We hosted our March Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum on March 26th, and had an amazing time networking with our Chamber members, learning about some of the non-profits in our area and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum.
The Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough, ON, 705-748-9153
Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum, welcoming our members to the museum
The museum was founded in 1997, and seeks to highlight and explore the canoe’s significance to the peoples of Canada. It boasts an extensive collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft – there’s over 100 on display at the museum and over 600 in holding!
The museum is family friendly and offers its visitors interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building, various adult workshops and puppet theatre for children.
Currently, The Canadian Canoe Museum is looking to build a new museum and hopes the new location will serve as a major cultural and recreational destination. The new museum will be located next to the Peterborough Lift Lock and the Trent-Severn Waterway, both of which are National Historic Sites.
For our Business After Hours events, we typically do “hops” in our member areas (Douro-Dummer, Selwyn, Trent Lakes, North Kawartha and Curve Lake), where we visit 4 or 5 member businesses in one area. These “hop” formats are a great opportunity for our attendees to network with our Chamber members as well as get to know some of the businesses in the area and see what they have to offer.
For our first Business After Hours of 2019, we decided to hold a “non-profit hop”. So, we invited our non-profit members to set up displays in at The Canadian Canoe Museum. It was a great opportunity for our members to get to know some of the local non-profits in our area. At the event, we had Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield, Camp Kawartha, Community Care, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, Indian River Reptile Zoo, Peterborough Humane Society and Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation set up displays.
Thank you to the museum for hosting us, to all our guests for coming out, to all the non-profits who set up awesome displays, to Molly’s Acres and Indian River Reptile Zoo for donating door prizes, and to our 2019-20 Networking Event Sponsor, Blue Diamond Window Cleaning!
Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield
12 Charles Court, Lakefield, ON, 705-652-3856
Dewi Jones, Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield
Abbeyfield provides warm, family-style housing for seniors that offers a balance between privacy and companionship as well as security and independence. They have a team of dedicated volunteers and a supportive House Coordinator. Typically, twelve to fifteen residents of retirement age live in their own private bed-sitting rooms furnished with their personal things. The residents share lunch and dinner, and enjoy a self-serve breakfast from a well-stocked breakfast bar. Snacks and drinks are also available throughout the day. The House Coordinator tends to the daily running of the house, including the shopping, preparation and serving of meals. With Abbeyfield, seniors’ privacy and independence are preserved in a gentle, supportive atmosphere that provides companionship and freedom from worries and chores. abbeyfield.ca
1010 Birchview Rd., Douro-Dummer, ON, (705) 652-3860
Camp Kawartha’s display – Karen Copson attended the event on behalf of Camp Kawartha
Camp Kawartha is a year-round learning centre dedicated to promoting environmental awareness, sustainability, and leadership to children, youth and adults. From September to mid-June, Camp Kawartha provides groups with exclusive use of their site for weekend facility rentals. Amenities include fully-winterized cabins, central washroom building with private showers, a large meeting hall with a wood stove, a dining hall with stone fireplace, in-house catering using fresh local ingredients, two meeting rooms with tables & chairs, WIFI, outdoor amphitheater / campfire circle overlooking the lake, outdoor activity areas, and 186 acres of beautiful land to explore. During the school year, they provide curriculum-linked outdoor education programs for students in grades K-12. During the summer, they offer day camps for ages 4-8 and overnight camps for ages 6-17. campkawartha.ca
Offices in Apsley (705-656-4589), Buckhorn (705-657-2171), Chemung (705-292-8708), Lakefield (705-652-8655) and more!
Community Care volunteer, Wendy Love, at our Business After Hours event.
Through a network of community offices throughout the City and County of Peterborough, Community Care staff and volunteers provide a variety of essential services to seniors (60+) and adults with physical challenges (18+) empowering them to live at home. As a non-profit charitable organization, Community Care relies on the generosity and support of individuals and community groups. Every dollar is used in the community and goes towards empowering people to live at home. commcareptbo.org
Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region
300 Milroy Drive, Peterborough, ON, 705-750-1456
Brittany Price from Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region talking to fellow Chamber members
Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. They offer 0% interest mortgages with no down payments. Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore. So far, Habitat has partnered with 32 families in Peterborough, Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes! habitatpeterborough.ca
Indian River Reptile Zoo
2206 County Rd. 38, Indian River, ON, (705) 639-1443
Edward and Dianne Loyst by their display – they brought an array of animatronic dinosaurs to the event!
The Indian River Reptile Zoo was established in 1999 and since then has grown to be the largest and only indoor/outdoor zoo, sanctuary and dinosaur park that is a not-for-profit registered charity. The zoo has gained international recognition for its high safety standards, cleanliness and quality animal husbandry. It has rescued hundreds of alligators, crocodiles, caiman, turtles, snakes and lizards, and focuses its efforts on the protection of the world’s reptile species. Today, it is the leader in its field, actively participating in internationally regulated conservation programs and is primarily devoted to education. The Indian River Reptile Zoo is located on 44 acres of unique landscape and offers activities for all ages, including a dinosaur trail with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a croc-walk (over 6 ponds of alligators, crocodiles and caiman), a fossils and bone yard, indoor and outdoor exhibits, standing stones, a monster slide, mini golf and much more. reptilezoo.org
Peterborough Humane Society
385 Lansdowne St. East, Peterborough, ON, (705) 745-4722
Alex Tindale and Susan Dunkley from the Peterborough Humane Society set up a booth at our event.
The Peterborough Humane Society was established in 1941, and promotes responsible pet ownership. Approximately 3,000 animals are received at the shelter each year, many of which are lost, injured or abandoned. While in the care of the Peterborough Humane Society, the animals are provided with food, medical care, shelter and love and attention. The Peterborough Humane Society also receives injured wildlife which are transferred to rehabilitation centres for care and future release into their natural habitat. As an Affiliated Society of the Ontario SPCA, with the mandate to facilitate and provide for the prevention of cruelty to animals and their relief therefrom, the Humane Society offers a wide range of vital services to the community. peterboroughhumanesociety.ca
Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation
1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough, ON, 705-876-5000
Jane Lovett set up a booth on behalf of Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation!
For almost 40 years, the PRHC Foundation has supported the outstanding patient care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. They work with the community to invest in the state-of-the-art equipment and technology necessary for PRHC’s healthcare professionals. Donor investment in the PRHC Foundation bridges the gap between adequate and world-class healthcare for hundreds of thousands of patients from across Peterborough County and beyond. Donations not only fund the technology that forms the backbone of patient care, they bring new life-saving services to our region. By securing the best equipment, PRHC is able to attract and retain the best and brightest healthcare professionals. prhcfoundation.ca
Join us at our Next Business After Hours!
Our next Business After Hours will be a Young’s Point Hop on April 24th from 5-7pm. We’ll be visiting with Old Bridge Inn, Young’s Point Personal Training Services, Clearview Cottage Resort and Kinetic Therapeutics!
Photos from the Event
Jane Lovett, PRHC Foundation and Brittany Price, Habitat for Humanity
Rees and Jay Hamblin, BALL Real Estate with Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing and Chamber Board Director
Brian Bulger, The Life Insurance Guy and Chamber Group Insurance rep, talking with Dewi Jones, Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield
Door prize draws!
Mike Walker, Board President, presenting some Chamber announcements
Refreshments provided by The Canadian Canoe Museum