2017/2018

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. 

 

  • Dave Willie - President

    Dave Willie - President

    Dave Willie has owned and operated Black & White Event Rentals for over 25 years, serving Vancouver Island events and festivals from Victoria to Campbell River. Their clients include Corporate, Universities, Non Profit and Event Planners from across the lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

    He has served as a Director and President of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, where Black & White has held a membership for over 20 years.

    This experience served him well as a Councillor in Qualicum Beach and also as a Director at the Nanaimo Regional District where good governance and oversight is important.

  • Jean Maltesen, President-Elect

    Jean Maltesen, President-Elect

    Jeannie Maltesen moved to Parksville in 1993, and has lived in Errington since 1998. Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and is working on completing her Doctorate in Education. She has been employed by VIU since 1993 and currently holds the position of Dean, Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation. As a representative for Vancouver Island University, a local resident of the Oceanside community, a parent of two high school age children, and a spouse of a local business owner, Jeannie has a vested interest in the economic development of this community. She brings a valuable perspective to the Chamber that encompasses a broad scope of stakeholder interests; one that supports the development of a vision and implementation of an actionable plan that will achieve long-term sustainability of a healthy, thriving Oceanside region.
  • Andy Lankester, Vice-President

    Andy Lankester, Vice-President

    Andy Lankester has been the General Manager at Harris Oceanside GM since 2011, and recently was appointed Managing Partner, after purchasing shares in the company. He has been an active participant in Chamber events and a Board member since 2014. Andy believes that we can build a strong, vibrant, growing community, by supporting one another. He has a love for being on the water and enjoys family and fishing when time allows.

  • Terry Kerr, Treasurer

    Terry Kerr, Treasurer

    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.

  • Tim Allix, Director

    Tim Allix, Director

    Tim Allix graduated from computer training at Vancouver Vocational College in 1986, following IDM, Epson Canada, and Northwest Digital (HP corporate) Tim started Zoomy Computers in Whistler,BC.  Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2009 Tim has kept Zoomy Computers going, rebuilding his customer base, and rebranding as home-based Zoomy.com (Technology Made Easy).    Tim also operates Sky-Camera.ca, which is a drone-based aerial photography/video venture.  This will be his second year doing business, and he has his Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), which is required to work legally as a professional aerial photographer.
  • Cathie Kanani, Director

    Cathie Kanani, Director

    Cathie Kanani is a RBC Mortgage Specialist at the Parksville RBC. She has been with RBC for 20 years. In addition to her time with RBC, Cathie also worked for CIBC and BMO and she says she has done pretty much every job at the bank. It is her desire to be involved in the growth and well being of business in the Parksville region.

    Cathie and her husband of 40 years have lived in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area for 25 years where they raised their daughter. Cathie is a member of the Oceanside Women’s Business Network. She has been a Rotarian and a Board member with Parksville Ballet.

  • Dee McKinney, Director

    Dee McKinney, Director

    Dee McKinney is the owner of Nail & Body Essence. She has been participating in Chamber events since 2012 as a representative of Oceanside ROI and took out a full membership in 2014. Dee has been an active contributor to the Fantasy Auction, Business Awards and Bocce on the Beach. Dee believes that being a member of the Chamber provides her with the opportunity to support her peers, network and work as a team to grow a strong business based community. She looks forward to serving the membership as a Director with the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.
  • Philip Perry, Director

    Philip Perry, Director

    Phillip Perry, PhD is the founder of Coyotes Coffee, a specialty coffee micro roasting facility located in Parsksville BC. His background in the coffee industry includes operating several high end coffee bars on Vancouver Island over the past 13 years. His experiences over the previous 30 years have included serving as a forensic psychologist for the Federal government, founder of the Crisis Walk In Clinic at Vancouver Island Health Authority, CEO of WOODS Treatment Centres Western Canada, Trauma specialists at Foothills Hospital in Alberta and professor of psychology at UBC and adjunct professor of psychiatry at foothills Hospital.
  • Luc Ouellet, Director

    Luc Ouellet, Director

    Luc Oullet started his professional career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer “R” & Red Seal Automotive Technician. Prior to starting his 20 year teaching career he owned & operated A-Star Automotive Recyclers in Prince George.

    It is his wish to use his business and teaching experience to enhance partnerships with the chamber and school district to invest in the potential of our youth. As an advocate for projects that enhance economic viability of our community the chamber is an excellent organization to take a leadership role in connecting youth with local opportunities. In return, youth provide many benefits to local businesses.

