2014ChamberAGM Photos by Jack Most The Most in Photography 250-642-1977 119Photo credit to Jack Most, The Most in Photography p: 250-642-1977 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Top (from left): Travis Butler (Director), Sean Dyble (President), Michael Nyikes (Past-President), Terry Cristall (Vice-President)
Bottom (from left): Kerry Cavers (Director), Frédérique Philip (Director), Karen Mason (Director), Emily Drown (Director)
Absent:  Joanne Walsh (Director)

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2015 Board of Directors!  For more information about our new Chamber President, Sean Dyble and directors, please visit our website.  Our Annual General Meeting took place on December 6 at Sooke Harbour House (Potlatch Room) where our new Board of Directors was sworn in by Mayor Maja Tait. 

An opportunity to join as a director is possible by presidential appointment for the 2015 term. If interested in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors, please contact the Chamber office: 250-642-6112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2324 Gatewood Road, Sooke, BC
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McDerMaids Ltd. offers maid service, aromatherapy, fresh flowers, organizing and personal concierge service to help you achieve a more balanced life by taking care of all those little tasks that take up so much of your valuable time.  They will also deliver food and beverages from local restaurants.
They are insured, bonded and WCB covered.

0881301 BC LTD. 
6517 Stonewood Drive, Sooke, BC
T: 250-642-2917  
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0881301 BC Ltd. is the contracted facility operator for the Sooke public boat launch. They would like to invite comments from the business community as to how best to leverage this community asset to promote local businesses.  
Please contact Terrance Martin.

30 Minute Hit Victoria
Unit 2, 310 Goldstream Avenue, Victoria, BC
T: 250-893-0984   E:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

30 Minute Hit Victoria

Are you ready for an exhilarating and fun workout that makes you feel strong and fabulous in 30 minutes? Come on in and check out the hottest workout in the Westshore! Leanne and Bob are waiting for YOU!!!!

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2121 Allman Place, Sooke, BC
T:  250-642-3411   Email: sThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal care, Housekeeping, Companionship, Meal Preparation, Groceries, and More!

Allman Home Care Services Inc. specializes in providing in home assistance to seniors who just need a little help once in a while. Their qualifications include Resident Care Attendant, Home Support Worker, and Food Safe.  All of their employees have completed a criminal record check.  They carry liability insurance to cover all of their services.  

Please call to find out how we can help you. ~Stephanie Allman

Dan Spinner, CEO, Executive Coaching Services
1679 Cole Road, Sooke, BC
T:  250-589-2922  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mr. Spinner has 30 years in managing and consulting to not for profit organizations and socially responsible/triple bottom line businesses in the US and Canada and has many years of experience as an Executive and Life Purpose coach for clients from many countries across three continents.

He has also done extensive management work throughout Asia including Hong Kong, the PRC, Thailand and Singapore.


betterbuysquareSooke Region Chamber of Commerce 2015 Member decals have been ordered and will be distributed to all members in good standing for the 2015 term.  In an effort to support our members to share the shop local philosophy to residents, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce launched its 'Better Buy Sooke' campaign in the latter half of 2014.  We ask that you proudly display your new decal in your shop window or on your work truck.  It is a simple matter of consciously changing spending patterns to sustain the economic health of our community. The Chamber is pleased to provide this important marketing piece exclusively for our Chamber members.


Business Examiner LogoSuccession planning is a process and not just an event.
To access the full article, written by Michael Nyikes, Past-President of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, published in the January 2014 edition of the Business Examiner Victoria, click here.  Copies of the Business Examiner Victoria are available at the Chamber office.

BUSINESS TIPS, by Ken Stratford

Ken Stratford

This series of business tips is brought to you by Ken Stratford, the Sooke Chamber’s strategic advisor. Ken’s organization mentors and advises over 150 small business owners every year in all aspects of commerce, including business planning, marketing and growth.

Even in a One-Person Business, You’re Never Alone

The next time you’re watching a TV movie, instead of hitting the off button as it fades to black, take a few minutes as the credits roll by to reflect on how many people it takes to make such a production. There may be only two or three well known actors, but behind them stands a hundred or more professionals in everything from lighting and sound through to costumes, transport and catering.

