• NEWS RELEASE: Chamber Announces New Board of Directors Following Annual General Meeting


    South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce  
    Wednesday, July 5, 2023 
    Chamber Announces New Board of Directors Following Annual General Meeting 
    Softball City – 2201 148 St, Surrey, BC V4A 9P5 – Thursday, June 29th, 2023 

    The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at Softball City. Attendees reviewed a successful 2022 that reflected an increase in overall website and social media activity; an overview of Chamber & community events; a comprehensive report of the Let’s Get Local program; and an outlook of 2023 and beyond. In 2022, the Chamber brought in 75 new members, and is on track this year to match or exceed new membership with a whopping 64 new members in Q1 and Q2 thus far. 
    Following the Annual General Meeting, the Chamber is proud to announce the new Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 term:  
    2023-2024 Board of Directors 

    Bill Brooks, Chamber President and Board Chair
    Managing Partner, BEC Entertainment Network Inc.

    Anthony Manning, Chamber Vice-President and Board Vice-Chair
    Director, White Rock Museum & Archives

    Kelly Hodder, Secretary
    Lawyer, Cleveland Doan LLP



    Gurjinder Bhurji
    Salon Owner & Real Estate Agent, Signature Real Estate
    Stephen Dooley
    Executive Director, SFU Surrey
    Ramona Kaptyn
    CARP B.C. Chief Advocacy & Communications Officer
    President, White Rock/Surrey Chapter of CARP
    Director, CARP National Board

    Margarett Lange
    General Manager & Project Manager, Pacific Inn / DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Surrey, Fountana Group
    Heather Martin
    President, Comfort Keepers
    Merv Sandrel
    Account Manager, Monarch Floor & Window Coverings
    Steve Scott
    Advertising Manager, Peace Arch News
    Louise Tremblay
    Executive Director, Brella Community Services Society

    Rich Ulvild
    Mortgage Professional, XEVA Mortgage LLP
    Summer Xu
    Financial Planner, TD Wealth
    Jian (James) Yu
    Director, Surrey White Rock Community Engagement Society

    The event being hosted at Softball City highlighted the importance of local sports facilities in our region. With the 2023 Canada Cup International Softball Championship scheduled to take place here from July 7 to 16, 2023, the Chamber was ecstatic to partner with Greg Timm and his team at the Canadian Amateur Sport Society (CASS) on the AGM. As announced by Timm, the Canada Cup will host 106 teams and thousands of visitors to the region. He also shared a heartfelt note of gratitude to all who supported the Ukrainian team’s participation in the tournament. 
    The Chamber also invited Sean Peach, Acting President of the Peninsula Community Foundation, to speak about the upcoming Annual Legacy Softball Classic. The tournament aims to fundraise for endowments and promote awareness for local charities. Held on September 10th of this year, an expected 250+ players around the South Surrey & White Rock region will come together and raise funds to better the community. 
    After the formal presentation of the AGM, attendees got to enjoy a robust charcuterie board, donated by Sheila’s Catering Co., as a little taste of Charcuterie on the Pier – an epic gastronomic event that will attempt to officially break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Charcuterie Board on September 2, 2023. The pitcher and catcher from the White Rock Renegades were also out on the diamond to bat some balls with AGM goers. 
    Congratulations to the new Board of Directors! The Chamber is looking forward to continuing the work in supporting, advocating for, and promoting businesses in South Surrey & White Rock during the upcoming term and beyond. 


    About the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce: 
    The South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit membership-based organization that was established in 1937 to support, advocate for and promote the interests of local businesses. For over 85 years the Chamber is committed to supporting local economic development and promoting the interests of its members and the community. It has been recognized in the BC Legislative and Canadian House of Commons as a pillar of our community. 
    To learn more about South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce please visit our website: click here.

    Media Contacts: 
    Ritu Khanna
    Executive Director
    Marisa Bonilla 
    Events/Membership Coordinator 

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