Parksville chamber hits magic 500

Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce holds its AGM.

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon (left) shares a laugh with Parksville chamber of commerce members Lisa Leger

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon (left) shares a laugh with Parksville chamber of commerce members Lisa Leger

[Updated: To correct board member term of service information.]

Incoming directors of the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce were greeted with the good news that the chamber is now at 500 members and still climbing.

The significant tally was noted at the chamber’s April 12 annual general meeting, by membership committee head Lisa Leger. She noted that The Sharp Design Landscaping service was the local chamber’s 500th member.

Reaching this milestone was one of the chamber’s membership goals for 2011.

The AGM saw the selecting of several new board directors, and the continuation of others still in the middle of their two-year terms.

Rudi Widdershoven was awarded a second term as president. Doug Riederer was named first vice-president. Second vice-president will be Robynne Shaw and the treasurer remains Al McLean. Gary Child will stay on as past-president.

At the board table are newcomers Donna Andres (who was an interim director last year), Mark Jones, Terry Kerr and Ashley Henry.

They join re-elected director Rhiannon Whitney.

The chamber recognized the service of board directors Shawna Broekhuizen, Bruce Cownden, Jason Granger and Lisa Leger — who are on their second term as chamber board members this year.

The chamber also noted the service of departed board members Peter Morrison, Arlene Sandeman Allen and Dave Willie, who either completed their terms or resigned.