2021 Board of Directors
At the first Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce “Virtual” Annual General Meeting held September 18, 2020 our new Board of Directors were sworn in by Town of Gibsons Mayor Bill Beamish. Gibsons Chamber members voted by email ballots to approve a new slate of Directors.
Continuing Directors; Stephine Boyd, Vineet Miglani, Milynda Taylor are joined by returning Directors; Deb Mowbray, Doug Marteinson, Ted McNicol who are joined by new Directors to the Board, Nancy Tiffin, Kim Kingston, Taya Docksteader and recently appointed Micki McCartney.
A volunteer board of officers and directors—comprised of up to 10 business leaders from our community—provides governance for the Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce. Board members typically serve a two-year term starting in April. Chamber members interested in serving on the board of directors in the future are encouraged to contact the current Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Remax City — Sunshine Coast
Deb Mowbray is a local Realtor and has lived and worked on the Sunshine Coast for 15+ years. She has raised her two sons here who are now 20 and 21, spending many years on ball fields and in ice arenas and volunteering with their schools as much as she could!
Deb enjoys gardening, yoga, arts and crafts, the beach and living in the Heart of Gibsons Landing!
Deb has been a member of the Chamber since she got into real estate in 2004 and has seen many changes in our community, has seen businesses come and go and is a strong proponent of shopping and supporting local. She would like to see the community maintain its character while continuing to thrive.
High Beam Dreams
Vineet Miglani, along with his wife, Nidhi Kamboj, and his younger brother, Sugeet, are the new owners of what was once the Gibsons United Church on Glassford Road in lower Gibsons. He and his wife moved to the Coast three years ago to escape the real estate madness of the Lower Mainland. Working in the banking industry all his life, he “saw how the numbers were going” and was looking for an investment property. When he saw the church for sale he “spent three months full-time thinking of what can be done with the existing zoning and building with the aim of trying to keep a lot of people happy.” Renamed High Beam Dreams Event Centre. The event space is the cornerstone of High Beam Dreams. “I’ve always been interested in the arts,” says Miglani of his desire to provide the Coast with another arts venue. In addition to hosting live music concerts, the space will be available to rent for all manner of events and gatherings, including weddings.
M Taylors Accounting Services
Milynda’s business model is based on honesty, integrity and accountability towards her clients — mainly self-employed, small or medium sized businesses providing services and products in construction, publishing, retail, health care, or pet care.
Milynda’s 25+ years of experience in finance provide the firm foundation for her efficient and detail oriented accounting service, high level of professionalism and warm, friendly environment. She is comfortable with all types of businesses and structures from self-employed to medium size companies. Milynda expertly monitors and consults with her clients on business growth patterns, and provides current information on financial and tax matters enabling them to make a more reliable decision regarding their business.
Understanding the importance of supporting the community, Milynda volunteers her time as Treasurer for the Gibsons Chamber of Commerce, the Coasting Along Theatre Society and the Restorative Justice Program of Sunshine Coast.
The Nine Acre Wood Farm
|Taya is a local homesteader/farmer and is just changing professions from real estate agent to Adventure Tour Guide and on the farm, she is the Garlic Queen. Before joining the real estate profession and buying the family farm, she had a lengthy career in project management, fund development, and small business ownership. She is also volunteered with and supported a number of charitable and community organizations across the region, including The Children’s Miracle Network, Kids Breakfast Program, and the Elves Club just to name a few. Taya is an avid handcrafter, loving crochet, sewing and upcycling fabric and anything else she can find. Taya loves to paint and is well known in the artistic community. Taya lives with her family on 9 acres in upper Gibson’s on The Nine Acre Wood Farm where they grow Red Russian Garlic and are in the process of planting 3000 Christmas trees and starting her new venture “Giving Back Experiences”. Taya loves community, shopping local and charitable adventure. Taya is looking forward to becoming an involved member of the Sunshine Coast Community.
