April/May 2021
Chamber News - April/May 2021
Welcome to the April/May Chamber newsletter.

As I write this, it is Volunteer Appreciation Week 2021. A big thank you to all who volunteer in our community. Also from myself a HUGE thank you to the Chamber's volunteer Board of Directors. I couldn't do what I do without you supporting me.

On March 29th we held out Annual General Meeting and our new Board was elected for the current term.
President - Chela Breckon, with Chela Inc.
Vice President - Cyndi Mills, Canadian Military Family Magazine
Treasurer - Stephanie Hewitt, under contract with the Township of Laurentian Valley
Past President - Meghan Sutherland, Meridian Credit Union
Board Secretary/Executive Director - Lorraine MacKenzie
Christine Mitchell, Town of Petawawa
Heather Sutherland, City of Pembroke (temporarily filled by Heather Salovaara)
Bernadette Reinert, RBC Royal Bank
Meredith Evans, TD Bank
Jody Bucholtz, Local Immigration Partnership of Lanark-Renfrew
Christelle Sam, Stone Moss Construction
Maria Robinson, Eagle Tax Service

This will be a year of transition for the Chamber as it was announced at the AGM, that I will be retiring at the end of October. As of this coming September, I will have served the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce for 25 years. The Board will form a hiring committee to find the appropriate candidate for the job.

A reminder that there are still 2021 memberships that are outstanding. We would appreciate prompt payment. If you have not received your please contact me and I will re-send it to you. Please note everyone has had a very difficult 2020 and we don't want to put undue financial pressure on you so if you find yourself in a position not being able to pay at this time please contact the Chamber office and we can work on options for you.

Stay safe!
Lorraine MacKenzie,
Executive Director
Wellness Event - April 23rd, 2021
Renfrew County Community Futures is hosting a Wellness event this Friday April 23rd starting at 10:00 am. This is a FREE virtual workshop. You are invited to join them for some well-deserved R & R with a a morning designed to promote wellness of both the body and mind.
Classes include:
Stress Busting Techniques
Stress Busting Super Foods
Tranquil Home Office
Chair Yoga - Work out at Work

This is the registration link.

PPRC Disability Awareness & Etiquette Webinar
Performance Plus Rehabilitation Care Inc. (PPRC) is holding a webinar training event on May 13, 2021 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

PPRC have been matching employers with job seekers who have a disability since 1994. That's why they're your trusted partner for learning these vital inclusive communication skills. Etiquette guidelines help your team, refer, interact and respond to persons who have a disability.

What You Will Learn:
  • Understand the disability community
  • How to Refer, Interact and Respond
  • How to become more inclusive
  • How to set up your team for success
To register for the English webinar please click to following link:
Post Pandemic Recovery Renfrew County Labour Market Forums Report
Algonquin College, Labour Market Group Renfrew-Lanark, City of Pembroke and Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce held four Post Pandemic Labour Market Forums on March 11th and 12th.

Grand & Toy Special Deals for Chamber Members on PPE
Chamber partner Grand & Toy has special prices on select PPE Essentials.

If you have any questions or to purchase please contact:
Account Manager: Eric Foley
Mobile Number: 1-343-961-7291
Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation Spring Lotto
The Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation is getting ready to launch their Spring Lotto for Health Care.

Deadline for tickets is June 23rd at 11:30 am.

Tickets start at $25

Links for Resources for Businesses - COVID 19
Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce
I will be posting media releases and information on our Facebook Page (this is the quickest way to get information out in a timely manner.)
Follow us on our page:

Invest Renfrew County
Renfrew County
Renfrew County District Health Unit
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Government of Canada
Ontario Government
Municipal Governments
Please stay safe and at home as much as possible and go out only when absolutely necessary.
For those essential service workers THANK YOU!!! You are appreciated.

Please stay in in touch with the Chamber, we are here to help the best we can. I am working remotely and will be checking for phone messages on a regular basis and will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


Lorraine MacKenzie
Executive Director