Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce board member Ken Wilson (right) receives a BC Chamber Fellow award.

Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce board member Ken Wilson (right) receives a BC Chamber Fellow award.

Wilson receives BC Chamber Fellow award

Ken Wilson has been a member of the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce for more than 30 years.

Ken Wilson has been a member of the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce for more than 30 years, initially through his employer “Jimmy Pattison and local radio” and then as an independent business owner.

He started supporting the chamber on some committee work and then rapidly started to get involved more with the chamber at the board level.

Wilson has been on the board for more than  25 years and is still there today as active as ever helping us to develop our strategic plans and grow our chamber.  Throughout his chamber involvement he has held all the executive positions according to our succession planning and now sits as a director.  His experience, knowledge, and passion for chamber work have provided invaluable mentoring for the board.

Wilson also has served on every standing committee, numerous task forces, and acts as a liaison between us and other organizations in Williams Lake.  Most recently he attended B.C. Transit regional and the B.C. Cancer Foundation meetings to help them and ourselves in gathering information for future activities in the community.

Wilson served more than three terms as a district director for the BC Chamber of Commerce and travelled to every community in the district at least three to four times a year in that time.

He would set meetings with their board and staff, putting together an agenda that was blended with the BC Chamber and current issues.  He would speak on behalf of the BC Chamber on issues that affected our district as well as the province.

Many times he would also travel to provide support if they were experiencing difficulties in their chamber.

Most often he would involve our chamber in these projects including having  the Williams Lake chamber executive director attend with him.  When driving to district meetings, it wasn’t uncommon for us to “pick up” other board members along the way from neighbouring communities who would travel with us providing a mini meeting venue in the vehicle as we drove.

Wilson’s mandate as a district director would always include his strongly worded encouragement for communities that were not a member of the BC Chamber to become involved through membership.  Presently some of Wilson’s advocacy as the chair of our membership committee, a volunteer position he takes seriously and has provided us with much success.

Wilson has attended and participated in many BC Chamber annal general meeting and conferences, working with policy resolutions and advocating on issues.

As a very active community volunteer he has been involved in economic development for the City of Williams Lake on behalf of the chamber.

As a Navy veteran he is presently strongly involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139.

His wife Cynthia has worked willingly at his side throughout their more than 50 years of marriage and should be recognized for her support of his time and involvement, her attendance of many BC Chamber conferences as well as her volunteer work for the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce, BC Chamber of Commerce and the community of Williams Lake should be thankful for Ken’s passion for chamber work, may it be long be contagious for all!

Claudia Blair is the executive director with the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A 100 Mile RCMP officer stands watch at the intersction of Highway 97 and Horse Lake Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Volunteers, police search Highway 97 for articles related to high-speed chase

Search will stretch from Canco Gas Station in Lac La Hache to 150 Mile House.

An aerial photograph captures snowmobile tracks in the Cameron Ridge area earlier this year, which is closed to snowmobilers. The closures are in place to protect sensitive caribou herds. (Conservation Officer Service photo)
Snowmobilers fined for operating in closed caribou habitat near Likely, B.C.

The investigation revealed they had spent several hours in the closure leaving extensive tracks

The RCMP arrest one of the suspects on Highway 97 courtesy of cell phone footage shot by a bystander. (April Thomas photo)
WATCH: Two suspects arrested after multi-jurisdictional chase

A half dozen police cars were seen heading north on Highway 97

Commercial tenants at the Williams Lake Regional Airport have been granted an additional six-month rent reprieve. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Continuing rent relief for Williams Lake Airport tenants considered

City council discussed the option during a committee of the whole meeting

The Grade 2 class of 150 Mile House Elementary attended Cariboo Memorial Hospital with teacher Kirsty Bowers to deliver “kindness” bags full of small gifts to housekeeping staff. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
150 Mile House students deliver gift bags showing appreciation for hospital staff

Students begin Monday morning with a bus trip to Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

Beginning late Tuesday, anti-pipeline protesters blocked the intersection of Hastings Street and Clark Drive in Vancouver. (Instagram/Braidedwarriors)
Demonstrators block key access to Vancouver port over jail for pipeline protester

They group is protesting a 90-day jail sentence handed to a fellow anti-pipeline protester

Two Vancouver police officers were struck by a car when the driver learned he was being arrested for allegedly using a fraudulent credit card to pay for food. (Vancouver Police Department)
Driver being arrested for alleged food order fraud rams Vancouver police with car

Two officers are in stable condition, suffering with soft tissue injuries following the incident

A discarded blue surgical mask is shown hanging in a bush in Montreal, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. RMT suspended for not wearing a mask after confirmed by undercover clients

College of Massage Therapists has 5 open files, said suspension necessary to protect public

Accident rates, injury claims and court costs have driven ICBC into deficit in recent years. (Black Press Media)
Judge rejects taking lawyers out of minor ICBC injury cases

Ruling the latest setback for B.C. NDP’s insurance cost reforms

Most Read