February 19, 2013 - 2:14 PM
By Shannon Quesnel
The area's business community will have to do without Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce's Erin Hanson at the end of March.
The general manager is leaving her post after two years for personal reasons and the chamber has already started its search for a replacement.
Before she leaves she will have wrapped up various issues, says Campbell Watt, chamber board president. Hanson will also be helping her replacement with the transition.
“Erin has decided to move on to other things,” says Watt. “She's going stay on until the end of our year.” The chamber's AGM is on March 27.
Hanson says it is a good time to move on and pursue some personal goals. She plans to remain in the area and hopes to be active in the business community.
An Alberta native, Hanson took the chamber position when transitioning to the Okanagan region. During her two-year term the province's various chambers of commerce held its AGM in Penticton last year. And in 2012 the Penticton chamber held its 25th annual business award ceremony.
A diverse business membership means the concerns of that membership is equally varied says Hanson. There are agricultural and light manufacturing companies as well as hospitality businesses and retail outlets on the chamber's digital version of a Rolodex.
A common issue is the move from the HST, harmonized sales tax, to the GST and PST.
“That transition is an issue for our members,” she says. “It's going to be an additional cost to them going back to the GST and PST.”
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