Board of Directors

WE ARE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2021

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Tova Schwede
President

Hello everyone!!! I am on my second term as president for the Chamber and was a director in 2019.  I was born and raised in Athabasca, my husband and I have raised our amazing daughters here and I am proud to call Athabasca home.  In September of 2018 I joined boom 94.1 as their Account Manager and love helping businesses with their Radio, Programmatic Digital, Facebook, Instagram and Google Search advertising.  For years I have helped market local businesses, non-profits and local events at every opportunity.  I truly enjoy supporting our local community whenever and however I can.  

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Eunice Reichstein
Vice President #2

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.

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Jennifer Sharron
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.

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John Traynor
Director

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.

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Rick Baksza
Director

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.

Carol Alberts
Vice President #1

I have lived in Athabasca most of my adult life, and I am proud to call this community my home.  

I raised my children here, and I am owner/operator of Athabasca Home Hardware Building.

In this community with so much to offer, I am grateful to have the chance to give back through the ADCOC 

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Brenda Skayman
Treasurer

Brenda owns and operates Rae Lee Unique Designs a company she started with her daughter 10 years ago.  She is an event planner and creative designer.  

She retired from her 30 year career at CRA to move to Island lake to work as the Professional Officer for Athabasca University Faculty Association.  Brenda has over 25 years experience volunteering on Executive boards, within her union community. She brings years of board experience to the Chamber.  

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Penny Semashkewich
Director

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 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 Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce is strong and effective for the community.

John Semashkewich
Director

With a keen eye for finance and advancements, John Semashkewich has successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from MacEwan University.  He knows the importance of running a business and the impact it has on the community, as he has successfully owned and operated the Great Canadian Oil Change in Athabasca. This is why he has dedicated two years to advancing the town by being the youngest Director in the Chamber of Commerce. John has been a local to the town of Athabasca his whole life. This has allowed him to see first hand how far the town has come but gives him the ability to envision the potential in what the town has to offer.

Todd Dutchak
Director

My name is Todd Dutchak. Myself, my wife and 3 kids moved to Athabasca 10 years ago looking for a change. I am the Branch Manager for Select Equipment Rentals. I have been the President of the Chamber of Commerce and I am Scout leader for the region. I love being a part of this community and will continue to do my part to help the Athabasca Region flourish and prosper.

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Jenn Oba
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.