South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting at Rotary Field House in South Surrey on November 3, 2015 with the installation of its new Board of Directors for 2016 and the oath of office performed by City of White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin.
Front row left: Maria Mura - Beth Kish - Sharon Hollas - Ramona Kaptyn
Middle row left: Cliff Annable, Executive Director - Terry Ross, Past President - Owen Barclay -
Jim Purcell, President - Rick Singh - Jeff Richards,Treasurer - Glenn Parks
Back row left: Richard Coulter - Dwayne Weidendorf - Adam Smith, Secretary - City of White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin
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.
Meet Maria Mura ― Branch Manager of Westminster Savings White Rock. Maria has excelled in the financial services sector for over 20 years in the Surrey community. 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 is thrilled to once again be serving her community in the capacity of Director for the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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
President/Financial Advisor and Certified Professional Consultant on Aging
CRS Financial Group Ltd.
Rick Singh is the president and financial advisor of CRS financial Group Ltd., based in South Surrey, BC. CRS Financial Group provides Wealth Management advise and solutions for individual investors and business owners that spans Investments, Banking, Insurance, Retirement planning, Group Benefits and Group Savings solutions.
Rick has dedicated the past 29 years of his career in the financial services industry helping investors as well as assisting financial advisors. Over the years Rick gained extensive experience working as a Branch Manager for a Trust Company, a Regional Director of Sales for a Mutual Fund company and as a Senior Sales Executive for Manulife Financial.
Rick is a CPCA (Certified Professional Consultant on Aging) and this has enabled him to specialize in helping seniors, and retirees throughout Canada. He has contributed in the past on financial related topics on CBC radio “On the Coast” hosted by Stephen Quinn.
Rick was born in British Guyana, South America and immigrated with his siblings and parents to Canada when he was twelve. He grew up in Ontario, where he attended York University and earned a combined honours bachelor's degree in economics and administration.
Rick moved to British Columbia sixteen years ago, and lives in South Surrey, BC with his wife Leslie and two daughters, Katherine and Victoria. Rick is President of the Rotary club of South Surrey. He is also Past President of the Board of White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society. He is also chair of the board of Credit Counseling Society, and a member of the board for White Rock South Surrey Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys travelling with his family and playing competitive golf.
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.