By the same token, you might think of yourself as a one man or one woman business but you really couldn’t do it without the many services that support you, from your home office heat and lighting through to printers, couriers, communications and cellular providers.

These are all obvious services that exist almost automatically but over and above these essential elements there is a further level of support that you can build. This one requires you to take the initiative - and that is to create an advisory group or board.

How to put together an advisory board

An advisory board sounds very official but, in reality it’s simply several experienced business people who agree to come together occasionally (maybe four times a year) to mentor you by sharing their experiences with you. Sometimes it’s easier to put together a board than to just get a single mentor, since three or four of them often enjoy the camaraderie in sitting around a table and telling war stories.

As to why they might join your advisory group, sometimes it’s just because they admire you or your business idea. In other cases they may feel that down the road they might like to invest in your company and want to use the advisory board route to check you out. In finding and approaching likely mentors, look to people who are recently retired – either as entrepreneurs or former corporate executives.

The recently retired execs are a good target since they may be a little bored and would enjoy brainstorming with you. In some cases they may have specialty experience in your field.  Make sure you point out to your would-be advisors that they will have no legal or financial obligations to you or your company and offer to have a lawyer draw up a document that makes it clear.

Their mission will be to listen to your progress and challenges on specific aspects of your business and to draw upon their own experiences to suggest new opportunities for your company or to recommend strategies to get you out of a difficult situation. It might be a personnel issue or dealing with your landlord or a better way to reach your market.

Here in Sooke we are blessed with many recently retirees with professional backgrounds, some of whom would love to give you their advice providing that they are sure there is no legal or financial risk.
One way to find them that is often successful is to make sure you attend the regular Chamber Mixers. In conversation with other Chamber members, put the word out regarding your search. You can also volunteer to serve on a Chamber committee.

It might come as a shock, but you can’t know everything, nor are you expected to! Older and wiser heads that have been around the block with decades of experience can help you.



January 17, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Guest Speaker:  MAYOR MAJA TAIT

Sooke Harbour House Dining Room

Locally sourced Gourmet Lunch with a spectacular ocean view! 
followed by a
Tour of the Art Gallery

$15 +tax/gratuity per person

Please call or email the Chamber office to RSVP by January 15: 250-642-6112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

"The Newcomers Club is a get-together for relatively new residents to the Sooke region (3 years or less) to meet with other newcomers as well as learn about our local community in the areas of history, recreation, volunteer opportunities, local amenities, services and businesses, along with other topical items that are important to the future of the community and its residents."

Meetings take place at various venues throughout the Sooke region, typically on a monthly basis with local guest speakers. 

~All Sooke Newcomers are Invited~



Barking Dog Chamber Mixer

Photo taken at Barking Dog Studio by ©Sooke Region Chamber.

Hosting a Chamber Business Mixer is a prime opportunity to promote your business to a captive audience while displaying firsthand the quality of your product, service and facility.  

~Now scheduling for 2015~
Book your Chamber Mixer today!

Learn more about the benefits of hosting a Chamber Business Mixer

Call 250-642-6112 or 
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'Business Member Spotlight' Ad in the Sooke News Mirror:

Dimensions are 10.5"x3.5" for this professionally designed ad which includes Chamber member’s photo, logo, 75 words or less & contact info for ONLY $60!  Our member is boldly featured and the ad is bordered by Chamber info (upcoming events or important notices).

Sooke Chamber Website Banner Ad: 

Appears on most pages on our website, ONLY $90 for 3 months! Designing of ad is included by our in-house professional designer.

Contact the Chamber office to promote your business today!


The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce encourages all businesses in the Sooke region to submit their information to be published on our website's business directory.  One of the many benefits of being a Chamber member means the inclusion of detailed business information such as logos, tag phrases, mission statements, company descriptions and links in our directory.

*Only basic contact information will be published for non-members as a service to our community.  

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce  201 - 2015 Shields Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0E4   Office: 250.642.6112  
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