40 Under 40: Danielle Walker

40 Under 40: Danielle Walker

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has launched its “40 Under Forty” for 2020

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has launched its “40 Under Forty” for 2020. The chamber is now calling for nominations.

This is the Kelowna chamber’s sixth year of searching for the city’s high achievers and bringing their stories to the public.

BDO Canada LLP will make up the independent panel of judges.

Danielle is an entrepreneur who is passionate about business, education, and leadership. She is the co-founder of Amplify Ringette, a school designed to help athletes reach elite levels. The school is designed to foster the cornerstones of athlete development – ambition, determination, and dedication. Danielle believes that many important life lessons and skills can be best taught through sport in which she wanted to provide further opportunities for young athletes in the area. Danielle is actively involved in the community and is honoured to be able to use her knowledge and experience to make an impact.

Danielle is the Co-Founder of Kelowna Community Helpers, an online platform to coordinate community efforts to help those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group empowers people to help people, individuals requiring help and can post their needs allowing community members to respond by offering support. As a leader, Danielle helps provide community members with a way to connect. Through the group she encourages neighbours to help neighbours and professionals to use their skills to help us navigate the pandemic, she also helps facilitate the generation of new ideas and future initiatives.

Danielle also volunteers as the project manager for Enactus Okanagan College’s CANsave program. CANsave is a national financial literacy program for children in Kindergarten to grade four. The program teaches children how to distinguish good debt from bad debt, how to save for the future, and how to save to help others in need. In 2019, she contributed to this initiative by developing a new learning module — CANsave for Unique Learners — an adapted financial literacy program for children with diverse learning needs. As a mom of a child on the Autism spectrum, Danielle knew firsthand that not all children learn best in the same way, and she wanted to use her skills to make a difference.

Danielle recently co-founded the Nourish Families Initiative, a non-profit program that teams up with local restaurants to provide nutritious meals to families in need. When customers support our local restaurant partners by purchasing from the weekly menus, the restaurants then pay-it-forward by supplying a meal for a local family in need. The program is designed to help generate revenue for local restaurants, while also providing healthy meals to local families who are struggling.

Danielle has her Business Administration Diploma in Accounting from Okanagan College and graduated with distinction. She is a student ambassador and is currently working toward her Business Administration Degree.

READ MORE: 40 Under 40: Amal Alhuwayshil

READ MORE: 40 Under 40: Sarah Howe

READ MORE: 40 Under 40: Steven Morrison

READ MORE: 40 Under 40: Fiona Patterson

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Tesla)
New Tesla charging station launches in West Kelowna

This comes after the installation of a Tesla charging station in Kelowna

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Vernon’s Jim Cotter (left) and Steve Laycock of Saskatoon will try to rebound Sunday, March 7, at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championship in Calgary after an opening-game defeat. (Black Press file photo)
Team B.C. bows in Brier opener

New Brunswick uses hammer to score two in 10th end for 7-5 win over Steve Laycock

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Kelowna General Hospital (File photo)
Second COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna General Hospital

One patient and one staff member on Unit have tested positive for the virus.

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Chelsea Ishizuka was borned and raised in Penticton but has now moved to Japan. When she found out there was a popular restaurant there named after Penticton, she had to go check it out. Here she is with the owner (right). (Facebook)
Popular restaurant in Japan named after city of Penticton

A Pentictonite now living in Tokyo discovered the eatery and the history behind its name

Coldstream’s Kalamalka Secondary has teamed up with Globox on a fundraising raffle for its graduating class of 2021. (Photo supplied)
Okanagan secondary school grads glowing over fundraiser

Kalamalka Secondary teams with company on fundraising raffle, replacing annual apple pie fundraiser

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Multiple people were injured at a Vernon home following an early-morning break-in Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Multiple people left injured following break-and-enter in Vernon

Police believe the early-morning break-in was targeted and not a threat to the general public

Isaac Gilbert is running for council in the by-election for Jake Kimberley’s vacated seat. (Submitted)
First candidate for Penticton council by-election makes himself known

Isaac Gilbert is making a second run at council after receiving 19.63 per cent of the vote in 2018

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read