Dear Chamber Friend, 
 
Thank you for supporting the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce! This bi-monthly email is sent to hundreds of members and friends of the Chamber highlighting some of the sales, specials, accomplishments, events or simply general awareness of our membership, and also shared on social media.  
 
If you are a Chamber member and you'd like to 'connect' with fellow members and the community, 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.
Be sure to check each ad for possible clicks to links!

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the Job Fair and Customer Service Workshops in 2019. For more information, contact our office by phone at 780-532-5340 or email cindy@gpchamber.com.




As a member of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce, we ask that you consider the below request from the Arctic Winter Games 2022 Bid Committee.
 
The 2022 Arctic Winter Games (AWG2022) Bid Committee seeks community support for Grande Prairie's bid to host the 2022 Games.  AWG2022 will be big; over 3000 athletes, coaches, officials, performers, and VIPs from nine countries/regions will come to Northern Alberta to compete in 19 sports and celebrate the unique cultures of the north.  Grande Prairie is competing with our northern neighbour, Fort McMurray, to host the 2022 games and we are trying to rally the community to support our bid.
 
To supplement Grande Prairie's bid package and to show the support within the community to host the games the AWG Committee is seeking letters of support  from organizations, businesses and groups within the Grande Prairie region.  
 
The deadline to submit the bid package is the end of this month. Therefore, it is requested that letters of support be received by November 20th.
 
Attached is a sample letter for your reference addressed to the President of the AWG. Feel free to personalize as you see fit.  
 
Please return the letter of support back to   kebiberdorf@cityofgp.com  as the Committee will include the letter in the bid package. We ask that you not forward directly to Mr. Flynn.
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration and assistance.
 
You are also encouraged to like and share the Facebook page at 
 
Should you wish for any further information on the bid for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games, please feel free to contact Katie Bibendorf at   kebiberdorf@cityofgp.com.



The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign runs November 16 to December 24 at the following locations: Save On Foods; Real Canadian Superstore; The Prairie Mall; Canadian Tire; Safeway North and Safeway South; Wal-Mart; Richard's No Frills; New Horizon Co-op; and Costco Wholesale. The Stuff-A-Bus also begins on November 16. This year's goal from kettles and mailers is $500,000.

The official kick-off is November 15 at 5:00 PM at Save On Foods.

If you are interested in filling shifts which last two hours from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily, please call 780-538-2848



Festival of Trees Holiday Business Luncheon

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation and the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie are proud to present The Festival of Trees Holiday Business Luncheon. This event features Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist of ATB Financial.

Born and raised in Alberta, Todd completed his BA in Economics at the University of Alberta and his MA in Economics at the University of Calgary. Over the years Todd has served as an economist at the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. He has written three books; The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline, Halfway Home, and Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change. Todd is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy and is a member of the University of Calgary's Board of Governors. Todd writes an Economic Update that is sent out daily to thousands of subscribers called The Owl. You can subscribe at atb.com/economics.

This event includes lunch as well as a copy of Todd Hirs ch's book, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change




This is our annual end of year campaign themed "Fashion for Dreams" where 10% of sales proceeds from the sale of 1000 Mystery boxes will be equally donated to two Charity organizations that are dear to our Founder's heart and which has made a significant impact in her life too - The QEII Cancer Center (through the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation) and the SOS Children's Village Canada (donation will be transmitted to the SOS CHildren's Village Isolo, Lagos which our Company has indicated interest). 

The idea of a Mystery box is to create awareness to "Give without knowing BUT knowing that you are impacting a life, making a change, starting a movement, helping to make the world become what you'd like to see"; it's also about rewarding the giver/buyer with something unique to dream about - a Future free of Cancer + a Future where every child has a Home and + empowering African Entrepreneurs. 

THREE WAYS TO ORDER YOUR BOXES:
(Option A)  Order Online at   www.made-by-africans.com/s/mystery-box/49
 
(Option B)  Send an email to:    info@made-by-africans.com  Include which box type (Medium - $100; Large - $150 or X-Large - $200) and your phone number
 
(Option C)  Call or Text to place your orders at   (780) 380-4757

We also have Corporate Purchase Sponsorship Proposals. That involves companies making a Corporate purchase depending on the Sponsorship tier they choose and they get a number of Mystery boxes sent to them (to share with friends, family, business partners, colleagues etc during this season of holiday/Christmas). If any Chamber member wants to be part of our Corporate Purchase Sponsors, they should please connect with us via email to   info@made-by-africans.com   attention Ejibola
 




GPRC is working with its Post-Secondary Education counterparts across the province and Advanced Education on a research project with the Conference Board of Canada re: Alberta Skills Gap.
 
We are currently looking for Alberta employers to participate in a survey that is open until November 30th. There is a link to the survey here:  
 


Formerly known as Peace Country Idol, Peace Country Rising Stars will be having its first annual show, at GPRC Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre. This event is a talent show, which will encourage individuals in and around the community to showcase their unique abilities on November 24, 2018. The students of the GPRC Marketing Project Management class of 2018 have worked exceptionally hard to create an event by adding new dynamics. In a technological world, moving towards an online approach was important to the class in the hopes of streamlining this event in every way possible. They are also giving it a breath of fresh air, with new faces and a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Where: GPRC Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre.
Date: Saturday November 24, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, ceremonial ribbon cutting at 6:45 pm & show starts at 7 pm
Buy tickets at: Revolution Place or at the door

Prizes:
1st place: $1000.00
2nd place: $500.00
3rd place: $250.00
Peoples Choice: receives trophy

"This is an exciting project for the students. They have created and designed the event, and they are motivated and energized to put on the first Peace Country Rising Stars Talent Show. This class gives the students "hands on" experience with what it is like to run a business, including idea creation, team building, problem solving, marketing, budgeting, production and more. "
Carolyn Vasileiou, Instructor









A survey conducted by Kids Help Phone found that fifty per cent of teens who said that they have engaged in bullying behaviour also report that they get bullied. Bullying affects kids, teens, and young adults in communities across Canada. Mucho Burrito, Canada's leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is holding its sixth annual Grab Bullying By The Horns fundraising campaign until November 30, 2018. One-hundred per cent of the proceeds raised by Mucho Burrito will go towards Kids Help Phone's bullying and cyberbullying awareness initiatives and to provide support and resources to young people affected by bullying.

Over the past five years Mucho Burrito has raised more than $186,000 for Kids Help Phone. This year they are calling on the generous support of their guests and vendors to help reach their 2018 fundraising goal of $60,000. To support Grab Bullying By The Horns, Mucho Burrito locations in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Quebec will invite guests to donate $2.00 at the point of sale until November 30. In exchange, guests will receive a coupon for FREE Chips and Salsa to use on their next visit.

On Friday, November 30, Mucho Burrito locations in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Quebec will step up their fundraising effort, supporting bullying awareness one burrito at a time. On this day, $1 from every burrito sold will be donated to Kids Help Phone in support of their services for young people across Canada.


In accordance with the 2018 IDPD Theme,  
"Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality"  
(retrieved on Nov. 7, 2018 from
we are pleased to announce that both a provincial award and a community award will be presented at the celebrations of
International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Grande Prairie, 
on Dec. 1, 2018.
 
Please join us in acknowledging the work in our area that makes a difference to employers, family, friends and those with lived experience with a disability.

Photos of last year's event can be found at
 
 














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