Chamber Member Connections - June 18 2020
Connecting Business. Creating Opportunity.
Another  Chamber Virtual Business Showcase  is set for Thursday, June 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM on Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to "bring their own snacks and beverages" and will be able to ask questions of the exhibitors about their businesses. Members will be able to book a "booth", or in this case a chance to promote their operations, services, and products. To register AS AN EXHIBITOR OR ATTENDEE please CLICK HERE, and for more information contact Cindy in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com .
ARE YOU REOPENING?

Let us help you spread the word! Send us an ad for our Connections newsletter, get us to re-share your posts on social media, or put your name up in lights aka our Digital Sign outside Centre 2000 on 116 Avenue!

For more information on Digital Sign reopening advertising, please contact Leah in our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email leah@gpchamber.com.
Show us on Facebook what you’re doing to  #LoveLocalGP  and you could win up to $1,500 in Chamber Cheques! Support of any business in the Grande Prairie & District area including the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Sexsmith, Beaverlodge, Wembley, or Hythe will qualify you to enter.

Entering is easy:
1) use  #LoveLocalGP  in your post
2)  make your post public
3) tag the business you are supporting if possible and share a photo when you can
4) tag the Chamber, City and County to draw even more attention to the post

All rewards will be in the form of a Chamber Cheque redeemable at any of the 13 hundred members of our Chamber .

There are 4 draws/week of $100 through the end of June;
plus two more BONUS draws of $750 and $1500!
What are your priorities for an economic recovery?

What's next for Alberta's economy? What are your priorities for our province going forward? How can we recover from COVID-19 and record-low oil prices?

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce network has launched a short (less than 10 minutes!) survey focused on economic recovery and provincial priorities. Please  take the survey  and share your insights.  We will share your responses directly with provincial and local decision-makers.


To share the survey with other job creators, please copy and paste the link below rather than sharing your unique URL:


For technical questions, please contact  support@albertaperspectives.vision-critical.com

For questions about this survey, please contact Heather Clifford at  hclifford@abchamber.ca .

This is an important initiative for Alberta's businesses and economy. Thank you in advance for your participation!
COVID testing and stage 2 relaunch with GOA

Join Economic Development Minister Tanya Fir and Labour Minister Jason Copping on June 19 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for a conversation on COVID testing and Alberta's relaunch. Please  register in advance  to ensure you are able to participate. Pre-registration ends at  7:00 p.m., June 18. 
Join local politicians as they answer your questions on the pandemic and the relaunch of Alberta's economy.

If you have a question, please submit them to newsgrandeprairie@jpbg.ca .
Dear ol’ Dad. Sometimes the forgotten hero of the family!

We want to honor all Dads this Father's Day
with these amazing Specials!
This is definitely a surprise he’s going to love. Besides spending time with his favorite people, it’s enjoying one of his favorite leisure time activities, and it’s good for him. There’s nothing like getting some exercise and fresh air in the great outdoors with the people you love!

Better than a tie or cologne as a gift, don’t you think?
 Happy Father’s Day!

*Green Fees and Power Cart can be redeemed anytime during the 2020 golf season*


DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT
ALL OF OUR SPECIALS!
 
Twilight Savings Time is Back!
Get the Best Twilight Rates at Bear Creek!
Playing Bear Creek just keeps getting better and better and better! Now through the end of the summer, enjoy fantastic unlimited weekend twilight rates!

DON'T WAIT... TEE TIMES WILL FILL UP FAST WITH THIS SPECIAL AND ALL THE NEW COVID RULES!! 

Play for only $25 after 4 PM Saturday and Sunday!
Great golf...at great Twilight rates, so come and get more golf for your buck all summer long at Bear Creek! 
 
Early Morning Weekday Special
Play Anytime Before 10 AM Monday – Thursday at Bear Creek for JUST $25!

As they say timing is everything in life! This offer won't last!  
Waste no time and contact the golf shop to get the tee time of your choice!

