Shortest-lived chamber president steps down

Vanderhoof's Chamber of Commerce has seen former president Brad Paulson step down and vice president Joe Von Doelle step up.

Former Chamber of Commerce president Brad Paulson has given up his position forcing vice president Joe Von Doellen to take his place.

“Technically there will be no president until Octobers election but Von Doellen will play acting president until that time,” Paulson said.

As one of the shortest-lived chamber presidents, Paulson’s reign ran for six months from October 2014 until March 2015. During that time he helped to set a strategic plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year along with revitalizing policy and bylaws.

“I enjoyed my time working with the businesses in the community and was glad to set some affective change for 2014-2015 fiscal year. I’ll be missing the community of Vanderhoof and thank everyone for their warm welcome in the 2 1/2 years I’ve been here and wish everyone the best,” Paulson said, who decided to step down after accepting a job offer in another town.

Von Doellen already has plans to strengthen the relationship between the District of Vanderhoof and the Chamber of Commerce.

“I want to make sure we are challenging them where we need to challenge them and working with them where we need to work with them,” he said.

“As a business in the community of Vanderhoof I feel it’s an obligation for every business to be part of the chamber and to help strengthen the business community.”

Although Von Doellen represents the Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op, he said sitting on the board he now represents the entire business community and the decisions he makes will not be made just on  behalf of the Vanderhoof Co-op but will be made for what’s best for the Vanderhoof community as a whole.