  • Beth Ross, Director

    Beth Ross, Director

    Born in Victoria, active in media from 1976, and a resident of Parksville/Qualicum Beach since 1981, Beth established bDigital Video Productions in 2011. Husband Gary helped raise their combined 5 children, 4 of whom are still local. What better way to support the community and grow a business than by supporting the Chamber of Commerce. Beth sits on the Communications Committee. Beth believes the Chamber of Commerce is a valuable group and would like to offer her support in a more formal way, by volunteering on the board. She feels she has good ideas about networking and social media support, as well as contributing as a growing new business.
  • Robynne Shaw, Director

    Robynne Shaw, Director

    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.
  • Meghan Walker, Director

    Meghan Walker, Director

    Meghan Walker, REALTOR® at Royal LePage Parksville Qualicum Beach Realty has already achieved Director’s Platinum Award for being in the top 5% of residential agents in our market. In her previous career in tourism she enjoyed sharing her love of the island. This included working at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort, a role as Visitor Centre Manager and Membership Manager at the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Over 9 years at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre. Meghan has been involved in local community groups and events such as the Qualicum Beach Family History Society the Dogwood Appaloosa Horse Club and Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and Haven House fundraisers.
  • Bill McKinney,  Past President

    Bill McKinney, Past President

    Bill McKinney moved to Parksville in 2000 following a 35 year career with the Royal Bank. During these years he held several managerial positions including 12 as Manager, Marketing & Sales for the BC/Yukon District. Following his retirement, he immediately formed Ideal Images, a promotional products & corporate apparel company. Recipient of The Citizen Of The Year Glassie in 2005, Bill offers a vast wealth of experience and knowledge from the business world and a passion for marketing and customer service.

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From hotel discounts to discounted fuel and banking services, members of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce gain exclusive access to these and other terrific incentives for becoming a member. Interested in building connections with China? How about preferred rates with VersaPay and First Data Merchant Services? The benefits of becoming a Parksville Chamber of Commerce member are simply incredible.

Contact the Parksville Chamber of Commerce to learn how to access these benefits.


  • Networking and Promotional Opportunities

    The Chamber hosts nine General Membership Dinner Meetings annually, where members have the opportunity to share ideas and business information, to connect with others, listen to a guest speaker and promote their business.

    Our monthly Business after Business (BaB) events are also a great way to meet other members. As the host of a BaB, you have the opportunity to showcase your business to a captive audience or simply a chance to hook up with someone to play golf with on Saturdays.

    Referrals are a big part of what we do. On average, the Visitor Centre welcomes over 25,000 people each year and answers many telephone inquiries. Local residents, businesses and tourists are seeking information on: Accommodations, Shopping, Relocation, Attractions, Restaurants and Services. Members can display their business cards/brochures at the Centre to capture the attention of visitors.

    Our Website and its Business Directory are the main source of information for the many daily inquiries by phone, email and in person about local businesses. Your membership includes a basic listing, a link to your site / email, a location map and the tools to load your own logos and pictures.

    We have a Social Media presence through Facebook and Twitter (with over 1,500 followers), and like/follow our members and others so we can pass on relevant, member to member, information to our followers.

    Networking and Promotional Opportunities
  • Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites

    We work behind the scenes to promote your business 24/7. When potential clients stop by the Chamber office or come in to the Parksville Visitor Centre, we point new customers in your direction through word-of-mouth advertising. Put your promotional material on display and find potential clients when and where they're looking. Our Online Member Directory has the double impact of enabling people to find out about your business through the Official Chamber Site while simultaneously increasing the visibility of your own website on the search engines.

    We are always looking for new ways to expose your business to our members. Our staff, both at the Visitor Centre and the Chamber office is open to suggestions which may work better for your type of business. You can leverage our advertising budget to increase your visibility. Call our staff to discuss how we can help you in promoting your business.

    Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites
  • Advocacy

    Advocacy Working on your Behalf

    The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with industry, business associations, and other Chambers of Commerce to work with municipal, provincial and federal government bodies to find solutions to issues that negatively affect business and/or our community.

    A list of the Policy and Position papers in the works is right here.
    Advocacy
  • Exclusive Member Discounts

    Merchant Visa/MasterCard Preferred Rates

    We have partnered with First Data Canada, a leader in the payments industry, to help your business Sell More and Save More. All members are provided exclusive low rates on merchant services; low credit and debit card processing costs, ecommerce tools, mobile payment apps, and a user-friendly online reporting tool to support and grow your business.

    Call the Chamber officer at 250-248-3613 to find out more.

    Member 2 Member Discounts

    This program is based on “Members Supporting Members”. Participating members offer 10%, 20%, or 30% off of their regular prices to other members. The use of your member card identifies those who participate. This program encourages our members to shop locally; it's a win-win.

    Fuel Discounts

    With the cost of fuel today, ANY discount can make a difference. We are pleased to participate in special programs and be able to pass these discounts to you. Our current partners are: PetroCanada, Shell Fleet Plan, Esso Imperial Oil. Contact us to learn more.

    Shipping Discounts

    Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Members can take advantage of exclusive discounts on UPS and Purolator Small Package shipments, Brokerage and Freight shipments. Whether you send one package a week or 50, you save right from the start. No minimums. No hassle.

    Other Affinity Programs

    There are several other affinity programs you may access, including Hotel and Travel Discounts, Small Business BC webinars, and more.

    Don't forget the Hotel Discounts!


    Exclusive Worldwide Discounts for Chamber Members.
    Chamber members can now receive hotel discounts in Canada and around the world for unlimited business and leisure travel. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce member hotel discount program is provided for the exclusive access of our members and their employees.
    Savings may be as much as 50%, and average 10-20% below market rates.
    Happy travels and happy savings!

