As my term as Chamber President comes to a close, I feel honoured to have served the membership through this very difficult time. It is disappointing that I wasn’t able to see you at events and connect with you in person as in previous years but hope that our regular communication helped you to know that we were continually thinking of you and your wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic definitely turned 2020 on its end and forced all of us to adapt, reorganize and persevere through very challenging times. We can agree that when the pandemic began, we had no idea what to expect or what the implications would be for our businesses. The wave of information from all levels of government and local organizations was overwhelming and intimidating. This is where the Chamber staff rose to the challenge. I would specifically like to call out the dedication of Sherry Boyce-Found and staff who spent hundreds of hours attending online round table meetings, information sessions, and government updates to collect important information. Sherry and the staff dug through this information and organized and delivered it to us in a way that was easy to understand and utilize. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Lakefield ServiceOntario staff for their dedication and hard work during this challenging time. And a heartfelt congratulations to Deb Lowcock, our ServiceOntario Supervisor, who celebrated 30 years with the Chamber in 2020!
Hello, fellow Kawartha Chamber members,
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and was able to decompress and enjoy some time with family. Unfortunately, the world did not turn back to normal when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve and we continue to deal with the impacts of a pandemic. It’s very disappointing that activities over Christmas caused COVID-19 numbers to increase and we are back in another state of emergency and stay-at-home order to bring them back down. The businesses in our area are continuing to suffer and finding it harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So what can we do?
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! (more…)
It’s hard to believe I am writing my notes for our June Newsletter already! Time has flown by since our AGM in February, and now the busy summer tourism season (and the sunshine that comes with it) is here!
The Board of Directors will break after our June meeting for the summer but this does not mean our work is done. Our committees will be hard at work and are always looking for help. If you have an interest in Marketing, Membership & Programs, Finance, Human Resources, Physical Resources or any other area of expertise, make sure to connect with myself or any of our board members to see how you can help out.
At our May Board Meeting last month, we hosted the Mayor of Selwyn Township, Andy Mitchell, as a delegation. It was an excellent opportunity to learn about the work being done on the municipal level, ask questions and voice concerns on behalf of the local business community. The Chamber wants to be proactive in our role as a conduit for information for local business. By communicating with leaders and decision makers, we can enhance your membership by advocating for your best interests. Read more.
This is my favourite season. As a gardener, I am grateful for the #WealthOfChoice of garden centres & greenhouses in our area.
With spring arriving, so do our new volunteer Board members. I want to thank Garry Douglas, Chair of the Nominating Committee for working so hard to get a wonderful mix of volunteers from a wide range of industry sectors to represent the members for the 2018-19 year. We calculated the average age of our Board members and it is 43 – young for any organization, especially a nonprofit. We are very proud to have well over 50% female representation on our Board of Directors, I follow a long line of female Presidents. Cindy Windover has been a terrific role model and I am so pleased that she has chosen to remain on the Board as our Past President. Thank you, Cindy! (more…)