Two Kootenay Tourism leaders move on to new positions

Kathy Cooper and the board of Kootenay Rockies applauded their efforts on behalf of tourism in the region.

Kootenay Rockies Tourism board members Thom Tischik and Deanne Steven.

Kootenay Rockies Tourism board members, Thom Tischik (left) and Deanne Steven have both announced they will be leaving the board. — Photo: Kootenay Business

The winds of change swept through a recent Kootenay Rockies Tourism board meeting in Kimberley as Chair Thom Tischik announced he was leaving the board and Deanne Steven announced she was resigning her seat on the board as well.

Thom Tischik had been marketing manager of the Revelstoke Accommodation Association since 2008. He recently took a position as the executive director for Travel Penticton. Thom has been board chair of Kootenay Rockies Tourism for the last several years. Past chair, Mike Smith of Invermere, has stepped back into the role as interim chair.

Thom Tischik has a long history of tourism marketing in Revelstoke stretching back to 1998 when he started as the tourism marketing coordinator for the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce. He served as executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce for four years —from 2003 to 2007. He also has served on the marketing committee at Destination BC in recent years.

Deanne Steven, Executive Director at Tourism Rossland announced she had left the organization and was taking a position at Selkirk College. As a major advocate for tourism in Rossland, Deanne Steven worked effectively on a number of regional and provincial tourism issues and had proven herself to be a leader in the tourism sector.

Deanne had been a long time director on the board of Kootenay Rockies Tourism.

Kathy Cooper and the board of Kootenay Rockies applauded their efforts on behalf of tourism in the region and thanked both Thom and Deanne for their many years of service to the tourism organization and industry.

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