Couldn't We All Use a Little Help From Our Friends?  
The more the merrier, so share this with your golfing buddies to have them join you!
 
Click here  now to book your tee time! 

See you on the course!

20% Off all Golf Shirts and Hats thru our Bear Creek App
Download  Our Free App

COMING AUGUST 13...THE 2020 CANWEST CHAMBER MEMBER GOLF CLASSIC! WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS OR CONTACT THE CHAMBER OFFICE!
Customer Appreciation and Mega Sale at 
TOWNE CENTRE LIQUOR AND WINE STORE!

SUMMER SPECIALS (WINES)

BUY 2          SAVE 15%
BUY 4          SAVE 20%
BUY 6          SAVE 25%

FOR SELECTED LIQUEURS, SCOTCHES, RUMS, VODKAS, TEQUILAS, GIFT PKS.

BUY 2          SAVE 10%
BUY 4          SAVE 15%
BUY 6          SAVE 20%

Come and Take Advantage of this Opportunity and Enjoy the Savings while Supporting a Small and Family Owned Business in the Community.

TOWNE CENTRE LIQUOR AND WINE STORE
9845 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie
in the Towne Centre Mall
Our Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management training program is set to kick off July 26th in Grande Prairie and we are actively recruiting participants to join the program. It is fully funded by the Government of Alberta for clients accessing EI or CERB. 

More information about the program can be found on our website:  https://balladgroup.ca/courses/fundamentals-of-supply-chain-management/
AGM Announcement:
 
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention will be holding our Annual General Meeting on June 30 th , from 12:00-1:00PM in our office #200, 10014 99 Street Grande Prairie, AB
 
  Looking for 2 new Board Members:
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention (SPRC) is seeking two Board Members who will serve on our governance board and assist SPRC to achieve its vision of reducing suicide, suicidal behaviour, and their effects.

This is an opportunity to advocate for mental wellness and to make a difference in our community. This role includes:
  • A commitment to a 2-year term
  • 9-10 board meetings per year plus 1 planning meeting and annual general meeting (generally no meetings in July or August)
  • Board meetings at 5.30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

To apply, please reach out to our current board chair, Tracy King, at  TKing@gprc.ab.ca  
 
Great Canadian Giving Challenge:
 
We are now a little over halfway into June and the promotion of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge through CanadaHelps. 
 
During the entire month of June every dollar donated to us will give us a chance to win an extra $20,000! This is an incredible opportunity to allow us to make up for cancelled events and ensure we can continue our programming.
 
The link to our donation page for this challenge can be found on the Canadahelps page as well as our own website donation page:

Program Highlight 
Men's Support Group
 
"The Men's Support Group is exactly what it says it is: Men supporting Men. There is a lot of experience and advice around the table on any given night.”
 
Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention currently runs the only men’s group in Northern Alberta. It is for men who have experienced loss or change and are struggling to cope. This facilitated program is open to all men, at no charge and runs every Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. There is no commitment or prior sign ups required and you are free to attend once or weekly for as long as you like.
 
If you are interested in either of these programs or would like more information, follow the links below:
Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Launches New Brand and Website

The Grande Prairie Hospital Foundation is proud to introduce their new brand and website, built to better communicate about how donations from the community take our hospitals from good to great.

“This project has been underway for a quite some time, going back prior to COVID-19. We wanted to take our time and ensure the site is built in a way that anyone wanting to engage with us or just learn more about the Foundation can easily do so.” explained Keith Curtis, GPRH Foundation Executive Director.

“To us we are simply the conduit that connects people’s donations to their hospital. The website focuses on how the community’s donations have historically impacted their hospital, as well as how they can have long term impacts into the future.” added Curtis.

