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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:25

Caroline Radics - Sterling Mutuals Has Relocated

Written by Torrie Silverthorn Published in Press Releases

Caroline Radics of Sterling Mutuals Has Relocated!


Due to continued business growth over the last few years Caroline Radics is excited to announce her relocation. The new bright and spacious office will allow better service of existing clientele and continue to accommodate future growth challenges.


Please make note of the new address:

Suite 200

3006 32nd Avenue

Vernon, BC V1T 2L7


All phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. To contact the office (located across from the Vernon Museum and Archives) please call our toll free number at 1-877-244-0255 or email Caroline directly at">


Caroline Radics is an insurance and investment fund advisor dedicated to help both business and families with good sound advice and support.


Caroline is thankful for the fabulous support of the community and would like to welcome you to her open house on Thursday April 4th from 4 to 6pm.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:33

Hire A Veteran - Message from Colin Mayes, MP Okanagan Shuswap

Written by Dan Rogers Published in Blog Posts

In support of the new Hire a Veteran initiative, I am writing to ask for your help and support to identify one business in our constituency willing to give priority hiring status to Veterans.


Each year, between 4,000 and 5,000 Canadian Armed Forces members leave the military at an average age of 37. By working with private and public sector organizations, our Government is seeking to enhance opportunities for transitioning Veterans to join the civilian workforce.


The following traits highlight why Canadian Veterans are a valuable part of the labour force:


  1. 1.Leading by example, Veterans are world-class leaders. They manage well and secure results with the highest level of integrity.
  2. 2.Working in teams, Veterans recognize that teamwork grows out of responsibility to your peers.
  3. 3.Performing under pressure, Veterans are effective with tight schedules and limited resources.
  4. 4.Veterans have a quick learning curve, and can rapidly learn new concepts and transferable skills.
  5. 5.Technologically and globally minded, Veterans are aware of international and technical trends.
  6. 6.Veterans display diversity in action, by working with people of all backgrounds. They do not discriminate by race, gender, ethnicity, religion or mental and physical ability.
  7. 7.Conscious of health and safety standards, Veterans know the importance of rule systems and following established protocols.
  8. 8.Overcoming adversity, Veterans beat the odds. Veterans have been in challenging situations and may have overcome a disability.


We would like for the organization offering priority hiring status to equally qualified Veterans to be willing to inform Veterans Affairs of the number of job openings they expect during this year, if possible. These job openings would then be widely circulated to Veterans. I appreciate your support of this initiative to secure corporate partners who have an interest in supporting our veterans` transition to civilian life through the Hire a Veteran program.


Colin Mayes, MP

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:47

Teresa Deak Launches Gratitude Tarot App

Written by Dan Rogers Published in Blog Posts

Press Release February 27, 2013

(link to pdf document)

Teresa Deak, creator of the Gratitude Tarot deck, launches the Gratitude Tarot App

Android and iOS users now have Anytime, Anyplace access to the Gratitude Tarot Deck via the Gratitude Tarot App

Local Vernon photographer and writer, Teresa Deak, creator of the innovative Gratitude Tarot deck, has launched the Gratitude Tarot App. The Gratitude Tarot App is available on both iOS and Android platforms, and offers users an opportunity to experience the beauty and wisdom of the Tarot deck on their mobile devices.

The app features the 79 stunning cards, using Mrs. Deak's beautiful and original photographs of nature, each with a short interpretation and a heart-opening poetic exploration written in Mrs. Deak’s unique style— beautiful brush strokes of words.

Features include five custom designed spreads, a personal journal where users can save, revisit and edit their readings, free-form spread layout options, and audio tracks featuring Mrs. Deak’s live reading of each poem.

The app is currently available in Google Play Store, and will soon be available in the Apple App Store. The Gratitude Tarot App was created in collaboration with developer David Wong, currently of Nova Scotia, formerly of Ottawa. David created the Tarot app software with the objective to collaborate with Tarot deck creators to deliver Tarot apps for the Android and iOS platforms. The Gratitude Tarot app is the second available collaboration after the Tarot Lovers app released in 2012. The two met in a Tarot group on Facebook last fall, and collaborated via email throughout the project.

Discussing the project, Mrs. Deak said "It was vital to me that the app be beautiful. The entire Gratitude Tarot experience is meant to guide the seeker towards their inner knowing through the intimate doorway of beauty. David was able to take my creative vision, keep it beautiful and still make it work on both platforms.

