Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors!

 

If you are interested in participating in Chamber of Commerce projects and initiatives as well as being an integral part of business representation within the Nicola Valley, applications to become a Director are currently open. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Director at the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce, please contact info@merrittchamber.com or complete an application by following this link.

Margaret Hohner is the Co-operative Education Coordinator for Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. She relocated to Merritt in 2019 from Lillooet, BC, where she held the position of Community Coordinator for Thompson Rivers University and was the District of Lillooet, Community Grant Writer for Economic Development. Marg has 30 years of experience in Post-secondary education administration, 10 years in Television Production and holds a Masters in Education. She loves to be involved in her community as well as helping NVIT students experience the benefits associated with Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning.

 

Marg has a passion for creating unique and successful educational opportunities for students – striving to develop and implement programs that are a great fit for learners. She has extensive experience creating collaborative environments between educational institutions, students and community stakeholders and is excited to contribute to the continued collaboration between the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce and NVIT.

Marg has experience as a director on the boards of several community organizations including Community Futures, Lillooet Chamber of Commerce, Lillooet Historical Society, Tourism Lillooet and the Gold Country Communities Society. She was also a founding member of the Lillooet Community Adult Learning Centre, Lillooet 100 People Who Care Society and the Lillooet Rotary Club.

Bio coming soon!

Fran relocated with her family from Vanderhoof, BC in 2010. Her background is in Management, Finance and Human Resources. Facilitating Small Business start-up and finance workshops are also a few of her specialty’s.

Fran has been with Community Futures Nicola Valley since arriving to Merritt in 2010. She started out as the Finance Controller and Administrative Coordinator. Fran was then promoted to General Manager in 2021. Fran brings extensive finance and management knowledge to her new position.

Fran is all about Community Connections and Mentorship. She loves to get involved with Community Events and help out in way she can, her door is always open!

I was born in White Rock, British Columbia and I grew up in various communities in the Lower Mainland living with my father and two older brothers. I attended high school in Surrey, British Columbia at Earl Marriott Secondary School. After completing my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University (Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology), I moved to London, Ontario to attend the law school at the University of Western Ontario.

I was offered a position as a summer student in 2006 at a large, full service law firm in Kelowna where I also completed my articles in 2007-2008 and began my career as a licensed lawyer in 2008. I have been practicing law in Kelowna since April of 2008.
In early 2012, I moved my practice to a small local law firm before opening Touchstone Law Group LLP in Kelowna in October 2012 with a partner. Running Touchstone Law Group LLP provides an opportunity to combine my law practice with the chance to engage more in the business side of the legal industry.

In 2018, I relocated to Merritt, BC and share my time between the Kelowna office and a part-time, appointment only office in Merritt. I appreciate the opportunity I get to engage individuals in both communities in the course of my practice. While I frequently get asked about it, the commute between Merritt and Kelowna is not that bad and provides a great opportunity to engage in higher level thinking and enjoying the unlimited supply of available podcasts.