Together We Are Stronger®

Cordelia Clarke 

Change Management Specialist

​​Pickering, ON Canada


Our Durham Black Network 

Heather Frempong

Realtor & Registered Nurse

​Whitby, ON ​​Canada

Jim VanDusen
Chief Operating Officer

​New Roads Automotive Group & VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC​​​

Natasha Halliday, MA, CYCP, Speaker, has been working in mental health for over 20 years with a specific focus on youth. She has worked in variety of settings including hospitals, schools and community agencies. Natasha believes that we all possess resilience. She is dedicated to uncovering the resilience already there, foster and build resilience where needed, and demonstrating how to grow through adversity.

Natasha has facilitated trainings on mental health forensics, and conducted community presentations on a various mental health topics. She has been teaching in the Child and Youth Care Program for over 10 years.  Natasha has shared her expertise at conferences, on radio podcasts, in workshops, seminars, mental health forums and community events.

When most people consider legacy, they envision money or property left to someone.  But at PCAL Financial Group, we believe legacy transcends this simple definition.  Legacy is the footprint you leave that enables those following you trod an even more impactful path.

Our vision at PCAL Financial Group is to partner with families and organizations in creating a footprint so expansive that generations after the next can experience life beyond our expectations.  It may be in equipping our children to pursue any academic pursuit, gifting or dream, without concern of financial obstacle; or changing the world with our business idea or community service, all while amassing and preserving wealth to transfer to our loved ones.

Billie-Jane Bolton-Rojo


PCAL Financial

Ajax, ON Canada

Lesly McKenna- McConnell

Ajax, ON Canada


Lesly McConnell worked in the financial services industry for 17 years with a Canadian bank and several of Canada’s leading investment firms, specializing in retirement products for high net worth investors. Following her cancer diagnosis, Lesly left the financial services industry in 2008. Lesly has been an active member of her cottagers’ association, including a term as Vice President and leading important fund raising events. Lesly is passionate about making her community better. Lesly is very active in sharing information and encouraging discussion and engagement through social media groups. Lesly has supported candidates at various levels of government as a volunteer, assisting with canvassing, signs and delivering campaign materials. Lesly is a happily married mother of two adult children. She has lived in Ajax for most of her life. Her hobbies include gardening, bird watching and puzzling. In July 2007, Lesly was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a series of operations and treatments, she continues to live a healthy life as a stage three breast cancer survivor.

Jim has lived in Ajax since 2006 with his wife and 3 daughters. Jim owns and operates the automotive dealership VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ajax. Graduating from the University of Toronto with an Economics Degree, he worked with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) for 18 years and moved to the retail automotive space in 2008. Jim has always had a strong community focus. He truly believes that “giving back” to our local community is an obligation on part of businesses and enjoys striving to make our community better every day. He is known for his various levels of community support. He is a Director on the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation Board and is an active member of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade’s Government Relations Committee. In 2015, VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC proudly was awarded the Board of Trade – Business Excellence Award – Large Business of the Year (50+ Employees). In 2017, while maintaining his dealership in Ajax, Jim assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for the NewRoads Automotive Group in York Region, where he is responsible for the overall operations of 7 additional dealership.

Durham Black Network: (Coming Soon)

Change is good.  Change is grief. Change is growth.  That is the mantra of Cordelia Clarke Julien, a Change Management Specialist with over 20+ years of change and transformation experience.  As a self-profess change agent, Cordelia is well-known for her enthusiastic embrace of life changes. Whether as a professional public speaker, or through her life-change coaching sessions, Cordelia helps people to find the change and transformation they desperately seek. @myelevasyon.

Heather Frempong is a Realtor, Registered Nurse and active member of her community. Her work as a Realtor keeps her informed of various neighborhood developments and activities throughout the Durham Region. Heather Frempong utilizes her role as Registered Nurse to volunteer for various committees and boards dedicated to healthcare and community development. Combining her knowledge in healthcare, real estate and business Heather brings a wealth of knowledge to the Network and contributes to the development of programs and events that promote wellness.

Heather is a strong advocate for social and health equality for members of the community. She believes in putting the individual first and creating a healthy community through empowering its members to live a holistic and expansive life. 

As a member of this community for over 15 years Heather enjoys visiting the numerous trails in the area for her morning jogs and visiting locally owned shops for her everyday needs. Of course, her favorite way to enjoy the community is visiting the various parks with her granddaughter who now has Heather wrapped around her little finger.

Natasha Halliday, MA, CYCP 

​Child & Youth Practitioner

​​Toronto, On Canada