The ZAC of the downtown district of Belleville welcomes a new president

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Stacey Kerr is the new BIA Board Chair for the Downtown Belleville District, effective January 18.

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Kerr and his partner, Stuart Long, moved to the Belleville area in 2020 from Durham Region after deciding to turn their passion for tabletop games and experiential learning into a career.

The couple purchased Scalliwag Toys in February 2020.

Prior to owning Scalliwag Toys, Kerr led the planning, coordination and implementation of Ontario’s BioBlitz events, working with a variety of stakeholders to create opportunities for the public to explore and document the urban biodiversity and to participate in citizen/community science.

Kerr also served on the Town of Whitby’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, where she worked with other citizen volunteers to advocate for policy and program changes that foster a more resilient and sustainable community.

She has also worked with the Royal Ontario Museum as a biodiversity storyteller and creative producer, coordinating and producing content for a number of projects and events in partnership with the Graduate Certificate Program in environmental visual communication from Fleming College.

Kerr joined BIA’s Board of Directors in 2020.

“I accept the role of president of the ZAC of the downtown district of Belleville with immense gratitude. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated Board members and a passionate Executive Director. I am excited to engage more closely with our Downtown District businesses, support exciting new initiatives, and continue to envision a vibrant Downtown Belleville for all,” Kerr said in a press release.

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Kerr succeeds Kathryn Brown who served as Chair of the Downtown Belleville District BIA Board of Directors for the past three years. During his tenure, Brown was instrumental in supporting the development of the Downtown Belleville District BIA Strategic Plan, which helped position the Downtown Belleville District as a destination vibrant and thriving center of our community.

“I am pleased to welcome Stacey Kerr as Chair of the Downtown Belleville District BIA Board of Directors. Since joining the Board of Directors in 2020, Stacey has shown great passion for the downtown Belleville community and I am confident that her enthusiasm and passion will usher in a post- dynamic COVID,” said Luisa Sorrentino, general manager of the Belleville Downtown District BIA. .

“I also want to sincerely thank Kathryn Brown, who has been a steadfast leader during these difficult times and who has continued to support and drive our strategic plan forward.”