Regular Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month and are open to SDBA members to attend at any time.
Members of the Board
Alton Toth – SDBA Director
Alton was born in Sechelt, and grew up enjoying the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast through participation in Scouts Canada. After graduating from Chatelech in 2004, he moved to Vancouver to pursue other opportunities, completing an electrical apprenticeship through BCIT and IBEW 213. During the slow periods that construction can face, he started a small home-based business to help Scout groups on tight budgets get crests for their events.
In the spring of 2014, Alton moved back into his childhood home in Sechelt with his wife and young daughter and took over Sew Easy, a sewing and fibre craft business that has been a part of the downtown community since 1973. He is still involved with Scouts Canada as an events coordinator, and is currently serving his second term on the SDBA Board to help shape and direct the future of Sechelt’s Downtown. In the fall of 2018, Alton was elected to District of Sechelt Council, his first time in politics.
Cindy Buis – 1st Vice President
Cindy was born on the Lower Mainland and raised in the Interior of BC. She studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.
Cindy is a 35 year resident and business owner on the Sunshine Coast, previously involved in arts and cultural and tourism projects such as the Sunshine Coast Travel Ambassadors Program, the Gibsons Landing Arts Co-op, and the Gibsons Landing Business Association. Cindy relocated her picture framing business to Sechelt in 2012 and feels strongly that it is important to be involved in making the community a better place to live and do business.
Dennis Olson – Director, SDBA
Owner/Manager of Olson Electric in Sechelt for 25 years. Dennis has been on the Board of the SDBA for 19 years. He has participated on various OCP’s, the Downtown Revitalization Committee and Village Residence Associations. He has lived in downtown Sechelt since 1986 and is a strong supporter of the B.I.A. His goal for the downtown is more people living downtown and pedestrian accessibility.
Kristine Toynbee – Treasurer, SDBA
Kristine and her husband, Mark, both grew up on the Sunshine Coast. They left the Sunshine Coast to travel and study at the University of Northern BC.
After Kristine completed University with a Bachelor of Commerce and worked for a few years, she returned to the Sunshine Coast with her husband in 2005. At that time she began working for the TCG Chartered Professional Accountants LLP and obtained her accounting designation in 2009.
Kristine and her husband are now raising 2 children in this wonderful community. She joined the SDBA to become involved in the future of this community and contribute to making it the best place it can be for residents and business owners.
Jennifer Stapleton – SDBA Director
Jennifer realized at a young age that she wanted to be involved in the shaping of business on the Sunshine Coast. At age 21, she purchased the Rainbow Hair Salon, and has worked tirelessly since then to grow the business. Her team of five have made great strides in increasing productivity. Jennifer is a mother of two who keeps busy between home and work, but still makes time to volunteer in the community. Jennifer has been a SDBA board member since 2013, and has been instrumental with her creativity.
Spencer Keys – SDBA Trustee
Spencer is the managing counsel of Charthouse Lawyers, the largest law firm on the Sunshine Coast. He practices in business law, real estate law, and wills and estates, focused on supporting small and medium businesses on the Sunshine Coast.
Prior to moving to Sechelt, Spencer worked in government relations and public policy, representing clients from students to small businesspeople in front of federal and provincial governments. His goal for Sechelt is for it to be a model of rural urbanism – a walkable, people-oriented village that blends in to our stunning setting.
Spencer holds degrees in law, philosophy and political science and a diploma in accounting from the University of British Columbia, where he also served as president of the student union, the Alma Mater Society. He lives in Sechelt with his partner and young son.
Paul Legge – President
Paul was was born and raised in the Lower Mainland, but recently moved to the Sunshine Coast with his wife. He has been visiting Sechelt and the surrounding area for 12+ years as he has family on the Coast. He has both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters degree in World Religions from UBC, and recently attained his Master of Business Administration from SFU.
Prior to coming to the Sunshine Coast, he worked for one of the largest international banks on their commercial team helping small and large businesses and their owners achieve their financial goals. He has taken a position as a Senior Commercial Service Provider at the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and is excited to help businesses on the Coast thrive and prosper.
In the Lower Mainland, he volunteered with Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital and was a volunteer high school basketball coach for 10 years. He looks forward to getting involved in the community and help Sechelt meet its amazing potential while maintaining its warmth and vibrancy.
