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Recap of the Kawartha Chamber’s 2019 AGM

2019 Annual General Meeting

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Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates & Past Board President, hosting our meeting

We hosted our Annual General Meeting last night, February 13th, at The Village Inn in Lakefield. If you missed it, keep reading for a recap of the event and to see some photos!

Last night, we:

  • Discussed our 2018 year and its highlights.
  • Presented the slate of directors for the coming year (see below for full slate) – welcome to new Board Directors Mary Brown, Sales Representative, Bowes & Cocks Ltd. Brokerage Apsley  & Roberta Hubble, owner of Tim Hortons Lakefield & Bridgenorth!
  • Approved our Bylaws.
  • Enjoyed networking and refreshments.
  • Presented sponsorships & donations.
  • Held a membership draw as well as door prize draws.
  • Hosted a new member welcome. Our First Data rep, Bruce Averill , and Chamber Group Insurance rep, Brian Bulger, The Life Insurance Guy, were both on hand to answer any questions.
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We would like to extend a huge thank you to our Refreshment Donors for the evening! We enjoyed sandwiches from The Bridgenorth Deli and Cassis Bistro, pizza from Pizza Alloro, cookies and squares from Lakefield Bakery on Queen & M&M Food Market respectively, a cheese platter & veggies from Lakefield Foodland as well as beverages from The Village Inn, who also graciously hosted us in their meeting space for the meeting.

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Some of the delicious refreshments

We also received great door prizes.  Thank you to Tim Hortons Lakefield & Bridgenorth, The Bee’s Knees Encaustics, CIBC Bridgenorth & Lakefield, Salon Sorella & Day Spa, Stoney Lake Cruises and The Art Shop for their donations.

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Door prizes

Last night, we commemorated the retirement of two Board Directors: the late Garry Douglas, North Kawartha Design and Kawartha Lakes Construction, and Tom LaBranche, Village Pet Food & Supply.

In Garry’s honour, we presented a donation to Cuddles for Cancer. Charlotte, a member of Cuddles for Cancer Youth Council, accepted the cheque on behalf of Cuddles for Cancer founder, Faith Dickinson.

Retiring Board Director, Tom LaBranche, chose the Peterborough Humane Society for his donation. Unfortunately, a member of the Peterborough Humane Society wasn’t able to attend last night.

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Tom LaBranche presented the donation to Cuddles for Cancer on Garry’s behalf

We also presented our 2019 sponsorships for PolarFest and the Ice Sculpture Carving, which were accepted by Terry McQuitty (Lakefield Herald) and Jennie MacKenzie (Lakefield Pantry), respectively.

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Tonya Kraan presenting the Kawartha Chamber’s sponsorship for PolarFest to Terry McQuitty
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Tonya Kraan presenting the Kawartha Chamber’s sponsorship for the PolarFest Ice Carving event to Jennie MacKenzie

The last cheque presentation of the evening was with Board Director Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate. Lynn renewed her Professional Development Sponsorship with us for 2019-20. Gerry Herron of Blue Diamond Window Cleaning also renewed his 2019-20 Networking Events Sponsorship but wasn’t able to make it to the meeting.

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Lynn Woodcroft presenting her sponsorship to Tonya Kraan

Thank you to everyone who came out to our AGM last night. We had a great time networking, enjoying refreshments and recapping our 2018 year with you all!

More Photos From Our AGM

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Members enjoying some networking & refreshments before the meeting commenced
Auditor, Marie Dietrich of Grant Thornton LLP, presenting her report
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Charlotte, a member of Cuddles for Cancer’s Youth Council, getting ready for the presentation
Kelland Sewell, rPM3 Solutions Canada Inc, giving our members a brief overview of B2B
Meeting adjourned!

 

Board Directors 2019-20

*The Board Executive will be elected at our March 2019 Board Meeting on March 11th at 6pm at The Village Inn.

A Festive Evening at our Business After Hours: Holiday Social at Kawartha Lakes Construction

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We held our Business After Hours: Holiday Social last week on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction, which is located at 3359 Lakefield Rd. in Lakefield. Sweet Competition was also at the Holiday Social with a pop-up shop. 

We had an amazing time celebrating the start of the holiday season with everyone. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the team at KLC for hosting us.

Kawartha Lakes Construction

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If you didn’t know, Kawartha Lakes Construction Company is a full service professional design/build firm specializing in custom homes and renovation solutions! Their reputation is built on their commitment to quality craftsmanship, thorough planning, smart building practices and providing exceptional client experiences.

KLC Annual Holiday Social & Employee DIY Christmas Tree Contest

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In addition to collecting toys for the Lakefield Lioness Lions Club Toy Drive and non-perishable items for the Lakefield Food Bank, Kawartha Lakes Construction holds an employee DIY Christmas tree contest every year.

