The SCDA team is made up of our staff and board. Staff members carry out all activities of the Association as dictated by the board and its committees, comprised of BIA member volunteers. Association staff is comprised:
Tisha Polocko, Executive Director
Carolyn Watson, Communications & Events Coordinator
Tracy Jennings, Business Development Coordinator
Our staff members are here to support and advocate for you and have a variety of responsibilities. The team hosts and organizes all meetings of the Association, manages and administers financial affairs, addresses member concerns and complaints, communicates parking, traffic, streetscaping and by-law issues and ideas from the membership to the City and/or region, issues a monthly online newsletter, initiates personal contacts, and maintains the membership database, responds to requests for information from the local community as well as tourist-oriented agencies and individuals, and works with community stakeholders.
Board and Committees
Board of Management
The board runs concurrently with City Council and nominations and elections of board members are done at the same time as the municipal elections, unless a board member has resigned and there is a vacant spot to fill in the interim. The current Board of Management for 2019 is as follows:
- John Blanchard
- David Cooperman
- Joe Critelli
- Tracey Findlay
- Brian Gasbarini, Secretary/Treasurer
- Matt Harris
- Michael Mazzolino, Vice-Chair
- Robin McPherson
- Coady Thomson
- Joseph Viola, Co-Chair
- Jennifer Wallace
- Scott Wark, Co-Chair
Promotions & Marketing Committee
Committee provides input about promotion and marketing of downtown in general and reviews the promotion of events and other marketing initiatives.
Next meeting: Thursday November 21, 2019 at 8:45am in the Conference Room, 80 King Street. Please RSVP to Tisha by email or call 905-685-8424.
Downtown Beautification Committee
The next meeting of the Downtown Beautification Committee is TBA. Please RSVP to Tisha by email or call 905-685-8424.
Committee reviews downtown safety initiatives such as the Police Foot Patrol Program and plans ways to engage and assist the disadvantaged in our community. The next meeting of the Safety Committee is TBA.
New Entrepreneur/Business Committee
Committee offers guidance to new and emerging businesses by working with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre and other resources. The next meeting is TBA. RSVP to Tisha by email or call 905-685-8424.
The St. Catharines Downtown Association conducts an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each February. The financial statements of the previous year along with the current fiscal budget are reviewed and voted on by the Association membership present at the AGM.
The members of the St. Catharines Downtown Association, the designated Business Improvement Area (BIA), consist of persons who are assessed on the last returned assessment roll with respect to rateable property in the area that is in a prescribed business property class and tenants of such property.
The 46th Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at The St. Catharines Club, 77 Ontario Street, St. Catharines.
Board of Management Meetings
The St. Catharines Downtown Association is governed by a Board of Management elected by the membership for a four-year term, concurrent with the City of St. Catharines Councillors term of office. The Board of Management controls the Association’s activities and approves all policies.
The Board of Management meets a minimum of 10 times per year on a regular basis (monthly). Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please RSVP in advance to Tisha Polocko, Executive Director, phone 905-685-8424.
Board meetings in 2019 will take place the third Tuesday of each month at 12:30pm.
If you wish to receive a copy of the minutes from the latest Board of Management meeting, please contact the office by email or call 905-685-8424.