The South Surrey and White Rock Chamber announced and welcomed the installation of its new Board for 2017/2018 at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 held at the Rotary Field House. The oath of office was performed by Grant Meyer, Councillor for the City of White Rock.
Front row left: Beth Kish - White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society, Harjit Chima - Envision Financial, Linda Holmes - RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Maria Mura - Westminster Savings Credit Union Grandview, Adam Smith - Uptown Business Machines Inc., Patricia Lapena - Legal Shield, Jeff Richards - J.E. Richards Ltd.
For more than 30 years, Maria Mura, Westminster Savings branch manager, has been an advocate for the growth and evolution of Surrey, where she has gained unique insight into the community and the members she serves.
Staying connected and building strong ties with local businesses and organizations is a key focus for Maria. Her philanthropic nature has led her to past key positions of leadership, including: Director of International Sound Foundation to help children with hearing issues in developing countries; committee member of the Douglas College Review Committee for Self-Employment in partnership with the HRDC; and a committee member for the Fraser Real Estate Board. She recently played an integral role in the opening of the new Westminster Savings branch at Grandview Central in South Surrey.
Maria has gained expertise and respect from her peers during the 20 years she has excelled in the financial services sector. An Honours graduate of the BCIT Management System program and designated Elder Planning Counsellor, Maria finds time to balance the needs of her family, her team and the financial needs of her branch members.
Maria has also served as Director on the South Surrey White Rock Chamber for two previous terms and is thrilled to be stepping into the role of President effective July 18, 2017
Born and raised in Vancouver and Coquitlam Graduated Simon Fraser University 1971 Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Commerce Major Articled with Deloitte (then Deloitte, Haskin & Sells) Chartered Accounts 1971 to 1974 Graduated as a Chartered Accountant 1974.
Joined accounting firm in Chilliwack 1974, subsequently purchased with two others and became partner in McKnight, Johnson Chartered Accountants 1975. Sold McKnight Johnson partnership interest in 1979 and set up sole practice in Kelowna then sold that in 1983.
Joined Manning Elliott LLP (then Manning Jamison Chartered Accountants) 1983 in insolvency practice in Vancouver and Surrey. Became full accounting practice partner 1984 and managing partner of the Surrey office in 1985. Remained with the firm for 25 years. Retired from the firm 2008.
Active in not-for-profit agencies in various capacities including: Director Surrey Board of Trade 2005 to 2012 (maximum term) and treasurer 2010 to 2012 Director, Secretary Treasurer Surrey Foundation 2009 – 2010 Member Fraser Valley Executives Association 1985 to current, past president, treasurer Director, Secretary Treasurer Pacific Condominium Association 2008 – 2010 (now dissolved) Director / Treasurer South Surrey Field House Society 2005 – current Member / Director / Past President / Treasurer Rotary Club of South Surrey (Millennium) Director Secretary / Treasurer White Rock Rotary Clubs Service Foundation (now dissolved) Advisor to Surrey Hospice Society Live in South Surrey and interested in not for profit governance, photography, woodwork, music, computers, travel and a host of other things.
Adam Smith has an extensive record of sales and sales management. He has also received advanced, executive level, sales training at XDU- Xerox Document University and at Pitney Bowes Worldwide headquarters. Recently serving as, Senior Account Manager for Surrey’s ComPro Business Solutions Ltd, providing a consultative selling approach for imaging and document management solutions. Previous to ComPro, Mr. Smith was the Agent/Owner for XEROX Corporation on Vancouver Island where he owned and operated Pacific E-Documents Solutions Ltd. achieving and surpassing the $2,000,000 annual budget while building a dealer and consumables business to revenues of over $400,000/year. Before Vancouver Island, he recruited, trained and developed strong sales teams for Western Canada, Toronto proper and the US Midwest, while based in Detroit Michigan. Mr Smith had built on a track record of outstanding personal sales, while managing assigned Major Account portfolios and as Program Solutions Specialist for BC and Yukon regions. Mr Smith recorded 104% plan performance on a one million dollar budget and 145% of region category attainment. First machine sold: Sharp FO-200 (1987).
Mr. Smith can be found in the community volunteering and supporting community based initiatives. A member of the South Surrey / White Rock Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years and on the Board of Directors since 2011, was recently re-elected to his third term. In addition, he currently serves as Secretary to the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Membership Committee.
Jim graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Civil Engineering, and later earned a full MBA degree from the University of Calgary. He spent over 35 years in the construction materials industry in Western Canada, Europe and the US, most recently as President of a $1.5 billion business unit covering the eastern half of the US. Jim is now active as a business consultant and corporate board member, and he and his wife Valerie enjoy international travel, cycling, snowmobiling and good friends. He has been a Rotarian for almost 20 years and is a very involved member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club. Jim and Valerie reside in the Morgan Creek area and have two daughters, Riana, who is a graduate of the University of Victoria, and Victoria, who is studying at UBC.
TERRY ROSS was originally a portrait photographer with a commercial photo studio in Vancouver before becoming involved for over 40 years in the photo retail business with an award winning store in White Rock. During that time he provided information, products and photofinishing services to his customers in the White Rock and South Surrey area.
