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Board of Directors

The Chamber’s success is dependent on an active growing membership that sees value in Chamber membership, and Board governance that has a full understanding of policy and positions that can be developed within the purpose of the organization.

These two pieces are key to the continuing success of the organization. Democratic in organization principles, it represents the entire community, with membership reaching to every phase of community life. The Board of Directors is the elected policy body of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce and its members represent the business and professional leadership of the community.

President 2021

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Angel Elias 

Angel Elias, Executive Director of the Mission Hospice Society has been leading the organization to success in end of life compassionate care for the past 8 years. Moving the organization forward in being a leader in the industry in Bereavement support and Palliative care support as well as ensuring the Mission Hospice Society has the budget to fund all comforts at the Christine Morrison Hospice. Fundraising and grant writing to ensure financial stability for the organizing is just a small part of her role for the Mission Hospice Society.

Further to her role in the Mission Hospice Society, Angel has been a proud member of the Mission Mid Day Rotary Club for the past 10 years, as she lives by the Rotary rule “service above self”, serving as President in 2016 and is now currently club secretary, she has been instrumental in community projects such as St. Joseph’s Foodbank New building, MY Youth House building, Mission Sports Park Score Board, Blessing in backpack food program,  and many other community events.

Her hobbies are spending time with her family and making sure to support their sports ambitions and being an awesome mom to her daughter Alexandra and her stepson Isaac and trying to sneak in time to be a wife to her husband Doug.

Vice President 2021

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Manny Deol

Born and raised in Mission, Manny has been a professional Real Estate Agent and Residential Builder since 2010. As a local resident and realtor, he is passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit, small businesses, and the growth and development of Mission which has translated into his time volunteering for many programs including being a Director of Community Futures.

Manny has been a Director on the Mission Chamber of Commerce Board since 2018 and sits on their Government Relations Committee as well as being Government Relations Liaison for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. Manny is a father of 2 young children and has been married since 2015. When he has free time, he loves to spend it with family and his hobbies include a good book or going to the gym.

Manny Deol, Realtor
manny(a)mannydeol.ca

Treasurer 2021

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Tom Osterberg

Tom Osterberg is a licensed realtor with Lighthouse Realty Ltd. He specializes in helping clients navigate the buying and selling process in the Fraser Valley real estate market. Before obtaining his license in 2008, he worked in the finance industry for 6 years. Tom is always eager to learn and experience new things in life. He loves to travel; highlights include catching a ball game at Fenway Park, walking the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, a family trip to China to see the Great Wall and most recently visiting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. When Tom is not with clients, you can find him at the local hockey rink or ball field volunteering in some capacity. Through his work with Rotary Club of Mission Midday, helping at his children's school, and volunteering with sports clubs, Tom finds giving back to the community very rewarding. He is always looking to contribute more to this wonderful community he calls home!

Tom Osterberg - Lighthouse Realty Ltd
tom(at)tomosterberg.realtor

 

Past President

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Ellen Nguyen

Ellen comes from a diverse background of work experience: teaching at Khalsa School and Western Town College; production and marketing with Creative Media and Promise Consulting; managing a family business, Jimmy’s Lunch Box.  Currently, she is the owner of What’s On! Magazine in Mission.

She loves that she gets to work and be engaged in her community: volunteering as an Executive for the Mission Minor Baseball Association, Mission Sports Council and Mission Skating Club; managing kids’ volleyball and baseball teams, and volunteering at community events through the Rotary Club of Mission Mid-day. When she is not driving her children around to extra-curricular activities, she’s running, climbing and exploring the great outdoors. There are many causes close to her heart, and to that end, she has participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure, Spartan Sprint, Eradicate Polio Challenge, Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

What's On! Mission Magazine
whatsonmission(at)@live.ca

Board of Directors 

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Sean Melia

Now, Manager of Mission’s Aldergrove Credit Union and previously Prospera Credit Union since 2004, Sean believes in giving back and supporting the community of Mission. Through his involvement in the Chamber he is able to do just that by being a voice for business and having direct input into ways and methods of increasing the recognition and value all businesses receive. Helping to create a vital and growing business community is a primary goal.

Sean is a fully involved community leader who has been a member of the Mission Economic Development Select Committee, Community Futures North Fraser, and Mission Community Services Society and is a former 8 year Big Brother. Additionally Sean is on the board of Mission Hospice Society and is a 13 year member of the Rotary Club of Mission Mid-Day. He also represents the Chamber on the board of the Mission Community Foundation.

