2017 saw the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce expand its role in the East Kootenay.
Chamber Manager Mike Guarnery was pleased to work with businesses in the Wasa, Tata Creek and Skookumchuck area, while providing more training programs in the city.
He also praised the diversity of this year’s chamber board, calling it a fair representation of the youth in the business community.
“I think our board is a fair representation of our business community. With the demographic, I think we have seven board members under the age of 35,” Guarnery says. “They are very intelligent and very good leaders and not taking away from our experienced board members as well, because they continue to provide sound leadership.”
Guarnery also points to advocacy work for construction companies as a highlight of the year, working with the BC Chamber to address a tariff on drywall.
“There was an increased tariff on that and we needed to work with the BC Chamber to provide an option to send to the federal government,” Guarnery says. “We think we did a pretty good job from our chamber to work collectively with the province.”
Stay tuned for more Year-In-Reviews from East Kootenay newsmakers as we make our way through the holiday season.
– Kimberley Chamber of Commerce Manager, Mike Guarnery