Board of Directors
Bill McLean, Chairman and Board Member since 2015
Councillor McLean has been a City of Pickering resident since 1980 having been born and raised in Ajax. In 1969, he joined the Toronto Police Force where he worked at various Divisions in the downtown core. The last 10 years of his service was spent at 53 Division where he was a uniformed Sergeant. He was also a member of the Public Order Unit. He retired from the Toronto Police Service on April 17, 2000 after more than 30 years service. In 1999, he received his real estate license and has built a very successful real estate career with Re/Max First Realty in Pickering. First elected to council for Ward 2 in November of 2000 and continues to serve in that capacity. As Regional Councillor, Bill has served on a number of committees and organizations including Vice Chair, Police Services Board and Veridian Connections Inc., Board of Directors. Bill has been actively involved with the community and prides himself on being the voice of the community on Council.
Shaun Collier, Board Member since 2019
Shaun Collier was elected as the tenth Mayor of the Town of Ajax in 2018. Mayor Collier has lived in Ajax since 1969 and has sat on Council since 2003. He is a proud father, husband, Armed Forces veteran, Accountant and a Chartered Director. His vision is to continue building Ajax into a dynamic, thriving and diverse community as we grow; a destination where people live, work and play. This means bringing a renewed focus on the value of clean streets and parks, attracting well-paying and sustainable local jobs, and our commitment to leadership in community safety and inclusion for all. Mayor Collier is also a local champion for innovation, technology and relationship building. He is the Chair of Durham Region Transit, Vice Chair of Finance, serves on the Board of Directors of PARA Rescue and Elexicon Corporation where he Chairs the Administration Committee, and is an active member of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO).
Rhonda Mulcahy, Board Member since 2021
Councillor Rhonda Mulcahy is a Durham Region Councillor at the Town of Whitby. A life-long resident of Brooklin, in the north of Whitby, and a Whitby Councillor since 2016. Rhonda owns and operates a small community newspaper and as a result has been a known advocate for her community for decades. The committees of council Rhonda sits on reflect her commitment to the health and well being of a community. At Durham Region she is the Accessibility Council Representative, the Whitby Transit Commissioner, a member of the Finance Committee as well as sits on the Board of CLOCA. Locally, Rhonda is the Active Transportation Council Representative for Whitby. As an active PADI Advanced Scuba Diver Rhonda places great value and gratitude in the volunteers of PARA Marine Search and Rescue.
Keenan Watters, Board Member since 2019
Keenan Watters grew up in Toronto (West Hill) where he attended the University of Toronto before settling down in Ajax with his wife and two children. Keenan has spent 32 years working in the marina industry starting as far back during his high school years. He has been employed by Bluffers Park Marina, Ontario Place Marina and Port Whitby Marina. For 20 years he has been working for the Town of Whitby as a Manager of Marina & Harbour Facilities. Taking a strong interest in his community, Keenan enjoys teaching as a Certified Sail Canada instructor and coaching hockey locally.
John Rycroft, Board Member since 2015
John Rycroft, originally from Whitby, returned in 1984 after graduation in 1974 from the University of Western Ontario and 10 years working in the computer industry. Mr. Rycroft then spent 31 years with the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), first managing computerization of their Records Systems and then Dispatching/9-1-1 systems. After obtaining the position of Financial Services Manager, he oversaw budgeting, purchasing, Accounts Payable and Receivable, and financial Reporting to Senior Command and the Police Services Board. After 20 years in this position, he retired from DRPS in 2015. Mr. Rycroft has been active in charitable works including Ontario Special Olympics, Canadian Blood Services, Masonry, and with Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons both as local squadron officer and at District levels. An avid sailor, Mr. Rycroft has sailed out of Port Whitby Marina since 2003. Other interests include hiking, reading, golfing, canoeing, and camping.
Colin Thomson (PARA Marine SAR Member), Commodore since 2016
Colin Thomson has spent most of his life in Durham Region having grown up in Ajax and now residing in Whitby. While obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) degree from Queens University at Kingston he commenced a 9 year commitment to the Canadian Armed Forces as reserve Navy officer and released in 1998. In parallel, Colin undertook a career in information technology for 17 years and then joined Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in 2007. Colin now leads Beachcomber Management and Marine Services combining his management and maritime skills for various clients. Colin has been a volunteer with PARA Marine Search and Rescue since 2012 and has completed over 40 search and rescue (SAR) missions. He has been the current Commodore since 2016 and also serves as a SAR instructor, the CCGA Deputy Director and District Training Coordinator for District 1.
Gary Endicott (PARA Marine SAR Member), Past Commodore since 2016, Board Member since 2003
Gary Endicott grew up in Scarborough and after graduating from Seneca College with a Technologists Diploma in 1979, Gary began a career with Bell Canada which lasted until his retirement in 2011. Gary Endicott has been a member of the PARA Marine SAR since 1972. Mr. Endicott was the past Commodore from 3 times during 2003-2008 and 2011-2016. Gary Endicott has completed over 50 search and rescue (SAR) missions. He currently is a past president of the CCGA Central and Arctic region and serves as the CCGA District 1 Director.
Rob Anderson (PARA Marine SAR Member), Board Member since 2009
Rob Anderson grew up in Toronto and has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto. He retired in 2017 from a 34-year career with Ontario Power Generation. He has been a member of PARA Marine SAR since 1986 and was commodore during the period 2009-2011. Rob has also been a CCGA instructor in marine search and rescue for 14 years, as well as a District Commander and a Director for the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. He has completed over 50 search and rescue (SAR) missions.
Mark Poray (PARA Marine SAR Member) Board Member since 2021
Dr. Mark Poray grew up in Ottawa and Don Mills. After graduating from York University in 1975 with an honours degree in Physical Education and working for 6 years in recreation administration, he returned to school and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1985 and has spent over 36 years in Durham Region specializing in sports medicine. He has treated athletes from around the world at 2 Pan Am games, 1 Olympic Games, 1 Invictus Games and many World and National Championships. He is currently on the medical staff of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League. Mark joined PARA Marine Search and Rescue in 2015 and has been part of the regular and emergency call-out crews since then
Jennifer McGuinty, Volunteer Secretary / Treasurer since 2015
Jennifer McGuinty attended the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto studying Geology and Physics. After working as a geoscientist in Northern Ontario and overseas she spent a number of years at home caring for her children and volunteering – including President of the YWCA of Kirkland Lake and later Treasurer of the Pickering Swim Club. Returning to the work force she moved into office management and finance support roles in the service, manufacturing and exploration sectors. After running a private investor relations firm and being the Corporate Secretary for a publicly traded company she semi retired, now taking bookkeeping contracts.