The Summerland Chamber staff members work hard to meet the needs of businesses, our community and those visiting our area. We do this through marketing Summerland and serving our membership through education, promotion and advocacy.
In order to provide maximum value and service to our members and funders, the Summerland Chamber of Commerce is active in 3 key areas: tourism; member services; and business retention, expansion, and attraction.
For Tourism, our staff manages the Summerland Visitor Centre year round, develop print and online marketing materials featuring striking images and creative content, and focus on making visitors feel like they are part of our Summerland story. In addition our membership is served by the delivery of member benefit programs, marketing and advocacy initiatives, and education workshops and webinars. All of which is combined in the premier Christmas event in the Okanagan, the Festival of Lights. Each year the Light Up event welcomes 6,000 visitors to Summerland’s downtown core.
The key element that ties all of our work together is our aim to attract, retain, and expand member businesses. This is done through actively exploring investment opportunities for Summerland, partnering with organizations that can provide you with specific expertise and/or funding, and working with the District of Summerland on economic development initiatives that promote Summerland as a place to live, work and invest.
Communications and Membership Coordinator
Shannon Brilz, Visitor Centre Coordinator
Shannon moved to Summerland from Winnipeg in 2005. Prior to moving to Summerland, she attended Red River School for Technology & Applied Arts where she received her Tourism Management Certificate. Shannon has worked for the Visitor Centre since June 2009 and in 2010 she became the Visitor Centre Coordinator. “I absolutely love Summerland and my position allows me to express that to people visiting here.”
LeeAnn MacNeil, Accounting/Administration
LeeAnn moved to Summerland with her family in September 2012 from White Rock. She has spent the last 27 years working in different finance roles: in White Rock she worked for a small accounting firm as a bookkeeper, and prior to that she worked as an Accounts Payable Accountant in the finance department for a large gold mining company. As of June 2013 she has taken on the roll of Accounting/Administration here at the Chamber. LeeAnn and her family feel they couldn’t have chosen a more wonderful place to live.