Top 40: Christine McWillis
Contributed - Jun 07, 2021 - People in Business

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Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Over 40” program.

Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Over 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the seventh year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will be featured throughout the year on Okanagan Edge.


Christine McWillis had the honour of serving within the Personnel Support Program with the Department of National Defence for more than a decade, holding the positions of fitness instructor, health promotions manager and fitness, sports and recreation director.

She spent the next several years working with the City of Cold Lake, Alta., as the general manager of community services before making Kelowna her family’s forever home. Upon arriving in Kelowna, she supported Project Literacy Kelowna Society as its executive director, where she worked collectively with other literacy organizations in development of a community literacy plan.

However, her passion for work in the public service eventually won and she joined the City of Kelowna in late 2017. These days, she has the privilege of supporting the development of the creative sector of Kelowna on a daily basis. As cultural services manager, along with the creative community, she launched and is now working hard on the implementation of the 2020-2025 cultural plan.

McWillis considers her leadership to be in service to the community and to others. Throughout her career and personal life she seeks out opportunities to learn, to grow and support the development of herself and her community. She believes that the role of leader is earned through hard work, consistency and commitment to doing the right thing—even if it’s not the easy thing.

Every day McWillis says she is honoured to be able to serve the numerous artists, organizations and community members who are working tirelessly to make the community an amazing place of which everyone can be proud.

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