I am really excited to be named president of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. Volunteering as a director over the past year has been an amazing learning experience. Presently I am trying to get out and meet with as many members as I can to understand how the Chamber can work in a meaningful direction to enhance our business and tourism development services. If we haven’t already met, please feel free to poke me and introduce yourselves at any one of the many upcoming events around Summerland over the coming year.
I’d like to welcome our new board members Lauren Forsyth (Grasslands Nursery), Jason Goy (Phalanx Construction), Laurie Weir (Barn Owl Gifts) who join our current members Kari Harding (Rock Star District) as Vice President, Spencer Brown (Brown Benefits) as Treasurer, liaisons Linda Van Alphen (School District 67), and Toni Boot (Summerland Council).
Thank you to our outgoing members Erick Thompson as past president (ET2media), Marion Christian (Sumac Ridge Estate Winery), Julian Scholefield (Okanagan Crush Pad), Colin Powell (IGA).
Over the coming weeks we are working to fill the position of Executive Director. We continue to develop plans to further improve the amazing Festival of Lights, which has grown significantly over the years and requires careful, diligent planning to continue improve for the benefit of Summerland businesses.