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Powell River Chamber of Commerce acclaims board

Six new directors join business-advocacy organization
LEADERSHIP CHANGES: Powell River Chamber of Commerce manager Kim Miller and new chamber president Cory Carr welcomed six new directors to the 13-member board after its recent annual meeting. Chris Bolster photo

Powell River Chamber of Commerce has elected a new president and board. Cory Carr, who previously served as vice president, was formally appointed president at the organization’s annual meeting held on Thursday, May 25. The election also included six new directors.

Carr takes over as president as the chamber goes through the largest change of its board in several years, said chamber manager Kim Miller.

“It’s a fresh start the chamber needed,” said Miller after the meeting. “Every year it’s one or two people who change on the board; this time it is six.”

Carr said he expects the new board to bring fresh ideas to table.

“I’m excited with the change in the overall board,” he said. “These people will bring some bright ideas and new skill sets to the chamber.”

Rounding out the chamber executive, Tye Leishman will serve as vice president, Jack Barr as past president and Michelle Silvester returns as treasurer.

New directors Telis Savvaidis, Katya Buck, Ernie Burden, Peter Harvey, Paul Galinski and Kim Sissons-Wall will join returning board members Patrick Hull, Isabelle Southcott and Linda Wegner.

Carr said he does not consider himself to be in same category as previous presidents, Barr and Dave Formosa, but is looking forward to the carrying on the work his predecessors started.

He added he is looking forward to the new chamber implementing some of the strategic planning done last fall.

Barr, who was president for the past six years, said he is pleased to see the mix of people and professions on the new board.

He said he hopes the new board will help the organization stay relevant and make its transition to representing a whole new generation of local business owners and their interests in Powell River.

“The key for the chamber is to have as diversified a board as possible,” said Barr. “It’s an exciting time.”