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Originally from San Francisco, Dolores Canizales loves her “city by the bay” and her 49ers, but in 2010, she made San Diego her home and is thrilled with what she found. “The people in this community are great and have such a strong sense of community spirit,” said Dolores. “Everyone is so friendly and people genuinely care about each other.”

That’s why Dolores decided to put her extensive skills to use as President and CEO of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. In addition to a BA in public relations from San Jose State University and a certificate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dolores worked for LA Mayor Richard Riordan, at Loyola Marymount University as Director of Government and Community Relations, and ran both Chambers of Commerce in Florida and one in Los Angeles.

Canizales was the unanimous top choice of the Poway Chamber Board, according to their recent press release. As Dolores put it, “The Chamber position offers me an opportunity to use all of my past experience to create positive changes within the business community. There is never a dull moment in Chamber work.”

Dolores’s singular focus is to “motivate volunteers and grow the organization,” a task she expects will be both her greatest challenge and greatest reward. “My immediate goals are to increase membership by providing new services and benefits for our members, motivate members to become involved in the organization, and work with the board of directors to develop a program of work for the remainder of the fiscal year,” Dolores explained.

Now living in the Gatewood Hills community of Rancho Bernardo, Dolores and her husband watched proudly as their son, Alex, joined the football team and began his studies at RB High this fall. They have enjoyed showing off their new community to friends and family as well. “Anytime anyone comes to visit, the first place we head to is the Hamburger Factory for a meal followed by a walk through Old Poway Park and a visit to the museum,” described Dolores.

Dolores’s ultimate hope is to “transform the Chamber into a more vibrant and relevant business association that will provide services and benefits to local businesses, and to serve as the voice of business in Poway and the region.”

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Name: A. Dolores Canizales
Community: Gatewood Hills, Rancho Bernardo
Year Moved to Community: 2010
Hometown: San Francisco
Professional Title: President and CEO, Poway Chamber of Commerce

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