The BC Hospitality Foundation has a new board chair, and she hails from the Okanagan.
Oliver’s Sandra Oldfield was elected chair of the board for the 2022-23 term. She is taking over from Jeff Guignard, who has been in the role for the past eight years.
Oldfield, a California native, moved to B.C. in 1995 and started Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver. She was the first in Canada to use Stelvin screw top caps, she expanded the marketability of cabernet Franc and Tinhorn became a hub for South Okanagan events, including a yearly concert series and the Oliver Festival of the Grape that she started with her husband, Ken.
She also backed the drive to create B.C.’s first sub-appellation, the Golden Mile Bench, and established Tinhorn Creek as Canada’s only carbon-neutral winery.
When the major shareholders sold Tinhorn Creek in 2017, Oldfield and her husband started Elysian Projects, a beverage and tourism consulting company. She is also an active board member with the Tourism Industry Association for BC.
The BC Hospitality Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a health condition.
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