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Our Team

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Janessa Derksen, Operations Manager

Janessa has seven years of post-secondary education in an array of Political Science, Communications, Marketing, Law, and Business.  In addition to these years, Janessa is in the process of obtaining her Bachelors of Public Administration Degree from Thompson Rivers University. For previous work experience, she has five years in the restaurant industry with 2 years being in a senior management role of a well-established restaurant chain.   The two years of volunteer work as the Exhibitor Coordinator with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival has allowed Janessa to put time into the beautiful place she is happy to have called home for the past two decades, Mission.

Janessa looks forward to helping you establish your next connection, and find ways to help your business save money, & prosper.

“Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google

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Lara Goad, Office Administrator

Lara brings to the Chamber over 15 years of experience in administration, customer service and office management as well as over 10 years’ experience owning her own small business. Lara attended Simon Fraser University where she studied Criminology and spent over 13 years involved with the Royal Air Cadet Program here in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Lara enjoys the outdoors and loves to spend her time in her garden, camping and doing various crafts.

Lara is excited to be a part of the Mission Chamber team and is looking forward to meeting you all!