Ambassadors Committee Mandate
As a committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will serve in a front-line role by welcoming members to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
Chaired by a member of the Kelowna Chamber, this group will meet new members of the Chamber to enhance the connectivity of Chamber members, enhance the value of Chamber membership, and strive to have Chamber members more engaged in the Chamber and contribute their ideas in a regular report to the Member Care Committee.
The reason Chamber members become Ambassadors is they wish to assist in business community, helping Chamber members grow their businesses. The role means they act as facilitators between Chamber members, making new and existing members feel welcome, providing introductions between Chamber members and assisting Chambers members in networking.
For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors Committee and how to get involved please contact the Chamber or committee chair Shawna McCrea.
| Shawna is the Ambassador Committee Chairperson.
She is a successful Sales Leader, with 24 years experience in the financial sales and service industry. Critical strengths include cohesive team building, relationship marketing and applying sound business strategies. Positive, enthusiastic, creative and results driven with proven track record of leading successful teams.
|Dennis has his PhD and is the Director, Continuing Studies and Corporate Development at Okanagan College.
Over the past 30 years (or so) Dennis has had a variety of roles in community development and education. Starting his career as a youth worker, he has worked in the provincial government, operated a small business, led a community-based non-profit organization, and contributed to several smaller and larger public post secondary institutions across western Canada. Throughout these travels, Dennis has valued his connections to and his work with several chambers of commerce. These organizations play a vital role in supporting businesses, particularly small businesses, to succeed, thereby contributing to community prosperity.
"I am pleased to support the work of the Kelowna Chamber through my work as an Ambassador".
|Patricia has been a member Ambassador for 10 years. She is a Chartered Accountant(1983) from Alberta and has worked for a variety of companies, both in the public & private sector (Shell, Turbo, Prudential, University of Calgary, Alberta Sports Council, Houston Grand Opera). She has 2 sons, Scott and Matt age 26 and 24. Scott currently lives in Australia and Matt teaches English in Toyko.
Patricia enjoys a variety of activities including sailing, golfing, tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing, scuba diving and hiking. Patricia owns a lakefront cottage on Okanagan Lake to maximize her enjoyment of the Okanagan lifestyle.
Patricia is focused on getting results for her clients. I ensure smooth transactions as a result of my sincere understanding of each individuals unique needs and my meticulous attention to detail.
|Bill Jack is the owner of Club Wine Tours. He has lived in the Okanagan for over 15 years. Bill has a beautiful wife Donna and two amazing daughters Serena and Tianna. He found his passion in tourism providing tours to thousands of guests from 48 different countries. Tours range from day tours, a customized private tour with a barrel tasting, to an afternoon sunset dinner tour. Bill has learned many skills in business to enhance his role as an Ambassador. He has been a Chamber member for several years. Bill enjoys meeting new chamber members, assisting in networking events and visiting new businesses.
“I wish you champagne wishes & Okanagan dreams”
|John Whitehead is an experienced leader, facilitator and coach with over 40 years of senior sales management experience. Over the years John has experienced various sales management experiences from retail to direct sales, selling both tangible and intangibles. John has held senior operational positions with national organizations achieving significant recognition for his results.
In 2010 John decided to return to school and in 2012 graduated from Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC with an MA in Leadership. John describes himself as a continuous learner, motivated to learn more so that he can better help others achieve their goals.
Andrea Lindal is a Digital Communications Specialist and owner of Lexabi Communications. Lexabi specializes in Social Media, Email Marketing, Blogging, Digital Marketing Strategy and website development. Raised in Kelowna with over 25 years of marketing & communications experience, Andrea involves herself in the community and holds much pride in her work and family.
| Todd Myles is a senior accountant with MNP LLP where he primarily works in assurance services. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2012.
Although born in Ontario, Brian considers himself Kelowna-bred (and justifiably so). Brian plans to build his practice as a corporate/commercial lawyer at Pushor Mitchell serving the needs of Okanagan businesses.
Prior to setting himself along the path of the legal profession, Brian worked in many of Kelowna’s key industries including construction and landscaping, tourism and hospitality, customer service, and during his younger days even acted as mobile news distribution specialist (paperboy). His past experiences and exposure to the diverse range of businesses present in the Okanagan provides Brian with a unique perspective of the opportunities the region has to offer as well as the challenges which it can pose.
Brian is eager to assist business owners in his legal career and as an Ambassador for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
| Lorna has lived in Kelowna for 24 years. During this time she has always worked in the printing industry as an account representative and loved every minute of it. For the past 8 years she has worked for Wayside. Wayside has been a major player in the Printing Business for over 94 years. Over this time, Wayside has evolved to be more than a printing provider, now supplying Marketing, Design Services, Signage, Packaging and so much more. Wayside employs over 50 people in the area. Lorna has a background in Graphic Design and a diploma in Advertising Art.
Lorna lives with husband Kurt in beautiful South East Kelowna. They have 2 great kids, Kendra and Nicholas. Aside from a busy family life, Lorna enjoys skiing, discovering new and exciting places in the spectacular Okanagan and spending time in her crazy garden.
“I enjoy meeting new people and am very excited to be a an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber. Please feel free to contact me directly should you need assistance with your Printing, Marketing or Large Format Signage needs at Lorna or 1-800-663-6432 ext 402”