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REPORTING · 2nd July 2010
Merv Ritchie
In a sudden and surprise move, Luke Holden, the Executive Director of Kermodei Tourism has resigned his position effective immediately. No reasons have been provided and some mystery exists as no calls have been returned and no information has been forthcoming.

On May 10th, 2010, Sam Harling was asked to resign his position as the Economic Development Officer (EDO) of TEDA (Terrace Economic Development Authority) and on June 18, 2010, Stacy Mann resigned her position as the Executive Director of the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce to take a new position with the North West Community College (NWCC). Read stories HERE Chamber and HERE TEDA.

On Monday June 28, 2010, a ‘Committee of the Whole’ meeting was held at the Terrace City Hall with the City Councillors and members of the Board of TEDA. New directions and decisions were being made to formalize how the new (yet to be selected) TEDA EDO will report directly to the Terrace Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Ron Poole. The second component of this meeting was to have the website URL’s of TEDA, Kermodei Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce be redirected to the City’s own website. This monopolization of all the websites was discussed as being managed by the City’s webmaster, Information Systems Manager, Brad Hanson.

The interim Executive Director of Kermodei Tourism, Graham, stepped in immediately on June 30 to provide continuity to the operations. Holden is reportedly making himself available for contract work.

Local business and community workers who we have contacted feel all of these changes are healthy as the positions require constant renewal to keep some vitality and fresh vision and energy to keep Terrace moving forward in strength.

The board of TEDA expects to be selecting their new EDO from a short list of resumes before the end of July. There is no word yet on the Executive position postings for the Chamber of Commerce or Kermodei Tourism.
Terrace moving forward!
Comment by Jamie Schectman on 5th July 2010
As the person that tried to bring international exposure to Terrace via the Shames Mountain Co-Op, I was really surprised at the way I was treated and dis-respected by Mr Houlden, then executive director of tourism.

I hope the new director realizes that having outsiders coming to Terrace and the Skeena Valley is a good thing.

Best of luck to Terrace!