BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT, Wallace C. Murray
Wallace Murray & Associates
Wallace Murray, the Principal Associate of Wallace Murray and Associates, is an Advisor, speaker and advocate, a practitioner of Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology, and a coach and facilitator active in sustainable, indigenous, mission-based projects. Wallace is based in North America, being also the founder of the Vancouver Hot100 Association and has developed a career for being an active project facilitator and key person for a number of projects, such as an accomplished resource among First Nations groups, as well as with selective, global, mission-based organizations and businesses that share his intention of creating the best and brightest world we can.
VICE PRESIDENT, Aimee Grice
Oliver Community Theatre Society
I love Oliver and strive to be actively involved in making it great! I carry strong networking skills and feel this plays a key roll in business. I am an avid member of the arts community, sitting on the executive of SOAP Theatre and am an employee of the Frank Venables Theatre. I plan to bring this perspective to the Chamber of Commerce. I am raising my two daughters in Oliver and want to ensure that the South Okanagan thrives for years to come so that they have a flourishing community to belong to and raise their own families in.
SECRETARY, Kendi Clearwater
Bowman Employment Services/Open Door Group
I have lived in Oliver since 2015 and love living in the South Okanagan. My background has included marketing and community development before taking the position of Job Developer at Work BC/Open Door Group. Many of my strengths include developing parterships, networking, and strategic planning.
TREASURER, Dermott Hutton
I am a local business owner and father of 3 little ones in this community. Throughout my career in hospitality I have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most highly regarded people in the industry where I have been an integral part of planning and growing exceptional businesses. Now, being an owner of a local business and a resident of Oliver, I have a vested interest in seeing the South Okanagan grow and thrive.The SOCC has a responsibility to the business owners and residents of this area and I know that I will take on that responsibility to the fullest.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Brian Highley
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 & 2017.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Marnie Dirksen
LegArt by Marnie & Epicure
Marnie runs two home based businesses; she is in her 14th year as an Epicure Consultant, offering herbs, spices, meal solutions and quality cookware. As a consultant, she does cooking classes, tasting parties, catalogue orders, gift baskets, etc. Marnie also recently started a 2nd business as a distributor for LegArt, selling leggings, capris, tops, tunics, dresses and accessories including scarves, hats, and jewelry too! Epicure and LegArt are both BC based businesses, and growing up in the South Okanagan, Marnie takes pride, and understands the importance of supporting small business, and shopping local.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Alberto Veintimilla
Alberto's Decorating Centre & Underfoot Flooring
Alberto 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Johnny Cheong
Sunshine Valley Chiropractic
I am a Chiropractor serving the community out of Sunshine Valley Family Chiropractic. I graduated from Western University in London, Ontario with a Bachelor's of Science in Medical Cell Biology and a Bachelor's of Health Science in Health Sciences.This marked the true beginning of his chiropractic journey. Having majored in Medical Cell Biology, I was able to explore the human body from a microscopic level studying cellular processes to a macroscopic level examining gross human anatomy. Upon completing my second major in Health Sciences, I was able to understand health policy and the true needs of the population. My love for fitness coupled with my desire to play a pivotal role in healthcare led me to the doorsteps of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Over a span of 4 grueling years, we studied every aspect of the human body from pathologies of disease to human cadaver dissections. This imbued in me not only the innate drive to constantly learn and grow, but most importantly, the ability to relieve pain through chiropractic care. It is my promise to you that I will diligently provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to help you live a happier, healthier life!