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CHOOSE LOCAL! – Rural Retailers

Rural Retailers

As the Christmas holiday rapidly approaches make sure to keep your rural retailers in mind when doing last minute shopping! Do you need to grab just one more present? Forgot to pick up those stocking stuffers? Maybe you just need to run out for last minute supplies before stores close their doors for the holidays. We want to help! Shop locally and safely with this great list of Rural Retailers – many of which have online shopping or curbside pickup available!


CHOOSE LOCAL! – Staycations

Staycation Ideas

2020 has squashed a lot of travel plans this year… but new plans can be made! One doesn’t have to travel far to find a peaceful oasis. This year consider exploring your own backyard! The Kawarthas are known as a tourist destination, and for good reason. We boast beautiful lakes and parks, unique shops and delicious eateries. Choose Local! this year and discover what the Kawarthas have to offer. We have pulled together some great staycation ideas from accommodation providers in our area.

**Please see note at the bottom regarding Province wide lockdown**


CHOOSE LOCAL! – Unique Gift Ideas

14 Unique Gifts!

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is encouraging everyone to Choose Local! this holiday season! Our region has so many amazing businesses that could use your support this year. We encourage everyone to try their best to shop local for gifts, check out our Shopping & Specialty Retailer Directory for some great gift ideas! We know there are always those on your list that are difficult to buy for! From those who already have everything, to picky people and hard to please kids – we’ve compiled 14 unique gift ideas to help when shopping this holiday!


Recap of the Kawartha Chamber’s 2019 AGM

2019 Annual General Meeting

Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates & Past Board President, hosting our meeting

We hosted our Annual General Meeting last night, February 13th, at The Village Inn in Lakefield. If you missed it, keep reading for a recap of the event and to see some photos!

Last night, we:

  • Discussed our 2018 year and its highlights.
  • Presented the slate of directors for the coming year (see below for full slate) – welcome to new Board Directors Mary Brown, Sales Representative, Bowes & Cocks Ltd. Brokerage Apsley  & Roberta Hubble, owner of Tim Hortons Lakefield & Bridgenorth!
  • Approved our Bylaws.
  • Enjoyed networking and refreshments.
  • Presented sponsorships & donations.
  • Held a membership draw as well as door prize draws.
  • Hosted a new member welcome. Our First Data rep, Bruce Averill , and Chamber Group Insurance rep, Brian Bulger, The Life Insurance Guy, were both on hand to answer any questions.
New Member Welcome Display

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our Refreshment Donors for the evening! We enjoyed sandwiches from The Bridgenorth Deli and Cassis Bistro, pizza from Pizza Alloro, cookies and squares from Lakefield Bakery on Queen & M&M Food Market respectively, a cheese platter & veggies from Lakefield Foodland as well as beverages from The Village Inn, who also graciously hosted us in their meeting space for the meeting.

Some of the delicious refreshments

We also received great door prizes.  Thank you to Tim Hortons Lakefield & Bridgenorth, The Bee’s Knees Encaustics, CIBC Bridgenorth & Lakefield, Salon Sorella & Day Spa, Stoney Lake Cruises and The Art Shop for their donations.

Door prizes

Last night, we commemorated the retirement of two Board Directors: the late Garry Douglas, North Kawartha Design and Kawartha Lakes Construction, and Tom LaBranche, Village Pet Food & Supply.

In Garry’s honour, we presented a donation to Cuddles for Cancer. Charlotte, a member of Cuddles for Cancer Youth Council, accepted the cheque on behalf of Cuddles for Cancer founder, Faith Dickinson.

Retiring Board Director, Tom LaBranche, chose the Peterborough Humane Society for his donation. Unfortunately, a member of the Peterborough Humane Society wasn’t able to attend last night.

Tom LaBranche presented the donation to Cuddles for Cancer on Garry’s behalf

We also presented our 2019 sponsorships for PolarFest and the Ice Sculpture Carving, which were accepted by Terry McQuitty (Lakefield Herald) and Jennie MacKenzie (Lakefield Pantry), respectively.

Tonya Kraan presenting the Kawartha Chamber’s sponsorship for PolarFest to Terry McQuitty
Tonya Kraan presenting the Kawartha Chamber’s sponsorship for the PolarFest Ice Carving event to Jennie MacKenzie

The last cheque presentation of the evening was with Board Director Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate. Lynn renewed her Professional Development Sponsorship with us for 2019-20. Gerry Herron of Blue Diamond Window Cleaning also renewed his 2019-20 Networking Events Sponsorship but wasn’t able to make it to the meeting.

Lynn Woodcroft presenting her sponsorship to Tonya Kraan

Thank you to everyone who came out to our AGM last night. We had a great time networking, enjoying refreshments and recapping our 2018 year with you all!

More Photos From Our AGM

Members enjoying some networking & refreshments before the meeting commenced
Auditor, Marie Dietrich of Grant Thornton LLP, presenting her report
Charlotte, a member of Cuddles for Cancer’s Youth Council, getting ready for the presentation
Kelland Sewell, rPM3 Solutions Canada Inc, giving our members a brief overview of B2B
Meeting adjourned!


Board Directors 2019-20

*The Board Executive will be elected at our March 2019 Board Meeting on March 11th at 6pm at The Village Inn.