The Elkford Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director with a background in hospitality, event planning and tourism.
Kim Mumby stepped into the position last week, and will be trained by the now-former executive director, Shawna Bryant.
Mumby brings to the table 18 years of hotel experience. She worked for the Whistler’s Inn hotel in Jasper, Alberta. She and her husband moved to Elkford in the spring.
She spent 13 of those years as a manager for the hotel, which involved a lot of community work and event planning, she said.
Increasing events and tourism in Elkford is one of the ideas floating around the Chamber, and Mumby said she’s “ready to jump on that.”
A major focus will also be to help home-based businesses, which people have began to adopt over the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So, to work more with them, get their feet on the ground, and help out with business plans and such for them,” Mumby said.
It’s all very new for Mumby, and lots of discussion is still left to be done about what kinds of initiatives and projects the Chamber will engage in. She says that once she really sits down and puts her mind to it, ideas will start to flow.
“Especially with 18 years living in a tourist town, I know that I’ll come up with things that they probably don’t think about as much. But that being said, it’s about as new as new can be right now.”
A Nov. 19 Facebook post from the Elkford Chamber of Commerce says: “We are excited to bring Kim onto the Elkford Chamber team with new projects on the horizon in 2022 that will be announced before year end.”
The post also gives thanks to Bryant for all the work she put in to “rebuild and grow the Elkford Chamber over these past few years.”
Bryant will be moving over as an interim board member until the official election takes place in March at their Annual General Meeting.
“I’m excited. Looking forward to see what we can do for the town,” Mumby said.
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