After serving for 30 years with the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, retiring executive director Lynn Whitehouse says she’s now looking for a new job.
“My comment that I do make is that I still haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up, but I think I’m growing up so I better hurry up and try something else,” she said with a laugh.
Whitehouse will officially retire from her position on June 30, making her the longest serving executive director of a Chamber of Commerce in B.C.
When asked about her legacy to Langley Whitehouse was humble, replying, “it’s not what I gave, it’s what I’m going to take away.”
She said she’s had “tremendous experiences” in her career, and has enjoyed watching the community evolve, travelling throughout B.C. and Canada with the Chamber and working with some “incredible people.”
“It’s mostly the people — unfortunately many who are now departed — but most who are still here, which is wonderful,” she said.
“I was in awe of these people.”
Some of Whitehouse’s proudest achievements include helping stop the Aldergrove border crossing from closing to truck traffic in 2012, working with municipal governments to implement mobile business licences and indulging her inner “geek” by learning about government processes.
Board president Scott Johnston said Whitehouse’s leadership has made the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce “highly respected” in the Chamber network throughout Canada.
“Because of her vast experience, our Chamber is often looked upon to provide leadership and assistance to others, and Langley is very active on the advocacy front dealing with issues that affect the growth of business in Langley’s community of communities,” Johnston stated in a press release.
“The board of directors has commenced the succession process to new leadership, and will rely on Lynn’s incisive guidance to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months.
“Lynn is a dynamo. We have big shoes to fill.”