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Meet the Board of Directors

  • Jean Maltesen, President

    Jean Maltesen, President

    Jeannie Maltesen moved to Parksville in 1993, and has lived in Errington since 1998. Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and is working on completing her Doctorate in Education. She has been employed by VIU since 1993 and currently holds the position of Associate VP of Marketing and Communications. As a representative for Vancouver Island University, a local resident of the Oceanside community, a parent of two high school age children, and a spouse of a local business owner, Jeannie has a vested interest in the Chamber and the economic development of this community. She brings a valuable perspective to the Chamber that encompasses a broad scope of stakeholder interests; one that supports the development of a vision and implementation of an actionable plan that will achieve long-term sustainability of a healthy, thriving Oceanside region.
  • Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker has been a REALTOR® since 2014. Real estate is one of Meghan’s passions, as is building relationships and it shines through every interaction with her clients. It was the opportunity to do something she loved while establishing long-lasting relationships that drew her from her previous career in hospitality and tourism management. Her commitment to clients and love for the area have made her one of the top producing agents in the business. ​ During her term as a Chamber Director Meghan’s Real Estate knowledge and her Tourism experience were valuable resources for the Events and Policy Committee.
  • Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean worked for 25 years in the food manufacturing industry in South Africa and relocated with his family 6 years ago. Brian is with Core Insurance Solutions. Being a lifetime buyer of the commodity he is now on the other side of the desk! His passion in business leans towards entrepreneurship and he hopes he can provide some mentorship to those new to business and perhaps bring fresh ideas to the Board. ​

  • Charmaine Smith, Treasurer

    Charmaine Smith, Treasurer

    Charmaine Smith works with Coastal Community Credit Union as a Business Relationship Manager in the Parksville Business Centre. She and her family settled in Qualium Beach 15 years ago after moving from Victoria. She has two teenage daughters.Charmaine enjoys Crossfit, gardening, beekeeping, and anything that keeps her outdoors! She is also part of the Board of Directors with Inclusion Parksville and the ODCA board. She likes to get involved in the community and to help where she can.
  • Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie has owned and operated Black & White Event Rentals for over 25 years, serving Vancouver Island events and festivals from Victoria to Campbell River. Their clients include Corporate, Universities, Non Profit and Event Planners from across the lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

    He has served as a Director and President of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director and President of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, where Black & White has held a membership for over 20 years.

    This experience served him well as a Councillor in Qualicum Beach and also as a Director at the Nanaimo Regional District where good governance and oversight is important.

  • Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres moved to the Island in 1998 with her husband Tim and 3 kids. She worked in the medical field for over twenty years and then had an opportunity to open her own business. She opened Lady’s Mantle in 2008. Soon after, she and Tim purchased the Speedy Glass Franchise and combined the businesses in one location. ​ Donna really enjoys having her family and grandchildren on the Island. Her favorite activity is walking the boardwalk and cycling with her grandkids. Donna is very involved in her community and supports many events and local charities. ​
  • Tyler Cody, Director

    Tyler Cody, Director

    Tyler Cody grew up in Parksville and graduated from Ballenas. He completed 4 years of non-profit work with Youth and international missions with YWAM. Shortly after his return, he married his wife Melissa and they now have three sons that keep them busy. They settled in Parksville as a family and Tyler completed his Electrical Apprenticeship in 2008 and started Osprey Electric in 2012 with his business partner and one staff member. Since then, Osprey Electric has grown to employ over 50 staff and have become a reputable contractor within the construction industry. In 2018, Tyler completed the LEAN Greenbelt certification and was awarded the top 20 under 40 business leaders on Vancouver Island. Tyler enjoys real BBQ, music, squash, skiing, wilderness camping with his family, and recently recorded his first self written EP.
  • Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford was raised in Port Alberni and with his family located to Parksville in 1972. He’s lived in the Parksville area for most of his life and for the last 20 years has lived in Nanoose Bay with his family. He and his wife Tami own Island Cleaning Supplies and their son in-law Todd Burnham manages the company with them. They each play a part, making it a real family business. Jeff holds an electrical ticket with the BC Safety Authority for low energy and is a licensed and bonded contractor. He is currently the VP of The Rotary Club of QB.
  • Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long moved to Parksville in 2015 from Whistler. Her family chose Parksville because it provided them with the right job opportunities, and they were ready for beach life after having been on the mountain for so long. Cassie works with Bayview Strata Services and has experience with communications, property management, hospitality management, marketing, social media and sales. She is passionate about real estate and sustainable development. She enjoys music, festivals, travel, family time, and community involvement. She’s always interested in connecting with others and exchanging ideas!

  • Patricia Cathrine, Director

    Patricia Cathrine, Director

    Patricia Cathrine has been appointed to the board to fill a vacancy left by Luc Ouellet’s retirement. She is a Vancouver Island University alumni with a BA in English, B. Ed and M. Ed – Leadership. She’s worked with School District 69 since 2008 and is currently the Vice Principal at Ballenas Secondary. She enjoys family time with her husband and very busy toddler, exploring the beautiful place we call home, live music and a good coffee! She is looking forward working on the board and to supporting our youth with employment experiences and options.
  • Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Constitutional Law from the University of Alberta. In 2013, following a long and distinguished legal career, Susan retired as Chief Corporate Counsel with the Alberta government, and moved to Parksville. Susan is a passionate advocate for the arts, and believes that art and culture contribute significantly to a vibrant community. She served on the Oceanside Community Arts Council for 4 years, and is currently vice-president of the Parksville Historical Society. Susan is also a piper and band secretary with the Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band.
  • Jodie Lucas, Director

    Jodie Lucas, Director

    Jodie’s family moved from the Okanagan to Nanoose Bay in 1994. Soon after she joined them and was instantly immersed into “island life”. Jodie is a lover of all thing’s food and drink! She has been in the food and beverage industry for as long as she can remember and has worked in various restaurants in the community. While working at The Landing at Pacific Shores in Nanoose Bay she gained her level 1 and 2 sommelier certificate through the International Sommelier Guild. In 2013, she and her husband bought the old Williams Farm in Nanoose and got busy developing and farming and in 2017, opened Rusted Rake Eatery adding their own personal charm to the community. Jodie looks forward to reopening again soon, this time offering fresh beer made from barley grown on sight. In the meantime, she is busy enjoying farm life, spending time with her five-year-old daughter and developing craft beer for the community.
  • Cindy Walker, Director

    Cindy Walker, Director

    Cindy moved to Parksville in 2018 and is the Co-Owner of D-Stress Fitness™ INC. with her daughter, Stephanie. Cindy has been in the fitness and wellness industry for more then four decades, is a certified Fitness/Yoga Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Nutritional/Natural Supplement Advisor, Massage/Energy Practitioner and is currently working on the completion of your Doctorate in Nature Health. Over the years, Cindy has held several Board Member positions and volunteered, supervised and organized various events in the communities where she has lived. She is very grateful to be back living on the coast and to be collaborating with local businesses to create new fitness and wellness experiences in the recreation and tourism industry. Cindy is honored to be apart of the Parksville Chamber Board of Directors and looks forward to contributing to the health and wellbeing of Oceanside businesses, residents and guests.

The Board of Directors is elected annually and determine policies and programs. The staff employed by the board is responsible for organizing and executing the Chamber of Commerce's programs and promoting policies. The committees consisting of members of the Chamber of Commerce are committed to achieving the goals within the strategic plan. As the #1 business association in the community, we are the voice of business through our collective association. 



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