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President’s Notes – Summer 2021

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.

We are so fortunate to have such a strong community and incredible businesses that have adjusted, serving us well, historically and as they continue to do so throughout this pandemic. With the passion of the Board of Directors and the Chamber staff, we have been able to highlight local businesses, and share ideas through online communication and events.

The Chamber staff are doing an outstanding job at keeping us updated on COVID-19 related restrictions and changes providing news and resources to help us navigate these tricky times.

Our volunteer appreciation event, Paws for Appreciation in April was a great success. We say thank you everyone who gives freely and generously of their time and knowledge, whether you were able to attend or not. We would not be able to provide so many opportunities or be part of initiatives without your support. With speakers from the Peterborough Humane Society and Victims Service Coordinator and Facility Dog for the Peterborough Police, we learned so much about the role animals play in our lives. The event was also a great way to show off our pets and the warmth that their love has provided many of us throughout some of these tough COVID days.

Welcoming change and visitors to our region is always something that we enjoy here in the Kawarthas. The Village of Lakefield will take on even further rejuvenation, through various streetscaping and landscaping projects, as it becomes highlighted as a Trent-Severn Trail Town. This project is possible through Rural Economic Development (RED) funding and is designed to encourage visitors to our smaller communities.

With so many businesses working day in and day out to provide unmeasurable service to their clients and guests we like to take at least one night from the busy schedule to acknowledge their hard work and dedication. We are able to achieve this through our Annual Awards of Excellence. The nominations showed a great response this year and we are eager to highlight local businesses as they are recognized by their peers and community. We just have so many amazing businesses it is hard to choose just a few!

The ‘Not Your Typical Hop‘ event was very well received as we all had an opportunity to experience some of our behind the scenes entrepreneurs work their magic. If you missed the last hop or you are just excited to learn more about what this community has to offer, join us for the next event, as we ‘Hop Around the Kawarthas’ on June 9th.

There are always so many activities and events to experience, it is difficult to highlight them all in these notes. So I would recommend that you take a moment to check out the Chamber NewsFlash for upcoming webinars and events. This region has so much to offer, from Farmers’ Markets to local events, women in business and even help from the Kawartha Chamber Digital Service Squad, there are always many ways to become informed and enjoy the area.

I know you are all very excited about our community and what better way to connect then to join one of our committees? We are always looking for new faces and the sharing of ideas. Whether it is your passion, or you want to learn more about the topic, joining a committee is a great way to get involved. Membership and Programs, Resources, Finance and Human Resources. Please reach out to our amazing Chamber staff and they would love to help you get involved!

Jillian Harrington

I know everyone’s time is precious, so I will not keep you any longer. As I sign off, I would like to say how immensely proud I am of all the businesses and community members who work tirelessly every day to make this a region we are proud to call home. Thank you for all that you do!

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

Jillian Harrington
Chamber President