2018 Board Of Directors

Jane Black – President

J & G Black Business Group | jgblack@rogers.com | (905) 987-5184
Jane Black – Vice-President / MembershipRetired teacher from DDSB. Newcastle resident since 1979. Worked on various community events for the Downtown BIA for 13 years.

Jim Norwood – Vice-President

Norwood Full Print and Design | jim@newcastle.on.ca | (905) 723-0336
Jim Norwood - Director of Marketing \ TreasurerFrom concept to completion, Jim offers small businesses affordable advertising, full print & graphic design services.

Susan Norwood – Treasurer

Norwood Full Print and Design | (905) 723-0336

After starting out by helping at Chamber events, I decided to become more involved in helping with the day to day running of the Chamber by becoming a Director.

I work with my husband running Norwood & Associates Full Print and Design Service. Our business goal is to provide quality products at affordable prices in a speedy fashion. We are eager to take your print and design needs from Concept to Completion.

John Thistle – Secretary

Newcastle Hearing Solutions | johnt@newcastle.on.ca | (289) 356-6010
John Thistle – SecretaryJohn Thistle has lived in Clarington for four years and can be found at Newcastle Hearing Solutions in Newcastle as a Hearing Instrument Specialist.

Being hard of hearing himself he values opportunities to give back wherever he can.

He has joined the Chamber to become more involved in the community and help local businesses prosper.

Brian Rutherford – Website, Communication – Director At Large

368 Durham | brian@newcastle.on.ca | (647) 215-9408
Brian Rutherford

Brian serves as the webmaster for the Newcastle & District Chamber of Commerce website and took up the position of Director in 2016.

Brian operates 368 Durham, a Website Design & Development company in Clarington specializing in working with budgets and developing a plan to help local businesses grow while providing a functional, and effective Website.

Terry Lynch – Marketing Director

The Mortage Group | terrylynch@rogers.com | (416) 315-1787
Terry Lynch - FinancesTerry has over 35 years business experience in such diverse areas as Consumer Finance, Magazine Publishing, Database Management Computer Graphics. Terry is a licensed agent with TMG, The Mortgage Group and a Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist. In addition to conventional mortgage funding, Terry also specializes in: Challenged Credit and CHIP Reverse Mortgages. He also finds financing for retail businesses and restaurants through his Merchant Capital division.

Terry looks forward to an ongoing community involvement and to helping local businesses prosper.

Sam Burkus – Social Media Director

SBURK Design | sam@newcastle.on.ca
Samantha Burkus has lived in Clarington for 15 years. She offers freelance graphic design services. Samantha is a new member to the Newcastle & District Chamber of Commerce and is looking forward to working with the Chamber and watching our community and businesses grow.

Marie G. Michaels – Director At Large

In early 1997, Marie set out on a mission to establish a community-based family law firm that served the needs of families in the local area, then Ajax/Pickering. In meeting those needs, she was compelled to hire lawyers and staff to help as this community grew. Then, the firm had to add other services, such as wills and estates, real estate and most recently immigration. While the goal of serving that local area has not changed, when Marie relocated to Clarington, approximately four years, ago she recognized a similar need for a predominantly “family law” focused firm in that community so she opened a satellite office in historic downtown Bowmanville. She believes that helping the community helps local businesses which in turn further helps the community.

In late 2017 Marie decided to further support her home community and joined the Board of Directors for the Newcastle Chamber. She looks forward to working hard for both the community and small businesses to ensure that Newcastle enjoys its share of the economic boom that has come to Clarington.

Sonia Hoover – Director At Large

Hoover’s Home Energy Inc.

Susan Scrimgeour – Director At Large

Arbonne
Susan Scrimgeour has lived in the village of Newcastle for 7 years. She and her husband moved here from Toronto where they lived their entire lives and raised their family.

She entered the corporate world at the age of 18 and spent the following 35 years in various roles involving the Capital Markets in and on Bay Street, Toronto. Retired from that life in 2006 she now spends her time building passion: following her dreams as a sister, friend, wife, mother, grandmother.

Susan loves living a life of service – she volunteers teaching exercise to senior people, works with a person who has Alzheimer disease and has a thriving business with Arbonne, sharing health and wellness products and helping people have beautiful skin.