• Thanks to the funding support from ETSI-BC and the Provincial Government our South Okanagan Chamber Team is ready to start our business outreach and community support initiative for the South Okanagan Region. We are thankful for the extra resources to be able to add to our team and to ramp up what we currently do as a chamber and to have greater reach and impact.

    We are happy to share that Troy Lucas and Denise Blashko will be taking the lead on this initiative and have started making connections throughout our region.  We know your time is valuable so we will be reaching out to you and your team in a variety of ways over the next several months to find out where we can be of service.

    If you are having challenges or you have a great success story or milestone to share - please don't wait to hear from us!  Reach out today and let's get connected so we can continue building a stronger South Okanagan region.

  • DENISE BLASHKO - Business and Community Recovery Support Team

    Denise Blashko is an entrepreneur, high-performance coach and community builder at heart.  From her first business with Aromatherapy and Relaxation Massage in the Lower Mainland to Coaching Youth High Performance Athletes to volunteering many hours with non-profit and community organizations, she is always looking for opportunities to support others.  She has been self-employed for most of her life and is a Solution Focused Coach with a Human Development Certificate from Erikson College in Vancouver with many hours of continuing education in health, marketing, and leadership under her belt.  Denise completed the Self Employment Program from Community Futures in Penticton in 2002 and has been working with and supporting businesses ever since. 

    She has been a Business and Leadership Instructor at the Red Deer College and has worked for several Regional Business Support organizations including, Central Alberta Rural Manufacturers Association, Central Alberta Economic Partnership, and Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen.  She looks forward to connecting with and supporting businesses and organizations in our South Okanagan communities in achieving their goals.  Denise can be reached at denise@sochamber.ca.


  • ALICIA OSLAND - Administrative Assitant

    Alicia has lived in the South Okanagan since 1988, and first began working for the Chamber in 2013. Her work experience includes supporting the tourism industry (Destination Osoyoos), helping to coordinate Festival of the Grape, administration in hotel and retail, and most recently bookkeeping. She can be reached at admin@sochamber.ca or 250-498-6321. 

    She is here to support our members as well as help the Chamber to achieve its goals of connecting our South Okanagan business community and providing information to locals and visitors about businesses and our region in general.  

  • Richard McGuire – Writer and Photojournalist

    Richard returned to the South Okanagan in 2012 to work as a reporter/photographer and subsequently editor of the Osoyoos Times until the end of 2018. He was also a regular contributor to the Oliver Chronicle before the two local papers merged.

    He has nearly four decades of experience in communications, working as a journalist, researcher and in media and public relations – both in community newspapers and in government. His photography has won awards and been published internationally.

    Between 1984-1992, Richard launched and owned a monthly newspaper, INPUT, reporting on the rapid evolution of personal computers. Through his own business experience and dealing with advertisers and manufacturers, he gained appreciation of the challenges and rewards that small businesses face.

    He can be reached at richard@richardmcguire.ca


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