2010 – 2011 HMA Board of Directors and Staff
The HMA is served by a dedicated group of business people, from all over the Heights commercial district, who represent diverse services and backgrounds.
Left to right: Sajeda Virji (Marketing & Events Coordinator), David Switzer, Karin Hung (Board Liaison Rep, City of Burnaby), Carey Siddoo, Nelson Chow, Mike Prodanovic, Josie Romeo, Rishel Tomlinson, Mariana Troeva-Katova, Isabel Kolic (Executive Director), Anne Pollak, John Latrofa (Missing: Jack Kuyer, Mabel Wisinewski)
Press Release: New HMA president hopes to gain big momentum for the Heights
The Heights Merchants Association BIA is pleased to announce that the election of a new Board of Directors and a new Executive, including in-coming president Rishel Tomlinson, owner of Custom Mortgages.
The new Executive was elected at the Oct. 13 Board meeting.
Four new Board members also joined the fold at the September AGM. They include Nelson Chow from GNK Insurance, John Latrofa from Caffe Lafontana, Ann Pollak from Ann Pollak Law Office, and Mariana Troeva-Katova, Notary Public.
“Four new Board members mark a fresh influx of ideas and enthusiasm,” said Isabel Kolic, executive director of the Heights Merchants Association. “We’re so excited to see these new faces around our table, and we’re eager to translate that new energy into projects and success stories.”
Tomlinson, too, looks forward to creating strong forward movement for the Association. “I want my term as president to be about building momentum for the Heights. I love this neighbourhood and I’m passionate about making it the best that it can be.”
Tomlinson is the HMA’s ninth president, and one of the youngest presidents to lead the Board. She is an independent mortgage broker who moved both her residence and her company to the Heights almost four years ago because of its central location and strong community. She is an avid runner and is currently training for Ironman 2011.
The HMA is also grateful to out-going president Mabel Wisniewski for her valuable contribution. Wisniewski remains on the Board as immediate past-president. The HMA also thanks departing Board members Grace Pagnanini from Pagnanini Edwards Lam Chartered Accountants, Ray Lord from Chevron Canada, and Peter Ferreira from Dance Addicts, for their work with the Association.
President – Rishel Tomlinson, Custom Mortgages Real Estate Financing Ltd
Vice-President – Josie Romeo, Vancity
Past-President – Mabel Wisinewski, On the Rocks Curling Store Ltd
Treasurer – Nelson Chow, GNK Insurance Secretary – Ann Pollak, Ann Pollak Law Office Directors
Jack Kuyer, Valley Bakery
Carey Siddoo, Tara S. Siddoo & Sons
David Switzer, W.G. Switzer Realty Ltd.
John Latrofa, Caffe Lafontana,
Mariana Troeva-Katova, Notary Public
Isabel Kolic, Executive Director
Sajeda Virji, Marketing & Events Coordinator
2010 Summer Students
Denise Le, Marketing & Events Assistant
Hannah Wilson, Marketing & Events Assistant
Emily Zimmerman, Mural Artist
Coast Foundation Sidewalk Crew