March 2021
The purpose of the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce's monthly newsletter is to keep members and the community informed of what the GPRC has been up to, provide updates on advocacy issues, and let you know of anything interesting happening in our region.

We have a COVID-19 Resource page on our website, and we make every effort to keep it up to date.
March Madness!
March was an incredibly busy month for your Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce. We hosted 5 events in the first 3 weeks, including our AGM where our new Board of Directors was sworn in, our first International Women's Day Celebration, and our State of the Region Address with our three mayors!

If that wasn't enough, we also sent our first issue of our new GPRC Connect magazine to print!

We also made a few changes with how we format our e-Blasts. We received some feedback about frequency and layout, and we heard you! If you have any feedback for the GPRC on our email communication in Constant Contact, or anything else, we are always listening and appreciate constructive criticism.

You can always contact us by calling: 780-963-4545, or emailing any staff member. Our contact information is online here:
Annual General Meeting
At our AGM on March 4 we welcomed two new Directors to our Board for 2021.
  • Chris Penn, Summit Indigenous Ventures Inc.
  • Richard Wong, McLennan Ross LLP

Thank you to our outgoing Board members for the time, dedication, and support in our inaugural year!!
  • Richard Wong, Chair - Nova Hotels
  • Matt Schellenberger, Director - Mattstan Herefords
  • Michael Myshak, Director - Myshak Group of Companies
  • Sheri Ratsoy, Director - Parkland Foodbank Society
  • Tom Yeo, Director - Scotiabank

International Women's Day
International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. The GPRC is excited to launch our Women of Influence Campaign at a virtual International Women's Day event. The Women of Influence Campaign is a promotional campaign by the GPRC to celebrate the Region's women who are the best in their fields.
Holly Carmichael, TruWood Artisans
Kiely MacLean, RJ MacLean Tank Services
Dr. Melanie Currie, Westgrove Clinic
Sarah Befus, Rescue Flats
Dr. Sarah Malenchak, Westhills Equine Veterinary Services
State of the Region
The Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mayor Rod Shaigec of Parkland County, Mayor Stuart Houston of the City of Spruce Grove, and Mayor William Choy of the Town of Stony Plain as guest presenters for the Annual State of the Region Address which was held Thursday, March 11th, 2021. Our Mayor's are the highlight of this annual event as they share with our guests the future focused developments and plans for the region.
Re-watch this event!
Minute with the Chair
New for 2021, is our Minute with the Chair series! This is a vlog that will be about 60 seconds long, on various topics that we'll release periodically with our new Chair, Darcy Torhjelm!

Apr 13 - Lunch & Learn with digital EDGE media inc.
Now more than ever people are expecting a digital experience when they walk into or interact with a professional business. digital EDGE media is going to present audio visual technology, such a virtual conferencing equipment and indoor digital signage, that supports business operations and enhances the client's experience. You'll know what is available, how it will increase your revenue, and how you can easily attain it.
Apr 14 - Town Hall with Minister Schweitzer
We are pleased to welcome Minister Schweitzer at a Town Hall session with our members; this is an opportunity for our government to hear directly from our businesses and stakeholders. We encourage you to participate and if you have specific questions you would like asked on your behalf, please do not hesitate to send them directly to Jodie at Minister Schweitzer will also take questions that can be entered through the chat box. Let's take this opportunity to ask about restrictions, and about Alberta's Recovery Plan and how government can continue to provide support during these difficult times.
Apr 15 - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Webinar #2
Join us in one of our six webinars this year starting with "Inclusive Leadership Starts with Building Foundations".

Is your organization positively positioning itself with leadership commitment, systems, budgets, and culture that enables an engaged and productive workplace? Join us to learn the first steps you can take to do this.
Apr 29 - Chamber in a Bottle with Sundowners Toastmasters
On the last Thursday of every month, the GPRC brings you Chamber in a Bottle. Join our host Anthony Worbeck of ACKT Industries as he chats with Penny Gould about public speaking, creating conversation, and all the things going on at Sundowners Toastmasters. Penny will also discuss strategies to reduce stress, tips for impromptu speaking, how to give a toast, and more!
Check the Chamber's website for
our full events calendar!
Feature Member - North Central Co-op
For a number of years, Stony Plain customers and members have asked for a pharmacy to be added to our existing food store location and we are thrilled to finally deliver.

This standalone pharmacy location offers a full dispensary counter, prescribing pharmacists and a wide selection of over-the-counter products.
Leading the team is the Pharmacy Manager Jeremy Chan, who is excited to join the Co-op team and serve the Stony Plain community. Born and raised in Alberta, Jeremy graduated from the University of Alberta in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. With injections certification and prescribing authorization, Jeremy can do more than just fill your prescriptions. He’s eager to meet you and is committed to help you improve your health.
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This e-Blast is from: Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Name: Kendra Wambold
Title: Communications & Media Specialist
Company: Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Contact: 780-963-4545