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President’s Notes – Fall 2019

Summertime in the Kawarthas has a unique feel. If you live and work in the area, you understand the ‘buzz’ of summer in our area. It is truly a unique and wonderful experience! Whether it’s walking around busy downtown villages, visiting our lakes and rivers in cottage country, attending arts festivals and fairs; it’s hard to take it all in in just a few short months!Mike2

This fall, I want to challenge all of our chamber members to get involved. While you will see benefits from being a passive chamber member (statistically, consumers are much more likely to do business with a chamber member), getting involved actively with the chamber will provide a greater amount of value for your dollar.

This fall we have a great lineup of events as well as opportunities to volunteer with our committees. I have personally benefited from many connections I’ve made with members through being involved and being seen! Mark October 10th on your calendar for our 20th Annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala; the committee is hard at work to make our biggest night of the year our best event yet. Make sure to come say hello when you see me there!

I want to take a moment in this edition to mention the staff at the Chamber and ServiceOntario. When I am chatting to people in the community I often hear anecdotally how our staff has surpassed their expectations.

Without their dedication the Chamber would not exist. Our staff is special. Not only do they do their jobs exceptionally well, they go above and beyond every day to ensure our membership and customers feel valued and appreciated. Of course, they also make our board and committee volunteers lives easier! Thanks to the Chamber office staff Sherry, Stacey, Sam and Jasmine; Our ServiceOntario team Deb, Deb, Erica, Krista and Michelle and of course our summer staff Vanessa, Shannon and Callie for everything you do for us and our community!

In September our board and committees will resume regular meetings. We will begin planning our strategic directions moving into the 2020 and beyond. This process will include setting priorities to ensure we’re focusing our efforts in the areas that matter most to the business and tourism communities. We want to make sure we are on the same page working towards common goals.

The board will be doing this work on behalf of the membership but we need your involvement as well.

Feel free to reach out to me anytime to discuss the challenges and goals you face as a member. I can be contacted at (705) 957-4514 or mwalker@agilec.ca. Let’s grab a coffee!