Following the Chamber’s November AGM, a new Executive was elected at the December Board of Directors Meeting. Welcome new President Chris Duncan, MNP LLP.  Julie Scurr, Coast Salish Insurance, is now Past President, having served as Chamber President for four years.

Carol Messier, Maple Bay Marina steps into the 1st Vice President role, and Ruth Hartmann, Hartmann Interior Design continues as 2nd Vice President. Danielle Killam, Grant Thornton LLP remains the Secretary Treasurer.

Former President Julie Scurr told the members at the AGM, “It’s time for a new person to bring a fresh perspective to the Chamber and I’m confident that I’m leaving the organization in a good and stable position. I am proud of how successful the Chamber has been in developing and broadening partnerships and collaboration opportunities with local community organizers, media, government and others.” Julie will continue as Chair of the Business Advocacy Committee, advocating on behalf of Cowichan businesses on issues affecting their business.

The Chamber welcomed five new Directors to the 2019 Board: Vince Avery, Thrive Now Physiotherapy, Karen Bresler, KBL Law Corporation, Don Hatton, Hatton Insurance Agency, Christopher Schmerk, TD Canada Trust and Pamela Stover, PD Stover Professional Corporation. Directors continuing their term include: Lynn Clark, Maple Bay Manor, Arlene Johnson, G3 Mechatronics and Penny Lehan, Coleman Fraser Whittome Lehan Schmidt.

Welcome new Chamber members: Thoughtful Place Design, White Pacific Services, Cowichan Brain Injury, Dairy Queen, Osborne Bay Pub, Barely North Entertainment, Enamelling on Steel, How to Communications, Cowichan River Lodge, Shawnigan Lake School, Island Savings/Credential Securities and Holly Dalrymple Graphic Design.

Sonja Nagel is Executive Director of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce.  She can be reached at 250-748-1111 or