Lyssa Flaherty - Ambassador Chairman
Lyssa Flaherty has lived in the Bonsall area for 35 years, and recently celebrated her 34th wedding anniversary with husband Jack. They live on a small ranch surrounded by their furry and feathered “children.” And enjoy hanging out with their critters, skateboarding, biking, water sports, gardening and more! Lyssa has been a community Banker for 34 years; with a background including Operations Supervision, Management, and Administration. She is currently with Wells Fargo’s Government and Institutional Banking Division.
Jack and Lyssa run three Bonsall based Not-for-Profit Organizations: Vista Skatepark Coalition, Bike Walk Vista and the North County Celtic Queen Pageant and Scholarship Fund. Working with young people to bring awareness to the community, about the fun, healthy sports of skateboarding and biking; and the need for safe, healthy, positive activities for Girls in our community.
Lyssa’s passion and focus is on community outreach, community events, fundraising activities, involving parents, and engaging our youth, to be active in sports, the arts, and to be in service to our community.
Lyssa has actively participated in and volunteered for: Boys & Girls Club of Vista, hosting Learn to Skate Days, Paint-a-Skate, and Build-A-Board workshop, and participating in the annual Day for Kids events. Hosting an annual family skate demo at the Vista Easter Egg Hunt. Hosting public youth Learn-to-Skate sessions and demonstrations at the annual Vista Strawberry Festival and Vista Rod Run. Conducting an annual Pajama Drive and Shoe Drive for the Sleep Train event, benefitting foster children in the North San Diego County area. Conducting Holiday Toy Drives annually for the children staying at Operation Hope. Hosting an annual children’s book drive for the Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista.
Their Pageant focuses on having youth members in all areas of the production and performance, as well as staff and directors. This Not-for-Profit Organization was awarded the Wells Fargo Community Grant in 2014; and the Bill Horn Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant in 2015 and 2017.
It’s All About Scholarships…Education is the cornerstone of success. Our organization rewards those who study and work hard to be the best they can be. The North County Celtic Queen Pageant is dedicated to empowering young women to achieve their educational, personal and professional goals. Pageant participants have the opportunity to gain additional life experience; and volunteer for local groups and organizations over 60 times a year.
Lyssa has also been involved with a number of other Organizations, Boards and Committees:
Allison Abbott, “Ally”, joined the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce in 2/2018, specifically to assist with the establishment of the Bonsall Chamber’s Ambassadors program and help promote the Chamber’s events. Ally has 3 years of Chamber Ambassador experience and considers herself a “professional” community volunteer.
Shortly after marrying her husband, Stephen in 1989, his job with the North County Fire Protection District moved them to Fallbrook and they became very active members of their new hometown. Along the way they raised two wonderful children who are now successful young adults. Ally considers family, serving others and life-long learning to be her core values, and to each of these she continues to devote a considerable amount of time, talent and energy.
Ally is currently a Nationally Registered Paramedic and employed with Mercy Medical Transportation assisting in with Continuing Education for EMT’s and Paramedics. She is currently serving her third year as a Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and an Angel Society member/volunteer. Ally is on the Board of Directors for Fallbrook Pop Warner Cheerleading and North County CERT and is an active member of the Next Step Service Dogs organization in Escondido and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ally is excited to be a Bonsall Chamber Ambassador and serve in the Bonsall community.