President re-elected to head chamber board

Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce names Sandra Starke of Valley First Financial Services president

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2011/2012 board of directors. The new board will be sworn in at the chamber’s 60th anniversary celebration Nov. 2 and becomes effective immediately.

Sandra Starke, of Valley First Financial Services, has been re-elected as president while Andrew Laird, of 107.5 Kiss FM, returns as vice-president.

“The chamber has been a part of the community for 80 years,” said Starke.

“We are looking forward to a bright future as the chamber, its members and the community work together to make this an even better place to work, live and play.”

Returning directors include Bruce Brown (Glad Tidings Church) and Cindy Masters (Kindale Developmental Association).

Re-elected to the board for two-year terms wereSally Richards (Armstrong Inn), David Glason (Okanagan Linux Solutions), Fran Stecyk, VantageOne Credit Union and Sean Newton (Caravan Farm Theatre).

Re-elected to one-year term was Patricia Paterson (Patricia Paterson Chartered Accountant).

New directors voted to serve two-year terms include Deb Morrison (Rtown Networks), Suzanne Blackwell (Blackwell Building Movers), Barbara Hodder (Monashee Medi Spa) and Byron Sayer (Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation).

“With this board, we have a mix which represents the types of businesses active in our community,” said Starke.

“One of the strengths of our chamber is the diversity which is reflected in the board of directors.”

The  board-elect will be sworn in by Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper and Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma at the 60th anniversary celebration Nov. 2 at the OddFellows Hall, followed by an introduction of past-presidents, refreshments and a chance for chamber members to meet municipal candidates one-on-one.

“The chamber extends its sincere thanks to those who have given of their time to the chamber and the business community,” said Patti Noonan, executive director. “This includes not only the board of directors, but individuals, businesses and organizations who contribute to various activities and events through their time and/or sponsorship.”