Chamber Ambassadors are among the frontline faces of the Chamber.
New members can expect a warm welcome to the Chamber with a visit to their place of business by one of our friendly Ambassador team members, who will bring along a goodie bag and a Kelowna Chamber member plaque. At our many events our Ambassadors might be seen greeting attendees, lending a hand at registration or assisting Chamber staff with a variety of tasks. Ambassadors are essential to the continued success of the Chamber, enhancing the connectivity of Chamber members, enhancing the value of Chamber membership, and striving to have Chamber members more engaged in the Chamber.
If you are passionate about assisting fellow members grow their businesses, ensuring they are involved in the Chamber and getting the most out of their memberships, then joining our Ambassador Committee is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. For more information on how to get involved contact Diana Dors at the Chamber.
Looking for a great way to promote your organization and welcome new members to the Chamber? Contribute some of your promotional knick-knacks to our New Member Welcome Bags! Contact Diana Dors for details.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Brian 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. Contact me.
Heather is a financial and insurance consultant with Investors Group Okanagan, assisting clients with a range of matters including financial strategies, estate planning, insurance needs, mortgages and charitable giving. She is focused on understanding her clients and presenting them with realistic paths to reach their financial goals. Heather believes in helping her clients live, dream and achieve their financial goals.
In her free time, Heather is always out hiking, exploring and enjoying the local attractions; taking advantage of all the Okanagan lifestyle has to offer.
Heather has volunteered as an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce since 2016 and currently sits as the Vice Chair of the Committee. Contact me.
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 as an Account Executive at Tom Harris Banks Centre TELUS Koodo Store. Contact me.
Dean is currently a partner with Kelowna Human Resources. Dean is a highly skilled Business Development Executive with more than 25 years of experience in transportation, construction, mining and service industries. Having raised his family in the Okanagan, he is very familiar with the business make up of Kelowna and surrounding areas. He has had great success with multinational companies as well as small business startups. Comfortable with all levels of an organization, Dean is highly skilled at finding solutions to business needs and is interested in partnering with you in improving your company’s human resources. Contact me.
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.
Over the past 50 years, Joe has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations in our community including the Knights Columbus, Rotary Club, and the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club where he is currently President. He considers himself 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 Bianca. Contact me.
Jillian Battaglio, CPA, CA is the owner of Creekside Accounting Ltd. She provides highly personalized tax and accounting services to small business and individuals from her boutique home-based firm. She has worked with a wide range of clients and strives to provide exceptional service and advice.
Working with her clients she helps meet their tax compliance needs while creating a strategy to meet their personal goals. Jillian has volunteered as an Ambassador since March 2018 and loves meeting small businesses. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and skiing. Contact me.
John 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. He 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. He describes himself as a continuous learner, motivated to learn more so that he can better help others achieve their goals. Contact me.
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.
When Justina is not out helping people make life change decisions in real estate, you'll likely find her in her garden, enjoying the outdoors, dancing up a Latin storm, or just relaxing with a good book on her patio (or trying to write her own!)
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. Contact me.
Kevin 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. Contact me.
Lorna has lived in Kelowna for close to 30 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 11 years she has worked for Wayside. Wayside has been a major player in the Printing Business since 1921. Over this time, Wayside has evolved to be more than a printing provider, now supplying Marketing, Design Services, Signage,Trade Show Displays, Packaging and so much more. Wayside employs over 60 people in the Okanagan. Lorna has a background in Graphic Design and a diploma in Advertising Art.
Lorna has been an ambassador with the Chamber for since 2015. Because she enjoys meeting new people in the business community, volunteering as an Ambassador is the perfect fit. Contact me.
Michelle 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. Contact me.
Michelle originally comes from Saskatchewan and gradually moved west with a 10 year stop over in Calgary. As an avid gardener she was drawn to the long growing season and the wide variety of plant life not found in the prairies. An added benefit was the mild winters making it an easy decision to call Kelowna home.
Michelle has been working in technology and accounting for over 25 years. Her list of credentials include being a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), holding a degree in Commerce with a major in computer science (w. distinction), and she is a Platinum QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Contact me.
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 two handsome & bright adult sons, one living in Berlin, one going to UBCO.
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. Her meticulous attention to detail and sincere understanding her clients unique needs ensures smooth transactions for each individual. Contact me.
Sandy 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. Contact me.
Sarah Lust is the Communication & Events Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna. She is a graduate from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management Degree in Marketing with a minor in graphic design. Sarah is a freelance digital marketer specializing in website development, social media and advertising campaigns. Sarah is a previous staff member of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and has been a volunteer ambassador since departing in 2016. Contact me.
Stacey has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2000.
Stacey’s recruitment career started in the Lower Mainland until her move to the Okanagan in 2000. Aspire support our clients in all industries from Engineering, Technology, Construction, Transportation, Forestry, Aviation and more. Since its inception in 2014, Aspire has grown to include not only Permanent and Temporary staffing assistance, but also Human Resources Consulting.
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. Contact me.
Diana Dors, Member Services Coordinator, 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! Contact me.