To celebrate the launch the Foundation has included a Pediatric Penguin Scavenger Hunt. Participants will need to visit the new site at www.gphospitalfoundation.ca. Entries will be accepted until July 5th. The draw will happen July 6th.
Postmedia Marketing Grant Program

Reopening Canada Editorial Series
Our editorial team focuses on how businesses across the country plan to reopen. A special edition in print and a similar section online will include an overview from our experts at the Financial Post about the reawakening economy, along with local stories that spotlight the recovery in sectors like the hospitality industry, retail, real estate, tourism, the arts and finance. As the country reopens, we’ll add progress reports and capture local success stories.

I'm also proud to let you know that we have created a Postmedia Support Advertising Grant Program . Details & application process for the Marketing Grant Program are here:   http://www.postmediasolutions.com/grant/

These programs are the latest step in our ongoing commitment to supporting our communities as we weather the COVID-19 crisis together. Leveraging our platforms and reach, Postmedia is uniquely positioned to support the economic reopening of our country, help the hardest-hit industries get back on their feet, and tell the stories of Canada’s economic recovery. 

These grants are available for Grande Prairie businesses. For more information, contact Fern Hickson, Multi-Media Sales Consultant, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune, Peace Country Sun, Alberta Communities
T: 780.513.3985
C: 780.876.1865
The Protective and Social Services team is pleased to offer a grant application for residents, businesses, not for profits, associations, and charities who have a substantiated reason to believe that crime or social disorder has occurred at their sites. The grant application is designed to help offset project costs that has a likely chance of mitigating concerns related to crime or social disorder. Each applicant can apply for up to $10,000 for their single application. The application and criteria can be found by visiting  www.cityofgp.com/crimemitigation or CLICKING HERE
Application deadline is July 1, 2020.
 
Please email your completed Crime Reduction Grant application to:
 
 
Or by mail :
Protective & Social Services ,
City Hall, Bag 4000, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6V3
Attention:
Wendy Hughes
Senior Executive Advisor
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is proud to commission local photographer, filmmaker and artist, Chris Beauchamp, to create a special work for The Curve: Community Art Installation .

His collection of photographs explore some of the changes in our community and the resilience of individuals to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic in Grande Prairie. The photographs include a mix of documentary style observations of various local people and places, as well as some more personal photos from within Chris’s own family life during this time of social distancing.

You can see Chris' extraordinary work, and the rest of the community submissions, as part of The Curve - on now!

For more information visit our website: 
Greenview Golf Master 2020 – June 1 to September 18, 2020

Calling all Golfers! To be crowned the 2020 Greenview Golf Master , just golf all 6 golf courses within Greenview between June 1 to September 18, 2020, get some Greenview swag, have bragging rights, and be entered to win a $300 gift certificate. 

It is really easy to win, just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Call and book a tee time at each golf course from the list below (no specific order),
  2. Golf each of the listed golf courses from June 1 to September 18, 2020
  3. Take a selfie somewhere on the course with your score card. Be creative, have some fun!

When you have all 6 selfies, email them to  golfgreenview@mdgreenview.ab.ca

Greenview’s Economic Development and Tourism Department will send the first 60 participants a Greenview Mason Jar Mug and a sleeve of Greenview golf balls. All participants’ names will go into a draw for a $300 gift certificate to one of the 6 golf courses. (Winners Choice) Simple as that. 

Get out there, golf and explore Greenview!
Emergency Community Support Fund

Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta is activating Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast.

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.

Launched on May 19, 2020, the  Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations.

The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including  Community Foundations of Canada United Way Centraide Canada  and the  Canadian Red Cross .

We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in the Northwestern Alberta area to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.

Through the ECSF, we will be investing in local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply by clicking here:

Hello Grande Prairie Businesses and Services,

We wanted to take a moment of your time to ask if you would join us in an initiative that we are putting on across our community, the ‘ No Wrong Door ’ campaign. With increases in domestic violence incidences across the globe expected during and post COVID-19, the domestic and sexual violence sectors are exploring how to create opportunities for safe spaces for those impacted and initiatives to allow individuals to connect with supports and services within their communities through formal and informal services.

