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Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization dedicated to connecting, serving and empowering the Kelowna business community. The Chamber provides numerous ser...
544 Harvey Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6C9
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
“Established in 1906, the mission of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is to foster a positive business environment by providing members with leadership, advocacy and services of value.”
Organizations that we work with
KidSport Kelowna
Central Okanagan Heritage Society
The Salvation Army Kelowna
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
BC Cancer Foundation
Stories of our community involvement
Dr. Jenkins was sharing some of the different work we are doing at Lighthouse Chiropractic with him starting his diplomat in spinal mechanics and neurology. This was a morning breakfast group with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. He also shared some helpful hints on how to get well and stay well throughout the busy winter season. If you have an organization that is looking for wellness talks to help your employees stay healthy, then give us a call. This is part of our community service at Lighthouse. #Lighthouse Chiropractic, #drjenkins, #Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, #wellnessatwork, #communityservice, #volunteer,
It was ALL sorts of amazing to be awarded the Social Impact Award at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. We set out to connect individuals and employees at Good Companies with social causes and non-profits in need to enhance the community we live in and serve. Your belief in our vision is the reason for our success and COLLECTIVELY we've logged over 863,000 volunteer hours so far. We’re here to inspire others to get involved and to champion your efforts by effectively providing third party advocacy for all the great initiatives that are happening in our community. As our vision grows we're excited to announce options for Cause Marketing initiatives and unique ways we will build out our platform to continue to collaborate and capture the stories of goodness that is happening all around us. Together we are stronger so we thank YOU, YOU who is reading this for Volinspiring us. YOU are the ambition and helping hands behind all the compounding impact we are creating. 😃
High fives to team Volinspire for their win of the Social Impact award at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. We're proud to be a part of this community.
Congratulations Volinspire for winning the Social Impact award at tonight's Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards! Well deserved!!
It was a Rockstar morning at the United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen Kickoff Breakfast! Awesome to see rockstars like our mayor (rocking a Tragically Hip song!) and some of Volinspire's awesome community partners and Good Companies supporting the United Way and our local communities through donations, workplace campaigns, corporate sponsorship and volunteerism. Great energy, touching stories and inspiring impact. Well done Kelowna! #uwcsokickoff Shout out to: Interior Savings Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Prospera Credit Union City of Kelowna Kelowna Chamber of Commerce BrainTrust Canada Association Okanagan College UBCO - University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus
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Shawna McCrea, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What inspires you to volunteer?

I have been involved with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for the past 14 years. I am passionate about LOCAL businesses and love helping them when I can. Having worked in the financial industry for the past 20+ years, I have been so inspired by entrepreuners and the amazing businesses they create.

My daughter Kailey became the first Kelowna Chamber Junior Ambassador in 2014. It has been great to volunteer together. We very much enjoy welcoming new businesses to the Chamber and hosting after hour events. We have particularily enjoyed the Ambassador Annual Expo events, including the Ambassador's led Wedding Expos in 2015 & 2016, which showcased the many Chamber businesses that work in the wedding industry. Kailey organized and led a photo shoot and fashion show each year. It takes a tremendous amount of work to host a successful event and the positive feedback has been amazing.

Which cause(s) are you most passionate about and why?

I care about local businesses as they are the foundation of our communities -
I care about well-being and want everyone to have a happy, healthy and fulfilling life; Kailey volunteers at Balance Well-Being -
I care about animals; They bring so much joy to the world. Kailey and I have volunteered at Arion Horse Therapy together, which is an amazing organization -
I care about students; As an alumni at UBCO - University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and Okanagan College, I love volunteering to support students.

What impact have you seen the organization(s) you work with, and their volunteers, make in the community?

Throughout the organizations I have worked with, I have seen them help to create a place to connect and belong, lifting people and businesses up. I have also witnessed the creation of close teams of volunteers - a tribe, a family and have seen ambassadors out in the community creating awareness.

What support is needed by the organization(s) and how can people learn more or get involved?

As for all businesses, Awareness is KEY.
People can help by spreading the word to reach more people.
It is great that Volinspire is helping create that Awareness.

Is there a person, organization or caring company (e.g. employer) you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?

