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Staff Bios

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. Kim can be reached at the Chamber office 9-5 pm Monday through Friday. Email Kim.

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. Email Lynda.

Linda Tchorz - Chamber Administration & Visitor Centre Manager

Linda is the most familiar face at the Chamber with over 25 years experience....give or take. Linda started as a volunteer assisting with the Fantasy Auction. She is a certified Visitor Counsellor and she trains 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 the Visitor Centre operation, Chamber Administration and website. She can be reached at the Chamber office Tuesday through Thursday 9-5pm. Email Linda.

Suzie Ghetler - Marketing, Sales & Community Relations

Suzie has worked in the Hospitality industry for most of her varied career path, embracing customer service, travel and tourism, food and beverage, hotel, housekeeping and retail among others. As a business owner for many years, she is often immersed in all aspects of the business, ranging from front line to back of house operations, wearing many hats. She is passionate about bringing ideas to life and opening doors to new opportunities for herself and others. She is honoured and excited to be part of the team at the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. Suzie is a Certified Visitor Counsellor and works Monday to Friday 9-5pm. Email Suzie

 

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