Jennifer Oba: Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant


Jenn was born and raised in Athabasca. She has been married to Steve for 14 years, and they have 4 children. They own ObaTel Inc an Athabasca based Telecommunications Business. Jenn has also been an Arbonne Consultant for 14 years, and also has Adventures with Jenn where she offers and Facilitates the tools of Access Consciousness. 

Eunice Reichstein: Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce Vice President:

I have been a proud team member of ATB Financial for the past 30 years and am currently the Branch Manager here in Athabasca. My husband and I moved full time to Athabasca September of 2018. We had been weekenders over the past 20 years as we purchased a cabin out in Baptiste lake in 1999. We have three children and 7 grandchildren that keep us busy but I have always had a need to give back to the community that I live in. 

Over the years I have been on numerous boards and committees including but not limited to: 
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Vice Chair
Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer chair 
Famous Five - Chair
Junior Achievement - Advisor
Girl Guides - Brown Owl
Chamber of Commerce - President
Tops - Secretary
and any volunteer group that I could give a few hours to when needed.

I have had the privilege of working with some great individuals and have gained so much knowledge and experience from everyone involved in these organizations. I am now hoping to share that experience with Athabasca Chamber of Commerce and be a part of moving our business community forward.

Jennifer Sharron - Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce Secretary

I am a homeschooling mom (8 years and counting) of 5. Happily married to my high school sweetheart. I began my journey with Stampin' Up! a little over 3 years ago, and never looked back. I have a passion for art and paper crafts. Not only do I create and make fun project, but I also teach classes mostly online this year! Whether you're crafty or not, am here to help you find your creative side.
If you are not crafty but love the idea of handmade greeting cards or other projects do not worry, I have lots of pre-made items.

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on Wednesday February 10th. Please welcome our newest Board Members!

John Traynor: Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce Board Member


My name is John Traynor, and I am currently serving as Town Councillor for the Town of Athabasca, and as an executive board member for the Athabasca Chamber of Commerce. I am also a full time teacher at Edwin Parr High School. I love to spend most of my spare time with my wonderful wife, Theresa, and our two boys David and James. I have lived in Athabasca for 25 years, and think that it is the most beautiful place in the province to be. We have a magnificent community, amazing businesses, and it is truly my pleasure and privilege to call Athabasca my home.


Jason Smith: Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce Board Member


Jason started his computer career working in a lumber yard when he was sixteen. The store was in the process of implementing a new state of the art computer system and needed someone to take over the implementation project. Jason began working with the software provider and soon the new system was installed successfully and the store became a test site for all future software releases. From there Jason spent the next twenty eight years training, repairing, building, testing and selling computers to both residential and business customer.

Hey Athabasca, Deedee’s back! Deedee was raised in Athabasca, the daughter of Willie and Irene Doole and was very excited with the decision to move back to her home town. She met Jason in Manning, Alberta while working for Value Drug Mart. She moved to Hanna, Alberta in 2012 and in August of 2016 the two were married. Deedee and Jason owned and operated a computer repair and sales business in Hanna for many years until they finally made the decision to move back to Athabasca in April of 2019.

Blue Lagoon Computers Ltd is a privately owned corporation with Jason and Deedee as the only shareholders. The company services all makes of computers and laptops, Windows or Mac (iOS). As well as ink and toner sales the company also sells R/C (Remote Controlled) toys and gadgets, computer games, keyboards and mice, routers and networking components, computers and laptops, tablets and eReaders and a huge selection of cables and connectors.

Jason and Deedee are both looking forward to reuniting with old friends and making new ones.

Penny Semashwewich : Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce Board Member


Penny is owner operator of Penny’s Headquarters Hair Salon and Day Spa.
Penny started her business 37 years ago, and continues to run the salon today. She employs five people and Is passionate about building her community. She is a third-generation business owner and understands the significance of how business builds community. She is a third-generation business owner and understands the significance of how business builds community. She has been married for 28 years to Lewis and has one son John. Both Lewis and John also have businesses in Athabasca.
Penny believes the Chamber of Commerce is vital in helping businesses stay connected, and to create an environment for other businesses to be welcome here in Athabasca. She has been on the executive of the Chamber of Commerce  for six years and believes the Athabaska District Chamber of Commerce is strong and effective for the community.


Rick Baksza - Athabasca Chamber of Commerce Board Member


Rick is an Experienced Sales and Marketing Executive with over twenty (20) years of experience. As a business owner, partner and shareholder, Rick has played many vital roles and has an excellent reputation for building great teams across an organization. Rick first joined the Athabasca and District Chamber in 2013, supporting many different roles, events and committees.