Kenmac Auto Parts
I was born in Saskatchewan and I have five siblings. Graduated from Merritt Secondary in 1983 and then graduated with a diploma in Animal Health Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Technology in 1987. Shawn and I were married in 1989, We have three children and two grand children. Well my children attended schools here on the coast I served on various Parent committees. I am a member of Christian Life Assembly
I have work with Shawn since 1993 at Kenmac Parts. I got to helped to computerize the business. I am the office manager in charge of accounts payable, receivable, payroll, scheduling, advertising and managing the computer as well all general office duties. It is a business that has been part of this community for 60 years.
Vegan Chocolatier. Focus on personal health and health of our planet.
Winner of FedEx Small Business Award, 2018 – Canada wide.
Winner of Business of the Year, 2020.
Manage all digital aspects of business including Website design, social media, eCommerce
Funnel creation utilizing click funnels, implementation of mailing list drips, etc.
Small business/residential software support, installation, troubleshooting, configuration.
Network design and implementation including wired and wireless – cabling, configuration, installation, and troubleshooting.
Network and Systems Technologist
Plan, organize, direct, purchase, install, troubleshoot, and control current Technology infrastructure for School District #46 (15 Schools) including networks, servers, workstations, and mobile devices.
Troubleshoot hardware, software, and network operating systems. Train and support School District Staff on request.
Marteinson Learning Resources Ltd.
In his youth, Doug suffered an addiction to teamwork. Twenty five years ago, he chose to develop a differentiating expertise in leadership and large group collaboration methods for organizational transformation. During his consulting career, Doug had the opportunity of witnessing dramatic turnarounds in organizational teamwork and financial performance. Doug holds the view that developing a culture of strong teamwork gives rise to a lasting competitive advantage.
Regional Director, Capilano University
Micki has been at the helm of Capilano University kálax-ay, the Sunshine Coast Campus in Sechelt, for over a year now as our first full-time Regional Director. Micki is committed to the vital relationship with the shíshálh Nation and connections with the communities and higher education supporters across the Coast, along with her outstanding team of faculty and staff at the campus.
Born at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Garden Bay and growing up in Sechelt McCartney has deep roots on the Sunshine Coast. She previously spent 13 years at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Her work included the Centre for Experiential Learning and Career Services, administrator of an Indigenous Intern Leadership program and acting campus principal at the Powell River campus. She also participated in Indigenization efforts at VIU (working groups, learning circles, and course development) and taught and co-taught courses aligned with work-integrated learning and co-op education. She served as chair of the Accountability Council for BC-WIL and currently sits as a representative for Capilano University. She has a Master’s degree in leadership Plus special congratulations are in order, as Micki has just completed her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. Well done Doctor McCartney.
Ted has spent most of his professional career working in Human Resources in very large organizations, several of which operated globally. Specializing in Rewards (compensation and benefits), performance management and systems developed his passion for the operational/business side. Upon moving to the Sunshine Coast, more of his time has been spent working directly with business leaders, providing a range of advice and guidance reflecting his focus on people being the primary competitive advantage in today’s economy.
An amateur musician/music lover and avid photographer, Ted is also active in the community, serving on the Gibsons District Public Library Board, on the Gibsons Legion 109 Entertainment Committee, and as a Research Ambassador for the Canadian Institute of Health Research. In the recent past, he has also been a Board member of the Vancouver Metis Citizens Society and at Successful Contracting Consulting, preparing new contractors/consultant for self-employment.
Glacier Media / Coast Reporter
Nancy Tiffin lives in Gibsons with her husband Mike and their two dogs – Hiker and Mitzy. Working in sales as the Special Projects Manager with Coast Reporter for the past ten years, she thrives in finding ways to support the local community in special features and magazine supplements that connect people. Creativity, integrity, and good communication are what drive her passion for her work. Working well under the constant pressure of deadlines, she is still able to bring a sense of calm to her clients and those she works with. Her motto is: ‘Live your life to the fullest and learn to love all the experiences you have. Those experiences – both good and bad – combine to create a colourful and textured tapestry that is wholly yours.