CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

April 2019
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
POLITICAL CANDIDATES' FORUM- April 2
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce will host a Political Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, April 2 at the Badlands Community Facility for candidates running in the Drumheller-Stettler electoral division. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. with the forum commencing at 7:00 p.m . sharp.

The invited candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Holly Heffernan (New Democratic Party), Greg Herzog (Alberta Advantage Party), Nate Horner (United Conservative Party), Jason Hushagen (Alberta Independence Party), Mark Nikota (Alberta Party) and Rick Strankman (Independent). Candidates will each have the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their party platform followed by a question and answer period.

The forum will provide a great opportunity to hear from the candidates looking for your vote on Election Day, Tuesday, April 16.
Upcoming Chamber Events:

Apr.26 & 27: Spring Expo Trade Show
May 28: Engaging Millennials Lunch & Learn
Welcome New Board Members

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, March 27, and we are pleased to welcome the following members to our Board of Directors:

  • John Shoff, of Reality Bytes Inc.
  • Mike Bell, of Western GM
  • Darryl Reid, of Pro-Active Building Maintenance (re-elected for another term)
  • Shannon Wade, of Hi-Way 9
  • Jared Potter, of Centre Street Insurance

We also had some interesting and engaging roundtable discussions on the future of the World's Largest Dinosaur. We thank all those that participated and look forward to reviewing the notes from those discussions.
5th ANNUAL SPRING EXPO Trade Show- April 26 & 27.
Booths are 85% sold!

The Spring Expo is Drumheller's annual home and garden-style trade show, taking place April 26 & 27 at the Badlands Community Facility. Booths are selling quickly; if you have a product or service you want to promote, don't wait!

We've lowered the booth fees- an 8x8 is only $150 + GST and a 10x10 is $200 + GST. *There are also 6 nonprofit tables for a reduced rate- only one left.

Floor plan, exhibitor application, sponsorship package and more available here. Deadline to book is April 5!

We are also seeking sponsors for our Entertainment Stage. Download the sponsor package here .
Attention Local Restaurants, Caterers and Cafes
Caterers, restaurants and other food and beverage-related businesses are invited to participate in the Taste of Drumheller at the Spring Expo trade show.

How it works : the DDCC will sell $2 tickets to the public which can be redeemed at your booth for food or beverages. You will not have to handle any cash! After the event is over you will be paid for 75% of the tickets you redeemed Download the application for more info . Only 4 of these booths are available!

Is your organization doing something great to help the community, or celebrating a milestone? Let us know!
TOURISM JOB FAIR- April 11

4-7 pm at the Badlands Community Facility.

This event is an opportunity for tourism employers to share their employment opportunities available in Drumheller. The event is free for the public to attend, which maximizes the participation of the community and provides the best exposure possible for employers. 

Registration is required ; more info here .
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Horseshoe Canyon Campground

Set up camp just seconds from the breathtaking views and captivating hiking trails of Horseshoe Canyon!

*Potable water *Clean washrooms *Coin showers *Convenience store *Ice cream *Free WiFi *Firepits & Firewood *Playground *Additional parking *Pet friendly *Big rig friendly *

Find them at horseshoecanyon.ca, on Facebook, or call (403) 856-8107.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Kennedy Mechanical

They offer commercial and industrial refrigeration & HVAC installation, servicing and repair.

Phone them at 403-820-2566 to find out more!
Save the Date- Upcoming Lunch & Learns
We've taken a brief pause on our Lunch & Learn program to focus on numerous other events (Annual General Meeting, Political Candidate's Forum, Spring Expo trade show) but are making plans for two more Lunch & Learn sessions before summer is in full swing:
  • May 28- Engaging Millennials Lunch & Learn
  • June 19- Cultural Awareness in the Workplace

More details to come!
KIDS BOWL FREE PROGRAM
This summer at Sandstone Lanes!
Registered kids receive 2 FREE GAMES of bowling each day of the KBF Program all summer long, valued at over $500 per child.

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever  Kids Bowl Free  program. The program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Find out more at www.kidsbowlfree.com
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
The Town of Drumheller continues to add resources to the Flood Readiness section of their website. We encourage you to check out these resources to ensure both your homes and workplaces are prepared.

Also, the Town will be hosting a Scribe Course for Emergency Management on Thursday, May 2 from 8:30 am until noon. There is no cost for this course. If you have any employees that you feel would benefit from this course, please email Lana Bosch to register them.
Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction
Saturday April 13th at the Badlands Community Facility. Cocktails at 5 pm, Dinner at 6 pm.
Tickets are $40.00. Tables of 8 or 10 are available for reservation. Funds raised will help improve our river pumping system. Find out more

Dancing With the Dinosaurs Powwow Silent Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28 @ Dry Canyon Collectables. Contact Lynn & Mike Fabrick at 856-3556 for more info or if you have an item to donate.
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To get started today: CALL 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377) M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST or visit  http://www.membersbenefitprogram.com/DDCC .
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