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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.

Since I’ve been involved with the Chamber, the consistent highlight of my year is the Volunteer Breakfast held during National Volunteer Week in April. This event lets us thank the amazing volunteers that keep the Chamber thriving and active in the community. It was a personal honour to acknowledge the past presidents in attendance. Lock Stop Cafe in Buckhorn provided an excellent meal and it was great to see the cafe full of inspiring and dedicated volunteers who selflessly give their time, expertise and energy.

Take a quick glance at the ‘Events’ section of our website to see that you don’t have to stray far from home to have a jam-packed summer schedule. With farmers’ markets, food and drink festivals, long weekend celebrations, cruise nights, fairs and concerts, there’s no shortage of activities to keep busy!

Speaking of events, I look forward to kicking off the summer with the Chamber on our Stoney Lake Boat Cruise on Thursday, June 20th. Make sure to sign up quickly as space is limited! Join us for food, drinks and a silent auction. As always, details on this event and other events are on our website and in our weekly Newsflashes.

Our spring events have proven to be a great time to connect with members, talk a little business and of course have fun! As always, the small but mighty Chamber team was hard at work organizing some great opportunities to network.

Our March B.O.S.S. event focused on social media and online marketing. We had a great breakfast catered by The Bridgenorth Deli, followed by an excellent panel. Thanks to our moderator Madeleine Hurrell, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, as well as our panelists Heather Watson, acorn30, Mallory Graham, Rosey’s Trading Post & Marketing Strategist and Matt Stimpson, We Design Group for some amazing insights.

Our March Business after Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum was a great showcase of some of our local non-profits. The Canadian Canoe Museum is an excellent venue and was a great host. I had an opportunity to speak to our exhibitors and once again, was amazed and humbled by the passion of our community volunteers and non-profit leaders.

Who doesn’t love a spring road trip? Our April Young’s Point Hop showed us that Young’s Point is a small, but lively village! The jam packed itinerary took us to Clearview Cottage ResortLockside Trading Co.Young’s Point Personal Training ServicesKinetic Therapeutics, and the Old Bridge Inn and Restaurant. Thanks to all our hosts for an awesome evening!

Enjoy the newsletter and I look forward to seeing you on the cruise!

Mike Walker

Chamber President