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Annual General Meeting, Chamber Awards and Chair Salute


Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Members welcomed a new Executive, and elected five Members to the Board of Directors at the Chamber’s 2023 Annual General Meeting on December 7, 2023 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Grande Prairie Conference Centre.

Assuming the role of Chair is Cord Spero (ReMax Grande Prairie). Also acclaimed from the nominating committee were Jon Anderson (Stewardship Leadership Coaching) as Chair Elect and Lori Pollock (KMSC Law) as Vice-Chair. Cindy Park (Northwestern Polytechnic) will remain on the Executive as Past Chair.

Three positions on the Board, left vacant by retiring Directors, have been filled by the following Chamber Members: Danielle Hessler (Two Twelve Consulting and The Agency), Jennifer Ireson (Balanced Perspectives), and Shane Mudryk (Minhas Group of Companies).

The remaining positions went to returning Directors: Jason Howrish (International Paper) and Laura LaValley (Northwestern Alberta Foundation), who were successful in seeking their second two-year terms on the Board.

Those elected will join holdover Directors: Mariah Braun (M3M Marketing and Studio), Cliff Headon (Stringam LLP), Dan Stojanovic (ABC Recycling) and Barry Yaehne (Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region) on the 2024 Chamber Board.

The Chamber would also like to thank retiring Board Members Tertius Genis (Fusion Business Solutions), Pamela Nordin (London Hauling), and Karci Wallan (MNP LLP).

25 and 50 year milestones were recognized at the event. Quarter century members included Knoblauch & Associates/The Co-operators, Tom Shields Realty Inc., Bonnetts Energy Centre, Country Roads RV Park, Grande Prairie Stompede Association, Home Hardware Building Centre, and The Work Place/Carlson & Company Inc. Half century members in 2023 were Capistrano Holdings and International Paper Grande Prairie Mill.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Chamber Member Awards.

The 2023 recipients are:
Clem E. Collins Award (Chamber Volunteerism)Dan Wong (Beairsto & Associates Engineering and Survey)
Business Citizen of the YearAlison Gustafson (Victoria’s Attic)
Dan H. Minchin Award (Long-Term Member Business Achievement)Ken Sargent GMC Buick and Sean Sargent Toyota

Past Chamber Award Recipients can be seen below:

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