The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area is an association of businesses operating within a specific district approved by the City of Brockville, in a self driven initiative to support local Downtown business.
Engage, promote and support Downtown Brockville
The DBIA is a catalyst for an alive and vibrant downtown
Respect, Cooperation, Partnership, and Inclusivity
View our Strategic Plan here
Meet our Team
Events and Communications Coordinator
Board Member Bios
Anne Barabash (Chair)
From custom clothing design to picture framing, Anne has over 35 years of creative design under her belt. A former employee turned owner, Anne runs Hang Ups Creative Picture Framing where she gets to work with people’s memories and treasures on a daily basis, making every encounter unique. Anne brings her creative flair and ability to design outside the box to every endeavor she faces as a downtown business owner.
Robyn Houle (Vice - Chair)
Robyn is the Front of House Manager, Volunteer & Visual Arts Coordinator for the Brockville Arts Centre. Robyn is an admitted downtown fanatic, spending lots of time dining and shopping downtown. She has previous experience in various industries ranging from sales to account management. She aims to provide the best customer service experience with every interaction and is a creative and vibrant addition to the Board.
Keeley Patterson (Treasurer)
Keeley is a financial advisor at O’Farrell Financial who helps individuals and business owners alike make educated important financial decisions to help them live the lifestyle they want. With a family of 5 kids, she’s mastered the art of juggling busy households and careers while keeping an active role in our community.
Jennifer Robinson (Secretary)
Jennifer is a long standing Brockville resident who has primarily worked within the downtown core for the past 35 years. From employee to proprietor, she co-owns and operates Savvy Shoes. Jennifer’s sense of fashion combined with her commitment to quality brings a satisfying and pleasurable experience to everyone who visits the boutique. Her strong leadership and solid beliefs in collaboration, teamwork, and fairness keep her thriving throughout any challenges that come her way. When not at work, Jennifer can be found sharing good times and creating warm memories with her family and friends; she is a valuable asset to the Brockville business community.
Siobhan is a bed and breakfast co-owner here in Brockville. She has worked for herself before in Ottawa as well as a career with the Federal Government. Her first involvements with Brockville was on a volunteer basis with the YMCA, the Employment and Education Volunteer Centre and at the Aquatarium. She moved to Brockville March 2017 and opened 1000 Islands B and B. A former Irish dancer and an artist she brings with her a deep passion for whatever she sets her mind to. Raised in Ottawa, but chose Brockville as her home. She believes that for business to succeed, it is done as a group, each helping each other thrive.
Russ Disotell (Chair of the Events and Promotions Committee)
Russ has spent the last 20+ years living and working in Downtown Brockville. A writer by trade he has worked for nearly every media outlet in the region, as well as serving on the Boards of several downtown not-for-profits. Dialogue, collaboration and mutual benefit are his cornerstone values when tackling any challenge. He is the author of Brockville The River City as well as many articles on the city. You may know him as the facilitator for Brockville Culture Days.
Rob has a vision for the downtown. He sees a downtown that attracts visitors and tourists alike. He believes that getting locals reengaged in their downtown will support small businesses and help them thrive. He has said “When a downtown thrives it creates buzz and a perpetual motion forward begins”. Rob has started 5 businesses in the last 13 years in the City of Brockville, employing 6 people and 7 more in the near future. Currently, he has recently opened 48 King West, a boutique hotel in the centre of downtown. Rob is also a big supporter of budding entrepreneurs and is always willing to meet someone new to discuss opportunities. Rob sits on the Tourism Advisory Committee, and was the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce business person of the year (2018).
Nathalie Lavergne (City Council Representative)
A Montreal native, Nathalie visited Brockville in her work with the Pan-Am games, and visited regularly to scuba dive. She moved to the city in 2015, and has since opened Spitfire Records, Court House Lodge, and Spitfire Records. She also runs an event planning company, Double Concept Productions, which produces events such as Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Festival, Oktoberfest, the Brockville Wedding Show, and many more. She was on the Downtown Board of Management a representing her businesses until being elected to City Council in the 2018 Municipal Election. She now serves as the Council representative on the Board.