Sandra Locken

As the daughter of third generation farmers, a career in jewellery wasn’t on the radar for Sandra Locken while growing up on the family farm near Blackie. But the glitter of precious stones and fate allowed her to find her niche.

After working in the industry for several years, she opened her own store at Market Street in 2009. In 2010 Sandra and her husband Dale purchased one of Vulcan’s first bank buildings on 2nd St. and moved the business there. The store, which gets its name from the first two initials of each of her son’s names, is now well established and flourishing.

“People said I was crazy to open a jewellery store in Vulcan,” says Locken, “But I believe that this town is on the cusp of greatness – we just need collaborative work between our councils and the vision to believe in the ‘totality of possibilities’. Sandra was invited to join VBIT in 2011 to represent the business sector and just recently was elected Chairman of the organization.

Ray Shaw

Like so many country kids before him, Ray Shaw left Vulcan after high school but fortunately he returned in 1986 to farm and raise a family, now married to Bev Knutson- Shaw and the parents of three children, Nick, Keegan and Claire. Ray started a greenhouse business with bedding plants which evolved into a wetland plant supply and installation service (Knutson & Shaw Growers). In 2007, Ray invested in a wind turbine as a grid tied power source. Forty – five solar pv panels were added later to now produce 100 % of the electrical needs for his residence and greenhouse. Ray was invited to join VBIT in 2012 and is very excited about promoting the environment pillar of VBIT.