• BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     

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  • President
    Ryan Duffy
    Managing Broker - Re/Max Osoyoos, Penticton, Summerland
     

    Ryan is a seasoned real estate professional with nearly 20 years of experience as an award-winning Realtor, office and regional manager. Prior to real estate he gained extensive sales, customer service, operations and leadership experience in various management roles within the hospitality industry. He also has previous experience serving on volunteer boards. Ryan relocated to Oliver in 2020 and is thrilled to have to have the opportunity to contribute to the business growth in our beautiful South Okanagan communities.

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  • Vice President
    Sara van der Hoeven 
    HR Manager - Watermark Beach Resort, Osoyoos
     

    Sara joined the Watermark Beach Resort in October of 2019 and she is excited to be part of the team in beautiful sunny Osoyoos.  Sara is an experienced HR Manager and strives to cultivate a company culture that truly cares about its people.  She is happy to put her name forward for the SO Chamber Board of Directors and to support the chamber in its mission of helping businesses and organizations in our region to thrive. She is also the proud new co-owner of Junction 3 Coffeehouse in Osoyoos.

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  • Treasurer
    Nancy Sommerfeld
    Owner - Positively Organized
     

    Nancy Sommerfeld has lived in the South Okanagan since 2011 and resides in Osoyoos with her husband and two daughters. After almost 2 decades of careers in journalism and transportation logistics, she now enjoys running her own professional organizing business and bookkeeping for another local company.

    In her free time she likes to garden, do yoga, play piano and go to the beach with her family.

     

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  • Director
    Jim Georgeson
    Owner - Okanagan Falls Centre for Dentistry

    Jim is excited to represent Okanagan Falls and area on the board of the Chamber. He helps run the Okanagan Falls Centre for Dentistry and they are happy to provide dental services to the community.

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  • Director
    Gurpreet Singh
    Manager - 7 Eleven, Osoyoos
     

    Gurpreet moved from the Lower Mainland to Osoyoos in 2019.  He has a post grad in Business management and analytics and graduated in engineering. He is an Experienced Manager and has been leading 7-eleven Osoyoos for the last 2 years. 

    Gurpreet looks forward to representing the community of Osoyoos at the Chamber of Commerce and helping local businesses in the South Okanagan.

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  • Director
    Aaron Metz
    Co-Owner -  Exhale Art Gallery, Oliver
     

    Originally from the Central Okanagan, Aaron and his family made the move to the South Okanagan in 2019. Aaron is both an artist and entrepreneur. He has vast experience in working with the community as manager of Opus Art Supplies in Kelowna for 15 years.  Currently, he is the proud owner of his very own art gallery, EXHALE. Art Crystal Home on Main Street in Oliver which is a unique Art gallery featuring North America's largest selection of Selenite Ice crystals, original crystalline fine artworks, sculpture & wellness products.

    Aaron is excited to be a part of the South Okanagan Chamber to support and grow local businesses to their fullest potential.

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    Director
    Linsay Ogden
    Co-Owner - Fillosophy Refill Bar, Oliver 
     

    Originally from the Lower Mainland, Linsay and her family moved to Oliver 6 years ago. They opened their green, refill store on Earth Day in 2021 and look forward to bringing sustainable shopping options to our region. She is happy to get more involved in the business community and chamber network.

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  • Director
    Davinder Sandhu
    Realtor - Century 21 Premier Properties, Osoyoos
     

    Davinder and his family have lived in the Okanagan since October 2008. They are a very active family with 2 young sons being involved in soccer, swimming and hockey. Davinder has worked in both Orchards and Vineyards and he has worked in a local fruit packing plant as a Quality Manager. Davinder has his Bachelor of Commerce as well as his Masters in Computer Science. Recently, he completed his Realtor License in July of 2019 and is part of the Century 21 Premier Properties team in Osoyoos. He looks forward to working with the Chamber and local businesses in the South Okanagan.

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    Director
    Tracey Fleury
    Owner - Polka Dot Gifts, Oliver  
     

    Tracey and her husband moved back to the South Okanagan from Alberta in early 2021, and Tracey opened Polka Dot Gifts on Main Street in Oliver in July. She is really enjoying getting to know the community and meeting the locals and visitors to Oliver. Community building is an important part of her business and she looks forward to being part of the chamber network efforts here in the South Okanagan. 

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  • Director
    Gwyen Bruce
    Manager - Johnston Meier Insurance, Oliver
     

    Gwyen has recently moved back to Oliver, where she grew up. She started her career in Terrace BC and has now been in the business over 25 years. Gwyen is looking forward to getting out in the community and helping the amazing South Okanagan.

     

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