Aldergrove Credit Union
smelia(at)aldergrovecu.ca

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Celine Dauphney

Celine Dauphney is the President and Co-Founder of Urban Valley Transport Ltd., a Mission, BC-based courier and freight service provider in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley. Celine has been in the transportation industry for over 15 years and her core experience and duties include budgeting, accounting, project planning as well as creating, communicating, and implementing the organization's vision, mission, and overall goals ensuring that the customer is always benefitting from the company’s efficiencies and experience.

Celine, her husband, and their new son chose to move to Mission in 2014 to set down their roots. Over the year’s her passion for the community has only increased inspiring her to become a more actively involved member by volunteering her time, skills and voice to enhance its appeal. Some of Celine's favorite past-times include attending the local Craft/Artisan Markets, Festivals, Cultural Celebrations, and various workshops.

Celine Dauphney - Urban Valley Transport
Celine(at)urbanvalleytransport.com

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Dawn Hein

A leader in the social services sector for the past 30 years, Dawn is the CEO of Mission Association for Community Living (MACL). In her role at MACL, Dawn oversees a workforce of 200 employees and 17 programs that support people who have disabilities to live, work and play in the Mission community. Dawn is strong business development professional and a quality assurance enthusiast who is skilled at policy development, program management, human resource management, budget administration and risk management. She brings a passion and strong work ethic for community engagement, diversity and inclusion. Dawn holds a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.

With an ongoing commitment to the wider community, Dawn serves on several District of Mission and community committees, including the Sustainable Housing and Transit Committees. She believes in strong governance and has extensive board experience, serving as a Director of the Fraser Valley Youth Society, the United Way Fraser Valley and currently serving on the executive as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for both the BCCEO Network and the Community Social Services Employers Association.
Having successfully launched two now-adult sons, Dawn and her wife Sylvie are officially empty-nesters who live with their fur-babies in Hatzic. When she isn’t working, Dawn spends time gardening, kayaking and hiking in Mission’s beautiful back country.

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Nicole Norden

Nicole is the co-owner of Abstract Glass, a family-owned and operated business, serving Mission since 1975.
As the founders, Dave & Sheryl, transition into retirement, Nicole and her brother, Nathan, are set to take the helm.
With extensive Union experience, Nicole is well versed in negotiating and arbitrations. Her reputation for customer service skills far exceeds her, and Nicole is passionate about providing the best experience possible to each individual that comes through the door.
Nicole's background is quite diverse.
Employed as a lending specialist at CIBC and as an Accounts Representative at TELUS, provided Nicole with the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including financial management and budgeting.
In her 15 years at Abstract Glass, she has implemented new training programs, as well as improved efficiencies through modernization and technological advancements.
Involved in numerous community initiatives, Nicole and Abstract Glass have sponsored programs and events, such as the Canada Day Kid Zone, Mission Folk Music Festival, Norden the Magician at the Mission City Farmer's Market, and the annual Mission Christmas Bureau's Coat & Blanket Drive. She, along with her husband, Mike, are avid supporters and frequent volunteers of Mission's Opening Night Theatre, which hosts Mission's Third Monday Magic.  They are both very active in the magic community, hosting many events in their home, and organizing larger conventions. Although Nicole earned her Associate of Arts Degree at Cottey College, Missouri, she has called Mission home since the young age of two.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and travel.

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Eleanor Christison

Eleanor Christison is a Fund Development Coordinator with the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, responsible for stewarding corporate sponsorship and recently focusing on grant writing. The Foundation is the fundraising arm for the four hospitals in the Fraser Valley Eastern region.

For the past two years, Eleanor has been representing the FVHCF in Mission at Mission Memorial Hospital and in the community. She is enjoying developing great working relationships with MMH staff and community business owners.  She is the liaison with the Mission Health Care Auxiliary and also belongs to the MMH Wellness Committee which addresses health wellness for the staff.

She is currently completing online part time studies for her Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management through BCIT.

Twenty five years of her career experience were spent in financial services with two local credit unions, performing a variety of roles and tasks both client facing, and back office. For the past seven years, she has also been a member and past secretary of the Auxiliary to Abbotsford Regional Hospital which has provided her with experience in assisting the Mission Health Care Auxiliary.

