Our Team

Anne Jensen

Office Manager

Anne has been the office manager for the Chamber for 19 years now. She has lived in Taber for the last 36 years and raised her family here. She enjoyed working with everyone in the community on all the Chamber's various projects. Her hobbies include crossword puzzles, photography, thrift shopping and reading.

Malinda Harris

Office Assistant (part-time)

Malinda has lived in Taber for the past 40 years with her husband Merrill. They farm west of Taber and have 5 children and four grandchildren. Malinda is the former owner of Garden Gate Floral. She believes that Taber has a lot to offer families, and welcomes new economic development to enhance the quality of life for all who live in the area. She was excited to start her role as Office Manager with Anne in 2022.

Jared Bell

President

Jared is a Chartered Professional accountant with Avail LLP in Taber.He joined the Chamber board in 2017. He's a third generation Taberite and proud of this fact. He grew up spending time on his grandparent's farm east of town and hope 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 serves as director of the APIA (Alberta Potato Industry Association) and sits on the Taber Charity Auction board and he enjoys giving back in these capacities.

Chase DeSchover

Director

Chase originally from Calgary, moved his family and business to Taber in 2015. Chase along with his wife and parents own and operate Technotrash, an electronic recycling processor contracted under the Alberta Government to keep Alberta? s e-waste out of landfills. Chase is hopeful his 20 years in the recycling industry and knowledge of business will prove to be an asset for the Chamber.? When Chase isn? t behind the wheel of a piece of equipment, talking about the good old days in the e-waste world or tinkering with something neat that? s came into the facility, he can be found at home enjoying some down time with his family.

Carly Firth

Town of Taber Representative

Carly has lived in Taber for almost her whole life and is grateful for the privilege to serve her community as a Councillor for the Town of Taber. With a background in media, management, and education she is excited to work with the Taber Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses and promote this vibrant community as a great place to grow. Carly serves on a number of boards in her role as a Councillor and a few others in a volunteer capacity. In her free time, Carly enjoys camping with her family, travelling to new places near and far, and writing about herself in the third-person.

Dave Klassen

Director

Dave is one of the newer members of our board, having been sworn in earlier this year after attending some meetings late last year. Dave moved to Taber in 2008 and enjoys the community so much he opened his own business, Kleen Slate Construction & Landscaping providing mowing, landscaping, fencing, sod installation, underground sprinklers, decks, snow removal and more. Dave enjoys spending time with his 2 wonderful sons and fishing when he gets the chance. Dave also sits on the Citizens on Patrol board as well as his church and the Taber Christian School.

Freedom Okolo

Director

Freedom Okolo is a Relationship Manager, Business Banking with ATB Financial, Taber. He is originally from Nigeria but moved to Canada in 2023 with his wife and son. He is aware of the importance local businesses play in economic development and is willing to encourage Taberites to always support local businesses by patronizing them as well as offering financial advisory to these businesses on a need basis. He believes that by joining the Chamber board, he can integrate himself within the business community to be a valuable resource for the utmost benefit of the town. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family as well as playing and watching soccer.

Matt Peleskey

Vice President

Matthew was born in Taber and graduated from the Lethbridge College with a diploma in Multimedia Production. He started his own Sound, Lighting & DJ company, Micro Glow in 2015. Matt loves being involved with the arts and entertainment community and has been involved with the Taber Players since 2012.

Rick Popadynetz

Director

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 Prummel

Director

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

Past Past President

Joanne Sorensen has a Business Management Diploma along with Qualified Safety Representative designation. Along with her husband Martin and father-in-law Arne, operate family run business of Ar-Tech Coating. Joanne is a newly elected Councillor of the Town of Taber. She has been a member of the Taber Chamber executive since 2016 and currently is Past President. Joanne joined the Chamber to share the voice of the Industrial Sector of Taber along with promoting and supporting Local businesses.

Travis Tams

Director

Travis was born in Taber and is keenly aware of the importance of supporting local business. His family has a rich history of small business ownership, and he owns a portion of a family business in Taber IGA. He knows that every dollar for the local economy counts, and is truly thankful for his customers support. He attended Lethbridge College and graduated with a General Business Diploma with honors. He is grateful that he has the opportunity to play a role in encouraging Taberites to support the purchase of local goods and services. Outside of work Travis loves spending free time with his wife, children, family and friends, particularly outside at the lake. He believes he can be a valuable contributor to the Chamber and is eager to learn from others within the business community for the betterment of the town that has played such a vital role in his life.

John Turcato

Municipal District of Taber Representative

John was born and raised in Taber, operating a 3rd generation farm. Married tohis wife Gina for forty years, they have 4 children - 3 sons and a daughter as well as 2 granddaughters. As well as running the family farm, he's have been involved in the drilling industry since 2004. He's been a member and leader in 4H, as well as serving various positions on the Taber Minor Hockey Board. John enjoys serving the constituents, the challenge of Municipal politics and serving on the many committees as an MD Councillor. This last few years, he's been happy to serve as the MD representative on the Taber & District Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, he enjoys time with family, curling, camping, hiking and travelling.

Bruce Warkentin

Director

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 is the National Leader of Horticulture and Irrigation for MNP and serves on the boards of Taber & District Foodgrains Bank, Evangelical Free Church of Taber, Taber Community Action & Prevention Society and Thousand Hills Land Stewardship Foundation. In his spare time, he likes to work on community projects like the Taber Spray Park, Westview Playground, and preparing tax returns under the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Follow him as ? The Tabrbeancounter??on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin for regular content on agriculture, tax, and community projects.