"A notable business leader in our economy - whose work is central to the economic activity in BC.” - Glacier Media
"A resourceful woman redefining leadership in British Columbia"
- BC Biz
"A prominent figure with the ability to blend insights across different industries, with a forward-thinking approach. Bringing much-needed diversity of viewpoints to the table, ensuring decisions reflect the needs and experience of a wide range of individuals...
enriching the cultural dynamic and fabric of our society!"
- MT Regional President, RBC
Amanda is a two-term elected official and executive board leader who understands good governance, community engagement, fiscal budgets, and how to create partnerships across diverse perspectives. Amanda is widely known for her bold and fresh leadership, her understanding of what matters to Okanagan families, and her ability to get things done. She has a successful track record of influencing governments to change policy and bring much-needed resources and funding to the Okanagan.
Amanda has held leadership positions in the fields of education, food sustainability, community infrastructure, sports, healthcare, housing development, recreation, parks, arts, culture and tourism.
Some of her positions include:
Electoral Area Director of BX/ Silver Star
Vice-Chair of the Regional District of North Okanagan
Chair of the Electoral Area Advisory Committee
Chair of the Regional Growth Advisory Committee
Trustee for the Okanagan Regional Library
Board Director for the BC Municipal Finance Authority
Director for the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap Hospital District.
Okanagan Basin Water Board
- Top 100 Most
in Canada -
Growing up representing both rural agricultural areas and urban sectors, Amanda understands the fine balance and perspectives of tourism, sport, food sustainability, business and sustainable economic development.
In recognition of Amanda's impact on public policy, in 2022 she was selected as the first Canadian representative for a Vital Voices fellowship - an international program that supports outstanding women political leaders making and influencing policy across the globe.
To give back to the community Amanda also serves as
President of Impact Toolbox (offering training, fellowships, and incubation programs to empower community, entrepreneurs, and social change leaders, partnering with Accelerate Okanagan and Purppl)
Executive for the BC United (formerly BC Liberal Party) Kelowna-Lake Country Riding Association
Vice-President of the BC Alliance of Arts and Culture
Past Vice-President and Advisor of the United Nations Association in Canada - Vancouver branch
Past President of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan
and involved in philanthropy projects raising money for youth scholarships, and health-based foundations.
Acknowledged for her activities and community support in Lake Country, Kelowna, and Vernon/Coldstream, Amanda was awarded a Queen's Platinum Jubilee medal, named a Multicultural Community Champion by the Social Planning Council and BC Ministry, a Volunteer Spirit Award by the Central Okanagan Foundation, and one of the top four Change Makers in Kelowna by Kelowna Women in Busines.
TAKE THE STAGE
Amanda was born and raised in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. She grew up performing on theatre stages throughout the Okanagan as she danced with local Kelowna studios, taught in Lake Country, and competed internationally representing Canada in gymnastics.
Over the years Amanda's talent took her to perform in the tv and film industry, to public speaking at international conferences and working in the arts, media and events sector creating projects and presentations in over 30 countries.
Some of her experience includes being selected to present her expertise at:
United Nations headquarters in New York
2010 Olympics in Vancouver
European Union in Brussels
Senate in Ottawa, Canada
In addition to the performing arts, Amanda is a trained visual artist and has created art installations throughout the Okanagan to New York city in Times Square.
For her contribution to the arts and culture sector, Amanda was awarded a BC Lieutenant Governors Award.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master's in Communications and currently completing her Ph.D. at UBC Okanagan in political science.
Involved in student affairs she serves as a Senator for UBCO, is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and advises on the Learning & Research Committee and Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Amanda has published in academic journals, op-eds in magazines, and presented research at international conferences.
As a student, Amanda understands the youth perspective and advocates for more diverse representation at decision-making tables. With her understanding of legislation, Amanda has represented UBC at events such as Model Senate in Ottawa.
- BC's Top 40 Under
40 in Business -
Credited for her work in the private sector, Amanda has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women (WXN and Financial Post), BC's 25 Most Powerful Women Leaders (BC Business Magazine), BC's Top 40 Under 40 in Business (Business in Vancouver), Top 20 Under 40 (Chamber of Commerce), and globally distinguished as a Top 100 World of Difference Awardee for her contribution to women's economic empowerment (TIAW).
Amanda is committed to making life better in BC and loves working with her community to make visions come to reality!
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If you are interested in volunteering or would like to share your concerns and opinions about our community, Amanda would love to hear from you!
Did you know that Amanda has taught across BC in over a dozen school districts extracurricular activities such as athletics, arts and leadership. Due to her contribution, in 2016 Vernon Secondary School renamed their prestigous annual award the 'Amanda Shatzko Dedication to Arts Award'
“I have never had the privilege of a community member giving so much of their time, energy, and expertise to their chosen field to my school as I have experienced with Amanda - a world leader in their craft.” - M. Reid - SD22