With the sun shining and the weather warming up, we are all getting excited for the summer season. Although the year started on a wave of uncertainty, with the increase in vaccine availability and the province highlighting their new framework, it looks like there is hope for those family and friend BBQs by the lake this season.
Blog Category: President’s Notes
Spring is definitely in the air, giving us some warm weather to enjoy and a little more pep in our step. Although, the last year has had its fair share of uncertainties, one thing has remained steady and that is the incredible support of our businesses and the community as a whole. We may be a region made up of smaller groups but together we show great strength as a whole.
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!(more…)
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…)