Chamber Chatter, January 21, 2015

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce talks about plans for new year

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce enters a new year in 2015 with a new board of directors.

Sean Dyble becomes the president having served previously on the Board. Sean’s commitment to the Chamber continues the progressive shift that the organization has experienced in 2014 under the guidance of Michael Nyikes who moves into the Past President’s position.

“2015 will be a watershed experience for the Chamber reflecting the major changes underway in the community,” says Dyble. “We welcome a new Mayor and council and their plans to address many issues including improvements to the downtown, a focus on regional transportation and other priorities that can and will be assisted by the Chamber. For the Chamber, these activities represent our commitment to broad community services running in parallel to the many services provided to Chamber members.”

Indicative of those community services, in 2014 the Chamber successfully aided the launch of a newcomers club which now has over 40 members. Chamber executives are currently working with other community leaders and Royal Roads University to bring adult education programs to Sooke. In 2015 the Chamber will focus on strategies to increase and assist new arrivals that bring real estate investment along with their commitment to the overall enhancement of the community through volunteering and supporting local business.

Contrary to popular opinion, newcomers to the region are not always seniors or near-seniors. Many newcomers bring their established companies with them. Some of these small firms are in technology-related occupations using state of the art communications while serving national and international clients.

JGM Services in East Sooke specializes in Subsea operations using divers and remote controlled vehicles in the oil and gas industries. Right now their major clients are in Europe’s North Sea.

S.D. Robb & Associates, located on Sooke Harbour, is a Canadian marketing design company serving the North American and Australian health and fitness industries and whose clients include the designer doyen, Martha Stewart.

Number TEN Architectural Group is an integrated practice of architecture, planning, strategic advisory services, interior design and visual communications. While head office is in Winnipeg, Number TEN is now represented in the Otter Point office of Architect Terry Cristall. Terry is also a VP of the Sooke Region Chamber.

These and other companies like them that have moved to Sooke in the last three years are indicative of a new sense of energy, as the economic makeup of the region changes.

 

With roots dating back more than 65 years in the community, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is considered a vital resource and advocate for Sooke’s business community.

 

Please contact the Chamber office at (250) 642-6112 or info@sookeregionchamber.com with any questions.

PO Box 18

Sooke, BC V9Z 0E4

(250) 642-6127 (fax)

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