Board of Directors

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President's Message

As your newly elected President, I want to take this time to thank Rene’ van de Vendel for his dedicated work as past President. I would also like to express my gratitude for the service of Terry Rosen as first Vice President, and Graham Duke as Treasurer. I have enjoyed and appreciate the service of all those that have given of their time and service on the executive committee and board of directors for many years.

I have been in this community for 13 years and started my own business here 9 years ago. It has been a great place to start and grow a business.

It is my goal to see the Chamber grow and develop an atmosphere of cooperation between business, Town, and citizens. To see a diverse group of members come together and help make this Town a place to build on the heritage that has made Coaldale what it is today. I look forward to continuing to grow the Chamber, to promote a healthy environment to do business, and to raise families. We have gone through a difficult past couple of years, that have taken a toll on each of us. I feel that together through these struggles that as a community we have come through stronger than we were before. Now with the help of each business and community member we can create an environment that will help our town move forward to a bright and prosperous future.

Robert Woolf


Become Part of the Coaldale Chamber Team

Consider becoming a Board Member or participate on one of six committees.  Nominations for these positions takes place in the spring.  Work with business for business!

Chamber Committees

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Overseeing Chamber membership and initiate recruitment strategies

Local Advocacy

Communicates with Town council and administration

Political Advocacy

Communicates with Provincial and Federal leaders


Communicates with local residents and other non chamber members


Supervises events such as the Awards and Appreciation Banquet


Supervises Coaldale Chamber Communication

Working with Business for Business

We Want To Hear From You

The Board of Directors is dedicated to representing it’s members, promoting business and serving the Community of Coaldale.  Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month and take place at the Coaldale Inn.  All members of the Chamber are invited to attend these meetings. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to our office or any one of our board members and let us know how we can help.

Board of Directors April 2023-2024


Robert Woolf
Crop Innovations
Executive Committee Chair

First vice president

Bobby Gathercole
Royal Lepage South Country

Second Vice President

Jack Van Rijn
476380 Alberta Ltd.
Communications Committee Chair

corporate secretary

Leonard Fast
Leonard D. Fast Law
Local Advocacy Committee Chair


Darcy Turner


Derek Connick
Westland Insurance Group
Political Advocacy Chair


Jack Penner
Napa Auto Parts


Daryl Tonin
Stop n’ Go
Community Committee Chair


Clayton Varjassy
Cottonwood Recrods
Events Committee Chair

Past President

René van de Vendel
Destiny Homes Inc.

Executive Director (Staff)

Colleen Van Raalte
VR Virtual Assistant