Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly newsletter highlights some of the promotions, accomplishments, and general information about some of our valued members.  
 
If you are a member and would like to make a submission for 'Connections', please email your advertisement (with up to 2 .pdf, .jpg, or .png images) to tom@gpchamber.com at least 2 days prior to our issue dates of the 1st and 15th of the month. There is no cost for this service which is included with your membership. For archived editions, click here.

The Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens believes that when supported by community pregnant and parenting youth make choices that build positive futures. If you looking for a way to give back to the community, and help build a stronger Grande Prairie, we have a great opportunity for you!

We are looking for 2-3 diverse and skilled board members who have previous board experience and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: law or risk management, financial or accounting, and IT or marketing.

The position is to be filled by our AGM on February 21st, which is open to the community and held at the Lions Learning Centre starting at 6:30 PM. 

Inquiries can be made to:
Executive Director- Melodie McCracken
Phone: (780) 538-3854
 
Board Chair - Dalene Pilat
Phone: (780) 832-7096


Retired Flag Invites
 
We are blown away and humbled by the amount of support for our Retired Flag Program this year. We did not expect to meet, let alone surpass, the number of flags we received last year. This year, we partnered with the City of Grande Prairie and Peace Country Memorials, and will be laying 140 flags to rest.
Among the flags counted so far, we were surprised to see not only our county and province represented, but flags from across the provinces and territories including: Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. Also counted were a number of Union Jacks, a 1965 Red Ensign flag, and even a Hudson's Bay Company flag!
 
We would like to invite you to join us at Oliver's Funeral Home
on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:30am,
to depart as a group to the Grande Prairie Cemetery to retire the flags; transportation to and from the cemetery will be provided by
Disabled Transportation. You are also invited to meet us at the cemetery at 10:45am, as the ceremony will commence at 11:00AM.
 
After the ceremony, please join us back
at Oliver's for a luncheon and short program.
   
We would like to sincerely thank you for your support of this program. We are proud to be part of a community that recognizes and honours the Canadian Flag, and supports the brave men and women who have fought and died protecting the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

If you would like to attend the luncheon, please RSVP
by Wednesday, February 13th by calling 780-532-2929.
 

  • The awards recognize local women who have made a strong impact as leaders, innovators and change-makers in the community.
  • We look to honour women who have made outstanding contributions to their industries or fields through their leadership and entrepreneurship, meaningful accomplishments and achievements, and breaking down barriers or making significant advancements.
  • The awards are open to women of all backgrounds, experiences to recognize leadership and innovation in all its forms and celebrate the strength and diversity of the women in our community.
  • Our region is known for its vibrancy, entrepreneurship and continuous growth and these awards are a way to show appreciation for the many ways that women are making significant contributions to our social and economic development.
  • Awards were created to commemorate International Women's Day in Grande Prairie. The 2019 theme "Balance for Better" calls for collective action and shared responsibility to create a gender-balanced world at every level.
  • Ticket purchase deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Event details: Friday, March 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Teresa Sargent Hall, Montrose Cultural Centre
  • Tickets available through the Revolution Place box office.

LET STEP HELP YOUR BUSINESS

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) grants are back!

Last summer, almost 1,400 employers across Alberta benefited from STEP and provided approximately 3,050 students with valuable work experience.
 
The application period for STEP 2019 is now open to eligible recipients including:
  • small businesses
  • non-profit organizations
  • public libraries, school boards, publicly funded post-secondary institutions
  • municipalities
  • First Nations and Metis settlements.
  STEP offers a $7/hour wage subsidy for student hires, from 4 to 16 weeks of full-time employment between May 1 and August 31, 2019.
 
Boost your workforce this summer. Create a meaningful work experience for a high school or post-secondary student and contribute to their future career success.
 
Visit alberta.ca/STEP for further details and to apply online. The application deadline is February 8, 2019.  


AMTA Grande Prairie Employer Workshop - February 4, 2019

Trucking HR Canada and Alberta Motor Transport Association are pleased to host a half-day workshop to help fleets optimize their recruitment and retention practices. The workshop, funded by the Labour Market Partnerships Grant Program through the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada, is open to all trucking and logistics employers interested in learning about the latest trends in recruitment and retention practices.

The trucking and logistics sector continues to face a shortage of skilled workers, which presents a significant risk to the future success of trucking companies across Canada. As the labour shortage grows it will become essential to optimize your recruitment and retention strategies and learn how to access diverse workforces that have not traditionally been included in the trucking industry. In this workshop you will learn more about:

* Recruitment strategies for hard to fill positions
* Best practices from Top Fleets across the country
* Retention strategies to engage employees and reduce turnover
* How to tap into hidden labour pools

The half-day event will take place from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Registration: $50 +GST
Note: Breakfast provided.
 

PSAC Oilfield Services Outlook Update - Grande Prairie

Friday, February 8, 2019
Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre
11633 100 Street
Grande Prairie, AB

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada will be hosting an Oilfield Services Outlook Breakfast at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre in Grande Prairie on Friday, February 8, 2019. PSAC President and CEO, Gary Mar, will provide an update on the Association's outlook for early 2019, provide a review of PSAC's latest activities and highlight upcoming events and opportunities.

Agenda:
Breakfast and Registration: 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Presentations: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Q&A Session: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Cost:
There is no cost to attend this breakfast event but you MUST register.

Please note that this breakfast is for oilfield services company personnel. PSAC reserves the right to cancel registrations for non-oilfield services individuals.

To register, please CLICK HERE.







Air North  will be coming to Grande Prairie from Whitehorse the weekend of February 8th.   They have offered a onetime direct flight to Vancouver  from Grande Prairie  return for anyone who would like to go.   This is a  onetime  flight departing Grande Prairie on February 8th  at 10:20 AM and  returning  back to Grande Prairie on February 10th  at 12:55 pm BC time.   There are only about 40 seats left at this point.   The cost from YQU - YVR will be $108.00  and YVR - YQU will be $86.00, this is an amazing price!  
 
Let's fill this flight Grande Prairie and show the air carriers we want more options for direct flights!  
 
To book your flight go to:   www.flyairnorth.com
 















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