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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.

Cordelia Clarke - Julien

Change Management Specialist


Change Management

55 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 2H8

Main Branch, Rotary Room

Family Stressors

Jim VanDusen
Chief Operating Officer

Workplace Stress

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

Erin has been a resident of Durham Region since the age of 5 and currently lives in Courtice with her two energetic kids and her dedicated husband.  She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and began her career as a legal specialist at a law firm in downtown Toronto.  After starting a family, she transitioned her career to Durham and is currently working at META Vocational Services, which is an employer service provider in Whitby that assists people with disabilities, including those disabilities affecting mental health.  Mental wellness is something that has been at the forefront of Erin’s life for over 15 years, as she has struggled with challenging episodes of anxiety, depression and perfectionism.  Erin is passionate about sharing her personal experiences with mental health to bring awareness, compassion and knowledge to the community.

Rene Soetens was born in the Netherlands and immigrated here in 1953 with his parents. He has resided in Ajax since 1956. He was a member of Ajax Municipal Council 1980-1988. Member of Parliament 1988-1993. Member of Rotary Club of Ajax and a director since 1977. A boy scout Leader and district commissioner for 15 years. Chair and board member of Ajax Municipal Housing Corporation 12 years. Member and chair of Rouge Valley Ajax Health Centre Foundation 8 years. He is the President of Con-Test, a company that employs 45 people across Canada and travels to various international locations to assist companies and health research facilities in meeting their regulatory requirements. Served on the board and President of US based Controlled Environmental Testing Assoc. Rene is married with June and together they have 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchild. In January of this year they lost their daughter Emily to the Fentanyl opioid crisis rampant throughout North America.


Thursday October 10, 2019 5pm – 8:30pm ​​

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.

Using change enhancement techniques, Cordelia through Elevasyon successfully works with people to change and transform their respective worlds by providing strategic pathways to achieve goals and objectives.  

Grounded in a growth mindset principle, her work has resulted in personal and professional transformations that promote the self in awareness, assessment and advancement.  Through the application of a solutions focused lens, she has helped many rise to relevance. If you are ready for that change, DM her on twitter at @myelevasyon.

Join the Talk on Family Stressors!

Our Annual Mental Health Forum will feature a panel of Speakers including Jim VanDusen, Cordelia Clarke Julien, Rene Soetens and professionals from Lakeridge Health as well as Community Organizations showcasing Resources available to the public.

Our speakers will focus on day-to-day stressors affecting families and teach you ways to cope and overcome challenges. Listen to our panel members, ask questions, interact with our exhibitors and enjoy light refreshments. Don’t forget to fill out an entry ballot to win some great prizes.

Rene Soetens

Former Ajax MP & Rotary Club Director

President, CON-TEST

Family & Addiction (Fentanyl Opioid)

(The Emily Soetens Story)

Erin Whitmarsh
Patient Story

Impact of Mental Health on family

Forum Speakers: