GROWING THE NORTH CONFERENCE
February 22-23
Evergreen Park
www.growingthenorth.com
BUSINESS AFTER 5 MIXER
February 23 - 5:00 PM
Evergreen Park
Clarkson Hall
RIBBON CUTTING
March 1 - 3:00 PM
The Ideal Health Clinic
9819 -m 116 Avenue
RIBBON CUTTING
March 10 - Time TBA
The Handmade Marketplace
Jackpot Grill & Event Centre
PEACE REGION PETROLEUM SHOW
May 17-18
Evergreen Park
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  • Eastlink Centre
  • Designing Threads
  • Van Houtte Coffee Service
  • Country Roads RV Park
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  • Alliance Disposal
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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 and events of our membership, and 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.
 
PROMOTE YOUR MEMBER BUSINESS

The Chamber offers a variety of ways for promotion including:
  • FREE advertising in Connections
  • Event sponsorship and award opportunities
  • Printed and online directory listings
  • Member to Member Discounts and community Hot Deals
  • FREE event listings, job postings and media releases
AND DIGITAL SIGN ADVERTISING! 
For more information on digital sign advertising including rates for Members and Non-Profit Members, please contact:

Leah Fujarczuk, Membership Sales & Services Manager leah@gpchamber.com 780-532-5340
Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce
#127 Centre 2000, 11330 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 7X9


The Grande Prairie Rotaract Club is excited to announce that they will be hosting a free event on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 7:00pm.  Mitty Chang, a 28-year old motivational speaker from San Francisco, will be giving a speech on the importance of trying new things 3 times.  If you are a young adult and interested in attending, please drop-in to the Alumni Lounge (room C224) at the Grande Prairie Regional College that evening.  There will be pizza, snacks, and refreshments provided and it is a great chance to meet and connect with other young adults in the community. The event is completely free to attend but we do encourage attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Student Food Bank.  We hope to see you there!

800 Volunteers Needed -
We need your support!
 
On February 25th the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie is teaming up with Stop Hunger Now to assist in a global initiative to help roughly the 795 million people or 1 in 9 that suffer from chronic hunger.

We have a goal to package 285,125 meals that will impact the lives of people around the globe, who are in need of emergency food crisis relief and we need YOU! 

We are asking for only 2 HOURS of your time on February 25th. Anyone can participate 4 years or older. What a great opportunity to get the whole family involved! We have seated positions for seniors, disabled, or those who need to sit. 

What to expect? The event consists of approximately 800 workers total, 200 at each of our four shifts (9am, 12pm, 3pm or 7pm) creating an assembly line to bag a meal that will feed 6 people. Each bag consists of healthy ingredients including rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The assembling happens very quickly and we plan to achieve a goal of 285,125 packaged meals in one short day. Just by the efforts of a few members of our community pitching in for 2 hours.

Where? D Coy Armory - 9005-101 Street Grande Prairie

How to get involved? It's easy! Register online here  
http://events.stophungernow.org/RotaryClubGrandePrairie  - Choose the time that best works for you, get your friends, family, kids, neighbors, classmates, sports teams and more involved. Remember it is only 2 hours of your time to change someones life! 

Want to learn more about the stop hunger initiative?

https://youtu.be/5fffB1JfjW8


We thank you in advance for your support!





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Grande Prairie Lions Annual Wings Night, 7:00 PM, Feb.26, at the Den Pub & Carvery.  Fun, prizes and silent auction.

For details please contact Lynne Coulter, 780-532-3027 or Ldcgp@telusplanet.net or visit the club website.





The BEST OPTION in Grande Prairie for Junior Golf Memberships
In an effort to promote Junior Golf in the Grande Prairie area at the region's coolest course, as well as healthy and active lifestyles for kids, Bear Creek Golf Club is offering Junior Golf Memberships (ages 12-17) for the unbelievable low price of $99.00 for purchase in the months of February and March only.
Please share this with anyone who has a child between 12 and 17 who wants an affordable family activity in 2017. Please also note children ages 11 & under are free if accompanied by a parent that is playing golf. Call the club TODAY at 780.538.3393 to enroll as a member and begin enjoying great people, a great club, and great golf.

There is no BETTER VALUE to host a special occasion party than at our Event Center.  From birthday and anniversary parties to fundraisers and weddings, and everything in between, we are the BEST CHOICE in Grande Prairie for your special event!
We Have a Special Offer for Retirement Parties
Host your Retirement Party with us and the Retiree will receive a single golf membership ON US!  Maybe it's time to retire!  
Don't book anywhere else without checking with us. We know you'll be delighted!
 





