Blog Category: President’s Notes

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! (more…)

President’s Notes – June 2019

Mike2It’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.


President’s Notes – April 2018

Welcome Spring!

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…)

President’s Notes – February 2018

I hope that everyone enjoyed a happy & healthy Christmas Season!

Our annual Christmas Business After Hours was on Wednesday December 13th at Kawartha Lakes Construction. This has become an annual event for them, and they combine it with a food/toy drive. Once again, it was a fantastic night, with great food, company and the coolest trees that their staff had made!

The January BAH was a Lakefield ‘HOP’, and many braved the weather to come and learn of, or visit, four local businesses. Thanks to Salon Sorella, Robyn’s Nest Photography & Beauty, Your Body You, and Lakefield Pantry for a wonderful night of networking. (more…)

President’s Notes – December 2017

Well, as we approach another Christmas Season, I seriously don’t know where time goes!

As we all get ready for this busy season, I hope you get some time to enjoy things like Santa Claus Parades (is there anything cuter than kids all bundled up waiting to see Santa?), evening shopping and all things peppermint.


On October 25th, we had a BOSS workshop at Westwind Inn in beautiful Buckhorn. This was another well attended event where people learned from our panel; Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates;  Tom Labranche, Village Pet Food & Supply; & Scott Matheson, CIBC; on how to network effectively. We followed up our panel with about 45 minutes of speed-networking and everyone was enjoying themselves so much it was hard to stop. The owners and staff at Westwind were fantastic hosts and the food was incredible. Just another reminder of the depth and variety of hospitality choices in this area.


The Awards of Excellence Gala was held on November 3rd at Elmhirst’s Resort, and from the very enjoyable networking portion – made even better by the piano & violin playing of the Duketow sisters, to the final award of the evening, it was another wonderful night of recognizing our local businesses.

A huge “Thank You!” to everyone who attended, made a nomination, sponsored an award or donated an auction item, we couldn’t make this happen without you. Click here for a full list of the evening’s finalists and award recipients.

The Duketow Sisters

The Duketow Sisters

Our next Business After Hours is Wednesday December 13th at Kawartha Lakes Construction. This has become an annual event for KLC, and they combine it with a food/toy drive. We hope to see you there for some great food, friends and just getting into the Christmas spirit. Click here to register.

Your Chamber is always working on behalf of our business community, and some recent proposed changes to sign bylaws may affect you. We will keep you posted on what this may mean and what changes may occur. Feel free to contact your local municipality to ask about changes to signage rules.

And, with the changes to the Employment Standards Act now passed, our plan is to put on a workshop or seminar on how to cope with these changes. We were not in favour of making these changes so quickly, however, now that it is done, we will try to get you the best tools and information so you can continue to thrive.

Remember to shop local as much as possible this Christmas. There are wonderful and unique Christmas gifts in our local communities: from gift certificates for services and restaurants, to great fashion, to home décor and so much more.

As always, watch for your NewsFlashes and upcoming events. Thanks to Sherry and staff who work so hard to make things run smoothly and always greet people with a friendly face.

Thank you all for an amazing 2017, and may 2018 go beyond your wildest expectations.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.”