The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomed its new president and five board members at its AGM Friday morning at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.
Ingrid Dilschneider, director of sales marketing for Wesbild Okanagan, owners of Predator Ridge Resort, is taking over from outgoing president Ken MacLeod, of MacLeod Consulting.
Joining the board of directors are Deb Stoddard (TD Canada Trust), Michala Broadhurst (Predator Ridge), Caroline Radics (CHS Sterling Mutuals), Andrew Powell (Nixon Wenger Lawyers) and Tracy Cobb (Kal Tire).
Returning board members include MacLeod, first vice-president Adrian Johnson (KPMG), and directors Jaron Chasca (Personal Alternatives Funeral & Cremation), Dauna Kennedy Grant (Vernon Public Art Gallery) and Matthew Davidson (Valhalla Environmental Consulting).
Dilschneider is impressed by the diversity of skill and experience she will have to work with on the board.
“If you don’t have that kind of support, having me at the helm is not really that effective,” she said.
“You need to have a strong board and people who have the same philosophies, and who can drive and challenge you.”
With the economy still stumbling towards recovery, Dilschneider says one of the chamber’s main priorities is the viability of the organization. She would like to improve upon an already strong membership and encourage membership participation.
“We have it, but I don’t think people see it,” she said. “This year has been huge strides in terms of policy and advocacy, and I just think we need to communicate that better.”
The guest speaker for the event was B.C. chamber president John Winter, who delivered a speech on The Challenge to Change.
Check out the Sunday, Oct. 7 business section in the Morning Star for a feature on Winter’s presentation.