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Chamber of Commerce 'oracle' retires after 27 years

For almost three decades, the Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce’s officer administrator has retired.

After almost three decades, the Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce’s officer administrator has retired.

Susan Bundock held that position along with helping to run the town’s Visitor Centre.

“For 27 incredible years, Susan has been the backbone and cornerstone of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre,” said chamber manager Sheena Miller.

“I have always called Susan the 'Chamber Oracle,' and for great reason. Susan’s dedication, passion, and tireless work have left an undeniable mark on our community and beyond.

"Over the years, Susan has evolved with the Chamber membership and business community to serve and support their needs. Her presence was a steadying force, providing wisdom and insight at every turn.”

At her recent retirement party, many people came out to thank her and reflect on all the work she has done for the local community.

“When I went into the Chamber building for the first time in 2009, Susan was the happy face that welcomed me to the network," said Chamber past president and Bulkley Valley Credit Union Branch Manager Greg Wacholz.

"This started my relationship with the Chamber on a positive note and helped lead me to become a director in 2010, which I continued until 2022 when I moved away from Smithers. Susan was always a pleasure to deal with

"From Trade Expos, the new business celebration and the business awards night, she always put in significant time with events, from regular reminders to directors to get our donation lists completed and collected to helping out whenever she could, stepping up to support and complete tasks for volunteer directors.

Bundock’s role has since been filled.

The chamber has hired Emily Klaassen as the new administrative office manager. Miller said Klaassen has extensive administrative experience, leadership skills, and a creative mindset.

In addition to her administrative prowess, Klaassen holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art + design, which Miller added has nurtured her ability to think creatively and devise innovative solutions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our team," she added. "Her blend of administrative expertise, creative thinking, and passion for community engagement will be invaluable as we continue to support and promote the local business community.”

Klaassen said she was thrilled to join the team.

“I am especially excited about collaborating with local businesses to foster innovation, support economic development, and create lasting partnerships that benefit the entire region.” she said.

Marisca Bakker

About the Author: Marisca Bakker

Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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