Last year’s winner Maureen Czirfusz of Houston  (left) presents Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce executive director Patti Noonan with the Gerry Frederick Memorial award.

Last year’s winner Maureen Czirfusz of Houston (left) presents Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce executive director Patti Noonan with the Gerry Frederick Memorial award.

Noonan garners provincial honour

Patti Noonan came home from the B.C. Chamber Executives’ annual general meeting in New Westminster with something extra in her bag

Patti Noonan came home from the B.C. Chamber Executives’ annual general meeting in New Westminster with something extra in her bag.

The executive director of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce was recognized by her peers with the Gerry Frederick Memorial Executive of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually to a chamber executive who has made a difference in their community, fostered membership growth in the chamber and has been willing to take risks to achieve change.

Humbled by the honour, Noonan was pleased to be recognized by the executive and her peers.

“Each year when they read the names of previous winners, I recognize many as my mentors who have helped offer assistance and support in my career,” said Noonan, the first North Okanagan recipient in the award’s 24-year history. “I could not have imagined my name would have been included with that group of inspiring people and am very pleased to be honoured this way.”

The award also recognizes an executive who has served as a champion of the chamber network, as a mentor to new executives and deemed to be a leader by their peers and their chamber.

“Patti is an example of a truly dedicated individual who enriches not just her chamber and her community but, on a personal level, the lives of her members, staff, colleagues and friends,” said Alan Asaph, B.C. Chamber Executive president.

“It has been an extreme pleasure for me to work with, and be inspired by, someone like her.”

In his letter of nomination for Noonan, Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper said Patti has brought to the community a commitment and sustained contribution in the form of multi-faceted community events.

Said Sandra Starke, former chamber board president:  “At the center of our success at the chamber is a dedicated, remarkably talented, forward thinking and extremely community-minded executive by the name of Patti Noonan.”

Chamber college and previous award winner Karin Penner of Cranbrook said Noonan shares the same traits as the award’s namesake.

“I have found Patti’s level of enthusiasm and her outstanding attitude very addictive,” said Penner. “Those of us who knew Gerry Frederick would describe him as dedicated, loyal, gentle, and committed. He loved his job, those he worked with and his community.  I find these same qualities in Patti.”

The British Columbia Chamber Executives organization was founded in 1981 to promote and deliver professional development to the executives of chambers of commerce throughout the province.