Toast Masters would like to invite you to:

"25 Years of Leadership!"

 Grande Prairie Lunch Rappers Toastmasters is celebrating their 25th anniversary of leadership in Grande Prairie and they want to celebrate with you!! Enjoy live entertainment, appies, and a host of phenomenal local leaders who got their start at Lunch Rappers, and have now gone onto do amazing things in Grande Prairie. Come prepared to be inspired and see the best of what Toastmasters has to offer. Event is open to anyone who wants to see what Toastmasters is all about, as well as all past and present Toastmasters and their guests. Information on all local clubs will be provided, choose the one that is right for you! A great opportunity to network with Grande Prairie's finest leaders.
 
Thursday February 16th  7-9pm
Pomeroy Hotel
11633 100th Street
 
DownTown Association
780-538-1909





Suicide Prevention Resource Centre's Shine Your Light music video, directed by Gordie Haakstad, aims to increase awareness and raise funds to supplement core funding and keep all the programs and services of the Centre running.
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We will be selling tickets and midway pre-sale direct to save customers $$$ from online purchases on Family Day, Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Prairie Mall.  Midway passes are $27 with us that day versus $37 at the midway.  We will have local rodeo and chuckwagon athletes available for pictures and autographs.  We will also be offering a chance to win a bag of Prairie Mall goodies and a family pass to the show.  Some rodeo demos as well and kids can try their hand at roping. 
 NEW Exhibit Grande Opening

Contest: 
Enter to WIN a family weekend pass to the 40th Annual Grande Prairie Stompede, held May 31 thru June 4, 2017 at the ENTREC Centre.

*Must enter in person on Feb 19 at the Horses, Wagons and Cowboys: The Chuckwagon Story Grande Opening event to qualify

Horses, Wagons and Cowboys: The Chuckwagon Story

This new exhibit takes visitors through the history of how the chuckwagon developed from the field kitchens they once were to the high speed racing machines our western communities enjoy today. Guests explore the chuckwagon's role in popular culture, their historical development and the influence of Grande Prairie and Area on chuckwagon racing throughout the world.

Date: Sunday, Feb 19 
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Location: Kin Gallery, Heritage Discovery Centre  
(Lower level Centre 2000 11330 106 St.) 
Cost: FREE, all ages are welcome 
Event Details: 
In partnership with the
Grande Prairie Stompede, special guest Bernie Benson, the first Stompede Queen (known then as Stompede Sue), will officially open the exhibit with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m.

Ribbon cutting is followed by guided tours and questions with Charles Taws, Curator with the Grande Prairie Museum, light refreshments and children's crafts and activities.

Free novelty cowboy hats are available to the first 50 people to view the exhibit, courtesy of the Grande Prairie Museum.






HRIA Eye Opener - Benefits Trends

When: 
Thursday , February 16 , 2017 at 8:00am to 10:00am
 
Venue: 
Grande Prairie - Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre 

Cost: 
Early Bird Member: $18 | Member: $30 | Early Bird Non-member: $42 | Non-member: $50 | Student Member: $18 | Student Non-member: $24

Register: 
About the Presentation
Grande Prairie's economy lends itself to periods of flux and challenging times can add stress to teams and benefit programs. It is essential for employers to ensure that their benefits plan philosophy aligns with their current programs in order to thrive in challenging times. Please join Dan Boorse for a discussion about:
  • Top benefit trends and strategies today
  • Tips for reviewing your benefits program
  • Tools and tips for successful benefits plan administration
  • Dealing with Renewals
  • In House disability policies
  • Late applicants
The goal of the session is for participants to learn about current trends in benefits and be able to take some tools and tips back to their respective organizations.

About the Speaker: Dan Boorse
Dan Boorse has been a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial for 8 years and Partner in Canwest Group Benefit consultants for 6 years. Canwest is the large group benefit brokerage company in Northern Alberta and One of the largest in the Province. Canwest is also the exclusive provider of the Chamber of Commerce Group Plan for Northern Alberta and BC. As an Advisor with Sun Life and Canwest, Dan Has qualified for Numerous National and Regional Awards and conventions, taking him to many destinations around the world. Some of these awards include Recruit of the in 2009 and Holistic Advisor on the Year in 2012. Whether it be insurance, investments or group benefits, Dan's true passion in the industry is helping clients build and understand their entire financial plan, including the group benefits portion of it.