• The Board of Directors

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    The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share its list of Board of Directors for the 2021/2022 term. The term of the elected Board is from July 1 - June the following year (when the Annual General Meeting is held).

     

  • President

    Patricia Lapeña

    BC Regional Director, LegalShield

    Patricia was born and raised in Vancouver and has resided in White Rock for the last 20 years with her husband Carlos, and 3 stepchildren. Since 2011, she has been working as the BC Regional Director for LegalShield. Prior to that she had her own Holistic Nutritionist practice in White Rock. Her previous work experience was in the hospitality industry in Vancouver.

    Patricia is LegalShield’s BC Regional Director. She trains, mentors, and works with a large team in a leadership role. This position puts her in front of various groups of people whether employees, small businesses, non-profits or other to present the many benefits of LegalShield.

    Patricia loves the community of White Rock. She has been a member of the SSWR Chamber of Commerce since 2017 and currently sits as the President of the Board of Directors. In addition to working on her highly successful business, she has other ventures within the community; facilitating networking, empowerment and soon to be the reopening of a ‘Reclaimed Vitality’ project.

     

     

  • Vice President

    Stewart Peddemors

    Realtor and Owner, Stewart Peddemors PREC, RE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty 
    Morley MyrenStewart Peddemors has been a Chamber Member since 1991. His time a local business person serving as the President of the Marine Drive Merchants association, City Councillor from 1996 to 2008 and as a Local RE/MAX Agent since 2006 has prepared Stewart to be well rounded supporter of the Business communities of White Rock and South Surrey.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Treasurer

    Tingting Chi, CPA, CGA

    Manager, Private Enterprise, MNP LLP

    With over 10 years of experience providing accounting and tax services to entrepreneurs and private corporations, Tingting enjoys working with business owners in various industries including real estate and construction, transportation, and technology. She has volunteered as a mentor under the CPA Mentorship Program to provide guidance on competency development of CPA students/candidates. Tingting hopes to have meaningful contributions to the local business community through her role at the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce.   
     
     
     
     
  • Secretary

    Alyona Kokanova

    Lawyer, Cleveland Doan LLP

    Alyona is a lawyer at Cleveland Doan LLP, where she has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice ranging from contractual disputes to construction litigation, but her primary focus is on strata property law matters. She recently moved out to British Columbia, from Toronto, Ontario. Outside of the office, Alyona spends most of her weekends hiking, boxing at her local gym, or refining her bowling technique. She is an avid traveler with one of her most memorable trips being to Tokyo, Japan.

    Alyona has a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. She spent a semester of law school studying abroad, learning from a wide range of international lawyers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

     

     

  • Directors:

     

  • Bob Bezubiak

    Retired Banker

    Bob has lived in South Surrey/White Rock for the past 34 years with plans to continue to make this area his home. For the past 22 years, he has worked in White Rock in a leadership position with TD Bank. His involvement with the local business community goes back to when he first started working in the area leading and co-leading events to attract more tourists such as the Semiahmoo Bay Regatta, Annual Christmas Sail Boat Parade , TD Concerts At The Pier and as a board member of the previous White Rock Tourism. More recently, he organized a group of business leaders called Friends of the Pier to raise funds for the rebuild of the pier.
     
    He has served on the Economic and Investment Committee for the City of White Rock for 12 years and chaired the committee for 4 years. Community recognitions include being nominated twice as Business Person of the Year by the Chamber, three awards from PAH for supporting their fundraising efforts and by the City of White Rock for contributions to the community. 
     
     
     
  • Linda Holmes

    Investment Advisor and Financial Planner, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

    Linda is an investment advisor and financial planner with RBC Dominion Securities. With the firm since 1999, she has more than 20 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 2017, and has enjoyed being an ambassador at several chamber events.  She is also a member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club and an advocate for women in business .
     
    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, catch up with friends and enjoys the outdoors. Integrity, compassion and equality are core values to Linda, and she is confident they will serve her well in representing the chamber.
     
     
     
  • Ernie Klassen

    Owner, Ashberry & Logan, The Art of Flowers

    Ernie has been involved with many not-for-profits during his adult life. He started his volunteer work growing up in a church in Abbotsford where he sang in choirs and was involved in many social groups within the church. He also compiled many church photo albums for various churches while he owned Imagemakers Photography Studio from 1982 to 1990. This was his first business, which he sold when he became the Executive Director for the Upper Fraser Valley Neurological Society. He formed this non-profit society when his second child was born with cerebral palsy. There were not services for families who had children with disabilities. He formed a society, became the president, and shortly thereafter was asked to be the executive director of this organization. He held this position for 9 years and, during that time, he also became the Executive Director of the BC and Yukon Association for Child Development and Rehabilitation services. Most recently, he has been on the board of the BIA first as a director and 5 years as president. In the last local election, he also ran for a position as a city councillor. Currently, he is the president for a fairly new society called the White Rock Pride Society, which he has been fortunate enough to help form 3 years ago. He has been involved in lots of fundraisers and has contributed often to all varieties of fundraisers and non-profit events. 
     

     

  • Heather Martin

    President, Comfort Keepers

    Heather Martin has many years of professional and general management experience and has used this experience to build her own successful corporation, Comfort Keepers, servicing the whole of the lower mainland and Victoria.   Prior to venturing into Comfort Keepers, she worked for 18 years with a US based Company assisting with public relations, acquisitions, divestitures and general administration.
     
    Through Comfort Keepers, she is very involved in the White Rock/South Surrey community and helps organize programs and events for seniors.  Comfort Keepers was awarded the 2017 Business Excellence Award from the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce.  She spends her spare time helping and volunteering with Organizations like Luke 15 House and preparing and serving meals at The Door Is Open, Vancouver and Surrey Urban Mission.
     