The “ No Wrong Door ” campaign is aimed at all Albertans with special emphasis on essential services and those who are accessible within communities currently. This initiative would comprise of putting up a simple poster that has phone numbers linking to 24hr local and regionally specific domestic violence supports and services.

Our goal with this campaign is to inform our community that Odyssey House is still open during this pandemic, and our services are still available to people if they need it. By sharing our poster and placing it in an accessible location to customers and staff, your organization is collectively sharing very important information about a service that someone may need.

Attached is the poster, we ask you print it out, and place around the workplace in areas you think would be appropriate. 

Thank you so much for your time, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Stay Safe

MADI WRZOSEK B.Ed.
Public Education Support Manager
Odyssey House 
Main : 780-538-1332 EXT 141
Cell: 780 - 897 - 8543

Joanne Peckham
Network Coordinator
IMPACT Grande Prairie
Cell: 780-402-5595
The  Reel Shorts Virtual Cinema  has 7 feature-length documentaries that are not available in Canada on any other streaming platform. Half of the net proceeds from the on-demand streaming fee of $9.99/film supports the Reel Shorts Film Festival. Consider giving one as a gift. They can be viewed anywhere in Canada.
 
Chef Flynn  (PG Coarse Language) presented by MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual - a remarkable documentary that portrays a young man’s singular focus and unique path through childhood as Flynn McGarry establishes his own supper club at age 12 and is featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. By the time he graduates from high school and moves to New York City at age 16, he has staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Can he make it on his own in New York?
 
All the Wild Horses  (14+ Coarse Language) presented by High Moon Equine & Canine Sports Therapy – an adventure documentary about the Mongol Derby that takes viewers on a wild ride, from a dramatic start with casualties medivaced off the field to an unexpected, nail-biting finish. Spanning a network of 28 horse stations across 1000 km of Mongolian wilderness over 8 days, Director Ivo Marloh rode the complete race twice in order to film the action first-hand and to find out what compels riders to face such arduous risks on the backs of wild horses in one of the last true wildernesses on Earth.
 
Free Lunch Society  (5+) presented by Pizza Hut – a globe-trotting documentary that looks at the surprising history of a concept that, to some, seems like an idealistic fantasy: "What would you do if your income were taken care of?" Inspired by Star Trek’s utopian vision of a future without need, Austrian Director Christian Tod finds the concept of unconditional basic income to be more reality than science fiction, an idea which has garnered intense discussions in all political and scientific camps. Are we ready for a free lunch society?
 
Ballet Now  (14+ Coarse Language) presented by Beauchamp Photography – an inspiring documentary that follows New York City Ballet's Principal Dancer Tiler Beck as she creates a one-of-a-kind dance extravaganza for The Music Center's famed BalletNOW program. As she tries to execute her vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces, but also directing this high profile event. With only a few days of rehearsal, can she pull it off?
 
Beyond Moving  (10+) presented by PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) – an uplifting documentary that follows rising ballet star Siphe (Siphesihle) November on his remarkable journey from his small township in South Africa, where he was discovered as a young boy dancing with his brothers, to his move at age eleven to train at Canada's National Ballet School. As he visits his childhood home after graduating, he reflects on where he came from and what lies ahead as he enters the world of professional ballet.
 
The Booksellers  (rated PG) - presented by Grant Berg Gallery – a captivating documentary about the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it. Featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers, it is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.
 
This Is Not a Movie  (rated 14A) - presented by CW Xteriors – a powerful Canadian documentary that profiles the groundbreaking reporting of legendary foreign correspondent Robert Fisk who has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. In an era of fake news, Fisk’s determination to witness reality on the ground in real time has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.
 
Watch the trailers and find out more at  https://reelshorts.ca/the-festival/schedule/ .
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly email highlights sales, promotions, accomplishments, events, and general awareness of our membership.  
 
For more information on Chamber Member Connections submissions,
please email tom@gpchamber.com .
Website: www.grandeprairiechamber.com
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