Pamela Law is the manager at Chilliwack Mall.

Pamela Law is the manager at Chilliwack Mall.

Pamela Law: The business of change

“The renovations should be done by the spring of 2012 and we’ll have three new tenants including Reitmans, SportChek and Winners. Toys R Us Express has also moved back. We’re excited to get this done,” said Chilliwack Mall manager, Pamela Law.

I read a posting on Facebook not long ago that was poking fun at the fact that the Chilliwack Mall was the last mall on earth to have carpet. Well, the jokes will be coming to an end because as you are probably aware, the mall is getting an extreme makeover and the carpet is being replaced by porcelain tile. “The renovations should be done by the spring of 2012 and we’ll have three new tenants including Reitmans, SportChek and Winners. Toys R Us Express has also moved back. We’re excited to get this done,” said the mall’s manager, Pamela Law.

Pamela grew up in Campbell River and the family home was right on the ocean. “I was the middle child born in the middle of the week but even so I had a great childhood,” she laughed. As kids, Pamela and her siblings were always outdoors and on the water. “At night, I’d watch the cruise ships on Georgia Straight lit up like a Christmas tree and I thought that they were just beautiful. I guess that’s why I love cruising so much,” she chuckled.

She has always had a creative streak and an entrepreneurial spirit, something that she acknowledges she doesn’t inherit from either of her parents. “My parents were hard-working, middle class folks but they weren’t into taking chances,” she noted.

When she was 16, her parents divorced and from then on she became restless. “I was living in Victoria but decided that it was too small so I headed off to Toronto. I then came back to Victoria then went to Vancouver, then Burnaby, Langley and finally ended up here in Chilliwack,” she laughed.

Pamela was always business oriented and worked in various corporate capacities. She decided to take her CGA but with one course left to complete the program, she decided that it wasn’t for her. “I just resolved that it wasn’t for me because it wasn’t creative enough.” She took on a job with the Ministry of Health and worked for them for the next eight years. During her final year there, she also worked with Immigration Canada to get the boat people from Laos settled into the country. “This was a fascinating job and I saw all kinds of things that you wouldn’t believe,” she reflected.

After moving on, Pamela took on a position with Rogers/Cantel and became its manager of financial accounting. “I enjoyed the job and I had the chance of moving up the corporate ladder but then I met a cowboy, an entrepreneurial one at that, and he taught me the world of business,” she laughed. His background was sales and marketing and hers was finance. They combined their expertise and decided to buy a business. “We bought a sign and print shop business in Langley and ran it for 10 years. I absolutely loved it because I was able to combine my creative side with business,” she said.

While Pamela is quite the city girl, the couple made the decision to move out to Chilliwack. “After awhile, the commute became too much so we sold our Langley business. I thought that I’d retire but I became bored and shortly after started as the director of marketing at the Chilliwack Mall and in 2003 became the mall manager. No two days are ever the same and I guess it’s the variety that keeps me here,” she enthused.

The couple had thoughts of selling their house, buying a rig and going on the road but Pam laughed, suggesting that her sewing machine was too cumbersome to fit in the rig so that idea was dashed.  Instead, she set up a studio at her home to create jewellery. She was wearing an earring and necklace set that she had created and they were stunning which would explain why she has clients in Hawaii, Germany, Holland, Australia and the US. “I’ve been a seamstress for as long as I can remember and three years ago I became serious about making jewellery.  I design my own pieces and use genuine gemstones to create each piece. My brother built a website for me and I sell the product on line at  www.evernicedesigns.ca and it’s working out very well,” she said.  She’ll be attending a ‘Made in BC’ artisan show at the Croatian Cultural Centre and if things go well, she plans on exhibiting at shows in Calgary and Edmonton.

Pamela is quite satisfied with her life but admits that between her on-line jewellery business and her role as manager of two malls, she doesn’t have a whole lot of spare time. “Aside from my role as manager at the Chilliwack Mall, our company also has a mall in Whitehorse which I manage as well. It’s a strip mall with national tenants so it’s not too onerous. I usually travel up there twice a year to deal with things. Right now, I’m just excited to see things moving forward with this mall. It’ll be great when it’s all done. It’s going to look absolutely lovely,” she smiled.

Just Posted

A black sedan, white SUV, red pickup truck and black hatchback were all involved in a four-vehicle collision at Hodgins Avenue and Yale Road on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack’s top 10 worst intersections for crashes in 2020

Overall collisions down by huge numbers with fewer drivers in pandemic year

The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crack the case, read, win prizes with FVRL Summer Reading Club

‘Immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it,’ says Chilliwack librarian

Harrison Hot Springs country singer Todd Richard poses for a photo with Mission firefighters. (Photo/Sarah Plawutski)
VIDEO: Harrison country artist Todd Richard plans for a busy, rockin’ summer

Richard and his band look to live shows as restrictions start to lift

Vanessa Dueck.
Snapshots of a Chilliwack father from his loving daughter

Father’s Day memories of special moments shared together

Rachel is a six month old Labrador retriever cross who was found at large. She is seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Rachel at the Chilliwack SPCA

6-month-old puppy found at large, now at Chilliwack SPCA, needs special home

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

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

(Black Press Media files)
Burnaby RCMP look for witnesses in hit-and-run that left motorcyclist dead

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle rear-ended the motorcycle before fleeing the scene

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

A police pursuit involving Abbotsford Police ended in Langley Saturday night, June 20. (Black Press Media file)
Abbotsford Police pursuit ends in Langley with guns drawn

One person arrested, witnesses say an officer may have been hurt in collision with suspect vehicle

Most Read