    Heather is the Chair for the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Table and Co-Chair on the Burnaby Seniors Resources Society.  She is also the Vice President  of the Seniors Come Share Board.   She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Psychology and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  She resides with her family in Surrey.
     
     
     
  • Kendelle Pollitt

    Lawyer, Pier Law and Mediation

    Kendelle Pollitt, LLB, QMed is the founder and principal of Pier Law & Mediation. After practicing in firms of various sizes over the past 15 years in locations spanning from downtown Vancouver and into the Fraser Valley, in September, 2019 Kendelle decided to take the leap and open her own firm. She chose her hometown in the South Surrey/White Rock area, a vibrant and bustling community which has so much to offer families, individuals and businesses alike. 
     
    Kendelle’s practice focuses primarily in the area of family law, both as a legal advocate and as a neutral mediator. For over 15 years, Kendelle has been litigating in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, as well as negotiating successful settlements on behalf of her clients. Kendelle firmly believe that there is no “one size fits all” approach to resolving conflict or assisting a family undergoing transition. She has spent literally hundreds of hours obtaining specialized training in alternative dispute resolution methods. These specialized skills, along with her commitment and dedication to each and every one of her clients, are invaluable to her ability to lead her clients to a speedier, less costly and effective resolution to their legal issues and/or conflict. 
     
     
     
  • Kathryn Ritter

    Financial Advisor, Sean Peach Financial Services Inc.

    Kathryn has worked in Financial Services for over a decade.  Before that, she started and managed a thriving Vancouver branch office of an Alberta-based Audio/Visual company, and worked in several Business to Business sales roles – experiencing and observing business at many levels: at the C-Suite level of large corporations; in Executive Boardrooms,  Libraries, Universities and Grade Schools – all the way to the mid-sized Manufacturing Operation, to the 2-person Mom and Pop shop in small-town Canada.

    Having grown up around a family business, Kathryn has developed a deep respect for the entrepreneurial spirit. For over 25 years, she has worked closely with a wide range of business owners, and in particular, has developed a special place in her heart for women entrepreneurs.  As a busy mother of two, she has personal insight into the experience of female business owners, who often feel squeezed between the pressures of business and the needs of their family.
     
    South Surrey has been Kathryn’s home for 20 years, and she is very proud of this community.  We boast a thriving arts community; sports and fitness opportunities for every age; we are home to restaurants and cafes and every possible kind of professional service. 
     
    Kathryn has discovered through her Chamber Membership how much better the community is served when its business thrives.  If small business is the heart of a community – then it needs a strong Chamber to support and promote it.  Kathryn would be honored to serve as a Director with this Chamber, with the goal of giving back to a community that has been so good to her and her family.  
     
     
     
  • Steve Scott

    Advertising Manager, Peace Arch News

    Steve has spent the last 30 years in media advertising, working in management with large media corporations. Over the years these opportunities have allowed Steve to work with many different businesses, where he now has knowledge in a wide range of industries. Building relationships with business people is what Steve does best, and he prides himself on working with business owners and managers to help build awareness of both their business and their brands. Steve has always maintained his 3 core values: Honesty - Accountability - Integrity in every aspect of both his personal life and business career. In his tenure with Black Press Media and the Peace Arch News, Steve has worked and volunteered with many of the non-profit groups here on the peninsula, and has supported many fund raising initiatives to help make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
     
     
     
  • Suneet Sekhon

    Branch Manager, TD Ocean Park

    Suneet has lived in White Rock for over 10 years. She is a Biology and Economics graduate from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in various positions within the banking industry for the last 15 years. In her current position she is the Branch Manager of local TD Ocean Park branch located in South Surrey. Suneet is passionate about supporting the community she lives in and is looking forward to supporting the economic and social well-being of South Surrey White Rock as a director. She is a past member of the White Rock City Economic Investments Committee. Suneet is married to her husband Andy and have two young girls Siena and Avina.  The family can often be found exploring local businesses in South Surrey White Rock and spending time at White Rock or Crescent Beach.
     
     

     

  • Chris Shields

    Realtor, White Rock Lights Society

    Chris has been a REALTOR® with the Fraser Valley Real Estate board since 2005. Giving back to the Real Estate industry is extremely important to Chris. He is proudly serving his final term on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and currently fills the position as Past-President of the board of directors. As a director he has served as the chair of the finance committee and of the annual FVREB’s Conference and Trade Show, along with being head of the technology task force. He has fostered and promoted stronger communication and relationships between the leaders of the BC real estate boards. His primary focus is always to raise the level of professionalism of realtors and increase public opinion. Outside of his role as director, Chris has also given his time at the board as an instructor for new technologies and as the emcee for the annual FVREB Conference and Trade Show. Chris is also very proud to have recently graduated from The Institute of corporate directors, Director education program and holds the ICD.D designation.
     
     
     
  • Jian (James) Yu

    Director, Surrey White Rock Community Engagement Society

    James has been a consultant in shipping and logistics industry offering services for many multi-national companies, such as MSC, Mitsui, Hapag-Lloyd, CP ships, Evergeen, Hutchison Whampoa, etc., helping them entering the Chinese market. Through more than 32 years of work, James has accumulated a wealth experience in China's affairs, regulatory matters, market intelligence, head hunting, pre-investment analysis and marketing strategies.
     
    Being a director of Surrey White Rock Community Engagement Society, James actively participates in community activities to spread knowledge of Canadian democracy and enhance Chinese Canadians to embrace Canadian multicultural identity.