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New West Chamber welcomes "dream team" to board of directors

Chamber of Commerce: New board “poised to lead the way in elevating the business landscape”
New team: The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has a new board of directors following the recent AGM. photo New Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Eight new faces have joined the board of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.

Seventy-five chamber members and guests attended the chamber’s May 23 annual general meeting and reception at Massey Theatre’s Plaskett Gallery.

“The news of the 2023/2024 board of directors holds great significance for the members of the chamber of commerce and the community of New Westminster,” said a news release from the chamber. “Members of the chamber can expect fresh ideas, innovative strategies, and a diverse range of expertise that will shape the direction of the organization and create opportunities for growth and success.”

The chamber’s board of directors includes: Sara Alhowar; Kristie Campbell; Sarah Campbell; Hameet Dhillon; Jolene Foreman; Efe Fruci; Martin Lowe; Gwen Maddock; Nick O’Coin; Liz O’Neil; Rich Patterson; and Ria Renouf.

“I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead,” said Patterson, the board’s vice-chair. “We worked diligently to identify and recruit diverse individuals with a wealth of experience and fresh perspectives to help lead the organization. They all share the goal of promoting growth and success for the chamber and the business community in our city.”

According to the news release, the AGM marked a “significant milestone” for the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce as it welcomed eight new leaders from varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The board includes representatives from commercial real estate, education, marketing, finance, a non-profit, business and manufacturing, and media.

“Together, this exceptional group is poised to lead the way in elevating the business landscape of New Westminster,” said the news release.

Angie Whitfield, executive director of the chamber of commerce, is also excited about the newly established board.

“The group we have assembled is phenomenal,” she said. “I am honoured and grateful to have their guidance in leading the New West Chamber forward. This is truly a dream team, and the businesses of New Westminster could not be in more capable hands.”

Kristie Campbell is the interim board chair; roles will be assigned to the group at their first board meeting in June, Whitfield said.

Whitfield said this week’s Beer Friday event is a great opportunity of community members to meet the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce’s new team. Beer Friday is on Friday, May 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sapperton District Taphouse.

Theresa McManus

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