What is the DDB


To cultivate a community of all downtown property and business owners and residents, while advocating, beautifying and actively promoting our businesses and authentic heritage in Downtown St Thomas


To engage, inspire and welcome our community and visitors to experience Downtown St Thomas as a unique destination


Business Improvement Area as defined in the Municipal Act, 2001

The St Thomas Downtown Development Board is a volunteer based Committee  of Council tasked to:

204. (a) to oversee the improvement, beautification and maintenance of  municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally; and (b) to promote the area as a business or shopping area.


2020 Board of Directors

  • Earl Taylor – Chair – Coldwell Banker at Success Realty + Member of Special Events Committee
  • Dave Thomson – Vice Chair – MYFM
  • Sarah Van Pelt – Treasurer – Van Pelts Print Plus
  • Grayden Laing – Beautification Chair – Laing Studio
  • Susan Boldt – Limitless Tattoos + Member of CIP Committee
  • Russell Schnurr – Fanshawe College + Member of CIP Committee – Representing Your Fish and Chips
  • Reza Alavie – Yurek Pharmacy Home Healthcare
  • Ian Gillespie – Oh My Fur and Whiskers
  • Duane Orth – Entegrus
  • Tina Swaenepoel – Representing Employment Services Elgin


  • Sean Dyke – St Thomas EDC
  • Megan Pickersgill – Railway City Tourism
  • Tara McCaulley – Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • Adrienne Jefferson – St Thomas Parks and Recreation
  • Paul Jenkins – St Thomas & District Chamber of  Commerce
  • Mayor Joe Preston – Council Representative

In January 2018, the St Thomas Downtown Development Board approved and released it’s first Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan will be used to guide the decision making process in developing and improving it’s beautification and promotion efforts in Downtown St Thomas. The plan can be viewed by clicking here: APPROVED DDB Strategic Plan January 31 2018