He also was active member of Foto Source Canada with its head office in Oakville, Ontario, and with its 260+ member locations across Canada. As part of that organization he served on the Marketing & Promotion committee, then for seven years on the Board of Directors and for 3 years was the Chairman of the Board. During that time he travelled extensively throughout Canada and the USA attending conferences, seminars, trade shows and other photographic events.
He was also twice elected, for a total of 5 years of service, as the Territorial Vice President for the British Columbia/Yukon Division of Photo Marketing Association International. This organization of photographic retailers and other photo related groups has a head office that is located in Jackson, Michigan.
Always active in the community he is now retired from the White Rock Fire & Rescue where he was the senior Auxiliary Firefighter with 32 years of service. During that time he was awarded the Canadian “Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal” and the “Long Service” award from province of BC after 25 years of service and with an additional service ribbon after 30 years.
Terry has been a member of the Board of Directors for the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and was the President of the Chamber for 2 years (2013/2014) and currently sits on the executive committee as the Past President.
He is a graduate of Semiahmoo Secondary School and the Past President of the Semiahmoo Secondary Alumni Association.
Terry can be contacted by calling the Chamber office or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Owen is the President and Founder of Accessable Home & Property Services Ltd. He started the company in 2010 after discovering the lack of professional home remodelling services catering to the burgening senior market as well as for those with limited functional ability. Since then he has become a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). His business focuses on helping clients live longer, safer, and more comfortably in their homes.
Prior to starting the business, Owen had a distinguished career in sales and marketing, mostly as a distribution specialist for local electronics products manufacturers. Over the years, he has given much back to the community, serving on small charity boards and working with various fundraising initiatives. When things quiet down, he enjoys spending time with his family in his South Surrey (North White Rock) home where they have lived for 15 years.
As branch manager of Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Harjit Chima brings over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. Known for her inspiring leadership style, Harjit leads an engaged and high performing team and prides herself on fostering change and encouraging diversity while maintaining high standards.
Well known in the community, Harjit has held a number of volunteer positions including board director of the BC Soccer Association focused on fostering the development of coaches and players, member of the BC Soccer Association’s Diversity Committee helping to promote diversity and individual growth, and director of the South Granville Seniors Centre, where she helped develop strategies to keep seniors engaged in technology and emerging trends.
As a life-long learner, Harjit is Lean Greenbelt Certified, has her Branch Manager Compliance Designation and Mutual Fund License. In her free time, Harjit enjoys local recreational activities with her husband and three children.
Born January 24, 1956, raised and still a resident of the City of White Rock, British Columbia. Richard is married to Fiona Patricia Coulter and they have four children and two grandchildren.
Richard graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Urban Land Economics/Finance). Richard has been employed in the real estate industry since graduation and worked for a number of notable companies; McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, Colliers International and Bentall Development. Richard decided to continue his career developing commercial real estate and has been self-employed for the past 10 years.
Richard also has a long list of volunteer positions within a variety of youth sports, including local soccer and hockey clubs and is currently the chair of the South District Girls Soccer Association; in addition to being a member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club for the past two years.
Linda is an investment advisor and financial planner with RBC Dominion Securities.
With the firm since 1999, she has more than 17 years of financial-industry experience. Her connection to the Semiahmoo Peninsula, however, spans decades.
Born in White Rock, Linda grew up in Surrey, and studied business administration – with a major in finance – at Simon Fraser University.
Although her career took her to Toronto for a few years, family and community drew her back to South Surrey.
Linda has been a member of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce since the summer of 2016, and has enjoyed being an ambassador at several chamber events in the months since. She is also a member of the Surrey Board of Trade, eWomen Network and Senior’s Platinum Pro-Connect.
Linda is currently working to improve her public-speaking skills and joined the Toastmasters club, “Finding Vino,” in the fall of 2016.
Linda is highly organized, and has been involved in the development and oversight of several major business initiatives for RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s number-one wealth management firm.
Her skills have not gone unrecognized. She has received a number of performance awards over the years for going above and beyond in her various roles with the company.
Linda knows how to lead, but is also a highly competent team player.
Outside of her professional life, Linda loves to dance, watch crime and comedy shows and be physically active.
Integrity, compassion and equality are core values to Linda, and she is confident they will serve her well in representing the chamber.
Ramona Kaptyn is a graduate of Ryerson University (Journalism) and the University of Toronto (Education and Political Science).
She is a communications specialist and has worked as a reporter, travel writer, editor, teacher, hotel managing director, event planner and fundraiser in Canada, Australia, England and Spain. From 2002 to 2008, she worked in international development in South and South East Asian countries to contribute to a more equitable world. Some projects were funded by the Canadian International Development Organization (CIDA). Her most memorable one was in Bangladesh where she was an Organizational Development Advisor to four NGOs. Focus was on good governance and micro-credit. Her last overseas job was in Malaysia preparing Grade 12 scholarship students for entry into Canadian universities.
