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New Path Foundation O/A The Common Roof
Board of Directors 2023 - 2024

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Bill MacDonald

Board Chair

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.


Paul Pratt


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.

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Bill Forster


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.


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.     


Joe Johnson


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. 

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Lauren McNair


Lauren McNair is a Real Estate Sales Representative at Squarefoot Commercial Group in Barrie, Ontario.  She supports clients in Simcoe County. A graduate from the University of Guelph, she holds a Degree in Psychology, as well as a Real Estate License from Humber College, and a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) certification (in progress).  


This will be Lauren’s first role on a volunteer board. She wishes to dedicate a portion of her time and energy to supporting the community. Lauren’s mother was previously Vice-Chair of New Path, and Lauren is excited to be following in her footsteps.


Lisa Mckee 


Lisa is a life long resident of Barrie save for 5 years in Toronto while pursuing her university degree. She has experience working in a CA firm, in commercial lending, and was involved in a successful high end retail endeavour for 12 years. Later in life she came back to the accounting field, and has run her own firm for the last 14 years. She has been in involved in the Barrie Rotary club, and past member of the Board of Directors. She enjoy humanitarian endeavours, and giving back in ways that make the best use of her skill set.


She has a grown son who lives on his own. She loves animals of all kinds,  and has a passion for eating well and keeping active, the outdoors, gardening, entertaining, and enjoying the company of her diverse group of friends.

New Path Foundation Senior Management Team


James Thomson

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.

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Maureen Armstrong

Executive Assistant

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.

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Benjamin Zhu

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 Zapolnik

Communication Manager

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 The Common Roof. She is a graduate of the Toronto Metropolitan 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 two rescue pups.


Roger Fridge

Facility Management Manager, 

Barrie, Collingwood, and Orilla Common Roof Locations

Roger has been the Facility Management Manager for the Foundation since August 2006. Roger is a graduate of the Facility Management Professional (FMP) program at IMFA. Roger’s role has him overseeing snow and lawn contracts, supervising the cleaning crews and handy people in all locations as well as ensuring elevators, fire systems and BAS systems are all in good working order at all CR locations. Roger lives in Tiny on a small hobby farm and enjoys tending to his animals, making maple syrup, and playing on his new tractor.


Stacey Young

Receptionist, Barrie Common Roof 

Stacey Young is a receptionist at the Barrie common roof and has been working with New Path Foundation for over 12 years. She has two children, Bryanna & Quintyn and a grandson. She is a huge animal lover and enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking and reading.


Jayna Robinson

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. 


Karen Clark

Receptionist, Orillia Common Roof 

Karen Clark is the receptionist at the Orillia common roof. She is originally from Toronto and found her forever home in Hawkestone in 2016. She loves the community feel of our region and can’t believe she didn’t move to the area sooner. Karen has a background as a graphic designer and an office manager which sees her well-equipped to handle the many functions of this role.  Karen loves working with people and most of all keeping things organized!

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