1:30 p.m., Jan. 24)
Chamber parts ways with executive director less than a
year after hiring him
By Fred Sherwin
Epale has been dismissed by Orléans
Chamber of Commerce less than a year after
he was hired to replace Jamie Kwong as executive
director. File photo
Orléans Chamber of Commerce has parted ways with
executive director Dina Epale just 11 months after hiring
him to replace former ED Jamie Kwong.
was officially dismissed by the Chamber's board of directors
last Monday, less than two weeks before the organization's
premiere event -- the Business Excellence Awards Gala
- which will take place on Jan. 28.
was hired last February on the recommendation of a search
committee which vetted a number of applications.
coming to the Chamber, Epale was the director of parliamentary
affairs with the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians
on Population and Development (CAPPD).
to joining CAPPD in 2003, Epale was the national research
coordinator for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network,
and a development worker for the AIDS Information and
Support Centre (TASC).
to the Orléans Chamber web site, Epale was responsible
for "the management and coordination of all activities
in order to carry out Chamber objectives and is responsible
for the implementation of Chamber policies on a day-to-day
an e-mail message sent to Chamber members on Oct. 19,
the board of directors informed that Epale was no longer
associated with organization effective immediately. No
reason for his dismissal was given.
e-mail also confirmed that the organization plans to fill
the executive position in due course. In the interim,
they are looking for a temporary office manager to help
share administrative duties.
Epale politely declined an interview request on Friday,
and an e-mail request for an interview with Mr. Bellefleur
has so far gone unanswered.
Orléans Chamber of Commerce has more than 180 members
representing businesses across the east end.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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