Throughout the evening, guests mixed, mingled and voted on their favourite trees. There were so many great tree creations this year!

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First place winner, Chelsea Lockheart, won $500 as well as a $500 donation to the charity of her choice. She chose to donate to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. Congrats Chelsea!

Here are some of the other DIY trees that took part in this year’s KLC employee DIY Christmas Tree Competition:

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Sweet Competition Pop-Up Shop!

Troy, owner of Sweet Competition (and a new Chamber member this year!) brought a selection of games, candy and pop with him to the event to help guests do some Christmas shopping.

Sweet Competition, located at 3347 Lakefield Rd., Unit 2, delights the hearts of young and old with a large variety of nostalgic candy, puzzles, board games, vintage soda pop and more in Lakefield, Ontario.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

Get in the Christmas Spirit in the Kawarthas this Holiday Season!

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To help you get into the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in the Kawarthas this holiday season. From Santa Claus parades to Christmas shopping events to tree lighting ceremonies (and more!), you won’t be disappointed. Check out the events below and get into the spirit of Christmas in the Kawarthas this winter!

1. Christmas in Lakefield

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Get into the Christmas spirit with the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. This amazing prize is sure to come in handy for some of your Christmas gift shopping. All you have to do is fill out a ballot at a participating business and you could win!

The draw is on December 8th at 5:30pm at the Lakefield Legion. The winner will be receive $50 gift certificates to be redeemed at the following participating merchants:

Lakefield PantrySunblockersTrinkets & Treasures, Stuff, Stuff’d, Canoe & Paddle, The Chocolate RabbitLakefield HeraldLakefield IDA PharmacyHappenstance Books & YarnsM & M Food MarketVillage Pet Food & SupplyLakefield FoodlandAdventure OutfittersVillage PharmacyKawartha Home Hardware, Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, The Cozy Home, Paulmac’s Pet Food, Salon Sorella & Spa!

2. One Stop Christmas Shop

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Doing some Christmas shopping is a great way to get in the Christmas mood this holiday season. One of the stops on your list should be the One Stop Christmas Shop! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 17th from 10am – 2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 – Lakefield.

Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors. Non-perishable food donations at admission welcome. All donations support the Lakefield Food Bank.

3. A Very Classy Christmas

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Classy Chassis & Cycles on Saturday, November 17th from 11am-2pm at their A Very Classy Christmas event.

Enjoy hot & cold beverages, Christmas treats, get your picture with Santa, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping with some unbelievable discounts. They will also be giving our a free gift to the first 36 ladies & 24 men,

4. Christmas at the Marshland Centre

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Another awesome shopping event to get you into the Christmas spirit is Christmas at the Marshland Centre! It’s taking place on Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & November 18th from 10am-4pm.

The Marshland Centre will be decked out for their 13th Annual Christmas Artisan show and sale and will feature works by local and regional artisans. You’ll find original handcrafted items including pottery, gourd art, jewellery, metal sculptures, textiles, paper art, wood turning, herbal products, jams, jellies, honey and more!

5. Annual Curve Lake Craft Sale

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If the previous two shopping events haven’t satisfied your Christmas shopping bug, you can also join Curve Lake First Nation on Sunday, November 18th for their annual Curve Lake Christmas Craft Sale!

It’s taking place from 10am-4pm at the Curve Lake Community Centre, and there will be Christmas homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more! Admission is $3 per person. Half of funds raised will be going to the Curve Lake First Nation Food Bank.

6. Lakefield Santa Claus Parade

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There are three Santa Claus parades happening in the Kawarthas this year in Lakefield, Warsaw & Apsley. Santa Claus parades are great for getting in the Christmas spirit & catching a glimpse of Santa!

The first of the three parades is the  Lakefield Santa Claus Parade , organized by the Lakefield Lions Club. It’s taking place on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm – 3pm in Lakefield. After the parade, you can stop by the Lakefield Legion to meet Santa and enjoy some treats. Registration will take place at the Lakefield Legion from 12pm to 12:45pm.

7. Santa Claus & his Live Reindeer

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Stop by Village Dental Centre on Friday, November 23rd from 11am-2pm to meet Santa & his reindeer Comet & get a FREE photo.

There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and live music, and Village Dental Centre elves will be raffling off prizes and giving out goodie bags!

8. Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour

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Christmas home tours are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. You can even get some ideas for decorating your own home for the holidays! There are two home tour events taking place in the Kawarthas this winter – one in Buckhorn and one in Lakefield.

The first holiday home tour is the Buckhorn Community Centre’s 8th Annual Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 4pm. You can tour five homes in the area that are all dressed up inside for the Christmas season.

Tickets for the event are $20 (limited tickets available!). Call the BCC at 705-657-8833 for more information.

