• 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 2018

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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 

     

  • Vice President 2018
    Tia Everitt

    Tia Everitt is Sales & Marketing Consultant for Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence, and is responsible for building the company’s brand and community presence in Mission. Tia is passionate about making lives better for seniors and their families, and helping them navigate the waters of retirement living.

    Tia is committed to business advocacy and outreach in Mission, and is an active member of the Chamber Government Affairs Committee. She also serves as Treasurer of the Mission, Abbotsford & Chilliwack Senior Service Providers Association, Principal & Consultant of Incipe Worker’s Cooperative and Director of Vibrant Social Impact Ventures.

    Originally from Kitimat, Tia’s sales and operations management career has taken her to Toronto, Winnipeg and far-flung regions of Northern Canada. Tia has been married to her husband Rick for over 16 years, and they are the parents of two ‘tweenage’ girls. They spend much of their free time outdoors in the beautiful Fraser Valley, and driving to swim meets across the Lower Mainland. She is presently pursuing post-professional studies in gerontology.

  • Treasurer 2018

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    Alana Martens

    Alana Martens is the CFO for Fraser Valley Building Supplies. With almost 15 years’ experience in Finance and Accounting, Alana brings experience from non-profit, education, public practice and most recently, industry sectors.  She has been at Fraser Valley Building Supplies for 6 years where she loves her job and the people she has the privilege of working with.  

    Alana is currently the Treasurer for the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce where she is regularly inspired by the dedication and heart of Mission’s local business people.  Alana has chaired the Events Committee for the past couple of years and currently chairs the Mission 125 Committee.

    In her spare time, Alana enjoys hiking, playing soccer and going on adventures with her husband and two daughters. 

    Rona/Fraser Valley Building Supplies
    604-820-1134
    alana@buildingsupplies.ca

     

  • Past-President

    Dave Sawatzky

    Co-Owner of Nutek Sign Creations, David is a Community Minded, Family-Centric Business Professional; experienced in Management & Leadership, Client Relations and Business Development.

    His strengths include: Team Building, Communications and Short & Long-Term Planning. He is also skilled in fostering change, building consensus, utilizing resources and relationships, which contributes to “grass roots” insight affecting day-to-day and long term planning. In his prior career working in the construction and industrial equipment rental industry, he has experience in divisional management and acquisition.

    David is currently the President and Board Chair of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce in addition to being a longstanding member and former chair of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.

    David lives in Abbotsford with his wife of 15 years, Suzanna, and their 4 children. As well, David is a board member of the St. James & St. Ann’s Catholic School Education Committee, and is a member of the Abbotsford Flying Club.

    Nutek Sign Creations
    31-39329 Mission Way
    info@nuteksigns.ca

  • Board of Directors 2018-2019

    Photo & Bio coming soonHeather O'Coin

    Heather O’Coin is a Business Banking Advisor with Envision Financial, with 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She has been with the company for all of those 15 years mostly in the Valley First region in the Penticton area. Heather has recently relocated from her home town of Penticton where she was active in the community. She is looking forward to working with the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce as a Director where she can get to know Mission’s local business people.  In her spare time, Heather enjoys hiking, camping and exploring her new home with her husband and two kids. 

    Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union
    778-347-6734
    hocoin@envisionfinancial.ca

  • Rita MacKenzie

    Photo coming soon

     

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    Board of Directors 2018-2020

    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. Ellen is a recipient of the Premiere’s Excellence Award. 

    Ellen is also active in the community:  volunteering as an Executive for both the Mission Minor Baseball Association and Mission Skating Club; managing kids’ volleyball and baseball teams; and has volunteered in hospitality at The BC Winter Games. 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, Colour Me Rad Run, Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

     

    What's On! Mission Magazine
    whatsonmission@live.ca
    604-308-6380

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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

  • Tom Osterberg

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    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   

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    Raj Patara was born and raised in Golden B.C. and is a Fund Development Coordinator for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.  Raj feels volunteering your time is the way to help build a stronger community.  Raj grew up in a family that was always in small business.  She ran her own business at the age of 25, her experience moved her to Victoria where she gained great experience in the political and bureaucratic world.  Eventually, finding her home in the not for profit sector.  Raj has been a member of the Abbotsford – Matsqui Rotary club for 4 years, and sees her role with Chamber to be another way for her to give back to her community through small business, the foundation of every community.  Raj keeps very busy with her home life and tries to raise her daughter with the same small town values she was raised with. 

    Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation
    877-661-0314
    Raj.Patara@fraserhealth.ca 

  • JJ Whitley 

    Creating unique content for Automotive Dealerships in Canada, USA. Converting eyes into customers through websites, promotions, graphics, videography, photography and 2d - 3d Animation. Professional Photographer for over 30 years. JJ has been a webmaster for over 20 years. 

    Clients include, Pioneer Auto Group, Open Road, Signature Mazda, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Valley Christian School, Mission City Pizza etc

    Shocking, Measurable, Results.

    JJ. Whitely
    jj@dv8.ca


  • Manny Deol 

  • District of Mission Liaison (Non Voting)

    Mayor Randy Hawes

    Randy Hawes was first elected as a Councillor in Mission in 1987. In 1993, Randy won the first of three consecutive terms as Mayor of 

    Mission.  In 2001, Randy was elected to the provincial legislature and re-elected in 2005 and 2009.  He was elected Mayor of Mission for a fourth term in November of 2014.

    Randy Hawes and his family moved to Mission in 1979. He worked in the banking and real estate sectors before being elected a Councillor of the District of Mission in 1987.

    rhawes@mission.ca

  • Community Futures 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 Liason (Non Voting)

    Tom Krish 

    Tom Krish award winning Realtor at Remax Little Oak Mission with 10+ years experience selling real estate as well as having 15 years of municipal experience

     

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    - Lacey Developments


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