New faces grace Port Alberni’s chamber of commerce board

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce elected four new directors at its annual general meeting.

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce elected four new directors at its annual general meeting last Wednesday.

Mark Aussem (Alberni Technical Solutions), Linda Bowers (Boutique Belles Amies), Charlene Patterson (Char’s Landing) and Jan Lavertu (Home Hardware) join re-elected board members Matei Mateias (RBC Royal Bank), Laurie Smillie (Bulldogs), and Matt Williamson (Wild West Watersports).

returning directors Gary Spencer-Smith (West Coast Slam), Will Pulford (Van Isle Ford) and Kim Heeks (Lube-X). The executive committee is made up of president Neil Malbon (McLean Mill National Historic Site), first vice-president Teresa Bird (Alberni Valley News), second vice-president Peter Wienold (The Graphics Factory), treasurer Cherie Williams (Scotiabank) and secretary Bob Cole.

Current appointees to the board include John Bennie (SD 70), Dennis Bill (Tseshaht), Doug Blake (Community Futures), Jonathan Cross (Hoteliers Assoc.), David McCormick (Port Authority), Hira Chopra (City of Port Alberni) and Glenn Wong (Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District).

The board comprises “a whole list of local business leaders who will provide great inspiration and direction to the chamber for the up-coming year,” chamber manager Mike Carter said.

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