Board of Directors

Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon is a well known figure in the City of Greater Sudbury. He was the amalgamated City’s first mayor, a former MPP and a past ParkSide Centre Board Chair. Since his retirement from politics, Jim has continued to serve to serve his community in a variety of ways; as chair of NetCentral, a not-for-profit community based network operating in Northern Ontario. He also served as chair of ParkSide Older Adult Centre from 2010 to 2011, and as a member of the board from 2007 to 2011. In 2005, he served as honorary co-chair of the Sudbury Samaritan Centre. He was a member of the board of Northern Artists Gallery/Artists on Elgin, and was a member of the executive committee of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine from 2003 to 2011. He currently sits on the Board of the Sudbury Theatre Centre, St. Patrick’s Church Health Council and the Former Parliamentarians.

Bela Ravi

Bela Ravi is a long time ParkSide supporter and fundraiser and has filled the same role with a number of other community organizations. She currently sits on the Boards of the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association, Sudbury Prarthana Samaj, Ontario Arts Council, and Laurentian University.

John Van de Rydt

John is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified Human Resources Professional, and a Registered Retirement Consultant, and a graduate from the University of Western Ontario.

He has had an interesting and varied career and has held a number of senior management positions in government, healthcare and public practice. Presently, he is a Consultant at Investors Group.

He has been an active member of his two professional associations and, in the past, has served on their Board of Directors. He has been actively involved in his community having served on many local not-for-profit organizations over the years, and coached minor hockey and soccer. Presently he serves on the Board of Directors of the ParkSide Older Adult Centre and Health Sciences North Volunteer Association.

Camilla Yahnke

Camilla was born and raised in Sudbury. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University, she taught high school for 30 years. The last 21 years of her teaching career were at Sudbury Secondary School. After retiring, she has enjoyed being involved in the Sudbury Horticultural Society and helps put on Flower Shows and Floral Design Workshops. She has been a member of Parkside Older Adult Centre for eight years and has enjoyed participating in programs at the Centre. She loves, gardening and travelling.

Cathy Ferguson

Cathy is a retired Pharmacist and is interested in keeping seniors active mentally and physically.

Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer is a retired from Cambrian College after a 34 year career as a faculty member and as the Coordinator of the International Business program. He has travelled extensively working abroad in China, Bangladesh, India and Africa. He is the Past President of the John Howard Society and has been active in a variety of volunteer organizations. He currently is working part time as the Senior Academic Advisor for the International Campus in Toronto for St. Clair College.

Bill Rolston

Bill Rolston was born on Manitoulin Island in 1935. After completing high school at Upper Canada College he attended the University of Toronto, the University o Western Ontario and Osgood Hall.

Upon graduation as a lawyer he commenced the practice of law in Sudbury in 1962 and was appointed a Queen's counsel in 1975. Bill continued to practice as a lawyer for over 50 years, most recently with the firm of Weaver Simmons.

Bill is married but his wife Shaen passed away on April 6, 2017. They have four children and 13 grandchildren.

Bill has been active in community affairs and became the president of the Sudbury Law Association, president of the Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the former Sudbury Algoma Hospital.

Jack Decorby

Since 1975, when Jack and his wife arrived in Sudbury, he has been an active member of the community. Jack was the Manager of the Sudbury Weather Office for Environment Canada, retiring in 1998. He has been an active volunteer with the Rotary Club, United Way, Cancer Society, Salvation Army, etc. He is currently involved with the Bridge of Nations, replacing and repairing flags and is returning to the ParkSide Centre Board of Directors.

Larry Bouchard

Larry Bouchard is retired administrator from Cambrian College with 43 years of education/ training experience. Originally a medical laboratory technologist, he migrated into education via Sault Ste Marie and North Bay to land in Sudbury in 1974. He is a proponent of adult education and was able to apply this through program development and implementation at both the provincial and the federal levels. Previous board experience includes: Red Cross (Sault), Project 25-44, The Children's Aid Society, Sudbury-Manitoulin Training and Adjustment Committee and Cambrian College.

Marian Pitkethly

Marian Pitkethly grew up in Copper Cliff and attended elementary and high school there. After graduating from Laurentian University she worked at St. Mary's University library in Halifax and the Sudbury Public Library. She then joined the family retail business and retired in 2004.She and her husband Cam raised three daughters.

Marian has been an active member of the Canadian Federation of University Women for over thirty five years and enjoys yoga, travel, choral singing, rug hooking at Parkside and time spent with her six grandchildren at her camp on Lake Penage.

Mitch Speigel

Mitch Speigel was born and raised in Sudbury. After receiving his B Comm from the University of Toronto, he returned to Sudbury to work in the family construction business. In the next twenty years, Acme Construction went from a small housing contractor to a major national entity, doing over $100 million a year. Acme Construction and General Leaseholds Limited, a public real estate development company, both closed in the mid-nineties and Mitch returned to his property management business and created the mortgage brokerage business, both of which remain today. He is a past president of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Sudbury Construction Association and many other local and national entities.