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Ambassadors Committee



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.  
Shawna has been a business leader in the Kelowna community since 2003.
She has her BBA, PFP, CSC, IFIC, BCO, GreenBelt Lean certification and has her life /accident /sickness insurance license.
20+ years in the Financial Industry, 15 years as a banking branch manager, 20 years mutual fund licensed and 21 years working at TD Canada Trust.
In 2015 Shawna transitioned from transaction-orientated financial services to a full-service trusted advisor. Specializing in helping financially successful people achieve their most important goals that are aligned with their most deeply held values. Creating a plan for your financial future; Keeping you financially organized to meet your goals; Establishing a comprehensive financial picture. 
Shawna is also CEO of Balance Well-Being Centre Inc. a holistic well being centre bringing together like minded companies to collaborate and create great things.

 
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.


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”


  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.  

Chris Gorman is a Sun Life Financial advisor, father and community leader.  Chris attended UBC, where he received a BA in History and Political Science and an MBA from the Sauder School of Business. He also received a Business Administration diploma from BCIT.

Chris’s career has spanned commercial insurance, post-secondary education leadership, non-profit financial management, and financial advising.  He is also an elected Trustee with the Central Okanagan School District.  His community service and professional experience reflect a commitment to building a better future.

As a financial advisor, Chris provides sound advice to develop and grow investment and insurance portfolios for individuals, families and businesses to achieve their financial security and wealth goals.  He provides valued counsel to choose the right options and simplify the processes to secure them at the right time.

Chris can be reached at 250.860.6403 ext. 2231 or by email at Chris Gorman. 

 

  Sandy Bengag is a Real Estate Professional with Royal LePage Kelowna. She serves the central Okanagan, and guides buyers and sellers through the entire real estate process. She understands that buying or selling a home can be very overwhelming so she caters to her clients unique needs to ensure a smooth, successful, and stress free real estate transaction. Being born and raised in the Okanagan Sandy has a strong understanding of the Okanagan market. 

Sandy loves being actively involved in her community as outgoing Miss BC interior, a Kelowna Chamber Ambassador, BC HRMA ambassador and an active fundraising coordinator for charities such as Cops for Cancer and the Daffodil campaign. 

Sandy can be reached at Sandy or 1-250-499-9560


Craig and his wife Carolyn are originally from Calgary and have been living in Kelowna for the past five years. Craig has an extensive background covering Telecommunications, Enterprise IT and Data Centers. Over the course of his career he has had senior roles in sales leadership, product management and business development.

Craig is also experienced in Real Estate Management, Real Estate Development, and Real Estate Finance.
Craig currently works for CityView (Municipal Software.com) as a Sales Development Specialist responsible for CityView’s Municipal Clients throughout Western Canada and the Mid-West USA.

 
 
 

Michelle Aucoin is an Advisor with Sun Life Financial, working with individual and professional clients to build confidence and resilience by planning and implementing a strategy for a lifetime of financial security.

Michelle is an experienced strategic communications, relationship and issues management professional leader.  She brings extensive experience in financial services, post-secondary education, technology-mediated community engagement and public consultation.  

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and history, as well as a Master of Arts degree in economic history from the University of Victoria.  

Michelle can be reached at Michelle or 1-250-860-6403 ext 2243