The Board of Directors
The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for the 2020/2021 term. The Board was elected at its Annual General Meeting, held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The term of the elected Board begins on July 1, 2020.
BC Regional Director, LegalShieldPatricia was born and raised in Vancouver and has resided in White Rock for the last 17 years with her husband Carlos, and 3 step children. Since 2011, she has been working as the BC Regional Manager 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 Manager. 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, non-profits or other to present the many benefits of LegalShield.Patricia loves the community in White Rock. She has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2017. In addition to working on her very successful business, she also trains for Sprint triathlons, enjoys travel and loves to socialize with people; business and personal alike.
Realtor and Owner, Stewart Peddemors PREC, RE/MAX Colonial Pacific RealtyStewart 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.
Lawyer, Cleveland Doan LLPGrace is a second generation lawyer at Cleveland Doan LLP practicing in the areas of estate planning, administration, and litigation. She spends her days helping her clients solve their problems - and setting them up to avoid problems in the first place! Grace obtained her BA and MA in English at UBC, and her JD from UAlberta. She is an active volunteer on local, provincial, and national levels with organizations including the CBA, LNFB, the BCSPCA, and the PAH Foundation. Grace looks forward to another year of collaborating with her fellow directors to support the economic and social well being of her hometown.
Manager, Private Company Services, PwCTingting Chi, CPA, CGA joined PwC Fraser Valley office in December 2019 as a manager in the MySolutions Team. Prior to joining PwC, she was with a BC-based accounting firm. 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.
Co-Owner, White Rock Beach Beer CompanyWhite Rock Beach Beer Company: Co-Owner, 2013 - PresentUBC: Bachelor of Arts, 1990; Bachelor of Education, 1991University of Alberta: Master of Education, 1999Richmond School District: High School Teacher, 1991 - PresentSutton Group Seafair: Realtor, 2000 - 2020High School Football Coach, 1988 - 2012BCTF Judicial Council: 2013RTA Executive: 2010RTA School Rep.: 2006 - 2012
Retired BankerBob 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.
CEO & Founder, Flinnwest Solutions Inc.Grady Flinn moved to White Rock as a young boy in 1980 from Edmonton Alberta. Graduating from Earl Marriot in 1992 Grady carried on to be a successful Software Engineer and CEO of Flinnwest Solutions Inc, a digital marketing and development agency located on White Rocks Marine Drive.Grady holds many accomplishments in software, business management and business growth. He continues to thrive as an engineer helping small and large business alike pivot into the digital world. He looks forward to bringing his skills to the Chamber of Commerce to give back to a town and the towns people that have given so much to him.
General Manager,Oceana PARC
With over two decades of experience working in the senior living field, Shelley Grenier offers extensive insight into a growing segment of our population and joint client base. Shelley hopes to share this insight and experience with members of the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce as it addresses the opportunities and challenges that will inevitably arise in the coming years.
As the General Manager of Oceana PARC and past retirement communities, Shelley is intimately familiar with the challenges of operating a successful business and the importance of relationship building and supporting one another in the combined pursuit of success for each individual member which together benefits the community as a whole.
Shelley recently relocated her family to White Rock and is personally and professionally invested in the success of the greater South Surrey and White Rock area economically, environmentally and socially. She feels very fortunate to have the support of her employer Parc Retirement Living. She has a passion for making connections and is committed to contributing to her community.
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.
Chair, CARP White Rock/Surrey Chapter 11
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 a 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 benefiting 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’.
Executive Director, Peace Arch Hospice SocietyBeth has 10 years of experience having been the Executive Director for the Surrey Hospice Society and the Foothills Country Hospice Society in Southern Alberta before coming to South Surrey. 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 has always in one way or another been involved in her community through volunteering with non profit organizations.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 Peace Arch Hospice Society (formerly 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 though, is the most important role of Beth’s life, which is her role as a mother to her two wonderful children; Wendy and Grant.
Owner, Ashberry & Logan, The Art of FlowersErnie 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.
Lawyer, Pier Law and MediationKendelle 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.
Black Press Media
Dwayne is an executive with Black Press Media 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 South Surrey & 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.
Account Manager, Small Business, TD Canada Trust
Maria Zhou immigrated to Canada in 2004 from China and has an honor master's degree in finance from UK. She is currently the Account Manager, Small Business at the local TD White Rock Branch. She is passionate about her job and loves to help local small business owners to be successful and grow their business. Zhou's position enables the delivery of business banking products and services across the whole spectrum of customer needs as well as supporting other business partners. She has been working in the banking industry for over 6 years with 3 years' experience working in this industry in China. Zhou is fluent in English and Mandarin. Her education and diverse exposure in different cultures and countries would bring valuable and fresh ideas to the Chamber.