BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015
Brian Highley, President
Okanagan Sun Magazine
After obtaining an English degree from the University of Western Ontario, Brian Highley moved West to run international campaigns with Adbusters Media Foundation, as well as work with Employment Assistance providers. He first moved to the South Okanagan in 2005, where he publishes success stories from our area in Okanagan Sun Magazine. He is glad to be asked to participate on this board, and proud to join such a dynamic team.
Don Brogan, Vice President
Walnut Beach Resort
Don has been a passionate marketer of the South Okanagan for more than 18 years. After studying computers and accounting at Okanagan College, Capilano College and UBC, he worked as a Financial Analyst for the Federal Government in Ottawa with Western Economic Diversification and later, Customs & Excise.
In 2007 he was hired to help develop and manage Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos. While opening the resort Don also attained his Masters Degree in International Hotel Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria.
Don is currently the Chairman of Destination Osoyoos, the local DMO for the Osoyoos region and has been the Chairman for 5 out of the last 6 years. He also sits on the board of directors of the BC Hotel Association. Raising worldwide awareness for our region as travel destination is Don’s goal.
Eileen McGinn, Treasurer
Senior Marketing Executive/Sales, Trainer with 30+ year career track record in marketing, sales, real estate, land development, housing and corporate training.
Eileen has worked at the executive level for leading corporate firms throughout Canada and the United Kingdom, and has established global networks. Ms. McGinn and the teams she led have received prestigious industry awards recognizing the excellence of their work.
Ms McGinn volunteered with the Cross Cancer Institute prior to re-locating to Osoyoos and is an active member of the National Look Good Feel Better Program for Cancer Survivors.
Sarah Amos, Secretary
Sara is a born and raised Oliverite! She has been surrounded by real estate her entire life which lead her to her current career as a Realtor®, shortly after obtaining her bachelor business administration (BBA) degree with UBCO/Okanagan College.
Over the next 5 years Sara and her partner and twin sister will be taking over Amos Realty, thus maintaining the family company to its true spirit. Her specialties are real estate and property management, with future accreditations including strata management and broker's license.
Sara loves getting involved in the community, helping it grow and flourish. She is looking forward to all the valuable future experiences that lie ahead in 2015.
Myers Bennett, Past President
Valley First Insurance Service Ltd.
Myers has a long career with the Chamber of Commerce, Past President of our Chamber and director on the Vanderhoof, Quesnel, Penticton, Vernon, and Kitimat Chambers. He has also served 2 terms as a Vanderhoof town council, and has also a long career with the Rotary Club. He is currently the Manager of Commercial Insurance for Valley First Credit Union.
Raised in Vanderhoof B.C., Myers went to Oregon on a track scholarship, returning home to play senior hockey. He has been very involved with sports including Ironman participant, Ironman Club founder, and Head Official of Ironman Canada. He has coach triathlon at the BC Summer Games and hockey at the BC Winter Games.
Myers along with his wife Judy enjoys sports, sailing and cards. They have four children and five grand children.
Linda Buhler, Director
Colour Me Healthy
Linda is a "Holistic Pet Practitioner" and is the sole proprietor and passionate with her mobile business of Alternative Health Care For Animals that has been in operation for the last 8 years, and covers the whole Okanagan Valley.
Linda is married with three children and two grandchildren. She has lived in Oliver for the past 14 years, and also works part time for the Great Bear Bites cookie factory located in Oliver.
Linda has been a Volunteer for the Chamber for three years and a Chamber board member for 1 year.
Cheryle King, Director
CLR & Associates
Born in Vancouver, Cheryle has lived in BC all her life. She moved to Osoyoos 7 years ago with her husband Jim. They have a blended family of 5 children and 16 grandchildren.
Cheryle has worked in the hospitality industry for almost 40 years. She returned to Kwantlen University College as an adult student, where she received a certificate in Hospitality Management. She started her own Hospitality Consultant firm in 2001, CLR & Associates , which she still has and works on contract basis to this day.
Locally Cheryle worked as a Sales Manager for Walnut Beach Resort for 3 years and Destination Osoyoos for one year. Currently she is semi-retired and working for Oliver Twist Estate Winery and Nk‘Mip Estate Winery.
Past Vice President, Surrey Board of Trade (7yrs.), Past President, Rotary Club of Osoyoos (5yrs.) and Desert Valley Hospice Society (volunteer).
Tracy Lydiatt. Director
Great Bear Paleo Bites
Brought up in Oliver, Tracy moved away from the community for many years to pursue a B.Sc. in Geology (Hons) at The University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability (M.Sc.) at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona Sweden.
Her career experience includes working as a geologist in mining and exploration, sustainability and corporate social esponsibility project manager for a large multi-national engineering company and most recently, the owner and operator of Great Bear Paleo Bites; a gluten-free, vegan and organic cookie company located in Oliver BC since May 2013. Tracy is an award-winning author, three time TEDx speaker and finalist for BC Food Processors Association "Rising Star" award in 2014.
John Powell, Director
John is an economic development coordinator for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, and a current board member of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce. In this role he is promoting and raising the profile of Okanagan Falls and the South Okanagan as a prime Okanagan investment opportunity.
He brings to his job considerable experience with identifying potential investors and businesses, and with business retention and expansion programs that help existing businesses to grow and prosper. His role requires close partnerships with existing businesses and organizations, tourist attractions, and wineries.
Grant Storzuk, Director
Osoyoos Physiotherapy & Active Living Centre
Grant was born and raised in Saskatchewan and has been enjoying beautiful BC since 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan through the college of Physiotherapy. Grant has been a physiotherapist since 2006, and practicing acupuncture and dry needling since 2011.
Grant took over ownership of the Osoyoos Physiotherapy Clinic 3 years ago and opened his second location in Oliver just over one year ago. He also works one day a week out of Midway.
Grant looks forward to being an active member of the Chamber and a strong member of the communities of Osoyoos and Oliver for many years to come.