Bringing the Gratitude Tarot to mobile devices makes it possible for seekers to have this unique Tarot experience wherever they are. It gives them the chance to dig deep into the elements of Thankfulness, Awareness, Community and Kindness to experience the spark of connection and deep flow of Gratitude I feel through my photos. "

More information on The Gratitude Tarot App is available at or from">


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About Hands On Gratitude: Hands On Gratitude is the home of Teresa Deak's Gratitude Deck and App. Through Hands on Gratitude; Mrs. Deak spreads the positive messages of gratitude and butterfly energy to those who need it most.

About Teresa Deak: Teresa Deak currently resides in Vernon, British Columbia with her husband, John Deak and 4 fur kids. She is an accomplished writer, photographer, poet and Tarot enthusiast who is passionate about the power of gratitude and butterflies and their ability to transform the world we live in. As Butterfly Oracle and See-er of Beauty in all things and small things, Mrs. Deak believes beauty and an open, grateful heart can transform our lives into peace and joy. The Gratitude Tarot, and the new Gratitude Tarot mobile app provide seekers additional vehicles to access their inner knowing—through beauty and brush strokes of words. Mrs. Deak also offers connection and healing through energy clearing, readings and butterfly energy.


Image Caption (supplied as landscape and portrait): Teresa Deak, Butterfly Oracle and creator of the Gratitude Tarot, now available as a mobile app.

You can have your Hands on Gratitude wherever you are.

The Gratitude Tarot App gives you Beauty and Wisdom To Go.



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phone 250.307.0622



 Making Canadian Exporters More Competitive in Fast Growing Asian and Middle Eastern Markets

AUSTIN, TX (February 27, 2013) – Trade Technologies, the global leader in international trade document solutions, announced today that the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia, Canada will exclusively utilize Trade Technologies’ web-based global trade platform to produce digital Certificates of Origin and other electronic Chamber Certifications.


Online certificates of origin and other chamber certifications will enable all Canadian companies, not just members of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, a more convenient and less expensive process by eliminating courier fees, the time needed to visit their local chamber office and reducing the cost of each certification.   This electronic process allows immediate delivery to exporters guaranteeing a faster turnaround time, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies for Canada’s growing exports.


“We are pleased to partner with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce to bring Canadian exporters an enhanced and accelerated international documentary trade processing system,” said Kirk Lundburg, CEO of Trade Technologies. “Trade Technologies has been a leader in automating the production and delivery of international trade documents and the addition of digital Certificates of Origin and other Chamber Certifications is an important extension of those efforts that will make Canadian companies more competitive and profitable.”


“Export diversification is strategically critical to maintain Canada’s prosperity. The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has always been a high volume certificate of origin producer for local businesses. Now with the Trade Technologies digital platform, we can offer a faster service at a lower cost, to a broader cross section of Canadian exporters, not just local companies,” says General Manager George Duffy. “We are also opening a portal to a full range of digital documentation services that will help make Canadian business more competitive.”


About Trade Technologies

Founded in 1999, Trade Technologies ( is the largest global provider of outsourced trade document services and software. From its 12 offices in Asia, Europe and North America, Trade Technologies provides leading exporters, freight forwarders and international trade banks with trade document solutions, training and consulting.

The company’s web-based Global Trade Management platform and outsourced services enable customers to streamline their operations, save money, accelerate payments, and eliminate discrepancies traditionally involved in international letter of credit, documentary collections and open account transactions. More than 1,200 exporters, global trade banks and freight forwarders depend on Trade Technologies’ services to process over $9 billion in international trade transactions each year.  Trade Technologies was recently voted the “Best Trade Tech Solutions Company” in 2012 by readers of Trade Finance Magazine. In 2011, the company was awarded a patent on the Trade Technologies software platform and process, and won the Presidential “E” Award for Exports by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export growth.

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Media Contact, for Trade Technologies

Melissa Freeman


Media Contact for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

George Duffy


Thursday, 14 February 2013 08:29

2013 Top Three Business List for the Business Excellence Awards

Written by Kim Bourke Published in Press Releases

Click the image for all the nominees!

2013 top 3 and winners for website and press page 1

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:54

Sandler Training Announcement

Written by Dan Rogers Published in Press Releases


Monday, 26 November 2012 13:22

Director Bio - Caroline Radics

Written by Dan Rogers Published in Blog Posts


caroline-7077eCaroline, a resident of Vernon since 1998,  was hired by Okanagan University College one month after moving to the area, to work at their job search center, called CTAC. Her position was mainly acting as a Job Search Facilitator teaching people in career transition job search skills and computer skills. She has also assisted in the development and operation of 2 companies one in the Okanagan, and has an excellent understanding of the needs of businesses in Vernon. Since the closing of CTAC, she made a career change to Financial Advising which is a perfect fit for her knowledge and personality. She is finding a need for her services by businesses and families that require good sound advice and support while building and protecting their financial plans.

