In 2002, Innisfil District Association evolved from the demise of a 20-plus year old residents’ association known as the Big Bay Point Association. A group of members, believing there was desperate need to have a voice in the future of Innisfil, rejuvenated the association and renamed it Innisfil District Association.
There was tremendous concern in the community at the time about the proposed Big Bay Point marina project…now called Friday Harbour Resort…and its impact on Lake Simcoe and the area’s residents. After countless hours were spent with lawyers and planners, at town and county meetings and at OMB hearings, we were able to influence the implementation of strict environmental guidelines for the project, a reduction in the number of units to be built and the preservation of a 200-acre natural area in the middle of the property.
Realizing there was a continuing need to voice residents’ concerns to Town council, our focus then turned to the major issues in Innisfil…the health of Lake Simcoe, sustainable development, the extension of water and sewer services, policing issues, improved fire services and the lack of doctors and medical care.
And, today, fourteen years later, we are still committed to ensuring a healthy, sustainable lifestyle for Innisfil residents now and in the future.
Board of Directors
Deborah McGrath, President
Deborah and her husband moved to Innisfil in 2005. She has served on the Board of Hospice Simcoe and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Society of Greater Simcoe. As a community activist in the Alcona area, she fought the Leslie Drive extension, successfully mitigating further damage to the Leonard’s Beach wetland. Deborah joined the IDA board in 2013.
Ross Pityk, Immediate Past President
Ross is an elementary school teacher in Innisfil and has resided permanently at Glen Haven Beach for over 20 years. He joined the IDA Board of Directors in 2002.
Tim Clark, Vice-President
Tim was a national photo journalist for The Canadian Press newswire service. As Senior Editor, he developed an online news division and later grew other digital news businesses as Director of Product Development. He and his wife M.C. Havey split their time between their home in Toronto and the Big Bay Point cottage M.C.’s grandfather purchased in 1950. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Stuart Marwick, Vice-President
Stuart has been a professor of Environmental Studies at York University. He has worked on sustainable rural and community development, as well as energy issues with NGOs and citizen groups both here and in several developing countries. He joined the IDA board in 2003.
Carla joined the IDA board in 2013. With an avid interest in the environment and sustainable living, she is passionate about empowering people to act. She has served on the Town’s Leslie Drive Extension committee.
Jane Smith, Secretary
Jane arrived in Canada from the United Kingdom in 1984 and, after moving to Innisfil over 20 years ago, began a new career as a biology teacher at a Barrie high school. Recently retired, she has been a member of the IDA Board since 2002.
Lynn Chepurnyj, Treasurer
Lynn and her husband moved to Cedarmont in the Big Bay Point area of Innisfil over 32 years ago. She has served as Treasurer of IDA since its inception and currently sits on the Town’s Pitch-In Day Committee.
Donald Avery, Past Chairman
Don served as Director, President and Chairman of the IDA Board. The guiding force behind the association since 2002, he has worked tirelessly to improve the health of Lake Simcoe and the quality of life of Innisfil residents. He has been a summer resident at Big Bay Point for more than 70 years and moved permanently to Innisfil in 2003.
Mary and her husband owned a summer-only cottage at Big Bay Point since 1979and made the move permanently to Innisfil in 2008. She has a background in market research and advertising and joined the Board in 2002.
Mary Jane Brinkos
Mary Jane, who has spent summers at Big Bay Point for her entire life, became a permanent Innisfil resident in 1988. She was Chair of The Ladies of the Lake and has been an IDA director since 2002.
Dave and his wife made the move to Innisfil over 15 years ago. David continues to work for “positive change, change that’s beneficial for all concerned”. He joined the IDA Board in 2011 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of AWARE Simcoe for several years.