Vancouver Chamber announces 2016 Ambassador and Rookie of the Year

VANCOUVER — On Dec. 2, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announced Teresa Bonawitz of Self Balance Massage as 2016 Ambassador of the Year, and Beth Anderson of Life Tunes Vancouver as the inaugural Rookie of the Year at the annual GVCC Holiday Luncheon. The Ambassador of the Year is chosen according to the following criteria:

  • Attendance at recurring and signature events
  • Volunteer contribution at events
  • Mentoring new Chamber members
  • Ambassador Coordinator review
  • Vote by Ambassador peers
Beth Anderson, Rookie of the Year
Beth Anderson, Rookie of the Year

“I am honored to be part of the GVCC Ambassador team as I feel we have an amazing business community and I enjoy connecting business owners to Chamber resources,” Bonawitz said. She is also excited that this award coincides with recognition of her studio, Self Balance Massage, as the Vancouver Business Journal’s “Best in Business” for massages.

Teresa Bonawitz, Ambassador of the Year
Teresa Bonawitz, Ambassador of the Year

Anderson was excited to have received recognition as 2016 Rookie of the Year, while she begins a new venture in 2017 with Life Tunes Vancouver, a choir specially geared for people experiencing dementia, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, giving them a voice with purpose and dignity.

Bonawitz and Anderson are two of the 23 notable red coat Chamber Ambassadors who provide fanfare and prestige at over 70 engagements per year and work to elevate the profile of each Chamber business year-round. They are integral to the success of ribbon cuttings, morning and evening networking, and signature events where you will always find them front-and-center. To view the full roster of Chamber Ambassadors, visit http://www.vancouverusa.com/pages/Ambassadors.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC)

Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a nonprofit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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