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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 2019

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Raj Patara

Raj Patara is the founder and CEO of Silverhorse Consultants, her company has vast experience working on advocacy work, Government relations, fundraising development from Major Gifts to developing Annual Giving and Stewardship programs, and campaigns.  Raj has over 20 years’ experience in the Development world and has been a business owner since the age of 25.  Her experience working with different communities has given her a better understanding of how to utilize the resources that may not sit in your community but can be leveraged. Raj has worked on both sides of government the political and the bureaucratic end to help her understand the inner workings of how to get policy through and passed. Raj was born and raised in Golden B.C. with small town values instilled in her and found the move to the Fraser Valley similar to her adolescent years.  She has been raising her family in the Fraser Valley for over 8 years and looks forward to working with the business community to further our "Mission". Raj has continuously volunteered her time in her community whether it be Rotary, kid’s events, and Chamber.

She was raised by parents that taught her that volunteering your time is the way to help build a stronger community.

Silverhorse Consultants
604-765-0730
mrccboard@gmail.com

Vice 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@live.ca
604-308-6380

Treasurer 2018

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Sean Melia

Manager of Mission’s 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.

Prospera Credit Union
101 - 32423 Lougheed Hwy
604-851-8801
smelia@prospera.ca

Past President

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Andrea Walker

Andrea is a freelance digital marketing designer and consultant specializing in planning and implementation of digital marketing initiatives for small business. She has extensive experience in graphic design and digital design, with a passion for brand strategy.  Her current client roster includes Oxygen Yoga and Fitness, We Make Stuff Happen and Heels Down Media.  While her day job seems glitzy and full of technology, Andrea is more of a country girl, actively involved in the local and regional horse community and a proud 4H Mom.  A semi-retired photographer, her work has been published by The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times,  Heelsdown Magazine, Country Life in BC and The City of Pitt Meadows.   Andrea was previously based in the neighbouring community of  Maple Ridge, where she  chair of Maple Ridge Social Planning and Advisory Committee in 2011.  She has been a MRCC director since 2014.

Walker Park Media
(604)764-8249
walkerparkmedia@gmail.com 

Board of Directors 2019-2020

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Jason Matte

Jason is the Founder and Owner of Pressland Printing, a full-service commercial screenprinting service; and is also the Founder and Owner of Locomotive Clothing & Supply, a casual lifestyle apparel brand servicing customers worldwide via eCom and also serves over 60 Canadian retailers who carry the brand.   In addition to Pressland Printing’s operations also servicing clients across Canada and the retail and wholesale day-to-day of Locomotive Clothing & Supply, Jay and his wife Aaron also take part in Canadian Wholesale Shows and up to a dozen Artisan Craft Fairs annually across Canada.

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 7 yo son, Felix, road cycling and time at the skateboard park. Jay is a former professional skateboarder, has ridden for 32 years and enjoys teaching local skaters new tricks and fostering good habits in the skate-parks.

Locomotive Clothing & Supply
778-926-9065
jay@locomotiveclothing.com

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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. He has been on our Board of Directors since 2013 and is our past Chair.  Manny also dedicates his time as a director at the Mission Chamber of Commerce 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
(604)-832-6494
manny@mannydeol.ca

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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
604-615-6446
tom@tomosterberg.realtor

 

Board of Directors 2019-2021

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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.

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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
604-814-4400
Celine@urbanvalleytransport.com 

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Denise Fowle

Denise is a life long Mission resident who enjoys being active in the community. Denise along with her wife Candyce are owners of Inspire Me Fitness, who was the recipient of the 2018 Local Focus Award in the Mission Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards and has been nominated for several diversity and community involvement awards. Denise is also involved with the Fraser Valley Youth Society serving on the Fraser Valley Pride Committee. When Denise is not teaching with Inspire Me Fitness she is the General Manager of The Stage, Mission’s #1 events venue. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 11 yr old daughter and wife camping, hiking, and exploring our beautiful community

Denise Fowle - Inspire Me Fitness
inspiremefitness@outlook.com

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Doug Lifford

Doug Lifford has been a resident of Mission for the past 32 years, where he and his wife Donna raised their three children and has owned and operated his independent mortgage brokerage on First Avenue for the past 15 years.

