Hello Spring….kind of! I think I speak for everyone in saying I am so ready for warm weather, opening my windows and getting back outside to enjoy our beautiful Kawarthas!
It’s been a busy winter for the Chamber of Commerce, with a new board being elected and of course, once again, the concerns over the fate of LDIS.
Along with some other concerned citizens and the Townships of Selwyn, Douro-Dummer and Trent Lakes, we put up a good fight and showed logical reasons why the LDIS wing of the high school should not be demolished. However, the KPRDSB has decided to proceed with demolition in order to make the safest and best elementary school – the new Lakefield District Public School, formerly Ridpath and LDIS. We will now have a K-8 school, including French Immersion until grade 8, along with childcare space. Although not the outcome we had hoped, there is no doubt that this new school is a much needed upgrade for Ridpath students and staff.
Looking ahead at what the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has in the works, I am once again thankful to Gerry Herron of Blue Diamond Window Cleaning for staying on as Networking Sponsor. And this year, after hearing from our members via a survey, and through our strategic planning sessions, we are moving forward with more Professional Development opportunities. We are happy to have Lynn Woodcroft of Royal Lepage Frank Realty as our Professional Development Sponsor. It’s so encouraging, as the President, but also as a local business owner, to see other business people engaging and supporting our local business community. Together we can go far. Thanks Gerry & Lynn!
Whether it’s our amazing Business After Hours events, or our new Professional Development opportunities, I hope you will make it a point to come out. I guarantee you will meet someone new, learn something new, or maybe just have a much needed break with some great people – and usually great food!
We have some very specific goals this year regarding serving our members, and educating people on what the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism can do for them, and I am excited to see what this next year brings.
Finally, thank you to all of the Chamber staff who contribute in so many ways to our community. And to our dozens of volunteers: Board members, committee members, and businesses who step up to host or help at events, we truly can’t do this without you.
Keep an eye open for the weekly NewsFlashes, they are always full of updates, local events, and new members. I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events!
Keep your stick on the ice!