Our Team Staff and Board of Management

The St. Catharines Downtown Association team is made up of our staff and board members.

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(Communications Strategy relocated to Member Communications subsection)


Staff members carry out all activities of the Association as dictated by the board and its committees, comprised of BIA member volunteers. The association staff is comprised:

Rachel Braithwaite, Executive Director

Katherine (Kat) Dodge, Marketing & Communications Director

Lindsay Taylor, Director of Sustainability

Brian Gasbarini, Events & Outreach Coordinator

Anne Kalagian, Office & Admin Support

Sarah Letlow, Marketing & Communications Support

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. Contact our office at info@mydowntown.ca or call 905-685-8424.

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 the 2022-2026 term:

Joshua Boycott; Ludology Boardgame Cafe, 52 St. Paul Street

Chair, Executive

Rev. Karen Orlandi; representing Tony’s Fish Market, 379 St. Paul Street

Vice Chair, Executive

Byron Dodd; The Watering Can Flower Market, 18 James Street

Treasurer, Executive

Katie MacCabe; Wandering Spirits, 31 James Street

Secretary, Executive

Stephen Bedford; representing Fourteen Church Street Property Inc., 14 Church Street

David Cooperman; Cooperman Real Estate Inc, 8 Church Street

Joe Critelli; Critelli’s Fine Furniture, 129 King Street & Critelli Modern Furniture, 169 St. Paul Street

Orhan Kerim; Erroll’s Shoe & Luggage Repair, 60 St. Paul Street

Jennifer McKenna; Little Chief & Co., 163 St. Paul Street

Councillor Robin McPherson; City Council Representative

Amy Morrison; The Boot Shop, 46 James Street

Sharvin Keshavarznia; Full Circle Property Groups, 13 Queenston Street

If you would like to reach a member of our Board of Management, or for general questions and concerns, please contact the St. Catharines Downtown Association office at info@mydowntown.ca or call 905-685-8424.

(Information about Meetings – Board of Management and Committee – has been relocated to Board Meetings and Committee Meetings)

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Member ResourcesAbout SCDA

Created in 1973, the St. Catharines Downtown Association is a provincially legislated, not-for-profit Business Improvement Area (BIA).

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The City of St. Catharines provides a variety of financial incentive programs to the private sector.

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Member ResourcesGarbage and Recycling

Collection boundaries, schedules and important waste collection information.

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Member ResourcesGraffiti

Any criminal activity should be reported to the police and to the Downtown Association.

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Member ResourcesBoard and Committee Meetings

Meeting information for the Board of Management and for SCDA Committees

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