     Take me to the hotel discounts!

    Call Linda at the Chamber for your Username and Password: (250) 248-3613
    Exclusive Member Discounts
  • Group Insurance Plan

    Whether you're a solo entrepreneur, home-based business or part of a larger firm, benefits are a very important part of your financial security. The Chambers Plan lays a solid foundation for that security, based on a benefit program designed specifically for you and your company! Coverage
    • Dental Care
    • Extended Health Care
    • Group Term Life Insurance
    • Critical Illness
    • Disability Coverage
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
    • Best Doctors
    • Business Overhead Expense Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Services
    • Group RRSP
    • For more information, contact our local representative, Mike Hrabowych
    Group Insurance Plan
  • Payworks Online Payroll Service

    Payworks is the most competitively priced program of on-line payroll services available. Will remit your Revenue Canada payments for free. Must be an active Chamber member for this special pricing.
    • Basic Run Charge $15.60 & one time set up fee $200
    • Choice of direct deposit or cheques
    • Integration with Chamber Group Plan
    • Year end tax filing/T4’s
    • $1.32 per Direct Deposit or Cheques
    • "Go Green" and save 10% per payroll run and 10% off the per employee charge by printing your own reports and/or pay statements.
    • Dedicated account managers
    Payworks Online Payroll Service
  • Staying Informed

    Stay informed about Chamber events and activities through the weekly "Chamber e-Connection". Members are encouraged to use this newsflash as a way to communicate with other members...a Value-Added benefit of your Chamber Membership! Send your e-flash submissions to the e-connection publisher, and we will include member info that is directly relevant, member to member, as well as newsworthy, to give you the business edge. If we keep each other up-to-date about our businesses, then it will make cross-referrals more effective.

    Regular editorials in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News and Business Vancouver Island papers are submitted by Chamber staff, and, of course, the website is a source of information as well.

    The Chamber also maintains a Facebook page and Twitter feed, for immediate updates and information bulletins that, we hope, will be of interest to our followers.

    Staying Informed

 

MEMBER 2 MEMBER DISCOUNTS

One of the goals of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is to encourage our members to shop locally. Your member card is a reminder of the great value Chamber members offer to one another. These discounts will be offered year round, on REGULAR pricing, unless otherwise stated.

10% discount

    • All in One Home Inspections Inc. (discount applies to any regular priced home inspection or mold inspection)
    • Arneeon Media
    • Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (10% discount applies to accessories & treats; 5% discount food & litter)
    • Close to You (discount applies to regular priced, in-stock items)
    • Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (10% discount applies to accessories & treats; 5% discount food & litter)
    • Elite Image
    • Hamilton Thorne Quality Cabinets Ltd.
    • Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Ltd. (discount applies to parts, service & accessories)
    • Infinity – Gifts for your Soul
    • Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
    • North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (discount applies to gift shop sales)
    • One of a Kind Creative Wood Crafting
    • Paradise Sea Shell Motel
    • Parksville Home Hardware
    • Sexessories
    • Stonewater Spa
    • The Tool Shed
    • Village Design & Drafting

Other

  • Freedom 55 Financial – free planning session
  • Nigel Burridge Ltd., C.A. – free initial consultation
  • Team W Realty, Rudi & Trish Widdershoven - $350 credit towards Building Inspection or Legal Fees

Kim Burden - Executive Director

Kim Burden 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 passionate about 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.ccKim can be reached at the Chamber office 9-5 pm Monday through Friday.

Lynda Schneider - Bookkeeper

Lynda Schneider has been the Chamber's bookkeeper since 2009, is a certified Visitor Counsellor, and has explored the Island extensively. She is always ready to share those off-the-beaten-path areas with visitors. For four seasons, Lynda was the Summer by the Sea Street Market Coordinator and helped to build the market up to being one of the largest street markets on Vancouver Island. She can also be seen helping to coordinate our Canada Day Celebrations. Lynda enjoys graphic design, art and photography. Lynda works Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-5 pm.

Linda Tchorz - Member Services

Linda is the most familiar face at the Chamber with over 20 years experience...give or take. Linda started as a volunteer assisting with the Fantasy Auction. She is a certified Visitor Counsellor and she trains most of the staff, volunteers and summer students that come through the Chamber. Linda grew up in the area and easily shares her knowledge of the local community with staff and visitors alike. Linda manages Member Services, Visitor Centre Administration, website, social media and events. She can be reached at the Chamber office Tuesday through Thursday 9-5pm. 

Lisa Wallace - Sales/Marketing and Visitor Services 

Lisa recently moved to the Island from Nova Scotia, and has been with the Chamber since early in 2017. Born in Montreal and lived in Calgary for many years, she moved to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area to be closer to family. She is responsible for membership recruitment, advertising, marketing and Visitor Centre operations. She and her husband are always exploring the Island and making new discoveries. Being new to the area, Lis brings a fresh perspective to both Chamber business and Visitor Centre operations. She is also a certified Visitor Counsellor and work Monday to Friday 9-5pm. 

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