Get to know your Bruce Peninsula REALTORS®

As your Bruce Peninsula & Surrounding Area Real Estate Agents, our goal is to earn your confidence and represent you with the purchase or sale of your next home by letting you get to know a little more about us.

Ashley Barker

Broker, Team Leader

Growing up in Red Bay and returning to the area after post-secondary education, Ashley is familiar with what makes the Bruce Peninsula unique, and shows her passion for the area in her work. Hiking the Bruce Trail, visiting the many beaches, enjoying Lake Huron sunsets & cross-country skiing are some of her favorite things to do on the Bruce Peninsula. Summer or Winter there is lots to do!

Working as an administrative assistant with Darlene James for over two years, focusing in advertising, customer care and staff training, Ashley has established a deep understanding of the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

Her passion for the industry led her to pursue her real estate certification while attending Conestoga College, allowing her to move into her next role at RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc., as a Sales Representative.

Ashley received her Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, graduating with honours from Conestoga College. During this time, Ashley studied the Ontario Building Code, zoning by-laws and construction methods, and developed practical negotiating skills; knowledge which translates perfectly into the real estate industry. Ashley has received several awards for academic proficiency and skillful design solutions. During her spare time, she participated in design competitions and pursued several volunteer projects.

Interior design is all about listening to your clients and understanding what they need, then translating this need into a reality. This is what Ashley strives to do in real estate as well. Searching for a home or property is a journey, and Ashley cannot wait to help you embark on that journey!


  • 2017 Awarded RE/MAX 100% CLUB AWARD
  • 2017 Ashley is Now a Broker with the Team
  • 2017 Diamond Team Award
  • 2018 Diamond Team Award
  • 2019 RE/MAX Diamond Team Award
  • 2020 RE/MAX Diamond Team Award

Ashley Barker, Broker MCNE, ASA, & Team Leader

  • 2018-2017 Diamond Team Member
  • Certified Negotiation Expert 2018
  • Certified Senior Designation 2017
  • Young Guns 2018 award

Darlene James

Broker, Team Consultant

Darlene James Broker is a dedicated, experienced enthusiastic Real Estate Broker with a proven celebrated record of accomplishments.

  • RE/MAX Club awards, Platinum Club, and Chairman’s Club! 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 . 2017, 2018 Titan
  • 2017 – Amazing Year, RE/MAX TITAN Individual award, Diamond Team 2017
  • 2018 – Amazing Year, RE/MAX TITAN Individual award, Diamond Team 2018
  • 2019 RE/MAX Diamond Team Award
  • 2020 RE/MAX Diamond Team Award

CLHMS Designation Awarded 2014 – Luxury Home Marketing: Awarded the Accredited Buyers Representation (ABR) Awarded The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the professional designation offered by the Council of Residential Specialists.

Darlene has been the Number One Salesperson from 2010 onward for RE/MAX Grey Bruce Realty Inc., Brokerage. # 1 Team on the Bruce

Testimonial EXCEPTIONAL! Dave Craig

Approximately a year ago, I engaged Darlene James to sell my three waterfront properties on the Bruce Peninsula; two properties in Tobermory and one in Lion’s Head, and she got the job done, quickly and efficiently! I can sum up my experience dealing with Darlene and her team of professionals in one word – EXCEPTIONAL!1) EXCEPTIONAL MARKET KNOWLEDGE AND INTEGRITY! Darlene provided me with a detailed market analysis for each of my three properties, along with a scientifically determined pricing recommendation for each of the three properties, with reams of relevant historical data to back up her conclusions. In addition, several years ago I had Darlene appraise one of my properties and she came back with an honest appraised market value, which I didn’t much care for at the time (LOL!). However, she resisted the temptation to give me an inflated market value simply to get the listing (the old ‘bait and switch’), thus demonstrating her honesty and integrity. 2) EXCEPTIONAL MARKETING! Darlene actively promoted my properties on the MLS, her website, local publications, to her associate real estate brokers and her ongoing commitment to finding new qualified buying customers is tremendous. She provided me with regular market activity reports, detailing the number of online views of my properties and actual on-site buyer showings to keep me informed of her progress.3) EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Darlene’s customer service is second to none. She returned all of my telephone calls and replied to all of e-mail and text messages, more or less instantaneously 24/7; even while she was away on vacation! She made countless useful recommendations for maintenance and repairs (one example was her suggestion to trim trees at one of my properties to improve the lake view) and arranged to have local contractors visit my properties and take care of the required work prior to the closing date(s). Darlene also did on-site buyer showings during the winter months, many times under lousy weather conditions, arranged to have the private roads plowed to achieve access to the properties, and arranged to have water tests done, septic system inspections/final pump outs and sent me constant reminders to take care of necessary tasks on my end. Her assistant Tara MacAskill also did a fantastic job assisting Darlene when needed! 4) EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS! Darlene got the job done – she sold all three of my properties; quickly; efficiently and at prices that were very close to my asking price for each of the three properties. In one case the final selling price exceeded my asking price. Two of my properties were in the challenging north of $700k price territory; with a limited universe of qualified buyers; thus making her job that much more difficult! THANK YOU DARLENE!!

