The Kelowna Chamber’s Top 40 Program has returned for 2024. The program recognizes and honours individuals in the community who take leadership, philanthropy, and business to the next level.

“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You can not have both.”

– Brene Brown

Honouree – Loyal Wooldridge

Loyal Wooldridge is a passionate entrepreneur, social strategist and community advocate, with more than 15 years in small business ownership, 5 1/2 years serving as a Councillor for the City of Kelowna and the chair of the of Regional District of Central Okanagan board.

He believes in the power of community and supporting social priorities to empower personal development, connection and consensus. Loyal strives to identify commonalities, extrapolate key intentions, and lead discussions to a place of understanding, respect, negotiation, and advocacy to deliver results for emerging challenges.

Loyal continually works to convene community organizations to overcome emerging challenges and has helped secure new detox and secondary housing for the Bridge Youth & Family.

One of his most memorable achievements was leading communications during the Grouse Complex Fires in 2023 to elevate confidence of members of the public in the Central Okanagan and being one of the political negotiators with provincial partners to secure disaster relief funding for recovery post fires.

An active volunteer, Loyal created a memorial foundation to commemorate his late mother that has funded community organizations to support youth programs, healthcare, animals, and housing for vulnerable people. He volunteers at numerous community and non-profit events like the YMCA, BCSPCA, and KGH Foundation, aiming to shine light on initiatives people might not be aware of.