Ramona has also been an executive director, communications director and fundraiser for a variety of non-profit organizations in Toronto, ON and was a program coordinator at Sources Community Resource Centres in White Rock, BC. As well, she has served as a director or president on a variety of boards and clubs including York Central Hospital Foundation in Richmond Hill, ON. In California, where her American sister lives, Ramona helped organize several Bachelor Auctions and Women’s Shows benefitting a women’s shelter and other charities.
Ramona works from her home office in South Surrey for Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Toronto, and is Chair of the White Rock/Surrey Chapter of CARP – A New Vision of Aging for Canada. Ramona landed in White Rock/South Surrey quite by accident in July 2009; she loves it here and says she is ‘home at last’.
June 2014 Beth Kish accepted the position of Interim Executive Director for the White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society. She comes with several years of experience having been the Executive Director for the Surrey Hospice Society and the Foothills Country Hospice Society in Southern Alberta. Having worked and volunteered for several not for profit organizations she has established herself in the community personally, politically and through the successful evolution of her career. As a young wife and mother, her eye for interior design led her to start her own home-based business as a Decorator. With growing success Beth opened a store front and design studio which evolved, moved and grew. Being a small business owner was the gateway to her involvement and commitment in community organizations and always volunteering. Beth has always served her community through committee work, participating on her local Chamber of Commerce as President, and eventually was elected as a City Councillor for one term.
Beth enjoys creating relationships on a personal and professional level all the while refining her skills as an innovator, communicator, collaborator and business professional. The culmination of these experiences led to Beth's current position as the Executive Director of The White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society. A role that requires understanding, empathy, dedication and an entrepreneurial attitude. Working in support of Hospice care has been the most challenging and most rewarding of Beth's career and represents a hybrid of her experience and passion. A top her resume through, is the most important role of Beth's life, which is her role as a mother to her rtwo wonderful children; Wendy and Grant.
I was born and raised in Vancouver; a rare breed I am told. I have resided in White Rock for the last 15 years with my husband Carlos, and 3 step children. For the last 6 years I have been working as the BC Regional Manager for LegalShield. Prior to that I had my own Holistic Nutritionist practice in White Rock. My previous work experience was in the hospitality industry in Vancouver.
In my career now with LegalShield, I have been given the BC Regional Manager position which is very influential throughout this province. I train, mentor and work with a large team in a leadership role. This position puts me in front of various groups of people whether employees, non-profits or other where I present our companies benefits. I have received numerous awards for my hard work.
Living in White Rock I have truly found home, I love this community. When I moved from the city I first realized how friendly everyone was, I thought it was so unique that people would wave and say hi as they passed you walking down the road. I easily became a permanent resident and with no regrets. Although I love White Rock, I found myself leaving White Rock to work. So I really didn’t have a concept of what White Rock was all about. Through Carlos’s influence I joined the Chamber of Commerce and realized then what it meant to be a part of the community.
I have been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 3 years now and I sit on the Membership committee. I am a part of a new initiative called the Ambassador Program. I look forward to participating in as many events as possible. Carlos has been a board member of the White Rock BIA and I sit on the Marketing Committee with him for the past 2 years. We recently put together the 2nd annual Vitality 2017, a Health and Wellness Expo that drew over 25 businesses and hundreds of people. In addition to working on my very successful business, I also train for Sprint triathlons, enjoy travel and love to socialize with people; business and personal alike.
Glenn Parks, CPA, CGA joined the Chamber Board soon after resigning his position of Managing Partner, EPR White Rock in December 2015. He continues to reside in South Surrey / White Rock and has now opened his own accounting and tax practice in Delta, BC.
A long-time supporter of local business, charities and organizations, Glenn is currently serving as Treasurer for the South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association, Chairman of the Financial Oversight Committee for Coastal Football (Soccer) Club and he can regularly be seen volunteering at local community events and sports fields.
Prior to his Delta accounting and tax practice, Glenn grew a small client base at his White Rock office into a very respectable firm with dozens of small businesses, partnerships, owner-managers of business corporations, and hundreds of high net worth individuals as clients. He also handled a wide spectrum of trust and estate work for many local families and their loved ones.
More information regarding Glenn can be found at www.gparkstax.com
Mike is the Store Manager at the Choices Market located on King George Highway in South Surrey. He has been part of the Natural and Organic food retailing business off and on over his many years of retailing. Mike also has a background in the Hardware and Building Materials as he worked with Federated Co-operatives as the Regional Home and Building Supplies Marketing Manager. Mike and his wife Debbie live in South Surrey where they raised their four children. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren whenever possible.
Mike has always been a leader in participating with community events in his past careers. In Mike’s current role he is supported by Choices Markets Head Office which allows him to work with local community leaders through attendance, donations and participation in the local events such as the Tour de White Rock.
Dwayne is an executive with Black Press and is currently the Group Publisher/ General Manager of The Peace Arch News, Surrey Now, Yukon News and the Vantage Way Press Centre.
Dwayne is proud to be a director at The White Rock Chamber of Commerce and is a keen advocate for local businesses. He is married to his wife Lorraine and has two wonderful teenage children Drew and Bree. When not immersed in business, Dwayne is a practising third degree black belt in Wado Ryu Karate and an avid downhill skier.