Blog Tag: Presidents Notes

Outgoing President’s Notes 

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!

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President’s Notes – Winter 2021

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?

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President’s Notes – October 2017

Well we’re now through our busy tourist season and into fall – pumpkins, mums, and scarecrows are starting to pop up everywhere! And I love it!

Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean there aren’t still fantastic local things happening: Pumpkin Festivals and Fall Fairs to name a couple, so make sure to get outside and take in some of the wonderful Autumn colours with these great events. (more…)

President’s Notes – August 2017

Well, here we are half way through summer already! I hope you’ve all enjoyed some strawberries, and are gearing up for corn-on-the-cob season!

There were so many great events in June & July, including many fantastic Canada Day Celebrations! My congratulations to the organizers of these events that drew people into our communities for fun, food, shopping and just making memories.

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