Leah is a new resident to Sechelt, drawn to the laidback lifestyle and access to nature that the Sunshine Coast provides. She is the owner and director at Dune Creative, an agency specializing in tourism development s
trategy and marketing services. She is passionate about sustainable tourism as a means of positive economic, social, and cultural development for small towns in British Columbia and understands that thriving downtown areas are most vibrant and unique when they attract residents and visitors to explore them.
Paul Meyer – Secretary
Paul works with Trail Bay Properties managing the Clayton’s Mall and surrounding properties in the downtown area. He has lived on the coast for many years and is passionate about creating a vibrant downtown where people can live, work and play.
Kerry Jenkins – SDBA Director
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Ashley Kitchen – SDBA Director
Redecor + Design is a charming and established retail shop located in downtown Sechelt and has been supporting local makers and artists for over 10 years. ReDecor + Design also offers the community a friendly and trendy spot to consign their home décor objects with a focus in repurposing and upcycling unique finds while reducing the need to add to the landfill.
In May 2019 Ashley Kitchen became the new owner of Redecor + Design. Ashley has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design as well as a Certificate of Interior Design from BCIT. Ashley’s professional experience includes 15 years in the design and retail industry.
Ashley is a highly motivated and organized professional who has held leadership roles in many business networking organizations such as BNI and the GVHBA, and is one of the founders and chair of a women’s business support group, SheMind. Having grown up in a small town in the Kootenays, Ashley believes in a warmhearted and connected community helping each other thrive and grow to our highest potential.
Ashley and her husband moved to the Sunshine Coast from Vancouver in August 2018, seeking a slower and more meaningful lifestyle. When Ashley is not at the shop you’ll find her at the beach or in the trails with her 2 dogs, Riley and Costa.
Lucy Clark – Trustee
Lucy Clark has been with Open Door Group/WorkBC since 2013 and currently working as a Job Developer. Prior to that she has worked in the training and development, Human Resources and Real Estate fields.
As Job Developer Lucy is responsible for working with the community. Connecting with employers and educating them on WorkBC, programs and government funding for businesses. Lucy thrives on networking and goes above and beyond assisting employers find the right candidates. Offering services such as marketing their jobs on the WorkBC job boards, WorkBC website and social media platforms. Lucy then will work directly with EBPC candidates, helping them carve a job path, revamping and reinventing resumes, interview preparation and then connecting candidates with potential employers. Over the past 5 years getting over 300 people employment on the coast.
Lucy is also responsible for implementing the Sunshine Coast yearly job fair and Disability events, and you will find her at all local community events. More recently volunteering for the Sechelt Chamber AGM, Chamber Winetasting Event, SDBA Oktoberfest and Sechelt Festival of Lights Parade in 2018.
Lucy has a passion for the small town life, always finding ways of connecting with people. In Lucy’s spare time you will find her, with her 4 daughters and 1 granddaughter, spending family time, walking the beach, shell collecting and ocean and lake fishing.
Katharine Trueman – Past President (Retired), SDBA
For 26 years I have been employed by the Salvation Army working in the retail Thrift Stores beginning in Gibsons and transferring to Sechelt 16 years ago until the present.
My journey with the Sechelt Business Association began approximately 10 years ago when I felt that our Thrift Store needed to be involved in the community. Working with local businesses has inspired me to help build a strong business community with friendly people, great service and a warm environment
Patrick Henry – Trustee, SDBA
Easter of 2017 Patrick came over to the Sunshine Coast an purchased out home in Sechelt. Patrick owned Tasters in Coquitlam, B.C. for 6 years and decided to bring the business over to Sechelt and thus Tasters Oil and Vinegars was born in Sechelt.
“The public in Sechelt have been very supportive for my new business and so thank you to people of Sechelt. Before I started Tasters in Coquitlam I worked in the Health Care field for many years that encompassed working for both Authorities, VCH and Fraserhealth, as well as the police. After an early retirement I wanted to do something far removed from my previous employment. My son is a chef and I like to cook. So when the opportunity to open an oil and vinegar shop presented itself it was a no brainer.”
SDBA Office Staff
Theressa Logan – Executive Director, SDBA
Theressa moved to the Sunshine Coast over ten years ago and is proud to call Sechelt home. Her background is in marketing, public relations and sales. Her focus is on building a vibrant downtown full of wonderful experiences. Her goal is to continue to build on making Sechelt a welcoming place offering boutique shops, eateries, art and music for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Theressa also is a Director on the Sunshine Coast Tourism Board and is the Marketing Director for Sunshine Coast Air.