Monday, 13 December 2010 20:38

Chamber of Commerce

Introducing the new Chamber Executive Director!



Photo Credit: Community Futures


Denise Blashko


Training & Project Coordinator at Community Futures in Penticton has been hired as the new Manager of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce with its HQ in Oliver.

Bonnie Dancey was the long standing manager who has taken a new job with the Royal Canadian Legion – in helping branches around the Okanagan-Kootenays.


The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Denise Blashko as Executive Director effective September 4, 2015.

“This is the perfect time for Denise Blashko to become the Chamber’s next Executive Director,” said Chamber President Brian Highley. “Denise brings an ability to build strong community relationships and we’re very excited to have her in this role.”

Blashko replaces Bonnie Dancey, who left the Chamber in June after 11 years as Executive Director.

Most recently Blashko worked as a Community Liaison for Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen.

“I’m very excited to take on this new role,” Blashko said. “I’m looking forward to diving right in to Festival Of The Grape planning, as well as engaging the Chamber membership and helping to provide value to them.” Blashko is planning a relocation to the area from Penticton. 






Join the candidates in our South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding for a lively evening of dialogue and debate on stage at the Frank Venables Theatre. The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday September 30th at 7:00pm, will focus on the many shared issues and concerns of our communities. From climate change and immigration to maintaining our democratic values, questions on all subjects are welcome.

On stage will be Richard Cannings of the New Democratic Party, Connie Denesiuk with the Liberal Party and Marshall Neufeld representing the Conservative Party. All three candidates are running federally for the first time, so this is an opportunity for all voters in our community to get to know these new candidates, assess their positions, listen to their opinions and decide who you would want representing your vote in Ottawa. The evening will be hosted by the South Okanagan Real Estate Board, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce and the Oliver Community Theatre Society.

Residents in communities throughout the South Okanagan are invited to this public meeting in the Venables Theatre and to submit questions either in advance via the theatre website at or to bring written question to the volunteers in the lobby before the meeting.

The Frank Venables Theatre is located at 6100 Gala Street (at Fairview Road) in Oliver, BC.

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Sunday 4th October 2015

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