Nellie From


Twenty years ago, in search of a lifestyle change, Nellie, her husband Chris and their three children moved to their 90 acres of paradise on the Bruce Peninsula. Since then they have been enthusiastic tour guides for friends and family showing off the sights spectacular beaches and participating in local events and festivals. Nellie sums it up this way: Twenty years on and we’re still discovering the beauty of our surroundings.

After careers as an accomplished interior painting entrepreneur, landscape designer/installer (as a Member of the Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties), Administrative Assistant to Ashley Barker, Broker at Re/Max Grey Bruce; and a personal journey with cancer, Nellie has successfully realized her personal goal of achieving her real estate certification with the Certified Negotiation Expert designation.

Nellie is eager to get started working alongside her clients to find them their piece of paradise.

  • 2018 Diamond Team Award
  • 2019 RE/MAX Diamond Team Award
  • 2020 RE/MAX Diamond Team Award

100% Club, MCNE

Client Review
Professional Help & Guidance
Tiffiny Laidlaw-Heo

Nellie From was an amazing realtor to work with. She spent so much time with us taking us from place to place and answering all our questions. She really knows the area and the ideal places for specific family needs. We really were not even sure where to start but with her help we managed to find a perfect location for our family. She made sure to tell us about lots in many different areas and showed us the perfect lot for our family as soon as it became available and we were able to buy it. We are so thankful for her professional help and guidance and for taking time to help us and either answer the questions we had or send us to the people who did know the answers. We cannot thank Nellie enough for all her work on our behalf and for finding the perfect lot for our family’s needs.

Heather From

Sales Representative

Heather has always appreciated the places that she’s called home. Growing up on a 90-acre maple syrup farm deep in bear country will do that for a person! Despite her love for the charming personalities of small towns, hiking the many trails along the escarpment, fishing and kayaking on Colpoy’s Bay and more, she left the Peninsula to pursue a career in Professional Writing and Communications from the University of Toronto.

Over the next 8 years, Heather worked across the KW area in sales and marketing, published her first book, and established a career as the Content Marketing Manager for a creative agency in the quaint village of Streetsville. Developing copy for clients on an international scale, training everyone from interns to CEO’s and crafting website copy for national brands- Heather brought her extensive training and knowledge to a diverse and continually evolving industry. 

In 2020, Heather knew she needed to move back to where her roots first began- the Bruce Peninsula. She brings incredible knowledge and skill to the real estate industry, working for her clients by marrying her writing and marketing background to showcasing all that each property has to offer. She understands firsthand the emotional decisions made when moving to a new home and assists her clients in making that decision with confidence. 

Dylan Dolson

Sales Representative

Dylan’s deep-seated roots started on the family farm just outside of Owen Sound. Dylan has also had a second home here on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula for nearly two decades! This connection to the land in both Grey and Bruce gave him an appreciation of everything there is to offer. The Bruce Peninsula is where Dylan worked his summer job for many years at the National Parks, eventually managing a business in the area, and now lives full time in Tobermory. He is truly in love with the area and wonderful local community!

For many years prior to entering into the world of real estate, Dylan managed a number of vacation cottage rentals. For him, he always took pleasure in welcoming families arriving for their week on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula and guiding them on their stay. Dylan also enjoyed renovating the cottages. This gave him a good understating of the building code and local bylaws as well as a great connection with local contractors and construction crews.

Dylan has a true passion in aviation and enjoys being in the air whenever possible! Starting as a childhood dream while on a school trip with his class, Dylan visited the home of WW1 Flying Ace Billy Bishop in Owen Sound. A fitting start to his passion as he later took all his aviation courses at the Billy Bishop Airport. Dylan took to the skies solo for the first time more than 6 years ago and has loved every minute since! He says seeing the cliffs and turquoise waters from above is truly breathtaking and further grows his appreciation for living here on the Bruce!