I am honoured to be granted the privilege to serve as President of the Board of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for 2016-2017. As someone that both lives and works in our great community, I am keenly aware of the Chamber’s role as a community builder across all sectors. The Chamber is the voice of businesses and organizations throughout our community, whether that is at the local level or through our partners at the BC Chamber or Canadian Chamber. Our members are part of the strongest and most influential business network in the country.
For more than a hundred years, the Greater Vernon Chamber has been helping to move the area forward and supporting the businesses that drive our economy. Our community is witnessing increased growth and I’m particularly energized to see that our Chamber and the business community is playing a crucial role in driving that growth and prosperity. Our commitment to pursuing excellence in our community will ensure that we remain focused on demonstrating leadership in operational management and financial health.
Our enduring commitment to the membership is to focus on how we can support your growth. To achieve this, the Board along with our dedicated staff and many volunteers continue to concentrate on three specific strategic goals:
- Improve the Chamber’s value proposition and grow membership
- Increase the Chamber’s profile & fortify its reputation
- Enhance advocacy efforts and gain further influence
As a member based organization, the Chamber’s role is significant and its responsibility substantial. While the Greater Vernon Chamber is many things to many businesses, organizations and individuals – Advocate, Connector, Communicator, Facilitator, Thought Leader – for key stakeholders it is also that of a community advocate and community leader. Let’s celebrate our past successes and attack our future challenges – together.
In closing I wish to congratulate all those who put their name forward to continue to serve on the board and in particular I welcome new directors Krystin Kempton of Nixon Wenger Lawyers , Aly Pain of Aly Pain Professional Coaching, Darrin Taylor of Axis Intervention and Brett VanderHoek of Tolko Industries. We have also said goodbye to a number of directors who have completed their term including Pam Owen, Geordie McLennan, and Graham Matthews. Thanks to each of you for your contributions.
Dauna Kennedy Grant
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce