Business Owners Sharing Solutions: Team Building

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Our Business Owners Sharing Solutions: Team Building session took place this week at Camp Kawartha on Tuesday night, and we learned all about the benefits of team building. We took part in a variety of fun, engaging team building activities led by the experts at Camp Kawartha. Big thank you to Camp Kawartha staff Jacob Rodenburg, Shawna Foxton and Karen Copson for hosting us!

Camp Kawartha

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Photo provided by Camp Kawartha.

Camp Kawartha, a not-for-profit organization, hosts summer camp programs, curriculum-linked education programs, corporate team building programs as well as facility rentals for events. They are open year-round and have two locations – their main Outdoor Education Centre on Clear Lake as well as their Environmental Education Centre in Peterborough. For our B.O.S.S Team Building session, we visited their 186-acre waterfront property on Clear Lake.

Camp Kawartha’s team building sessions range from 2 hours to multi-day retreats. If you’re interested in seeing what Camp Kawartha can offer your business, give Shawna a call at 705-652-3860 ext 202.

Our B.O.S.S Team Building Session

It has been a rainy October in Peterborough and the Kawarthas so far, and the evening of our B.O.S.S session was no exception. Camp Kawartha had us set up in their Rotary Building (complete with a fireplace!). It was the perfect set up for a rainy evening of team building activities.

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Jacob, Executive Director at Camp Kawartha, took us through a variety of team building exercises. Overall, we took part in 6 team building activities, all of which exercised our ability to strategize, compromise and work more efficiently together. Each exercise helped us enhance our problem solving skills as well as our ability to empathize and communicate with one another.

Check out our pictures below from the event:

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We ended our evening with some networking & refreshments provided by Camp Kawartha. Thank you to everyone who came out for our Business Owners Sharing Solutions: Team Building session! We had a great time learning about team building with you.
Thank you to our Professional Development Sponsor, Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Rep at Royal LePage Frank Real Estate.

Awards of Excellence Nominees Announced!

 

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Today, we announced the nominees for our Awards of Excellence in our weekly NewsFlash! If you would like to receive our NewsFlash, click here to subscribe for great local Chamber and business news!

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated! We received 84 nominations!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to recognize businesses in the area! Below is a list of the businesses that were nominated. Please note that businesses marked with an asterisk were nominated more than once.

Accelerated Technologies

Adventure Outfitters

The Art Shop*

BALL Real Estate Inc. Brokerage

Buckhorn District Tourist Association Welcome Centre

Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region

Bridgenorth Deli

Buckhorn Community Centre

Canoe & Paddle

Celtic Connection*

Clearview Cottage Resort Ltd.

Community Care

Coyle’s Tire & Auto

The Cozy Home*

Craftworks at the Barn

Cuddles for Cancer*

Greenbridge Celtic Folk Festival

Happenstance Books & Yarns*

Hard Winter Bread Company

Indian River Reptile Zoo

Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals

Kawartha Home Hardware

Kawartha Lakes Construction*

Kawartha NOW.com*

Kinetic Therapeutics*

Lakefield Agricultural Society

Lakefield Bakery on Queen

Lakefield Dentistry

Lakefield Foodland

Lakefield Herald

Lakefield Literary Festival

Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Leguano Inc.

Lock Stop Café

Logan Tree Experts

MAD-CAT Electric Co.

Marlin Travel*

Maureen Tavener, Real Estate Sales Rep RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc. Brokerage

Molly’s Acres

Nightingale Nursing Registry Ltd. and Nightgale Home Maintenance*

Niteowl Creative Inc.

Patio 27

Performing Arts Lakefield

Peterborough Disability Tax Service

Peterborough Humane Society

Regency Retirement Lakefield

Rotary Club of Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield*

Salon Sorella & Day Spa*

Scott Concrete Products Ltd.

Shambhala B&B

Six Foot Bay Resort Inc.

Steve’s Auto Repair

Style Boutique

Sunshrine Day Spa & Salon*

Thirteen Moons Wellness

Timberline Custom Homes

Trinkets and Treasures

Vetterview

The Village Inn

Village Pet Food and Supply

Whetung Ojibwa Centre

Windover Plumbing Inc.*

Workforce Development Board

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Our Awards of Excellence will be presented at our 19th Annual Awards of Excellence and Social Gala on Thursday, November 8th at Lakefield College School. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Due to the event’s growth over the past few years, we have decided to change our format for this year’s event. This year, we are having a hor d’oeuvres-style social event rather than a sit-down dinner. There will be both silent and live auction items, a cash bar, music from Rhythm & Grace, and time for socializing and networking before the awards.

Tickets for this year’s event are only $40, so bring along your staff and join us for an evening celebrating local businesses in Peterborough and the Kawarthas! Tickets are available now – you can either purchase them online through our website or in-person at our office at 12 Queen Street in Lakefield.

You can also join our Facebook event page for our Awards of Excellence & Social Gala.

Thank you to our Social Gala Sponsor Shorelines Casino Peterborough.

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Business After Hours: Bridgenorth Hop

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Our Business After Hours: Bridgenorth Hop took place last night, and we had an amazing evening networking and learning about businesses in Bridgenorth. We explored Style BoutiqueTCB Office Furniture & SuppliesPioneer Water ConditioningBridgenorth Deli and Whelan’s Flooring Centre.

We were joined by Chamber members, non-Chamber members, members of our Board of Directors, Deputy Mayor of Selwyn, Sherry Senis, as well as two candidates running in the upcoming Municipal Election for the Township of Selwyn, Ron Black and Andy Mitchell. Thank you to all who came out!

And thank you to our Networking Event Sponsor Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.

Bridgenorth sits along Chemong Lake and, with so many great businesses, it is a great town to stop in! It is just a short drive (around 10 minutes) from surrounding Ennismore, Lakefield and Peterborough.

Stop #1 – TCB Office Furniture & Supplies

We began our night at TCB Office Furniture & Supplies. Butch Bellhouse started the business in 2011 after he recognized a need for ergonomic office solutions that everyone could access, from home offices to multi-level corporations. With help from his wife Charlene, they opened up their storefront at 827 Ward street two years ago, but they are quickly outgrowing the location!

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At TCB, you will find both new and used office furniture as well as a great selection of office supplies! They also offer other services for businesses such as office relocation, office furniture repair and cleaning, as well as office design.

Charlene and Butch pride themselves on running an environment-friendly business. By selling used office furniture, they are effectively diverting furniture from the landfill; instead of throwing away an old office chair, TCB Furniture & Office Supplies will fix the wheels and refurbish the base, making it as good as new for resale.

Fun fact – TCB stands for Taking Care of Business (inspired by Elvis!)

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 Stop #2 – The Bridgenorth Deli

For the next stop on our Bridgenorth Hop, we took a short walk over to the The Bridgenorth Deli. Here, we were greeted by owners Jody Katzman and Chris Bright. The shop was buzzing with customers stopping by to pick up dinner.

The Bridgenorth Deli opened four years ago this November, and brings in quality local products as well as specialty items from Europe, and have a great selection of meats and cheeses. They are currently working on bringing in even more local products to the store.

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The Bridgenorth Deli also offers flexible catering for events – just call the store at (705) 292-5444 or stop by the storefront at 871 Ward Street! You will find that their catering is very flexible. Also, if you are in need of a turkey, ham or prime rib for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter dinner, The Bridgenorth Deli will take your order!

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Sandwiches tend to be the biggest seller for The Bridgenorth Deli but you will also find an amazing selection of homemade schnitzel, soups and meat pies! When asked about his favourite sandwich on their menu, Chris recommended the ‘Stanley,’ which is made with roast beef, Montreal smoked meat, pealmeal bacon and old cheddar. The sandwich was inspired by the Stanley Cup game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames, with the roast beef paying homage to Calgary; the smoked meat to Montreal; and, the peameal bacon and cheddar to Canada.

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Stop #3 – Style Boutique

After visiting The Bridgenorth Deli, we made our way down the street to Style Boutique! Greeted by Diana Carter at her storefront at 827 Ward St, we learned all about what the Style Boutique has to offer.

Style Boutique has been in business for almost 11 years and carries great Canadian brands for women. Diana focuses on selling timeless designs in women’s fashion that will carry over season after season.

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On the main floor, there is a great selection of women’s clothing from the current season. Then moving upstairs, you will find a dress room where they will help you find the perfect dress for any occasion, from casual all the way to mother of the bride. Style Boutique also keeps a detailed record of their customers style preferences and sizing, making their customers’ shopping experience easy and hassle-free.

Style Boutique caters to women, typically over 25 years-old, who are looking for mature fashion choices with real women sizing. Style Boutique also offers alteration services for both men and women; they will pin the item in-house for you and then send it out to their seamstress.

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 Stop #4 – Pioneer Water Conditioning 

For our fourth stop on our Bridgenorth Hop, we walked over to Pioneer Water Conditioning, which is located at 827 Ward Street Unit 3. Here, we were joined by David, who talked with us about what Pioneer Water Conditioning has to offer.

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Pioneer Water Conditioning has serviced greater Peterborough and the Kawarthas since 1989, and offers a great selection of water conditioning services for cottages, farms, residential homes and businesses. They will help you with all your water condition problems, from hard and soft water issues to iron and sulfur issues.

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 Stop #5 – Whelan’s Flooring Centre

Our last stop of the evening was Whelan’s Flooring Centre at 2512 Chemong Road. The business started in 1985 as a subsidiary of Peterborough Carpet Land. Since then, Whelan’s Flooring Centre has become the premier retail flooring store in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

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At Whelan’s Flooring Centre, they offer a complimentary shop-at-home service as well as free estimates on all flooring. Whelan’s prides itself on ensuring quality work by expert, licensed and insured installers and reliable service that is on-time, courteous and respectful. Visiting their storefront, you will find an awesome selection of styles and colours to choose from.

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After hearing from Chris Whelan about the business, we spent the rest of the evening networking and enjoying refreshments provided by The Bridgenorth Deli. It was such a great evening!

Our next Chamber event is our Business Owners Sharing Solutions: Team Building taking place on October 2nd at Camp Kawartha from 5-7pm. The event is free so it is a great opportunity for business owners to bring along their staff to learn about team building! Register here.

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Explore Curve Lake this Weekend with the Annual Curve Lake Pow Wow

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At the end of every summer, Curve Lake First Nation holds their annual Pow Wow. This year, the Pow Wow is taking place September 15th and 16th (this weekend!) at Lance Woods Park. The weather for this weekend is shaping up to be warm and summer-y, perfect for spending the day outdoors at Lance Woods Park in Curve Lake!

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Lance Woods Park – Curve Lake First Nation

The Pow Wow is a great opportunity to try traditional foods and dances, listen to traditional songs and stories and get to know the Indigenous peoples in our area.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a Sunrise Ceremony taking place at 6AM as well as a Grand Entry at 12PM. There is going to be lots of dancing, contests and presentations to re-establish old friendships and meet new people!

There will also be many vendors and performers attending. You’ll find a great selection of crafts, artwork, jewelry, food and more.

Admissions Fees:

13 to 59-years-old – $8 each

6 to 12-year-olds – $5 each

5-years-old and under – Free

The Safe Travels Program will also be running this weekend for the Pow Wow. The free shuttle will be travelling from the Curve Lake Church to the Peterborough Bus Terminal only.

Check out the schedule below:

Departure from Curve Lake Church
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Arrives at Peterborough Bus Terminal
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
4:45 pm

Departure from Peterborough Bus Terminal back to Curve Lake Church
10:55 am
12:55 pm
2:55 pm
4:55 pm

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Photo from the 2007 Curve Lake Pow Wow – Curve Lake Cultural Centre

Some Tips for Attending the Pow Wow

If it is your first time attending the Curve Lake Pow Wow, here are some helpful tips:

1. During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, flags and dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.

2. Consider the privacy of the participants by always asking permission before you photograph or record them. This includes spectators, craftspeople, dancers and singers.

3. Certain dances and ceremonies are not permitted to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.

4. Please do not touch the dancers’ regalia, as they hold special meaning. Handmade regalia, which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, are cherished and often made by respected family members.

5. Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.

6. Drugs or alcohol are not permitted.

7. Pets are not allowed.

8. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, water and a good appetite.

A Little About Curve Lake

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Curve Lake First Nation

Curve Lake is located ~25 km northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The territory includes a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Those living on Curve Lake First Nation are Ojibwa and belong to the “Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe)” nation.

For all the history lovers out there,  Curve Lake used to be called Mud Lake Reserve #35. It was called “Mud Lake”  because the territory fell along Mud Lake, also known as Wabuskummug, meaning “place of clay earth.” In 1913, the community changed its name to Curve Lake First Nation (officially in 1964).  The community is named Wshkiigomang (Curve Lake) because of its location on a peninsula. Its name is inspired by the wshkii , referring to the curve of the land hitting the edge of the water. You can learn more about Curve Lake First Nation and its history here.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Explore Lakefield Trail this Fall!

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1) Fall is one of the most enjoyable seasons for being outdoors

The fall seasons in Canada, especially September and October, are awesome for spending time outside. With the start of September, 30+ degree days become few and far between and the weather is crisper and cooler. With cool weather also comes changing and falling leaves (a personal fav!). Technicolour leaves are so picturesque and the sound of crunching leaves is music to the ears. So take advantage of the fall weather and go explore Lakefield Trail this fall!

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2) The location cannot be beat

The Otonabee river runs right through Lakefield, making for a picturesque trail walking experience. Walking along the western side of Lakefield Trail, you’ll see the Otonabee River as well as Lake Katchewanooka.

Lakefield is home to a vibrant business sector, too. During your walk along the Lakefield Trail, you can take some time to explore Lakefield and its many great shops and restaurants. Walking the eastern side of the trail will take you through this part of town! If you are a history buff,  stop at the Christ Church Museum (marked on the map below). You will find signs and plaques throughout your walk that will provide you with some history of Lakefield, too.

There are also great events happening in the village from time to time. For instance, until October 4th, the Lakefield Farmers’ Market will be on every Thursday from 9AM-2PM at the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre. Why not stop by during or after your walk along the trail and meet some local vendors and artisans! Check out our events page for a list of upcoming events in the area.

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3) It is an awesome form of exercise

The Lakefield Trail is 5.5 KM long so taking a walk along the trail is a great way to get some exercise. You can choose how much exercise you want to do; whether you choose to walk, cycle, run or jog is completely up to you. Any form of exercise is great! Getting active is not only great for your physical health but also your mental health.

Lakefield Trail also connects with the Peterborough County Rotary Trail, which then connects to the Trans Canada Trail. So, if you are up for more exercise after walking the Lakefield Trail, the option to continue on is there!

4) It will give you a much needed break from technology

Taking a walk along the Lakefield Trail allows you to disconnect from the internet for a bit, which is important to do in today’s digital age, where we are constantly using our phones, tablets, TVs and computers. On average, Canadians spend 24.5 hours online per week, with those 18-34 years old spending up to 34 hours per week (nearly 5 hours per day!). So why not disconnect for an hour or two to explore Lakefield Trail and see what Lakefield has to offer!