We are aware that 2003 Board President and a current volunteer serving on the Public Policy Committee, Doris Wehler made a number of disturbing and hurtful public comments in a recent independent podcast. We want to stress that these comments do not reflect in any way the beliefs of the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce (WACC), its Board of Directors, or its Membership.
We have discussed this very serious situation with Doris. We shared with Doris that while during the past twenty years she has donated hundreds of hours of her time and made important contributions to our Chamber and business community, her podcast comments were totally opposed to WACC beliefs and were unacceptable. July 15th Doris said in writing she deeply regrets the comments she made and the hurt they may have caused. Moreover, Doris formally resigned from the Wilsonville Chamber. At our July 16th Board Meeting, the Board accepted her resignation.
WACC stands with our community in support of racial equity and systemic change. We stand against racism in all forms. We are listening and engaging. We hear you. We see you. We stand with you.
The Wilsonville Chamber is committed to being part of the solution. We will use our influence, expertise and convening power to work together with our Wilsonville business community to advance economic inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity.