The Board of Directors is elected annually and 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 consisting of members of the Chamber of Commerce are committed to achieving the goals within the strategic plan. As the #1 business association in the community, we are the voice of business through our collective association. 

  • Jean Maltesen, President

    Jean Maltesen, President

    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 Associate VP of Marketing and Communications. 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 Chamber and 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.
  • Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker has been a REALTOR® since 2014. Real estate is one of Meghan’s passions, as is building relationships and it shines through every interaction with her clients. It was the opportunity to do something she loved while establishing long-lasting relationships that drew her from her previous career in hospitality and tourism management. Her commitment to clients and love for the area have made her one of the top producing agents in the business. ​ During her term as a Chamber Director Meghan’s Real Estate knowledge and her Tourism experience were valuable resources for the Events and Policy Committee.
  • Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean worked for 25 years in the food manufacturing industry in South Africa and relocated with his family 6 years ago. Brian is with Core Insurance Solutions. Being a lifetime buyer of the commodity he is now on the other side of the desk! His passion in business leans towards entrepreneurship and he hopes he can provide some mentorship to those new to business and perhaps bring fresh ideas to the Board. ​

  • Tamara Schmidt, Treasurer

    Tamara Schmidt, Treasurer

    Tamara Schmidt grew up on the Island. She moved away to pursue her career options but relocated back 6 years ago with her family. Tamara has been with CIBC for the past 8 years in various roles throughout the organization, with her current role being Banking Centre Leader. Tamara volunteers for various charities including Run For the Cure, United Way and the BC Children’s Hospital.

  • Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres moved to the Island in 1998 with her husband Tim and 3 kids. She worked in the medical field for over twenty years and then had an opportunity to open her own business. She opened Lady’s Mantle in 2008. Soon after, she and Tim purchased the Speedy Glass Franchise and combined the businesses in one location. ​ Donna really enjoys having her family and grandchildren on the Island. Her favorite activity is walking the boardwalk and cycling with her grandkids. Donna is very involved in her community and supports many events and local charities. ​
  • Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford was raised in Port Alberni and with his family located to Parksville in 1972. He’s lived in the Parksville area for most of his life and for the last 20 years has lived in Nanoose Bay with his family. He and his wife Tami own Island Cleaning Supplies and their son in-law Todd Burnham manages the company with them. They each play a part, making it a real family business. Jeff holds an electrical ticket with the BC Safety Authority for low energy and is a licensed and bonded contractor. He is currently the VP of The Rotary Club of QB.
  • Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long moved to Parksville in 2015 from Whistler. Her family chose Parksville because it provided them with the right job opportunities, and they were ready for beach life after having been on the mountain for so long. Cassie works with Bayview Strata Services and has experience with communications, property management, hospitality management, marketing, social media and sales. She is passionate about real estate and sustainable development. She enjoys music, festivals, travel, family time, and community involvement. She’s always interested in connecting with others and exchanging ideas!

  • Rakaia McCarthy, Director

    Rakaia McCarthy, Director

    Rakaia McCarthy is the Operations Manager at Mercedes Lane Fashion & Furniture Ltd. Rakaia was born in New Zealand later moved to Scotland where she really found her passion for the fashion industry. After completing her Fashion Business and Creative Arts program at John Casablanca’s Institute in Vancouver she set her sights on moving to Parksville. Working with Mercedes Lane she has assisted with the expansion the business. This is Rakaia's second term as a Director with the Chamber.
  • Kathy Morrison, Director

    Kathy Morrison, Director

    Kathy Morrison has an extensive background in sales within the hospitality industry in a variety of roles. She has served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for three years at the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites in Burlington, ON. She has also travelled the globe as an International Sales trainer. Kathy is loving the outdoor opportunities of living in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region and spends her free time hiking and exploring the natural beauty on Vancouver Island. She looks forward to serving the community as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Luc Ouellet, Director

    Luc Ouellet, Director

    Luc Ouellet started his professional career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer ‘R’ & Red Seal Automotive Technician. Luc has been a teacher for over 20 years and currently works with SD 69. He wants to use his experience to enhance partnerships with the Chamber and SD 69, with the end goal of investing in the potential of our youth. Luc supports projects that enhance the economic viability of our community and he believes the Chamber can help to connect youth with local business.
  • Charmaine Smith, Director

    Charmaine Smith, Director

    Charmaine Smith works with Coastal Community Credit Union as a Business Relationship Manager in the Parksville Business Centre. She and her family settled in Qualium Beach 15 years ago after moving from Victoria. She has two teenage daughters.Charmaine enjoys Crossfit, gardening, beekeeping, and anything that keeps her outdoors! She is also part of the Board of Directors with Inclusion Parksville and the ODCA board. She likes to get involved in the community and to help where she can.
  • Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Constitutional Law from the University of Alberta. In 2013, following a long and distinguished legal career, Susan retired as Chief Corporate Counsel with the Alberta government, and moved to Parksville. Susan is a passionate advocate for the arts, and believes that art and culture contribute significantly to a vibrant community. She served on the Oceanside Community Arts Council for 4 years, and is currently vice-president of the Parksville Historical Society. Susan is also a piper and band secretary with the Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band.
  • Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie - Past 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 and President 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.

 

 

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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)
    • 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)
    • Hamilton Thorne Quality Cabinets Ltd.
    • Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Ltd. (discount applies to parts, service & accessories)
    • Island Self Storage
    • 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
    • Village Design & Drafting

Other

  • IRIS Advantage - exclusive eyewear offers from IRIS, combinable with your existing extended health plan www.iris.ca/benefits

 

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 Services Coordinator

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 the Visitor Centre operation, Chamber Administration and website. She can be reached at the Chamber office Tuesday through Thursday 9-5pm. Email Linda.

Lisa Wallace - Sales/Marketing and Communications 

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 sales, advertising, marketing and communications.  She and her husband are always exploring the Island,  making new discoveries and getting to know the area. Being new to the community, Lisa brings a fresh perspective to both the Chamber and Visitor Centre operations. She is also a certified Visitor Counsellor and works Monday to Friday 9-5pm. Email Lisa

Caitlin Woon - Event Coordinator 

Caitlin is a recent graduate of VIU, receiving her Bachelor of Tourism Management and an Event Management Certificate. She has lived in the Oceanside Community since she was 5 years old. On her time off you’ll catch her either planning her next travel tour, or at the mall shopping her little heart out. She will be coordinating the Chamber events which include the Summer by the Sea Street Market, the Gala and the Business Achievement Awards, just to name a few. You may recognize Caitlin, as she was one of our summer students in 2014. Her Visitor Counsellor skills will come in handy, as she will also be assisting visitors. Caitlin can be reached at the Chamber Monday to Friday 9-5. Email Caitlin

 

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