Caroline supports businesses and solid economic growth in the community and this has been her focus since moving to the area, but even more now it is the foundation of her business and a focus of her every day. She supports the concept of working together as a community to promote a solid economy and is currently active in building a strong network of referral sources.


Volunteer Work:

Currently Vernon Coordinator for Advocis the Financial Planners Organization and a board member of the Vernon Winter Carnival Association.

Previously Director for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, 2008-2011

Community- Trustee for, The Downtown Vernon Association, 2006 Woman of the Year Award Committee, Vernon Women in Business, Executive Committee.

Mission Hill and Clarence Fulton Parent's Advisory Committee

Vernon Alliance Church, preschool teacher and Financial Counselor

Work: Presently- Independent Financial Advisor since 2005-offering my expertise, advice and a commitment to exceptional customer service to improve the financial stability of the businesses and residents of the Okanagan.

Employment Counselor for 9 yrs

Professional Volunteer Coordinator/Fundraiser for Kidney Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association for 3 years

Certified Dental Assistant for 9 years


Engaged to a "wonderful but crazy man" who is the Deputy Fire chief in Whitecourt, Alberta and, formerly, a Fire Inspector in the Kandahar airfield, Caroline is also mother of 4 almost grown children. "My business is primarily working with families and business owners who want to achieve Financial security through good planning and sound decisions. There have been many bumps on the road but as all business owners know that is normal and hard work and focus is what gets you to the next level."

Thursday, 22 November 2012 12:22

Planning on Taking a Winter Vacation?

Written by Torrie Silverthorn Published in Blog Posts

Planning on Taking a Winter Vacation?

Your Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance has you covered!

When you travel for business or pleasure, your Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan continues to work for you.  The plan's Extended Health benefit includes coverage for eligible expenses resulting from a medical emergency outside your province of residence.



Need to Report a Travel Claim?

  • In the event of a medical emergency, you must contact Voyage Assistance within 24 hours to set up your claim.  The toll free emergency numbers are on the back of your Chambers Plan Group Insurance wallet card.  We suggest you carry this card with you at all times.
  • You must be covered under the Government Health Insurance Plan in your province or territory of residence and your provincial health plan must be prepared to pay a portion of any claim.
  • Chambers Plan covers the first:

              - 180 days of a trip for those under age 65

              - 90 days of a trip for those age 65 - 69

              - 60 days of a trip for those age 70 - 74

              - 30 days of a trip for those age 75 - 80



Out-Of-Province/Country Travel Medical Emergency Coverage:


This Chambers Plan benefit is designed to cover charges for emergency medical treatment outside your province of residence.  Medical Emergency means an unforeseen illness or accidental injury requiring immediate medical treatment.  The emergency expenses must be reasonable and customary for the area in which they are charged.  This plan will pay for eligible expenses that exceed the provincial health insurance plan schedule in the insured's home province.  Covered services include:

  • licensed ground or air ambulance to the nearest hospital equipped to provide the required treatment
  • semi-private hospital room
  • hospital medical services and supplies
  • physicians' services
  • prescription drugs


What can you do if you are taking a trip which is longer than what the Chambers travel benefit covers you for?


For an additional cost, we can provide you with "top-up" coverage for trips longer than what your Group Plan covers you for.  To obtain a quote, please contact us at 250-549-2080 or email



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TD Benefits

Please note that we can also assist you with all your Individual Insurance needs, including coverage for:

  • Life Insurance
  • Mortgage Insurance
  • Business Partnership Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Group Retirement & Savings Plans

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:41

Auditor General of Local Government

Written by Dan Rogers Published in Press Releases


Auditor General for Local Government Announced





Vancouver, October 7, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today from Premier Clark at its Premier & Cabinet Luncheon that Basia Ruta has been appointed BC’s first Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG).


“The government has clearly listened to the needs of businesses, and should be commended for its leadership on this file and dedication to supporting BC’s small business communities,” said John Winter, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “Local government is the only level of government that is not subject to independent audits, and the AGLG will provide much needed transparency and accountability at the local level to protect the taxpayer.”


Ms. Ruta is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience working in the federal Office of the Auditor General, over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, and valuable knowledge of local and regional governance gained through conducting audits of local government, hospital and community organizations.


The concept for the Auditor General for Local Government in BC was developed by the BC Chamber of Commerce in a policy paper, and originally announced by the Premier at a BC Chamber Liberal Leadership event.  The AGLG will conduct performance audits of local government services and provide recommendations about how to find efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of operations.


On behalf of businesses across the province, we thank the Premier for once again making a significant AGLG announcement at a BC Chamber event in recognition of our leading voice in this initiative,” continued Winter. 


The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly based business organization in the province.  Representing over 120 Chambers of Commerce and 32,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”

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