Two Kamloops residents — Korah DeWalt-Gagnon and George Casimir — have joined the board of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber said strengthening the inclusion practices of the board of directors has been a commitment and area of focus since early 2020, when the board launched its inclusion and diversity task force.
DeWalt-Gagnon is First Nations co-ordinator for New Gold’s New Afton Mine just west of Kamloops and has spent more than 10 years with the company in a variety of capacities. She is a member of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
Since 2018, Casimir has served as general manager of Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations.
He has been an entrepreneur his entire life, owning a variety of businesses, including a small-scale farm. He is also a member of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and has previously served as a band councillor.
“I am delighted George and Korah have joined the board of the BC Chamber of Commerce,” board chair Joelle Westlund said in a statement.
“I am excited to work with them and believe their backgrounds and experiences will provide strength and broader perspectives to our board and member chambers of commerce and boards of trade.”
The new appointees fill vacancies on the board for positions previously held by Manpreet Dhillon and Al Hasham.