Board of Directors
Jared is a chartered professional accountant with Avail CPA in Taber. He joined the Chamber board in 2017. he is a third generation Taberite and proud of this fact. He grew up spending time on his grandparents farm east of town and hopes to one day return to rural living. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2010 and obtained his designation as a Chartered Accountant in 2012. He also serves as director of the APIA (Alberta Potato Industry Association) and he enjoys giving back in these capacities.
Edwyn is a Real Estate Associate with Century 21 Foothills South and the owner of Willowcrest Construction in Taber. He moved to Taber in 2008 and since moving here has served as a member of the Municipal Planning Commission for 6 years, sat on numerous committees and has coached soccer and basketball. Being a business owner for nearly 20 years, Edwyn decided to join the Chamber board in 2019 to help support and grow Taber’s business community. He and his wife Jessie have 4 children.
Mark is a full time licensed Realtor with Century 21 Foothills. He has five children and thirteen grandchildren who live in various parts of the world. Mark has been in charge of Cornfest Entertainment the last five years and looks forward to doing it again in the coming year. He enjoyed working on the Spray Park Committee in 2013 and the Cornfest Stage Committee in 2016. He's been on Town Council for the last 2 years and represents the Town on our board.
Malinda has lived in Taber for the past 33 years with her husband Merrill. They farm west of Taber and have 5 children and 3 grand children. Malinda bought the former Pats Flowers in 2013 and re-branded as Garden Gate Floral. She believes Taber can remain a vibrant community and welcomes new economic development and encourages the residents of Taber to show their support for the community by supporting local businesses.
Merrill represents the MD on the Chamber Board. Merrill was born and raised in Taber. He and his wife Malinda are the parents of five children, one left at home. They believe Taber is a good place to call home, raise a family and do business. They have been actively farming for 33 years, growing sugar beets, corn, peas, grain and 100 cows.
Tom was born and raised in Taber and currently farms with his wife and family south east of Taber. He has served on the Chamber Board for the past 15 years on a variety of committees. He sits on different agricultural boards and commissions as well as the Chamber Board.. Tom is very active in his church and in the community.
Tyrel and his wife Amber met in high school and married in High River. They moved to Taber in 2010 for a work opportunity and started their family. They now have 2 boys, Leo and Logan. Tyrel has served as Vice President and President of the Chamber, and is currently a Consultant with IG Wealth Management. Tyrel & Amber also operate Kodiak Martial Arts here in town.
Rick Popadynetz - Past President
Rick was born in Taber. He received his journeyman carpenter certificate in the year 2000. Rick has worked on many projects in Taber, most recently the St. Patrick's school redevelopment. Rick has coached hockey, baseball and is the local announcer at high school football games. He currently serves on the Join Economic development committee, the Taber softball and baseball enhancement society and the Eagle Spirit Nest Community Association.
Harry owns and operates Interior Design Trends & the Taber Bowling Centre as well as numerous rental properties. He currently chairs the Council of the Christian Reformed Church in Taber. He feels after being a business owner for 30 years it was time to be a Director on the Chamber as he strives to do his utmost for the furtherance of our community. He is married to Arlene and they have 3 children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Joanne Sorensen - President
Joanne Sorensen is the Office Manager and HSE Coordinator in the family run business of Ar-Tech Coating. Joanne lives in Taber with her husband Martin and have two beautiful daughters. Both Joanne and Martin grew up in Taber and after attending secondary education in Edmonton, they moved back to Taber to work and raise their family. Joanne has been a member of the Taber Chamber executive since 2016 and is the current president, co-chair of the Joint Economic Development Committee (JEDC), co-chair of the Lethbridge College's Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) and member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). Joanne would like to continue to share the voice of the Industrial Sector in Taber along with promoting economic growth of all Taber and surrounding area businesses.
Bruce is a Chartered Public Accountant with MNP LLP's Taber office and joined the Chamber Board in 2009. Bruce lives in Taber with his wife and three children. He grew up in Vauxhall and Graduated from the University of Lethbridge. He currently serves on the boards of Taber & District Foodgrains Bank, Chinook Community Futures, Evangelical Free Church of Taber, Taber Community Action & prevention Society and Thousand Hills Land Stewardship Foundation.
Elisha Willis - Vice President
Elisha is a born and raised Taber girl, she enjoys spending time with her 11 year old girl who is an active member of Dance Images here in Taber. Being a part of the community is very important to her, which started at the young age of 18 when she started her sales career at the Taber Times. Since then she has gone to the Lethbridge college and received her Business Marketing and Business Management diplomas. Elisha feels that her media background, love for her community and drive for success will be a great asset to the Chamber Board.