Private time has always been about faith, family, friends and community service, and as of July 2020 she is a first time grandmother, all of which speaks to one of her favourite quotes…

~ if you think my hands are full, you should see my heart~

 

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Stephen Evans

Although Stephen grew up in rural Newfoundland, Stephen has lived in the Fraser Valley for the past 30 years. Since 1994, Stephen has worked in the field of Human Resources and Business Developments. Having worked as a Business Coach/Analyst for start-ups in need of financing, before moving on to managing several workforce response programs.  Stephen has acquired extensive experience within the human resource and business coaching fields. Stephen is also self-employed and runs his own fruit sales and brokerage business. In addition, Stephen has managed a large food processing business selling locally grown food within the global marketplace. Stephen is also the Executive Director of Mission Community Skills Centre where he managed a professional team of business developers, human resource and training specialist, and government funded skills development within the ag-food sector.  Stephen?s latest venture is the development of a regional food hub within the Fraser Valley. It is Stephen?s passion for business start-ups within the food and beverage industry which has provided him with specialized expertise within the fields of production, finance and human resource development. Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of Cape Breton (with distinction) and a Diploma in Applied Arts (Community Development) from the College of the North Atlantic.

 

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Jason Matte

Jason is the Founder and Owner of three businesses; Pressland General, a beautiful
retail gift store on 1st Ave.; Pressland Printing Inc., a full-service commercial
screenprinting service in the same space behind the store; and is also the Founder and Owner of Locomotive Clothing & Supply, a casual lifestyle apparel brand servicing customers worldwide via eCom and also serves retailers across Canada who carry the brand. In addition to the daily operations of these three businesses, Jay and his wife Aaron focuses on community support action such as the annual Socktober event and raising funds for local elementary schools, but also focusing on the global scale by using eco-materials when possible in their operations and having a zero-waste program including a monthly pop-up with The Refillery zero waste soaps.

Jay is a Mentor and longtime supporter to many within the Craft Fair community. Jay is
the host of The Maker Club, a brand new Podcast series that interviews individuals
within the world of Makers, Artisans and Crafters, along with the movers and shakers in
the community they work with. When he feels like getting his sweat on, he enjoys
spending quality time with his wife and 9 yo son, Felix, road cycling and time at the
skateboard park. Jay is a former professional skateboarder, has ridden for 34 years and enjoys teaching local skaters new tricks and fostering good habits in the skateparks.

Pressland General; Pressland Printing; Locomotive Clothing & Supply

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Luke Leger

Luke Leger

Luke is a lawyer practicing corporate and real estate law with Rosborough & Company—an Abbotsford-based law firm that has served clients throughout the Fraser Valley for nearly 60 years. Having been born and raised in Mission, where he continues to live today, Luke previously worked for a number of Mission-based businesses, including at his father’s accounting firm, R.J. Leger CPA Ltd., a shake and shingle mill, and a tree service company. In the summer of 2017, Luke had the pleasure of working for the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce as a summer student, manning the Visitor Information Centre, and attending numerous community events on the Chamber’s behalf. In the past, Luke has volunteered assisting with the construction of the St. Joseph’s Food Bank, providing legal assistance to low-income individuals at several legal clinics, and as a ski and sit-ski instructor with Canadian Adaptive Snowsports

Rosborough & Company
(604) 859-7171
lleger(at)rosborough.com

District of Mission Liaison (Non Voting)

Councillor Cal Crawford

 

Community Features North Fraser Liaison (Non Voting)

Community Futures North Fraser Liaison

Gwen SChmidt

Gwen’s background with a local credit union gave her the inspiration to want to help small businesses from the beginning of their journey. She has a passion for Marketing and helping businesses spread the word of their successes. As the Executive Director of Community Futures, she is excited to help small businesses in her community from start to end.  Gwen has lived in Mission most of her life and loves the town and all it has to offer has always enjoyed being involved in the community, from fundraising for local charities to being an active Executive Board member with the Mission Skating Club.

Community Futures Development Corp. of North Fraser
33163 2nd Ave
gatkinson(at)northfraser.org

Leq'a:mel Economic Development (Non Voting)

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Ron Smith

 

Mission Downtown Business Association Liaison (Non Voting)

Photo & Bio Coming Soon!

Miriam Bozman

 

info(at)downtownmission.ca