe Branch of the Association of Administrative Professionals. She enjoys her involvement in the Association, noting it has provided many networking, learning and travel opportunities and allowed her to grow both personally and professionally.
Maureen enjoys the outdoors and spending time at her cottage, kayaking, snowmobiling, and relaxing with friends and family.
Finance and Operations Manager
Benjamin received his Bachelor’s of Arts from Queen's University for Economics. During his time at Queen's, he placed within top 5 in a trading competition (NYSE, NASDAQ, TSX) hosted by the Queen's Trading Committee (QTC). Benjamin also has served multiple roles at Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Scotiabank (Bank of Nova Scotia) prior to joining the New Path Foundation. He has even collaborated with BMO’s youngest and smartest minds to tackle the world’s future problems in a BMO hackathon. He has a passion for numbers, entrepreneurship and investing.
When he's not number-crunching, Benjamin enjoys playing basketball, chess and piano.
Dominika is a passionate community builder and not-for-profit communicator. Her current work involves strategic communication, fundraising, and advocacy work for New Path Youth and Family Services and New Path Foundation, child and youth mental health leaders in Simcoe County, Ontario. She is also the Communications Specialist for the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team, focusing on the co-design of health and social service care with community members and partners of the OHT in the region. She is a graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism and, more recently, a graduate of the MA in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University. She resides in Midhurst with her partner, Michael, her two amazing children, Ruby-Anne and Logan, and three rescue pups.
Receptionist, Collingwood common roof
Jayna has worked in customer service at various financial institutions for over 11 years. She loves the outdoors and travelling with her partner, Donovan and their dog, Gatsby. Jayna grew up in Collingwood and is thrilled to be supporting New Path Foundation at its newest common roof location in her community.