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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce received overwhelming support for their policies presented at the BC Chamber 2019 AGM and Conference held in Burnaby last week.  

The policies presented were part of the collaborative work done with the joint policy committee for the PQB region. The committee includes three members from each Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, along with Anne Dodson, CEO Qualicum Beach Chamber and Kim Burden, Executive Director Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.

Jeannie Maltesen, President Parksville Chamber and Meghan Walker, President elect Parksville Chamber joined the Chambers executive, Kim Burden and Anne Dodson to present their polices and vote on behalf of membership on another 70 policies brought forward by the Chamber network.

‘The Thriving Orcas Thriving Communities’ – with input and support from 17 Vancouver Island Chamber of Commerce and the West Coast Fishing Guide Association was submitted with recommendations outlining scientifically verified approaches to enhancing Chinook populations and the Southern Resident Killer Whales without jeopardizing jobs and economic benefits from sport fishing in the waters around Vancouver Island.

In addition, we proposed an amendment to the local Government Act that provides Local Government with a choice to accept land or money during the sub-division approval process for either Attainable Housing or parks. The current act requires land or money  acquired during the sub-division process must be for Parks’ said Kim Burden, Executive Director Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.


The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce won the BC Chamber of Commerce Executives Member & Community Engagement Award among the 201 – 500 members category. The awards are presented annually at the BC Chamber AGM and Conference which was held last week in Burnaby.

 We impressed the selection committee with our member engagement programs and our attractive, easy to navigate website, just to name a few of the reasons we were chosen.

‘To be recognized by our peers is such an honour.  We’ve been focused on improving our communication with chamber members and increasing our profile in the community and this award is kind of like, the icing on the cake! This is a big deal in the Chamber world and our team, Board and members should be very proud of our achievements. We have a solid team in place at the Chamber and we continue to work every day to improve the overall member experience’ says Kim Burden, Executive Director, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.


Members attended the swearing in of the 2019 Board of Directors by Mayor Ed Mayne on April 11, 2019 at the Annual General Meeting held at the Bayside Resort.

‘As the incoming President of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, my focus will be on working with the Board of Directors to embrace its responsibilities as an effective governing body of the Chamber. Transparency, inclusivity, and accountability with all board decisions will be a priority. The new Board of Directors and Executive team will carry out these important responsibilities on behalf of members, and having a committed board, staff and executive team is key to accomplishing our strategic goals. I am looking forward to leading a board who are passionate about wanting to improve business opportunities and economic development in the region.’ said Jeannie Maltesen, President, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. 

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 Left to right Front Row: Donna Andres, Jeannie Maltesen, Kathy Morrison, Meghan Walker, Cassie Long, Rakaia McCarthy, Jeff Frankford

Back Row Left: Brian McLean, Charmaine Smith, Susan Wismer, Dave Willie, Luc Ouellet, Tricia Korkowski

Introducing the new Board:

Executive team:

President – Jeannie Maltesen, Vancouver Island University

President Elect – Meghan Walker, Royal LePage

Vice-President – Brian McLean, Core Insurance Solutions

Treasurer – Tamara Schmidt, CIBC

Past President – Dave Willie, Black and White Event Rental


The selection of 7 new Directors:

Donna Andres – Lady’s Mantle

Jeff Frankford – Island Cleaning Supplies

Cassie Long – Bayview Strata Management

Kathy Morrison – Tigh Na Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre

Luc Ouellet, SD 69

Charmaine Smith – Coastal Community Credit Union

Susan Wismer – Parksville Historical Society

And 2 Directors returning to complete the second year of their two-year term:

Tricia Korkowski, Coastal Colour Printing

Rakaia McCarthy-Clark, Mercedes Lane


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