October – A Message from the Executive Director

October – A Message from the Executive Director

Chamber Report October 2019

Message from the Executive Director, Leanna Kemp

October is here and that means the days are flush with falling leaves, chilling weather and growing anticipation for the holiday season. Your Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce is busy continuing to activate on our strategic plan and focus areas; Connect, Advocate, Recognize, and Educate. For the next few months we have some exciting opportunities under each of these focus areas.


  • Chamber Connections in October is going to be one of connecting not only to local businesses but to our Indigenous Communities as well as we bring you an amazing educational experience.
  • November Connections – Chilliwack Gives Back – First Annual Jail & Bail, is all about connecting businesses with our local charities and non-profits! Stay tuned for more info to come and be sure to get ready to join the fun.


  • We also have a mandate to Advocate with all levels of government on behalf of our membership and the local business community. Our Policy and Issues committee meets regularly, but we need your participation to identify the most important issues facing our business community. Please let us know if there are public policy issues that are affecting your business and how we can help create awareness, further discussion, suggest solutions or just open doors to help businesses thrive in our community.
  • We are currently working on amending or rewriting a Transportation policy that was passed at the May BC Chamber AGM. Stay tuned for details


  • We are busily planning for our biggest event of the year, OUR 25th ANNUAL, Business Excellence awards- Sponsored by Baker Newby and KPMG and hosted in part by CEPCO. Last year over 700 attendees came together to celebrate local business here in Chilliwack! You don’t want to miss this event! If you are interested in Sponsoring, Volunteering or in the planning process, contact Leanna at leanna@chilliwackchamber.com.


  • Check out our Youtube channel to meet your 2019 Federal Election Candidates, hear their answers to 5 questions and watch the debate from September 25th, 2019
  • We have a number of workshops coming up to help offer professional development to business owners and/or staff; Join us for one of the following workshops listed below.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and activities!

What’s Happening at the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce

-October 1st Productivity and Mindset with Collin Cox Interested in increasing your productivity? Join us from
1:00-4:00 and learn how to clean up your inbox, use your time wisely and prioritize tasks. Book your space
now, seats are limited.

-October 1st – Early Bird Tickets go on sale for the 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards! Don’t miss your
opportunity to join us for this prestigious event. It will sell out, get your tickets today!

-October 17th Coffee and Conversation with MLA Laurie Throness Join us to discuss relevant business-related
issues concerning our community.

-October 24th Lunch and Learn: Being Remarkable with Teresa Pippus. Do your customers remark or talk
about you? Do they refer you to their friends and family? Do they think you are exceptional, extraordinary
and amazing? Is your biggest source of customer’s referrals? Join us and learn how to transform your business
by being remarkable!

See www.chilliwackchamber.com for more information on the above or all other events!

Keep Connected with the Chamber of Commerce by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked
In to see what we are working on and to stay informed on all the exciting events and opportunities we have
planned for Chamber Members! Not subscribed to our E-newsletter? You can Subscribe online from your
Chamber account.


Member Feature: Tzeachten First Nation & 3 Crows Productions

Tzeachten First Nation became an independent First Nation in the late 1960’s according to the Department of
Indian Affairs (DIA). At the time, Tzeachten had a community hall and a sports field, where the current Vedder
Crossing Plaza is now located. Chilliwack Area Indian Council (CAIC) was formed in 1970 when the local DIA
office was closed. CAIC was solely concerned with the provision of services and was the first Stó:lō authority
delegated to administer benefits under the health, social assistance and education programs of the DIA. In
1977, twenty-four First Nations banded together to sign the Stó:lō Declaration and creating Stó:lō Nation (SN).
By 1994 Stó:lō Nation Canada (SNC) and the Stó:lō Tribal Council (STC) agreed to form a single organization
under the leadership of Chief Steven Point. The Constitution, signed on June 30th 1995, states in part that the
purposes of the Society are to:

  • Revive and maintain Stó:lō cultural values, re-establish self-government, maintain health Stó:lō communities
  • Maintain and enhance our unique Stó:lō identity
  • Support the growth of Stó:lō identity in our children
  • Assist the general public to better understand and appreciate Stó:lō culture, traditions and spirituality
  • Improve capacity within our Stó:lō community to create and carry out Stó:lō policy, programs and services.

In 2004 the unified Stó:lō Nation, which had been providing services and programs to 19 member bands, had to deal with the withdrawal of 8 bands that chose to join the newly reconstituted Stó:lō Tribal Council. This resulted in changes to the structure of SN departments. Tzeachten is one of the eleven bands that stayed with Stó:lō Nation and that chose to proceed with the treaty in 2005.
More recently, in 1997, Tzeachten built a new community hall with 3 governance offices and in 2010 added a new extension for more office space. In 2011, with the need for even more space, Tzeachen expanded their offices by the Lands and Taxation departments moving into a secondary building located in Vedder Crossing Plaza.




Tzeachten First Nation (Official Facebook Page)


The purpose of this performance is to create awareness of the intergenerational impact of Indian Residential Schools and help strengthen mental health.
Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly brings “Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children” to life in this unique theatrical presentation. In a dark theatre, to the steady beat of a drum, Yellowfly tells a scary story of a girl who is born disfigured and bullied by kids in her community. She runs away to the forest where she stays hidden. Over time, Qwalena becomes the wild woman who makes whistling sounds and steals children who search for her in the woods. During the presentation Yellowfly uses multimedia elements of video and sound that fills the theatre with a dynamic atmosphere. Yellowfly explains Qwalena is an allegorical creature that represents the Indian agents who stole Indigenous children from their families and forced them into government funded Indian Residential School. Yellowfly’s father was one of these children. By blending Oral Tradition, multimedia and a bit of humour, Yellowfly hopes to promote an understanding of the Indian Act and show how youth of all cultural backgrounds can relate to the important messages he shares.




Make sure to join us on Monday, October 28th at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from 5:00-8:00 for Chamber Connections. This is a free event for everyone, but pre-registration is required. Visit our website at www.chilliwackchamber.com.

Welcome to our Newest Members:

  • Decades Coffee Club
  • Sell It For Me
  • Fitness on the Go
  • Mosaic
  • GDS Welding

** ( for more event info or to register visit our website www.chilliwackchamber.com )**