9. Festival of Trees at the BCC

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The Buckhorn Community Centre’s Festival of Trees opens on Sunday, November 25th and runs until Thursday, December 6th. Attend the opening on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 5pm to view & purchase tickets on a number of sponsored decorated trees. There will be also be 10-12 vendors selling items to help you fill your Christmas list. Admission is free.

The trees will be set up until December 6th so you can drop by anytime during the week to purchase tickets for the trees or to get into the Christmas spirit!

10. Warsaw Santa Claus Parade

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The second of three Santa Claus parades taking place in the Kawarthas this winter is the Warsaw Santa Claus Parade! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 24th at 5pm in Warsaw. The theme for this year is “A Pioneer Christmas.” The parade will begin at the Warsaw Public Works garage and will continue through the village.

A Tree Lighting Ceremony will then take place after the parade at 6pm on the lawn next to the Town Hall/Municipal Building. If you stay after the tree lighting, you can visit with Santa, drop off letters, enjoy hot chocolate and other treats, and sing carols!

Tickets will be available after the parade for the chance to win a decorated gingerbread house from Jeremy Riel. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Nutrition Programs at Warsaw Public School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School.

11. Apsley Santa Claus Parade

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The third Santa Claus Parade taking place in the Kawartha region this year is in Apsley! Join Apsley & District Lions Club for their Santa Claus Parade and Celebrations on Saturday, November 24th at 6pm along Burleigh Street. The festivities will continue on after the parade at the North Kawartha Community Centre.

12. Lakefield Christmas in the Village & Holiday House Tour

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This is the second of two holiday home tours taking place in the Kawarthas this year. Attending this annual charitable event is another great way to celebrate the holiday season.

Get into the Christmas spirit by touring 6 lovely homes in the Lakefield area all decorated for the Christmas season! All ticket holders will also receive special offers & discounts at participating stores in Lakefield. Ticket’s range from day passes ($25/each) to a Friday Special Weekend Pass ($55/each).

If you opt for the Friday Special Weekend Pass, you can enjoy seeing the houses at night in a horse and wagon ride (sleigh if it has snowed) around Lakefield College School’s campus with mulled apple cider and cookies. Friday ticket holders can revisit any time on the Saturday or Sunday, too.

This annual event is in support of 3 local charities. This year’s recipients are Lakefield Youth UnlimitedCommunity Care Lakefield & Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite as well as in-store at Stuff and BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage in Peterborough. Friday night’s festivities starts at 5pm. The Saturday & Sunday home tours start at 11am.

13. Christmas by Candlelight

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Get into the holiday spirit & experience a traditional Pioneer Christmas with Lang Pioneer Village Museum’s Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 5pm-9pm.

Sing carols, shop in the Christmas market, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, take in “A Lumber Camp Christmas” production performed by Glen Caradus & Friends, meet Father Christmas & more. On Sunday only, there will be a live nativity at 7pm.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors (60+), $7 for youths (ages 5-14), free for children under 5, & $40 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 youths ages 5-14).

14. Santa Claus at Lockside Trading Co.

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Meet Santa Claus this holiday season at Lockside Trading Co. on Sunday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 9th from 11am-3pm. There will be pictures and wishes!

There is a minimum $10 per child/person donation. All proceeds are going to Jacks Journey and MPSII Research Fund.

Bring your letters to Santa and they will be mailed out to Santa through Canada Posts Santa program that replies back. Photos taken will be emailed.

15. Christmas Craft & Bake Sale

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Community Care is hosting their Christmas Craft & Bake Sale on December 5th from 9:30am until 12pm at 40 Rabbit St. in Lakefield.

Attending this event is the perfect opportunity to buy some baked Christmas goods as well as support Community Care. Call (705) 652-8655 for more details.

16. Storefront Decorating Contest in Lakefield 

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If the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree isn’t enough of a reason to stop by Lakefield this holiday season, the village is also going to look very Christmas-y this holiday season.

The Lakefield Lioness Lions Club are hosting a storefront decorating contest for all businesses in Lakefield. That means most of the storefronts in the village are going to be decked out for the holiday season with Christmas lights & decor!  Adding to the Christmas atmosphere in Lakefield, the Lakefield Lioness Lions are also going to be hanging Christmas lanterns on the lamp posts in the village.

17. Late Night Shopping in Lakefield

Celebrate the holiday season on Friday evening, December 7th from 5pm-8pm in the village of Lakefield with their Late Night Shopping event!

Shop along Queen Street (stores will have all kinds of special things in store for shoppers!), enjoy music, horse and wagon rides, as well as hot chocolate and cookies. There will also be a live nativity scene, warming stations and Santa Claus.

18. Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Each year, Christ Church Community Museum in Lakefield holds a special Tree Lighting Ceremony on the front lawn of their property at 6:30pm on December 7th. The entire community is invited to help celebrate Christmas!

After the tree lighting, there will be carol singing in the church with Jessica Ross and Noah Abrahamse, some baked goods and apple cider.

 19. Business After Hours: Holiday Social

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours: Holiday Social is taking place on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd.) from 5-7pm.

Kawartha Lakes Construction will be running their employee DIY Christmas tree contest, where they challenge their team to come up with creative Christmas trees & have guests vote on their favourite! KLC will also be collecting toys for the Lioness Club Toy Drive as well as non-perishable food items for the Lakefield Food Bank this evening.

Celebrate the holidays with us & Kawartha Lakes Construction! There will be refreshments and networking. Register here.

20. Christmas High Tea & Luncheon 

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Join Cuddles for Cancer at the Lakefield Legion on Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 1pm for a Christmas High Tea & Luncheon in support of Cuddles for Cancer! There will be high tea, a presentation, and live & silent auctions.

Tickets are $20/each and are available at the Kawartha Chamber, Cuddles for Cancer Drop-In Centre and Century 21 in Lakefield.

Take a Look at our 2018 Live Auction Items for our 19th Annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala

 

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We have 5 amazing packages up for grabs for our Awards of Excellence and Social Gala!

If you would like to contribute an item to the auction, please email events@kawarthachamber.ca.

If you are unable to attend the Gala, but would like to submit a bid for one of these packages, please email generalmanager@kawarthachamber.ca with your maximum bid, and include “Auction Bid” in the subject line. Please include a name and phone number. A proxy bidder will be assigned to bid on your behalf in increments no higher than your maximum bid.

Ladies’ Staycation

pamperRelax, unwind and enjoy a staycation in the Kawarthas with 3 of your friends. Begin your outing with manicures & pedicures at Salon Sorella & Day Spa. Limo transportation, provided by Salon Sorella & Day Spa, will take you to Kawartha Country Wines, where you will enjoy a tour & tasting. Then, pick your favourite wine & you can each take home a bottle, compliments of Kawartha Country Wines. Enjoy dinner at Cassis Bistro with a $100 gift certificate towards your meal. Finish the evening with a stay at the Village Inn.

The package includes:

  • Manicures & Pedicures for four at Salon Sorella & Day Spa.
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Cassis Bistro.
  • One night stay at the Village Inn.
  • Kawartha Winery Tour & Tasting at Kawartha Country Wines.
  • Limo transportation provided by Salon Sorella & Day Spa.

Thank you to our donors Salon Sorella, Kawartha Country Wines, the Village Inn and Cassis Bistro.

Chocolate Lover Dream

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If you love all things chocolate, you won’t want to miss out on our Chocolate Lovers Package for two!

The package includes:

  • Two tickets to Charlie & the Chocolate Factory at Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on Saturday, Jan 5th at 1:30pm donated by Windover Plumbing Inc.
  • Chocolate making for two at The Chocolate Rabbit.
  • A chocolate Mad Hatter Top Hat donated by The Chocolate Rabbit.

Thank you to our donors Windover Plumbing and The Chocolate Rabbit.

Effortless Entertaining with an Executive Chef

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Enjoy a dinner party for four in your home. Swanky Events will prepare a delicious dinner for 4 in your home with an executive chef. They will do it all – from cooking to clean up, even providing the wine! Sit back & relax with your guests. While the meal is being prepared, work up an appetite with a game of SushiGO! provided by Sweet Competition (Additional guests can be added for a fee).

The package includes:

  • Swanky Events will come to your home to prepare, serve and clean up a dinner party for four (includes everything, even the wine!).
  • Sushi-Go Game donated by Sweet Competition.

Thank you to our donors Swanky Events and Sweet Competition

Lace Up Your Skates

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Enjoy an exclusive outdoor skate on Lakefield College School’s Bob Armstrong Shinny Rink. Bring your friends for a game of pick up hockey; enjoy a leisurely family skate; or, plan a holiday party with your staff/ This 1.5 hour session is valid from December 2018 – March 2019. Finish your skate off with three large pizzas provided by Pizza Hut in Lakefield.

The package includes:

  • An ice rink rental at Lakefield College School;, and
  • A pizza package by Pizza Hut.

Thank you to our donors Lakefield College School and Pizza Hut.

4000th Cuddles Blanket

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Curl up with the 4000th Cuddles for Cancer blanket & enjoy cozy cuddles for years to come! This blanket is sure to warm your heart. Cuddles for Cancer was created 6 years ago. Since then, blankets have been sent to over 25 countries across the globe. Half of the proceeds will be donated back to Cuddles for Cancer to support the creation of Cuddles blankets for those in need.

Thank you to our donor Cuddles for Cancer.

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.