Board of Directors
Mike Roux is one of the top funeral directors in the area. He is passionate and dedicated to serving the families in our community. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult events in life, and Mike’s professionalism, compassion and experience help our families tremendously through those days of grief. He makes it a priority to provide service that exceeds expectations when assisting families. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three children, as well as staying fit and competing in ultra-marathons.
Funeral Director / Woodlawn Funeral Home
Past President 2023-2024
Rocky Blondin is a Professional Industrial Engineering Technologist by trade and training. He has worked the world over on high-tech manufacturing and entertainment systems for a myriad of industries and customers - including Disneyland - and is very proud to call Mission home. Forever an innovator, he sees the downtown as the centre of commerce of Mission's past and the future, and has a vision and ideas on some steps all businesses can take, working together to get there. He is a past-chair of the Economic Development Committee, past-President of the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association, current directing member of Mission Community Cycling Coalition (M3C), a current member of the Tourism Committee, and the District of Mission's 2020 Citizen of the Year.
Owner / Blondin Enterprises
Vice President 2023-2024
Samantha Hilliard is a Mission local, business owner, mother and community pioneer with a passion for supporting the most vulnerable sectors and business development. Samantha is familiar as a downtown Mission business owner with a strong understanding of the needs and challenges of this Mission Downtown. Samantha has the experience, credibility, personal and professional qualities and drive that are required as a Board Member for the MDBA. She believes this is a challenging, yet pivotal time for our downtown business community, with many opportunities to be explored and challenges to be overcome. Samantha has a true passion and track record of promoting and improving trade, commerce, and economic and commercial development in the downtown of Mission through her own Company. Samantha is a local educator in her field providing education, workshops and mentorship in the industry for young and new business owners and professionals. She has a strong track record of working collaboratively with varying levels of government including Chambers of Commerce and Districts. Including her work on the forefront of legislative change for PWD Maternity benefits and Employment Insurance restrictions for Mothers. She is mostly passionate about her community, fostering comradery in her industry and building an inclusive and supportive community of professionals.
Owner / XAF Beauty
Carla grew up in Calgary and moved to BC shortly after graduating high school. The picturesque landscape was calling, so she moved to Mission in 2003 where she’s since been raising her family; a now grown daughter and a young son.
Carla has been in management with Canada Post for 16 years, spending 5 years as the Local Area Superintendent of the Mission Delivery Centre, currently serving in Retail Network management for the Pacific Region. She and her family have participated in the Adopt-A-Block program in previous years and have enjoyed taking part in many of the community events such as MissionFest, Canada Day at Fraser River Heritage Park, Halloween on 1st and the Candlelight Parade. She is enjoying being a part of the DBA and involved in the community.
Retail Network Management / Canada Post
Conan was born in Ontario but moved to BC 14 years ago to take over the Head of IT at Stream in Chilliwack. He has a strong background in both Technology and Leadership. He ran the IT Department in Chilliwack for 10 years. After he moved on from Stream, he founded Off the Lake Decor Artisan Storefront on 1st Avenue.
Conan ran it from his house during the height of the pandemic and was able to not only survive but expand during that time. 3 Years of building furniture and going to artisan markets enabled him to expand his network of contacts within his Community. His store is full of local beautiful quality work from Artisans around the Fraser Valley.
Owner / Off the Lake Decor
Executive Director / Mission Friendship Center Society
Sherry is a full time professional, award winning realtor servicing the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver. She brings with her great enthusiasm and passion to provide clients with professional and effectual real estate experiences and service. Sherry is also involved with the business management and renovations at the 24 Hr Save n' Shop with her aunt Moon, who owns the business. Sherry is co-chair of our DBA Marketing Committee, a member of our MissionFest Committee and an enthusiastic supporter of downtown Mission.
Partner / 24 Hr Save N' Shop Realtor with My Property Group
Scott has lived and worked in Mission since 2006. Scott is an elementary school teacher, and father of 3 great kids. Scott and his wife currently a run mental healthcare clinic in town specializing in psychological services and counselling. Their business, "Heritage Family Health" has been operating for three years in town and with their move to a new office space on First Ave, Scott is wanting to get more involved with the local business community. Scott has always had a passion for civic duty, involvement and local politics. Through his involvement with the DBA, Scott believes he would be a wonderful asset and advocate for the Downtown Business Association, as well as the residents of Mission.
