• Thursday , 1 December 2022

Plenty on the horizon for Peachland Chamber of Commerce

The newly elected board members of the Peachland Chamber of Commerce were all smiles during the organization’s annual general meeting at Restaurant 91 on May 2. The board members are, from left, Wolfgang Muhs, Debra Kelly, Emma Oliver, Patrick Van Minsel, Peter Stapleton, Catherine Gnius, Dave Collins, Rocky Rocksborough-Smith and Larry Guilbault.

The newly elected board members of the Peachland Chamber of Commerce were all smiles during the organization’s annual general meeting at Restaurant 91 on May 2. The board members are, from left, Wolfgang Muhs, Debra Kelly, Emma Oliver, Patrick Van Minsel, Peter Stapleton, Catherine Gnius, Dave Collins, Rocky Rocksborough-Smith and Larry Guilbault.

The Peachland Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting on May 2, where businesspeople from across the district came together at Restaurant 91 on Beach Ave.

At the meeting, President Dave Collins reviewed the chamber’s projects from the last year, including the five-year vision for the Peachland Visitor Information Centre, which the chamber operates.

Moving forward, Collins said the organization plans to execute its vision for the Historic Primary School, launch a new website that will include a job bank and calendar and advocate locally by working with Council and district staff to promote business and tourism, as well as budget for year- round operation of the Visitor Information Centre.

The chamber will also replace the welcome sign at the south end of town, updating the map and adding space for local businesses to advertise.

At the regional level, Collins said the chamber will sit on the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and work with sister organizations such as Westside Board of Trade and other chambers of commerce to help formulate provincial policy initiatives.

Loretta Robinson, the director of tourism services, also presented the 2014-2015 Tourism Report, which outlined key initiatives, leveraged funding, visitor statistics and training opportunities.

Particularly interesting are recent statistics from the Visitor Information Centre, which indicate visitors to Peachland continue to come in larger and larger numbers every year, with particular jumps evident during shoulder seasons.

The chamber’s social media is also starting to gain traction, with 809 Facebook followers, 1,134 Twitter followers and 140 Instagram followers as of early April.

Darlene Hartford also presented the annual report of the Bat Education and Ecological Protection Society, which outlined the province’s bat count 2014 statistics, gave an overview of the program’s bat chats and Go Batty in Peachland events.

Several Visitor Centre volunteers were also recognized for their long-term dedication.

After the presentations, members elected a new board, which this year will consist of Emma Oliver, Debra Kelly, Wolfgang Muhs, Larry Guibaul, Peter Stapleton, Rocky Rocksborough-Smith, Catherine Gnius, Wesley JR Bedford and Bryce Mendez.

Dave Collins was once again elected president, and Patrick Van Minsel will continue as executive director.

Trevor Nichols
Regional Reporter
tnichols@aberdeenpublishing.com

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