Businesswoman, entrepreneur, and community volunteer, Louise Parkes is a life-long Liberal, committed to the Liberal values that have made Canada great. Ms. Parkes is President and CEO of Parmac Relationship Marketing Ltd. Prior to 1992, she was National Sales Manager with Canada’s largest legal publishing house.
Building on her extensive experience and local involvement, Ms. Parkes believed that Oshawa needed a “solution-finder” at City Hall and in 2000 decided to seek election to City Council. Her vision for Oshawa captured voters’ imagination and she was elected as Local Councilor.
Re-elected in 2003, Ms. Parkes currently serves as Deputy Mayor. In addition to her other duties, Louise serves as Chair of Strategic Initiatives, member of the Development Services Committee, Transit Commissioner, and Library Trustee.
Ms. Parkes is also active in a number of community organizations including the Rotary Club of Oshawa, the Downtown Action Committee, and the Festival of Murals. She was Vice-President of the Victorian Order of Nurses of Ontario. In 1996, she was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction for Arts and Culture and received the Fan of the Year Award from the Downtown Oshawa Board of Management. In 1997, Ms. Parkes was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2000, she received the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Civic Pride award.
Ms. Parkes lives in Oshawa with her husband Darryl Sherman, a lawyer and owner of Wilson Furniture – a local family-owned business started in 1934.