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.