Chaired by a long-standing member of the Kelowna Chamber, this group welcomes new members of the Chamber with a visit to their place of business!
Their important volunteer role is to enhance the connectivity of Chamber members, enhance the value of Chamber membership, and strive to have Chamber members more engaged in the Chamber.
The reason Chamber members become Ambassadors is because they wish to assist in our business community; helping Chamber members grow their businesses. Their 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 Diana Dors at the Chamber.
Brian Stephenson is a real estate, business, and wills and estates lawyer with Pushor Mitchell LLP, assisting clients with a range of matters including residential conveyances and commercial property development, corporate/commercial transactions, commercial financing, and estate and succession planning. Brian has volunteered as an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce since 2014 and currently sits as the Chair of the Committee.
Patricia has been a member Ambassador for 12 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, a digital marketing firm. Lexabi specializes in Social Media & holistic digital marketing plus website development. She has lived in Kelowna most of her life and has over 25 years of marketing & communications experience.
Andrea keeps busy by involving herself in the community, running her business, networking with other local entrepreneurs, and being a mom to two beautiful children.
You can reach her by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her directly at 250.215.1122
Lorna has lived in Kelowna for 25+ 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”
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 almost ten 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 Connects Wireless as an Account Executive.
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
As an Irish, Scottish, Russian-German, Chinese Realtor born in Canada and raised in cities throughout the Okanagan, Justina holds a true appreciation for the beauty of the valley and the unique opportunities and advantages of the various Okanagan communities. An avid traveler and explorer, she always looks forward to returning home to the Okanagan oasis. After a globetrotting adventure, nothing makes her appreciate home more than the friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and cornucopia of agriculture available in the valley. Such an awareness promotes her passion to advocate for the protection of the natural environments that make the valley such a desirable location and she encourages her clients to make environmentally friendly choices that are to their economic benefit and that also ensure sustainable Okanagan futures.
When Justina is not out helping people make life change decisions in real estate, you'll likely find her in her garden, camping out in the back 40s, hiking a mountain, grooming some horses, climbing some rocks, dancing up a Latin storm, volunteering at local music and cultural events or just relaxing with a good book on her patio or trying to write her own! Living in such a diverse community and environment has allowed Justina to develop a variety of hobbies and passions and compels her to encourage everyone she knows to move here and take advantage of holiday-living 365 days a year.
Justina comes equipped with knowledge of real estate investing including: wholesaling, flipping houses, and negotiation and sales. She is dedicated to sharing her experiences and passions to guide her clients in their decisions, whether it is their first or forty-first home, allowing YOU to SEE Smart, Economic and Environmental possibilities.
Kevin Commins is an Account Manager, Small Business at TD Canada Trust and a true Kelowna local, having lived here for over 30 years. He works to provide exceptional service and sound financial advice to business owners in an effort to meet their diverse credit, deposit, cash management and payment processing needs. Kevin has a BBA in Financial Services from Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with the Financial Planning Standards Council. Kevin has volunteered with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador since 2016.
Stacey has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2000 and an Ambassador for 6 months.
Stacey’s recruitment career started in the Lower Mainland until her move to the Okanagan in 2000. Aspire was created in 2014 and has grown over the 4 years to include not only Permanent and Temporary staffing assistance, but, also Human Resources Consulting. We support our clients in all industries from Engineering, Technology, Construction, Transportation, Forestry, Aviation and more.
Stacey enjoys everything about the Okanagan, the lake, hiking, biking, wineries and camping with her husband and kids. To be able to own a business and have the support of the Okanagan community is a blessing in her mind.
Bonita Summers has spent her life pursuing a scientific basis for the paranormal events that she has experienced since birth, cultivating intuitive abilities that enable her to quickly pinpoint subconscious patterns affecting decision-making, confidence, and awareness. She incorporates quantum physics, Buddhist teachings, and mysticism as well as practical experience in the corporate world. As a former university administrator, editor of a national business magazine, journalist, website developer, and certified crisis counsellor, Bonita coaches her clients and leads groups into empowered personal lives and professional success. A gifted speaker, workshop leader and Advanced PSYCH-K facilitator, Bonita operates from her Spirit Kelowna office in downtown Kelowna and worldwide from bonitasummers.com.
Joe has lived in Kelowna since 1964 after immigrating to Canada in 1963. He has enjoyed working as a trainman and conductor for Canadian Pacific Railways for thirty years both with the running trades and with Via Rail. Along with his wife, Bianca, they have also managed their own residential and commercial rentals over the years while living on and operating and orchard.
Over the past 50 years, Joe has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations in our community such as the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club (of which he is currently President), Knights Columbus, Rotary club, Folkfest, Multicultural Society, National Congress of Italian Canadians, Central Okanagan Crimestoppers, Ben Lee Park Society, Lions Club, Downtown Kelowna Association, Uptown Rutland Business Association, as well as being involved with a number of charity Golf Tournaments, the fundraising of the new Italian wing of the National Museum of Civilization and the 2001 opening of Pier 21 in Halifax.
Over the years Joe has been fortunate to have been awarded various recognitions such as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, finalist for the City of Kelowna's Fred Macklin Award in both 1989 and 2000 and the Crimestoppers volunteer of the Year award in 1998.
Having recently sold their orchard, Joe can now enjoy more golf, spending more time on hobbies and vintage cars, gardening and travel with his wife.
Diana Dors, Membership Engagement Specialist is the Kelowna Chamber staff liaison for the Ambassador Committee. Diana enjoys this role immensely. Working with this amazing group of volunteers is extremely rewarding and fun!