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Revelstoke Chamber elects new board members
Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce members voted in five directors at a Nov. 21 election.
New to the board are Scott Duke, Trevor English and Peter Nielsen. Steve Bailey and Randy Driediger were re-elected at the meeting. They'll join returning directors Chelsea Lamont, Michelle Nagy, Brydon Roe, Mike Vopni and Nathan Weston.
The three departing directors are Sally Carmichael, Poppi Reiner and Angela Waterson.
Prior to the election, the new directors gave short speeches about their plans:
Peter Nielsen is manager at the Sutton Place Hotel and the Sandman Inn. He worked in the hotel industry prior to moving to Revelstoke with his wife Tara and kids in 2006. He's held several management positions and has served with a hotel industry trade association. He hopes to bring insight into resort development to the board.
Steve Bailey is the director of skier services at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. He's served with the chamber for the past five years. He said the chamber has made great strides working on taxation issues and hopes to bring continuity to the board.
Randy Driediger is the general manager for Revelstoke Credit Union Insurance. The Revelstoke native serves with several community organizations including Rotary, Trees for Tots and sporting organizations. He wants to work towards rebuilding chamber membership, creating more value in membership and focusing on issues affecting members.
Trevor English is the general manager at the Revelstoke Red Apple, and has extensive experience in retail business. In a brief speech, he said his position puts him in contact with a large socio-economic segment of the community, and he hopes to bring insight into retail business issues to the board.
Scott Duke of Stoke FM, Revelstoke Property Services and Duke's Dogs shared his experiences starting businesses in Revelstoke, saying he's interested in bringing action-oriented insight to the board.
Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce news
The chamber hosts downtown late-night shopping event Moonlight Madness on Nov. 30.
The chamber's annual Santa Claus Parade is on Dec. 8 starting at 4 p.m. The theme this year is 'Country Christmas.' Any group, business or organization is welcomed to participate in the free event. Participants gather at the Revelstoke Courthouse for the 4 p.m. start. The route is along First Street to Mackenzie Avenue, and along Mackenzie to the end, finishing at Queen Elizabeth Park. Organizer Brett Renaud would appreciate anyone participating let the chamber know and fill out a form to help organizers marshall the parade. Santa's filled out his form already and will be in a horse-drawn carriage at the back of the parade. "There is no other Santas in the parade other than the one in the back," Renaud reminded participants.
The chamber is hosting new '12 at 12' lunchtime focus groups. They bring together 10 members, the executive director and an expert to focus on specific issues. Business signage issues will be the topic of an upcoming meeting on Dec. 12.
Jean-Marc LaFlamme is working on the new chamber website, which should be up by the end of the month.
The next chamber social event will be held at the Hillcrest Hotel on Dec. 13. from 5–7 p.m. The after-work gatherings are a chance for a little food, drink and mingling.
It's back to the future now that the HST has been defeated. The chamber will host a seminar on Jan. 22 advising businesses on how to go back to the PST. An expert will lead a session and answer questions. The time hasn't been set yet.
Ski trade shows quiet, but Fort McMurray a success
Revelstoke Accommodation Association executive director Tom Tischuk updated chamber members on some of his recent trips to winter trade shows. He said big ski trade shows in Toronto, San Francisco and Los Angeles were all down in terms of numbers. On the bright side, United Airlines is starting a new direct flight service to from Los Angeles to Kelowna on Dec. 20. Response to the daily flights has been very good; Tischuck reported the airline has already booked an extra flight.
In contrast to diminished interest in major centres, which Tischuck attributed to ongoing economic malaise, a recent visit to a home show in Fort McMurray was a big success. 17,000 people attended a four-day home show at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. "It was amazing," he said, noting line-ups out the door. The RAA team pushed ski and sled stay and play packages to the many mostly male, mostly high income attendees.