Board of Directors

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Jonathan Fowler

President 2020-2022

Director 2019-2022

Jonathan Fowler graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2008. He practiced briefly in British Columbia prior to returning to his home Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In the summer of 2015 Jonathan returned with his family to British Columbia to set up his practice in the City of Mission and has enjoyed a warm welcome to this friendly and growing city. 

 

Jonathan is a member of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the Vice President of the Downtown Business Association of Mission, of which he has been elected since 2016.  In 2017 Jonathan became the owner of the Mission City Business Center, with the aim of assisting local small business owners start-up and maintain a presence in downtown Mission.

Jonathan Fowler Law Corporation

Mission City Business Centre

604.302.8381

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Aaron Brisebois

Vice President 2021-2022

Director 2019-2022

Originally from Northern BC, Aaron moved to Mission five years ago from Vancouver in order to escape the big city and embrace her small-town roots. She loves the community and is passionate about working towards growth and change that embraces Mission's unique spirit. She is deeply interested in creative entrepreneurship and is always up for a business chat.

 

Aaron strongly believes that there is a bright future for Downtown Mission and for the amazing businesses that call it home. Her spare time is spent cooking, getting outside, and being with family and friends.

Aaron Brisebois

Owner Pressland General

604.820.2006

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Rocky Blondin

Treasurer 2021-2022

Director 2020-2022

 

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.  Why is he on the board of the DBA?  He is also part-owner of Independent Cycles in Mission, and with that role, he has become a serial entrepreneur, general manager, bike mechanic and continues his work on bicycling advocacy here in Mission.  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.

Rocky Blondin

Owner Independent Cycles Inc.

778.860.0040

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Gemma Quiring

Secretary 2021-2022

Director 2021-2022

 

Gemma is the owner and operator of Goody Too Shoes, providing fabulous footwear for fabulous customers! Goody Too Shoes also sells a wonderful array of clothing and accessories to go along with those fabulous shoes. Gemma has also served as the Executive Director of the DBA in the past. 

Gemma Quiring

Owner: Goody Too Shoes

604.820.7338

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Sean Barry

Director 2020-2022

Sean has been an active and passionate community supporter since he and his wife, Evonne, opened the Candy Shack several years ago. Since moving to their current location on 1st Ave, the Candy Shack has become even more popular with locals and people coming from far outside Mission to get the treats and sweets that can only be found here. Sean strongly believes in community and being a good neighbor, and he has worked hard to ensure that downtown Mission is a safe and welcoming environment for all. 

 

Sean Barry

Owner The Candy Shack

604.410.1600

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Manny Deol

Director 2019-2021

Born and raised in Mission, Manny has been a professional Real Estate Agent and Residential Builder since 2010. As a local resident and realtor, he is passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit, small businesses, and the growth and development of Mission which has translated into his time volunteering for many programs including being a Director of Community Futures. He has been on our Board of Directors since 2013 and is our past Chair.  Manny also dedicates his time as a director at the Mission Chamber of Commerce and sits on their Government Relations Committee as well as being Government Relations Liaison for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. Manny is a father of 2 young children and has been married since 2015. When he has free time, he loves to spend it with family and his hobbies include a good book or going to the gym.

 

Manny Deol

Owner / Realtor Realtor Royal Le Page

604.820.4689

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Carla Kennedy

Director 2020-2022

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 15 years, spending the most recent 5 as the Local Area Superintendent of the Mission Delivery Centre. 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.

Carla Kennedy

Retail Network Management with Canada Post

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Bob Mackovic

Director 2019-2022

In 1979 Robert Mackovic came to beautiful Mission to raise a family and establish his first business: The Gold Bin, a jewelry and giftware store. Over 40 years later, he is now one of the oldest businesses in downtown Mission. Believing in the power of united small businesses, Bob became president of the DBA for 4 years, as well as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and various other boards of downtown Mission. True to the name, The Gold Bin has traditional gold jewelry, but you will also find Celtic jewelry, precious and semi- precious stone jewelry, sculptures, wall art, centre pieces, hand blown glass, Disney figurines, apparel and accessories such as purses and wallets, umbrellas, mugs, and many other unique finds. As often as possible these products are sourced from BC or Canada. Taking pride in the roots of BC, The Gold Bin also has a very large Indigenous influence, carrying Indigenous jewelry, wall art and centre pieces, as well as Indigenous designs on everything from apparel and accessories to home decor. 

 

Bob Mackovic

Owner The Gold Bin

*Text by What's On Mission Magazine

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Dave Perritt

Director 2021-2022

Dave Perritt, founder of Mission’s Grab-A-Java Coffee Roasters, says one of his mottos is “Leadership by example”. Perritt has been a board member of Big Brothers for several years, helped form the Ravine Park Salmonid Enhancement Society, and was chair of the Mission Chamber of Commerce tourism committee in the 1990s. He continues to volunteer extensively in the Fraser Valley and we're glad to have his wealth of experience and knowledge at the board table. 

Dave Perritt

Owner: Grab-A-Java Coffeehouse & Roasting

604.820.4945

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Els Thune

Director 2020-2022

Els is former branch manager at RBC Mission, she now works with the Abby East RBC community which includes the Mission branch. She comes to us as a passionate and creative leader with demonstrated experience and results in team building and engagement. She is skilled in inspiring, coaching and creative problem solving.

 

Els is always looking for ways in which she can support her community.  Els and her RBC team have actively participated in all of DBA’s downtown initiatives and have been working with and supporting Mission Hospice, My House, Centennial Place, Mission Friendship Center, the Indo-Canadian Film Festival,  Fraserview Learning Center, and Mission Food Center.

Els has also spent many years volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

When not at work, Els is either running, hiking, biking or looking for the next spot for a road trip adventure.

Els Thune

RBC

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Erika Willems

Director 2021-2022

Erika is the manager and represents Eleni's Greek Restaurant on the DBA Board of Directors. She is a very active volunteer in the community in various organizations. We're very thankful for the passion and dedication she brings to this team.

Erika Willems

Manager Eleni's Greek Restaurant

604.826.4430

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Gwen Schmidt

Community Futures / North Fraser Liasion (Non Voting)

Gwen’s background with a local credit union gave her the inspiration to want to help small businesses from the beginning of their journey. She has a passion for Marketing and helping businesses spread the word of their successes. As the Executive Director of Community Futures, she is excited to help small businesses in her community from start to end.  Gwen has lived in Mission most of her life and loves the town and all it has to offer, has always enjoyed being involved in the community, from fundraising for local charities to being an active Executive Board member with the Mission Skating Club. 

 

Gwen Schmidt

Executive Director of Community Futures Development Corporation of North Fraser
604.826.6252

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Jag Gill

District of Mission Liasion (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.

Jag Gill

District of Mission Councilor

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Carol Hamilton

District of Mission Liasion (Non Voting)

Carol is the District of Mission representative. She has called Mission home since 1975. She enjoyed a successful career in banking working 20 years for TD Canada Trust and 13 years with Envision Financial. Carol retired at the end of 2013. She has two adult children; her daughter and family live in Kelowna and her son lives in Mission. Carol has served as an elected School Trustee for Mission Public Schools for 9 years. As well, she is a Rotarian, a member of our Distribution Committee and our Development Committee, and she sits on the Board of Fraser House. Carol was inducted into Mission’s Sports Hall of Fame for her volunteer work with The BC Winter Games. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and hopes to improve her game.

Carol Hamilton

District of Mission Councilor