Chamber Chatter

December 4, 2013

Sooke is known for its strong volunteer spirit, and the past few months saw the chamber conduct a targeted recruitment from this pool for its 2014 Board of Directors.

Incoming Chamber President Michael Nyikes specifically asked that people in Sooke who have professional experience in finance, law, marketing, tourism, land development, education, and government relations step forward. His request was successfully answered by a number of highly qualified local business people who were nominated prior to the November 15 deadline.

The chamber is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals to its 2014 Board of Directors.

Randy Welters – Barking Dog Crafts

Michael Nyikes – Fancy Shack Architecture

Frederique Philip – Sooke Harbour House

Jeannette Wilford – Wood Travel and Cruise

Karen Mason – Mason Financial

Travis Butler – Butler Brothers Supplies

Naomi Ponech – Sooke Secretarial Services

Kel Phair - Phairways Mechanical Management & Consulting

Terry Cristall - Terry Cristall Inc

Thom Klos - Business Examiner Magazine

Danielle Renaud - Danielle Renaud Consulting

Krista Moffett - Royal Bank of Canada

Sean Dyble - 120 West Consulting

Nyikes feels confident these dedicated leaders who come from different areas of business expertise will be able to assist him in taking the organization to the next level in 2014, particularly as the chamber rolls out a comprehensive Four Year Strategic Plan (2014-2017) with a number of new portfolios, including:

• Economic Development Plan

• Conference & Convention Management Plan

• Resident Relocation Plan

• Newcomers Club

• Shop Local Plan

• Business Education Series

• Website, Social Media & Internet Marketing Campaign of the Sooke Region.

These portfolios have been developed to capitalize on potential areas of expansion, as well as demonstrate deliverables that have the greatest return-on-investment for the community as a whole. They will bring significant economic and social benefits to the Sooke region in both the short and long terms.

The new Board of Directors will be sworn in at the upcoming Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting to be held in the Village Food Markets boardroom on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 12 p.m.

All are welcome to attend, however only fully paid members in good standing will be allowed to vote. Members not able to attend the AGM are encouraged to contact the chamber office at 250-642-6112 or to submit their proxy forms prior to December 16.

Submitted by the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

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