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Board of Directors

Loralie Thomson
President
My Fitness Centre
Owner

Loralie worked for Timber Baron with her family for 25 years, and still helps when needed. She felt it was time to challenge herself with a something different; she purchased the building where the Fitness Centre is located and is enjoying being a landlord as well as a new business owner.

Loralie feels Terrace is currently growing after many years of struggling from the many closers of industry in the area, and hopes her experience through those difficult times will help benefit the Terrace Chamber Board of Directors.

Val Gauvin
Past President
Rain Catcher Gutters
Owner

Val Gauvin has been a part of the business community in Terrace for 18 years. As a business consultant Val has worked closely with small to medium sized businesses within the service industry to retail, manufacturing and construction as well as local NPO’s and First Nations Groups.  Val has an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool.  
Val lives in Terrace with her husband Rod Makowichuk who runs Rain Catcher Gutters.  As the story goes, both moved here with a 5 year plan to work then move away but have fallen in love with the region and now call Terrace their permanent home.

Mike Jones
Director
Kermode Careers Services
Programme Advisor

Mike was born and raised in BC, and has lived throughout the province, including Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Prince George, Terrace, Stewart, Prince Rupert, and Haida Gwaii.
His professional background in Terrace includes road construction, teaching, and counselling with School District 82 and Northwest Community College. At present, Mike is working with Skills Canada as the Northwest BC Programme Advisor. In this position he has gained a unique perspective on the demands of labour supply for employers and the processes necessary in preparing a trained and professional workforce in and for the northwest region. 

In his spare time, Mike is affiliated with several careers sector associations and has been involved with community-based organizations including Terrace Water Rescue and Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department.

Justin Lamoureux
Director
Canadian Tire
General Manager

In 2009 Justin graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville, ON with an honours diploma in Business Admin., specializing in Human Resources Management. He continued his education with an Undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2011.
Justin worked part tim eas a manager at Canadian Tire in Stouffville, ON and helped build the new store. After graduating in 2011, he took the role as full time manager, then General Manager.
In February 2014, he was offered the General Manager position at Canadian Tire in Drayton Valley, AB; Justin specifically focused on the Family & Community Support Services and Jumpstart programs. 

In May 2016 Justin and his wife welcomed the birth of their first child. 
In early 2016, Justin accepted the General Manager position with Canadian Tire in Terrace, BC. 

 

Mel Kemmis
Director
Bell Media Radio G.P.
General and Sales Manager
Debra Stokes
Director
TBL Consultants Ltd.
Consultant


Debra moved to Terrace from Richmond, B.C. with her two daughters in 1997 to work as a Fisheries Biologist for industry and local First Nations. After being away from the area for ten years, Debra returned to Terrace in 2014 and is fortunate to have her two daughters back in Terrace along with a son-in-law and two grand girls.

Debra is a sustainable development consultant in the natural resource sector, and is interested in seeing Terrace develop sustainably. She is currently completing her PhD in the mining department at UBC with a focus on how LNG developments can be leveraged for long term sustainability in communities. Debra is also a member of the Skeena Valley Rotary Club.

Rod Cox
Thomas Keller