February 17, 2021 the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism held our first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting over Zoom. Adapting during COVID-19 has been a difficult task for many people, businesses and organizations and the Kawartha Chamber is no exception. Many hours of work were poured into figuring out how to recreate the AGM, typically an evening of socializing between members, in a virtual format. For this reason, we are so thankful to the over 65 members in attendance for joining us and helping the night run smoothly!
Our night began with some lighthearted welcomes and trivia to test out the polling feature that would be used to pass motions throughout the meeting. Our Board President Tracy Logan lead the meeting.
Despite the difficult year, we had many highlights throughout 2019 & 2020 to celebrate! This includes the success of our Kudos Kawartha Biz Campaign that had over 9000 page reaches and recognized over 300 businesses! As well as our Virtual Mainstreet Initiative which sold over 200 gift certificates and benefited 35 businesses. Click here to see the full report!
The Chamber welcomed our 2021/2022 Board, including new Board President, Jillian Harrington who was the recipient of our Young Professional Award in 2019! We were honoured to have Peterborough County Warden and Mayor of Douro-Dummer, J. Murray Jones, in attendance to conduct the swearing-in ceremony with Jilian and 1st Vice President, Mary Brown. Some heartfelt words were exchanged between our new President and our outgoing President Tracy Logan. Click here to read Tracy’s Outgoing President’s Notes. See the full slate below,
Board Slate for 2021/2022
President – Jillian Harrington, Clearview Cottage Resort
1st Vice President – Mary Brown, Sales Rep, Bowes & Cocks Ltd Brokerage, Apsley
2nd Vice President – Lauren Black, Cló Design Studio
Secretary-Treasurer – Michael Davidson, Tony & Michael Davidson – TD Wealth Private Investment Advice
Past President, Non-Voting: Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts
Cathy Smith – The Kawartha Buttertart Factory
Chris Koschman – Herod Financial
Cindy Windover – Windover Plumbing
David Darby – Lakefield College School
Gail Moorhouse – Community Futures Peterborough
Glenn Millar – Darling Insurance
Leslie Nunes – Kinetic Therapeutics
Michelle Gay – Garden Style
Mike Corner – Assante Wealth Management
Mike Walker – Agilec
Tania-Joy Bartlett – New Beginnings Contracting Services
At the AGM, we commemorated the retirement of our Board Directors – Chris Whelan – Whelan’s Flooring Centre, Kevan Herod – Herod Financial Services and Sheri Hockaday – Salon Sorella & Day Spa. To honour their service to the Board, the Chamber is donating to the following chosen Not for Profits in their name
Chris Whelan – Lakefield Youth Unlimited
Sheri Hockaday – Royal Canadian Legion, Lakefield Branch.
Keven Herod – Community Care Lakefield.
We also showed appreciation for our event sponsors. Thank you again to Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative of Royal LePage Frank Real Estate who is renewing her support as our Professional Development Sponsor for a fourth year! This sponsorship will be used for BOSS – Business Owners Sharing Solutions events, our Volunteer Appreciation initiative and professional development blog posts and articles. We also welcomed and thanked Herod Financial Services as our new Networking sponsor! This sponsorship assists with networking events such as Business After Hours, the AGM and co-sponsor of our Volunteer Appreciation Event.
Once the Annual General Meeting was concluded we heard from guest speaker Rhonda Keenan from Peterborough & The Kawarthas Economic Development who discussed PKED’s goals and the support and resources they can offer to local businesses. Thank you again to Rhonda for a wonderful presentation! You can watch PKED’s Future Ready video here!
We also drew the winner of a $50 gift certificate to any member business of choosing! Congratulations to Erin Mclean of McLean Berry Farm!
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Annual General Meeting and everyone who worked to make this virtual event come together. We enjoyed seeing you all and we await eagerly for the day we can see you again in person