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Douglas College interns make their mark at Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce staff team with Douglas College interns. L to R: Sandra Jette, Chloe Wan, Leslie Courchesne, Ho-Tung Tam, Beatrice Fojas, Camelia Maxim, Nicole Lauzon.

(TRI-CITIES) May 15, 2024 — Douglas College students Beatrice Fojas and Ho-Tung Tam recently completed a four-month internship at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce as the capstone of their Post-Baccalaureate Diploma programs.

The Chamber's largest event of the year, its Business Excellence Awards, was the students' final day of work.

"My internship with the chamber was a great opportunity for me to learn about the business environment in the Tri-Cities and at the same time, enhance my skills by applying what I have learned previously," said Beatrice Fojas. "It meant a lot to spend my internship with an organization that puts the community at the centre of what they do."

“Working at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce was a valuable experience for me, not only learning a variety of skills, but also providing me with the opportunity to try new things in different positions," said Ho-Tung Tam.

Douglas College student interns Ho-Tung Tam and Beatrice Fojas with Camelia Maxim (right) at Tri-Cities Chamber Business Excellence Awards, April 27, 2024.

"We were delighted to have Beatrice and Ho-Tung intern with us during the winter term," said Sandra Jette, Manager of Marketing and Member Experience, Tri-Cities Chamber. "Their dedication and enthusiasm were a valuable asset to our busy chamber, assisting with various events and programs. Both have promising futures ahead and they will always be welcome at the chamber. Best of luck, Beatrice and Ho-Tung!"

Douglas College Business Interns contribute bench strength and energy to organizations as they gain valuable hands-on experience related to their academic work.

"Many of our Chamber members are having difficulty filling their vacant positions right now, given the challenging labour market," said Leslie Courchesne, CEO, Tri-Cities Chamber. "If you're an employer looking for some additional help, I highly recommend Douglas College intern students, who work 12-hours per week for four months on a volunteer basis."

For employers looking to host an intern student, contact Barb Kojder, Douglas College at

Douglas College has been a member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years, and in 2022 became a pillar partner in addition to being the presenting sponsor of the Chamber's annual Business Excellence Awards.


Since 1971, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been the largest business association serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra, now representing 1,300+ organizations from every sector. The Chamber works to foster economic development, provide connections and benefits, and influence public policy at all levels of government to ensure strong business and strong communities. The Tri-Cities Chamber is an active member of the BC and Canadian Chambers of Commerce.

For more information, contact:
Leslie Courchesne, Chief Executive Officer
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

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