Meet our 2018 Board of Directors
Gauri owns Paramount Recreation and Flaman Fitness retail stores located in Coombs, as well as The Islander Media. Paramount Recreation is a full-service hot tub, sauna & steam shower dealership in its 9th year.
Flaman Fitness is a specialty fitness store also located at Coombs Junction.
The Islander Media is a marketing company aimed at supporting small business owners in the areas of social media marketing, website, and brand development.
"The Young Professionals of Oceanside is an extremely valuable network that has gone a long way in assisting with the growth of my businesses."
The Islander Media
Leanne is Partner at McGorman MacLean Chartered Professional Accountants
I love YPO because it provides a forum for young professionals to get out in the community and connect with others in the area who are at similar stages of their career/business. It provides a networking base to help grow your business while at the same time provides an opportunity to get away from the office and have some fun! My goal for the Board this year is to look back on all the positives and negatives from our first year and try and come up with a variety of events and professional development sessions that provide value to our members. At the end of 2017 we were still trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t. It would be great to end 2018 feeling like we’ve given the members everything they were hoping for in joining YPO, if not more.
McGorman MacLean Chartered Professional Accountants
Hollie is a Mortgage Specialist at the Royal Bank of Canada.
I have been working for the Royal Bank coming up 10 years. I started on the management side, but quickly realized my strengths lie in dealing directly with people, and therefore moving into a Senior Advisory role and then eventually into the Mortgage Specialist role. I have a passion for going thru the full financial process with people and as a bonus I get to help them with one of their largest purchases in their life time. It is a true honor and privilege that people allow me to tag along on their journey thru life. Prior to my banking career, I worked on cruise ships for 6 years. This is where I meant my husband, and we worked together travelling the world. We are anchored now in Nanaimo with our little girl and two dogs, and have never felt more at home.
Royal Bank of Canada
Hannah Vail is Owner and Hairstylist at Hannah’s Hair Studio & Goldwell Technical Associate Colour Educator
I love the Oceanside area and believe that we have tapped into an under represented area of development and resources for the young professional community within it. I’m inspired by the generosity and involvement of our members and have enjoyed building new relationships and friendships through my involvement with the YPO.
As Communications Director, I’d like to help build the profile of our members and their businesses. My goal is to develop a strong relationship for the YPO with other local organizations and to help promote our events and keep our members informed and excited about what we hope to create within our community.
Hanna's Hair Studio
Scott De-Freitas Graff is an events management, food and beverage professional who resides in the Oceanside area. As the owner of Extraordinary Event's PQB, partner in Daring to Share, manager at Cuckoos Tratorria in Coombs, and Public Relations director with the YPO, Scott is the person you need if you're looking to pull together a successful event. With 30+ years of experience planning and executing events and parties for 10 - 10000, nothing is too big or too small for this dynamic individual. Scott adds his expertise as member of the events committee of the Young Professionals of Oceanside, and grows YPO membership through his contacts in the Oceanside Community.
Extraordinary Events PQB
Daring to Share
Brittany Patterson-Phillips, is Unlicensed Executive Assistant to the Ohs Marketing Team at Royal LePage.
Why I love YPO: It's a great place to get involved in the community without the pressure of having to know everyone in a small town! You can easily meet new people and network at the same time.
What I hope to do: As the Events Director it's my job to bring your ideas to life! To support our members with ideas and collaborate on projects of all sizes. My goal for this year is to make the YPO a fun and inclusive place to network and mingle.
Ohs Marketing Team