CHAMBER NEWS
Message from Executive Director

I hope you had a nice Easter weekend and your plans for the busy summer season are coming together! It has been really nice to be able to get together in person for meetings and events over the past month and looking forward to more.

Upcoming Events:
Thur, April 21 - 6:00pm - Earth Week Guided Walk around Kensington
Wed, May 4th - 12:00pm - Lunchtime Go!walk Striders Walking club starts (every Wednesday in May & June)
Thur, May 5th - 12:00pm - Virtual lunch & learn with Laura Bird with SHIFT (PEI Human Rights Commission) about sexual harassment in the workplace
Thur, May 12th - 6:30pm - KACC Presents "Place your bets" President's Casino Night - tickets on sale now!
May 26th & June 2nd - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Emergency First Aid Course (2 evening sessions)
Thur, June 2nd - 8:30am - Morning Coffee Mixer at Schurman Family Farm in Spring Valley
Wed, Sep 21st - KACC Golf Tournament at Anderson's Creek - sponsored by ScotiaWealth - SAVE THE DATE

Please follow along on our social media accounts @ktownchamber to keep up to date on events, learn more about the benefits offered and your fellow members!

Julie Corbett
Registration is not required but will allow you to win a prize!
Register for the Earth Week Guided Walk here!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS OR CONTACT JULIE AT kensingtonandareachamber@gmail.com
$50 per ticket or get a Royal Flush of 5 for $225!
The Kensington & Area Chamber Board of Directors had Laura from Shift speak to us at one of our meetings and we are happy to partner with her to offer this free session on May 5th. It is timely for a business or organization to learn more about this before the busy Summer Season ahead.
Thank you to Willow Bakery for hosting the Morning Coffee Mixer on April 11th and to HMS Office Solutions for sponsoring the Mixer!
It was great to have Peggy Miles with the PEI Community Navigators speak to the group about the services they provide and tips on how to be more inclusive in your workplace. http://peicommunitynavigators.com
WELCOME KACC NEW MEMBERS!
Burlington Go-Karts & Amusement Park
Burlington Go-Karts is a family owned business that will provide fun and employment to our community .
We are dedicated to providing a fun and safe experience for all racing enthusiasts.
Although we are primarily a go- kart facility, our park also offers other forms of entertainment from laser tag and airsoft to mini golf and bumper boats.
We will work hard to provide adventure seekers an unforgettable experience and our goal is to see everyone leave with a smile on their face. New to the park we will have soft serve ice cream.
Krislyn Holdings Inc.
Krislyn Holdings Inc.
Based in Kensington, we provide the use of our truck and trailers to help move your goods and equipment when you need the methods to do so..
We promote planting trees and provide trees to plant to help combat some of the environmental damage we as a society have caused...
We also are independent reps for JR Watkins and their traditional products.
Message from the Mayor
Did you know we are continually looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the Town of Kensington? In 2009, the Town of Kensington installed a wind turbine to supply electrical power to our wastewater treatment system. At that time, we were the first wastewater treatment system powered by a wind turbine and to the best of my knowledge we still are. However, this wind turbine will not provide all our electrical needs. Our system has several mechanical aerators that provide air to the wastewater holding pond to enable the breakdown of the product. These aerators currently run 24 hours a day. In June this year, we will be installing new equipment (oxygen sensors and variable speed drives) on the aerators which will control their operation. The aerators will then run based on demand determined by oxygen sensors and run at variable speed rather than full speed 24 hours a day. This investment is projected to reduce energy consumption by $25,000 and lower our carbon footprint.

Rowan Caseley – Mayor
We love to share our Member's news! Please send your news along to kensingtonandareachamber@gmail.com
KACC MEMBER BENEFIT HIGHLIGHT
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Ignition Fund
The Ignition Fund is a competitive based fund for entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital for a new innovative business venture or to develop and launch a new innovative product. The fund invests seed capital that will allow successful applicants to turn their ideas into a tangible and viable business. 
For more info: click here 
KACC Partner Highlight

The Kensington North Watersheds Association works with residents, youth, landowners, farmers, commercial and recreational fishermen, and industry to preserve and protect the watersheds of Kensington North in a healthy, natural state; to develop projects and activities that will maintain or restore the rivers to such a state; and to promote an appreciation and respect through public awareness and education for the beauty, importance, and environmental diversity of the watersheds. 
The streams of Kensington North are among the least forested on the Island and surrounded by the many farm fields. The Association values partnerships with local farmers to mitigate inputs of nitrates and sediment runoff for the common goal of a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. Stream and estuary restoration, wildlife monitoring, and tree planting are among the many other projects that Kensington North takes on each year. 
The non-profit, charitable organization is governed by a volunteer board, funded through generous donations and grants, and would not be possible without the endless support of the community.
KACC MEMBER PROFILES
WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING A MEMBER!
Bloom House Flowers

Bloom House Flowers has the most fabulous and freshest flowers and arrangements at affordable prices for all occasions including sympathy. Amazing home decor, candles, lotions, plants, pots, chocolate, tea, and so much more.
Supporting local is very important to Bloom House Flowers where they display over 25 local vendors in their shop!
There is so much to see in this beautiful store, located at 67 Woodleigh Drive in Kensington. Most days you will be greeted by the two beautiful Golden Retrievers - John Denver & Norma Jean!
Local supporting local to lift each other up
For more info and pictures - be sure to follow on Facebook!

Basin View Seafood
Mitch is a 4th generation fisherman and a 4th generation entrepreneur who lives in Springbrook with his wife, Katie, and their three children - Jack, Charlie, and Lucy.
Entrepreneurship runs in his family; his grandparents and parents were both small business owners. Having grown up in the industry, Mitch has been fishing on his own for the last 18 seasons and in 2014, he opened up Basin View Seafood.
Basin View Seafood is a family-run business that believes community is everything, and is proud to support local sports groups and organizations.
Basin View Seafood hosts and sponsors an annual Fishermen's Challenge during the Community Harvest Festival every summer. The first year they hosted it, they were nervous, unsure if the Challenge would be well attended. It turns out there was no reason to be worried, their community showed up for them, and the Challenge turned out to be a raging success! Because of the support they received from the community in their inaugural year, Basin View Seafood continues to host and sponsor the Challenge, which raises funds for the community's minor hockey program.
Mitch considers being an employer one of the most rewarding parts of being a small business owner. Working with and providing service for so many great islanders makes the central part of PEI a pretty special place to work and operate.
He finds it extremely rewarding and humbling to see neighbours and friends support his dreams and efforts. So much work goes into being a business owner behind the scenes, but when he sees customers come back with a smile on their faces, it makes it all worthwhile.
Basin View Seafood will be opening for their 9th season May 1st!
Find more information on our website: kaccpei.com