2013 - 2014
The Board of Directors is elected annually by the membership at our April Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors determine policies and programs. The staff employed by the board is responsible for organizing and executing the Chamber of Commerce's programs and promoting policies. The Committees and Task Forces are volunteer committees consisting of members of the Chamber of Commerce committed to achieving what needs to be done. As the #1 business association in the community, we are the voice of business through our collective association.
Robynne Shaw President
Robynne Shaw is the General Manager at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort. She has been in the hospitality business in management positions since 1986, most of which has been in the Oceanside area. She has seen great growth in our business community. Robynne appreciates the strength of the Chamber and is interested in taking on a role that will enhance her knowledge of the business community and assist to keep it strong. Robynne is the Chair of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, and Vice Chair of Region 6 – Skate Canada.
Terry Kerr Vice-President
Terry Kerr moved to Parksville with his wife Heather and two daughters, from Calgary, in February 2010. He has recently become a licensed Strata Manager in the province of BC and is working towards his Brokers license. Terry is one of the owners of The Kerr Group Management Corp. Since his appointment to the Board in 2011, Terry has taken on a Co-Chair role with Oceanside Initiatives – the Chamber Economic Development function.
Al McLean Secretary/Treasurer
Al McLean moved to Parksville from Burnaby in 2002. A graduate of BCIT, with a diploma in Marketing Management, he spent much of his working life in telecommunications, working as a business consultant, coaching clients in the areas of sales and customer service. Following his short retirement in 2002, Al went into real estate here in Oceanside and joined the Chamber. He has been active in the Chamber. serving on the Membership Committee, and continues his active role since retiring again last summer.
Donna Andres Director
Donna Andres, her husband Tim, and three children moved to Parksville in 2008. Donna was employed in the medical field for twenty five years and opened her own retail accessory boutique, Lady's Mantle, in Parksville in November of 2009. She loves the outdoors, gardening, her grandchildren and being involved in the community. Donna enjoys and appreciates the support of the chamber and is interested in taking on a role to assist others in business. Donna is the Chair of the Communications Committee.
Sue Battle Director
Sue Battle and daughters Keri and Brianne strive to offer a large variety of pet food, treats, accessories and gifts for the animal lover in us all at Bosley’s in Parksville. Sue has lived on the Island since 1997 and in Parksville for the past two years. Her hobby is breeding and showing silver Bengal cats, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her two young granddaughters.
Jason Granger Director
Jason Granger is the owner of Encompass Computer Services. With 16 years’ experience, Jason is a hands on tech professional with a technology background that spans industrial control systems, manufacturing, education and law enforcement. Jason is the past president of the Oceanside chapter of Business Network International, co-founder of Central Island Business Builders and Co-Chair of Oceanside Initiatives – the Chamber Economic Development function.
Ashley Henry is the Business Development Representative for Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC. Ashley is the mother of two young girls, and lives in Nanoose Bay. Ashley enjoys all the things that the island has to offer such as boating, biking, hiking and exploring. Ashley moved to Oceanside from the lower mainland three years ago where she spent over ten years in the automotive industry as a financial services manager.
Mark Jones became the Branch Manager of the Parksville Coastal Community Branch in February of 2012. He graduated from Malaspina University in 2007 with a Bachelor in Business Administration and has enjoyed applying his education to a variety of challenging and exciting positions at the Credit Union since 2005. In his spare time, Mark enjoys hiking, kayaking, and everything outdoors, as well as playing and watching hockey.
Lisa Leger Director
Lisa Leger is a Natural Health Consultant at Pharmasave Health Centre in Parksville, and she also has a private practice as a Fertility Awareness Educator. Lisa is currently the Chair of the Mid Island Chapter, Osteoporosis Canada - 2004-present, Vice President, Board of Directors of the Forward House Community Society and a member of the Steering Committee for Family Health and Wellness Fair as well as a member of Oceanside Community Partners and Volunteer Leader, Chronic Disease Self Management Program. Lisa chairs the Chamber’s Membership Committee.
Gurdeep Nagra Director
Gurdeep Nagra, and her husband Dale, have lived on the island for most of their lives. Gurdeep has been a part of the Oceanside business community since 2001 through Bodyworks Fitness and now with Saheli Boutique. Gurdeep and Dale have two children.
Through her business she connects with many people in the community and through her involvement with the Chamber, Gurdeep believes she can help create change for the people that she meets each day.
Bonnie Wallis Director
Bonnie Wallis grew up in the Toronto area, moved west in 1981 and moved from Victoria to Oceanside in 1990. Bonnie has worked primarily for tax accounting firms since 1995, with a few short years as a controller and business manager in vehicle sales companies, and earned her CGA designation ten years ago. She started her business in Parksville in April, 2008. Bonnie is the Treasurer for the Oceanside Kiwanis Club, the Cedars Society, and past Chairperson for the KidFest Society, and a new Rotarian. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys kayaking, camping and playing poker.
Rudi Widdershoven Past President
Rudi Widdershoven and his wife, Trish, have called Oceanside home since 1983. His experience as an RCMP officer for 14 years, 10 years with the City of Parksville, and now as a Realtor, gives Rudi diverse insights into the community. Due to his desire to be active and give back to the community, Rudi became a director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce in 2002, and has served as the Chamber’s Secretary/Treasurer, 1st Vice President, and has chaired the Summer by the Sea Street Market Committee.
Kim Burden Executive Director
Kim brings a strong business background to the Chamber. He spent 30 years owning and operating a variety of businesses. He has been a member of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce since 2002 and had seven years experience with the Chamber Board before moving over to the Executive Director’s position. Kim is very involved with the Oceanside Community and has served as a Board member with several local groups including The Oceanside Development & Construction Association, The Parksville & District Historical Society, Pacific Sport Vancouver Island, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, The Parksville Garden and Parkland Society, The Oceanside Generals, The Parksville Beachfest Society and The Rotary Club of Parksville. A passion for rugby sees him on the field Sundays with the Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club over forty side – The Yoos-to-Bees.