• Board of Directors

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    Brian Highley, President

    Aberdeen Publishing

    (250) 535-0540  |  brianhighley@me.com

    After obtaining an English degree from the University of Western Ontario, Brian Highley moved west to run international campaigns with Adbusters Media Foundation and work with employment assistance providers. He first moved to the South Okanagan in 2005, where he published success stories from our area in Okanagan Sun Magazine. He is now the regional sales representative with Aberdeen Publishing. Brian has served on the South Okanagan Chamber board since 2012 and was President in 2015.

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    Chad Dambrowitz, Treasurer

    Osoyoos Signs

    (250) 495-2856  |  chad.d@osoyoossigns.ca

    Chad owns Osoyoos Signs and Cactus Irrigation in Osoyoos. He and his team pride themselves on providing quality products and services to their customers. They are growing their business and have gone from one employee to five employees and service the Okanagan Valley. Chad grew up in Osoyoos and really likes to ski, so he is very happy to see Mount Baldy up and running again!

     

  • Veronica Vinge, Secretary

    ABV Squared Inc

    (250) 495-0790  |  veronica@abvsquared.ca

    Veronica developed her business skills while working on more than fifty projects over nearly two decades in nearly every business setting, from small family businesses to not-for-profits, to all levels of government and multi-million dollar private enterprise. In addition to her BA in Recreation Management from the University of Alberta, she has pursued graduate work in Community and Economic Development and Adult Education and obtained numerous management and training certifications. Veronica and her husband, Al Belanger, settled in the South in 2016 and look forward to contributing to the vibrant business, community, and economic development work that is happening here.

     

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    Deanie Foley-Gillespie, Director

    Indigo Ridge Farm

    (250) 898-4075  |  deanie@smallbatchstudio.ca

    Deanie owns Indigo Ridge Farm and grows several varieties of French and English lavender in BC's beautiful Okanagan Valley.  In addition to lavender products, Indigo Ridge Farm sells vanilla extract, gourmet vanilla beans, hand-crafted waterglass candle lanterns, aromatherapy jewellery and inspirational hand-painted signs.  Deanie has enjoyed a long term successful career in sales, marketing, and branding, and she looks forward to bringing her experience and expertise to both her new business and the South Okanagan Chamber.  

  • Mike Campol, Director

    Spirit Ridge Owner's Association

    mikejcampol@gmail.com

    Mike has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry as a manager, general manager, director and consultant. He has served as General Manager at Spirit Ridge Resort, Director for Destination Osoyoos, Treasurer for the NK’MIP Resort Assn, Chair for the Desert Live Executive Committee, and Founder & Chair for the Spirit of the Game Society. Most recently he has started his own consulting company and he currently is a councillor with the Town of Osoyoos.

  • Eileen McGinn, Director

    Remax Realty Solutions Osoyoos

    (250) 689-8809  |  bcrealtor4u@gmail.com

    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. 

     

     

  • Peter McKenna, Director

    Oliver Legion President; Chairperson for Oliver Food Bank

    betterms@shaw.ca

    Peter is currently the President of the Oliver Legion and Chairperson for the Oliver Food Bank. He has many years experience on non-profit boards and was a director on the Surrey Board of Trade. He lives in Oliver and is semi-retired. In between all his community volunteer work, Peter does Security work throughout the year.

     

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    Alberto Veintimilla, Director

    Alberto’s Decorating Centre and Underfoot Flooring

    (250) 498-6988  |  alberto@floorsunderfoot.com

    Alberto Veintimilla is a local businessman who owns Alberto’s Decorating Centre and Underfoot Flooring in Oliver with his wife, Tracy. Alberto began his career in the construction industry working as a project manager before earning a diploma in Building Construction Engineering Technology. He has served on various boards over the years, including the Oliver Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Paint and Decorating Retail Association (President 1999-2000). He was the Western Canada Chair of Sears Floor and Window Covering Centers in the early 2000s. Since arriving in Oliver in 1984, Alberto has continually expanded his business and invested in the local community as he believes strongly in supporting the local economy, local sustainability, and growth. He looks forward to working with the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce to support and promote business growth in Oliver, Osoyoos, and OK Falls.  

     

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