A message to members from your new president...
Nikki Csek
It's spring, and that means a change at the top for the Kelowna Chamber Board of Directors.

I stepped into the President's chair as of April 3, and already have the reins firmly in my grip. Files I'm working on in my first two weeks include welcoming new directors at an orientation session April 11; sitting down with involved businesses, organizations, and the City around the implementation of Bill McKinnon's Public Safety Report; having conversations with all sides of the short term vs long term rental issues in Kelowna neighbourhoods; and getting ready for a strategic planning session for the new board that will help cement our directions in 2019 as we support our members and the business community.

I'm grateful for all the training for my new position that I've received over the past year as President-in-waiting: Past President Carmen Sparg was generous with her time, as were (and are) previous Presidents of the Chamber.

What I really want is to hear from the community and our members. I want to be connected. Whatever the issue, whatever I can do to move things along, I want to be there. I'm all about communications and connections. 2019: bring it on!

Csek is CEO of Csek Creative, a marketing and branding agency that is active in several cities in BC and has over a thousand active clients.
Meet Nikki at the Presidents Dinner!
Chamber News
Time Running out to Nominate for BDO #Top40Over40!
Have you nominated a deserving community leader for our BDO Top 40 Over 40 program yet?

We are still accepting nominations but time is running out. You know somebody who deserves recognition, so what are you waiting for? Hit the button below and get your nominations in before it's too late!
Interested in reading the stories behind the faces? These fascinating and inspiring individuals have been profiled individually across several news publications, but you can read all of their stories on our website
UBC President Santa Ono (left) and Charles Fipke
Ribbon Cutting For Charles E. Fipke Integrated Neuroimaging Suite

Kelowna businessman and philanthropist Charles Fipke was on hand to cut the ribbon at a new state-of-the-art facility that bears his name, located on UBC's Vancouver campus. 

The multi-million dollar brain research facility bears equipment not found anywhere else in Canada and will be instrumental in studying and better understanding many brain-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's Disease.

A big kudos and a warm thank you to Dr. Fipke for his continued contributions to these important initiatives. Read the full story

The Central Okanagan Economic Indicator numbers are in for Q4 and there are some interesting results. How much did our population grow by? What is the median price for a new home? Average rent? Read more to find out. 
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Chamber Events
2019 Valleywide Expo Tickets Going Fast!
When: Tuesday, May 7
Where: Father Pandosy Mission Kelowna
Sponsorship News
The Stigma Stroll
The Stigma Stroll
Local non-profit looking for sponsorship help

Third Space Charity is looking for sponsorship help to pull off the "Stigma Stroll" - a series of charity walks across the Okanagan to raise funds for mental health and improve access for those who need help. Learn more. 
Calling all Sponsorship Buyers

The City of Kelowna has new sponsorship opportunities. You are invited to this interactive session with consultant Brent Barootes of the Partnership Group - Sponsorship Specialists® to learn how sponsorship can make a difference in your businesses's marketing. With more than 30 years' experience in sponsorship marketing and author of Canada's #1 selling book on sponsorship marketing, Brent will show you how to get the most out of the sponsorship investments you make with local sport organizations, charities, nonprofits and even the City of Kelowna to impact your bottom line.

When: May 8, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 
Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Salloum Rehearsal Hall
Register: RSVP to Lesley Driscoll at ldriscoll@kelowna.ca or 250-469-8656 before April 30
Chamber Sponsorship Opportunities
With close to 1200 members, 50+ events annually, and access to one of BC's fastest growing business communities, partnering with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce makes sense. Through sponsorship, members gain access to senior level audiences and benefit from enhanced visibility that results in new business, higher profile and overall increased brand recognition. Contact  brett@kelownachamber.org for more info.
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Upcoming Chamber Events
Watch for the next issue of Connexions on April 25, 2019.
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