I am so very inspired by Laurie Bartley and her volunteer work for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

Laurie Bartley (from LinkedIn):
Manager of Volunteers, Lifetime Member, 10-year Volunteer
Central Okanagan Hospice Association
2005 – 2015 (10 years) Okanagan Valley, BC

I have been involved with COHA for 10 years, in the following capacities:
- as a volunteer with families in need,
- as the Board liason for the 'Holding Hands for Hospice' Campaign to build Kelowna's Hospice House,
- as the Manager of Volunteers, responsible to train, support and grow the volunteer base,
- currently a volunteer in the Vigil program, offering on-call companioning to those in their final moments of life.
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Sarah Lust, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?

I was first inspired to volunteer during a Not-for-profit Marketing class I was taking in University. I did an applied studies volunteer term with the Canadian Cancer Society SIR. I was hooked! Instead of completing the 4 month required volunteer position, I ended up volunteering with them for 4 years.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?

Recently I did an international voluntunteer build with Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia. It was, without a doubt, the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my life. Here in North America, things like having clean water and a roof over our heads are often taken for granted. I have been very fortunate to be dealt a good hand in life and felt a sense of obligation to help those in more difficult circumstances. I am very passionate about economic development, community building and social enterprise. I have an interest in sustainable and afforable housing and supporting the fight to end homelessness. Joining a Global Village Team tied in perfectly to my personal/professional interests. Essentially, it stemmed from the desire to travel with Purpose. Since then, I have looked for opportunity locally and had my colleagues from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce join me at a local Habitat for Humanity Okanagan build in Penticton.

Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?

As mentioned above, I recently started seeking out opportunities to volunteer locally with Habitat for Humanity Okanagan. I was amazed to hear about all of the great work they do on a local level all throughout the Okanagan. It was so intersting to see the differences in how the organization operates from Indonesia to Canada. I hope to continue my volunteerism with Habitat both locally and internationally. Vernon is next on my radar on a local level and Thailand for my next international build!

What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?

When the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce staff went out to build at the Penticton site, we began our day at 9:00am. Habitat for Humanity Okanagan gave us an informative orientation briefing us on the safety guidelines as well as an overview of the family we were building for. The really cool thing was that we had the soon-to-be owner building alongside us for the day! It was near the end of a 5 month long build so we spent most of the day painting the interior. Things were a little bit different in Indonesia; we built an entire house in nearly 12 days!

What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?

I cannot begin to express the impact I've seen Habitat for Humanity make on our community and abroad. I have just begun my volunteerism with Habitat and cannot say enough great things about this organization. Before I became involved with Habitat, I read somewhere that they have one of the highest retention rates for volunteers and I can absolutely see why. You get to see first-hand the impact you are making by working with the families you are building a future for.

What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?

The most memorable moment I had volunteering was in Indonesia with Habitat for Humanity. Ten of us came from across Canada to build a home for a family living in poverty. We had expected it to be the ten of us and a few Habitat staff from Indonsiea working on the house for the 2 weeks we were there. However, throughout the two weeks, it seemed like the entire village at one point or another was there helping us build the home for their neighbour. The best moment was when we had a volleyball tournament in the village after the build was complete. It was team Canada vs. team Japan (another group building in the same village) vs. the villagers. Even though we all spoke a different language, we had an absolute blast together! We had the entire village there cheering us on.

What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a variety of volunteer committees including:
- Local issues
- Young People in Business
- Women's Leadership Network
- Ambassadors
- Provincial & Federal Policy Committee

All of these committees play an important role in supporting Kelowna's business vitality.

Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?

I'd like to recongize my fellow Kelowna Chamber of Commerce collegues for supporting Habitat for Humanity Okanagan
I'd also like to recognize everyone who supported my fundraising efforts for my Indonesia Habitat build! These donations went towards purchasing the materials needed for the home and these projects could not happen without you!
"There's a huge opportunity to form non-traditional partnerships with socially-focused tech companies, like Volinspire, to better our community. And that's what Prospera Credit Union is about: bringing the community together for the greater good."

Shawn Good -- CEO, Prospera Credit Union

Thank you Prospera Credit Union Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and Interior Savings for letting us be a part of your story at a recent Kelowna Chamber of Commerce breakfast panel!
544 Harvey Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6C9
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us