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Erika Andrusiak, Owner
Erika Andrusiak is a resident of downtown Whitby and is a passionate supporter of the community who is committed to shopping and buying local.
Erika has a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and began working for a planning firm in Whitby in 2004. After working in the planning field for eight years, she realized that it was not her passion and she took a part time job at the Durham branch of the Canadian Red Cross as a First Aid Coordinator in 2012. As a lifeguard, swim instructor and first aid instructor, this job was the perfect fit. Not only was she able to share her passion for first aid, but was able to coordinate great quality first aid courses for the public. The Red Cross restructured in 2014 and no longer offered first aid courses to the public directly, but moved to selling their products to Training Partners of the Red Cross.
Being transitioned from the job she loved, the next natural step was to start her own business and she opened Durham First Aid Inc. in 2015, with a training centre opening on Wentworth Street East in Oshawa in 2017. She prides her self on offering people the highest quality first aid and CPR courses, not only for certification purposes for the workplace, but to ensure that participants leave with the confidence and knowledge they need to help in an emergency.
Joel Davies, Owner
Joel Davies has been in the digital marketing industry since 2004, starting with a company called Contractors.com. He sat in an SEO meeting and was blown away by Google’s algorithms, which weren’t even near as sophisticated as they are now.
For years he helped several companies optimize their marketing efforts and saw some things he’d rather forget. In fact, he saw too much. Terrible sites with terrible flaws meant bad Internet – for the whole world. That’s not what was supposed to happen, so he threw in the towel and branched out on his own.
Joel packed up years of knowledge and experience and set forth into the wild country of business ownership. He is eager to help with membership development and teach fellow members how the Whitby Chamber has helped his business.
Miles Goacher, CPA, CA, CFP, CIM, FCSI
Miles Goacher is the name behind Goacher Wealth Management, RBC Dominion Securities. He is primarily responsible for managing client relations, client acquisition, investment strategy, wealth planning, and overall business direction. Miles provides comprehensive wealth management strategies along with discretionary portfolio management.
Miles is a Certified Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Certified Financial Divorce Analyst, and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He has spent over 20 years with RBC Dominion Securities serving high net worth individuals and their families. Prior to that, Miles spent time on the retail bond desk and owned his own tax practice. Miles has been a member of the RBC Dominion Securities Top Tier Executive Council since 2007, which celebrates the top 125 advisors for their business practices and client experience. Miles graduated from Dalhousie University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Through the years Miles has been a major supporter of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, including serving as President on the Board of Directors from 2016-2017.
Craig Howie, Mortgage Broker
Craig Howie is a long-term resident of Whitby and passionate supporter of the community. As a Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Craig is also self-employed, and truly appreciates the value that small business brings to the community and understands the struggles they can experience.
A long-term member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, Craig believes that giving back to the community is its own reward. Craig has had the privilege of helping organize the Whitby Ribfest, an annual event attracting thousands of people and raising over $500,000 for projects right here in Whitby. He has also had the opportunity to be a part of hands on projects in Whitby, Dominican Republic, Thailand and Laos.
Craig is looking forward to showing fellow members how to use the Whitby Chamber of Commerce benefits to make the Whitby business community stronger.
Kerri King, CEO
Kerri King has been a passionate promoter of arts and culture working in public relations, community event marketing, and economic and cultural development for more than 25 years. She brings diverse experience to in her role as CEO of Station Gallery. During her many years as an entrepreneurial event producer, Kerri designed and produced hundreds of concerts, trade shows, corporate and community events.
Kerri was awarded with the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her contributions to the community, a Region of Durham Award of Excellence for Innovation for the creation of The Art of Transition, and a Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work in economic development and tourism. She also holds an international economic development designation through the International Association of Economic Developers. Under her leadership, Durham Tourism earned numerous provincial (EDCO) and national (EDAC) Economic Development Marketing and Business Achievement Awards.
Kerri is past Vice Chair of the Durham Community Foundation, past Vice Chair of the Economic Developers Association of Ontario, and past member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Tourism Organization for Zone 6, Central Counties.
Kaz Merfield, Owner
Kaz Merfield is a Registered Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, meditation coach, and founder and owner of Ki Health and Wellness in Whitby. Her mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Using her knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and combining her gift of therapeutic touch, each client experiences an incredibly unique and personalized treatment session.
Understanding that healing starts from within, Kaz also teaches guided meditation classes. Each script is written by Kaz, with a strong focus on emotional clearing and realignment. Most recently Kaz has obtained her certification in Hypnosis and Regression Therapy, and has completed her bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Science. These new additions to her tool belt complete the circle of mind, body, and soul healing.
Kaz has leveraged many of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce’s free opportunities to grow, including the Mentorship Program and regularly attending Java Jolts.