He is an active member of the Mission community beginning with the Kinsmen Club of Mission almost 30 years ago, to becoming a recipient of the Paul Harris Award for his overseas work with the Rotary Clubs of Mission.  Doug is a proud member of the Down Town Business Association, coached youth soccer for over 10 seasons, and is serving his third term as a Director for the Mission Chamber of Commerce.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys spending time with his active family and working on his vintage race cars.  “Giving back to the community has its own rewards, and I am honored to serve the local business community”.

doug@douglifford.com

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Ethel Lariviere

Ethel Lariviere is an Independent Licensed Commercial and Residential Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending Centres. As a Licensed Mortgage Broker Ethel is dedicated in assisting clients in making responsible informed decisions by providing guidance and expert industry and market knowledge.  She has over 18 years of combined commercial, retail banking, and residential mortgage lending experience.

She is passionate in providing innovative lending and mortgage solutions tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Before becoming a mortgage broker Ethel was a Commercial Account Manager and she embraces entrepreneurship, small business and the keen ability to look out of the box as no two businesses or individual are alike.

Ethel and her husband moved to Mission in May of 2016.  They are empty nesters and have a grand-daughter.  Ethel dedicates her time to the Mission Chamber of Commerce and has been on the Government Affairs Committee and Chamber Member since 2017. Ethel is also a member of the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC and the Bigstone Cree Nation.   Ethel is an avid runner and marathoner, enjoying sports in general as an ex-competitive dragon boat racer and hockey player

Dominion Lending Centres – A Better Way Independently Owned and Operated   ethellariviere@dominionlending.ca

District of Mission Liaison (Non Voting)

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Mayor Pam Alexis

Pam Alexis completed both a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction and a Post Degree Professional Program at the University of Victoria. Pam moved to Mission in 1996 after residing in Japan and Texas for many years. Pam is a proud resident of Hatzic. Pam refers to herself as a community builder as she has sat in various capacities on many community boards including the Chamber of Commerce.

Pam was elected as a school trustee in 2005 and held the position until 2011. In 2012, Pam was given the role of Vice President of the 2014 BC Winter Games solidifying her connections to the community. In 2014, Pam was elected as a municipal councillor and worked tirelessly on a number of issues impacting the community. Pam has been a proud Rotarian for many years, serving as president in 2010. In 2018, Pam was elected as Mayor.

In her spare time, she sings with JoyVox Community Choir which now in its 18th year.

palexis@mission.ca

Community Features North Fraser Liaison (Non Voting)

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Allan Main

Allan moved to Mission in 2011 to take the position of Executive Director of the North Fraser Community Futures, a program that supports small business within the community. His background includes owning a small business, and providing marketing and management direction for a number of small companies. Allan has sat on the board of the Central Okanagan Community Futures and has been a member of a number of committees within the Community Futures organization. Allan is the Community Futures liaison on the Chamber.

Community Futures Development Corp. of North Fraser
32386 Fletcher Ave.
amain@northfraser.org

Mission Downtown Business Association Liaison (Non Voting)

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Joanna McBride 

Joanna was raised in Mission. After high school, she decided to take off and travel the world.

During this time, she did everything from picking fruit in Australia and skiing in Lake Louise to studying in Ecuador and saving sea turtles in Greece.

It wasn't until 2013 that she decided to return and settle back down in Mission with her little dog, Potzy.

Joanna is the Events Planner for the District of Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park, as well as the Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association.

Joanna has been active with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Volunteer Mission and enjoys being active in our wonderful community.

In her spare time, Joanna enjoys writing, hiking, biking and exploring the world.

info@downtownmission.ca