He is on the Board to be involved in the business community aspect of Mission and advocate for the various businesses situated in and around Mission. To meet and collaborate with various business leaders and the local council to ensure a safe, healthy and viable business community for all residents and citizens of Mission.
Owner / Heritage Family Health
Irene and her husband Les are owners of Rex Cox Men's Wear. They feel blessed to have found and purchased this gem and staple of a retail store. They love Mission and have spent the last year and a half getting to know the downtown neighbors as well as the community as a whole, so they can do as much as possible to positively contribute, influence and be a part of enhancing the Mission community. Whether it's through offering our wonderful clothing for men through our store, or giving back in some way, shape or form, they want to do everything possible to be fully engaged and involved within this dynamic yet unique little growing community. Irene has been fortunate to serve on many boards over the years and feels she would be able to contribute to the common good through her caring, hardworking, creative juices and would love to work with other like minded and entrepreneurial spirited people
Community Futures / North Fraser Liaison (Non Voting)
As the Executive Director of Community Futures North Fraser, Gwen’s work not only aligns with her own values, but also provides her with the opportunity to make a difference. With a passion for marketing and events, as well as extensive experience in retail sales and financials, Gwen’s skills and energy add a fresh perspective to establishing new foundations in rural development. She has defined herself as a community leader, contributing to the economic growth and development in Mission.
Growing up in Mission, as well as having raised her own family here, Gwen has a deep-rooted appreciation and love for her community. In addition to fundraising for local charities, she gives back to her community as a Rotarian and by serving on various boards and organizations: Mission Skating Club, Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mission Downtown Business Association, Harrison Agassiz Chamber, Mission Community Skills Ag Food Working Group, Economic Development Select Committee, Tourism Committee.
Executive Director of Community Futures Development Corporation of North Fraser
Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce Liaison (Non Voting)
Miriam enjoys working and volunteering locally in roles that contribute to the community. As Executive Director, she brings a passion for small local businesses and extensive experience in administration, event planning, marketing, and networking to the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Miriam also serves as Vice President of Wonder Women Society, an organization providing scholarships to women in need of all ages. She is on the Board of Directors for the Abbotsford Hospice Foundation and regularly volunteers with Hope Central.
Miriam is very pleased to join the MRCC to help ensure that its’ incredible legacy of service and business excellence continues for many years to come.
City of Mission Liaison (Non Voting)
Born and raised in Mission, Jag Gill attended Cherry Hill Elementary, graduated from Mission Secondary, and then studied Business and Communications at the University of the Fraser Valley.Gill holds a wealth of board experience, currently serving on Downtown Mission Business Association, Emergency Planning Committee, Municipal Insurance Association of BC, Mission Association for Senior Housing, Mission Arts Council, and the Cultural Resources Commission.
From a young age Gill was taught from his parents the value of working hard and to be grateful for what you have. Gill opened his first business in high school, Mission City Pizza, which he has grown and has become more successful then he could ever have dreamed of due to the support received from the Mission residents.
In 2018, Gill was elected as the youngest municipal Councillor in Mission and continues to working tirelessly on behalf of the residents of Mission. Last year, Gill also became a proud Rotary member. A big part of Gill’s life, which he enjoys, is volunteering with many great local organizations.
In his spare time, he enjoys long hikes with his puppy Kobe and reading a good book.
It’s Jag Gill’s love for the community that motivates him to strive for improvements and progress on a daily basis.
City of Mission Councilor
City of Mission Liaison (Non Voting)
Angel has been a strong community supporter for her entire career, even before her role as Executive Director for the Mission Hospice Society since 2013, to her many contributions to the community and local events and initiatives through her work with the Mission Rotary. She is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Rotary’s highest honor recognizing a combination of fellowship and extraordinary service to the community. As Mission’s newest City Council member, we are very pleased to be able to work with her towards our common goals for our community.
City of Mission Councilor
Executive Director of the Mission Hospice Society