Chamber successes during a year of transition
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | June 6, 2019|
It’s been a year of transition at the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce with manager Jennifer Locke celebrating her one-year anniversary on May 28 and president Andrea Strano stepping into her role mid-term.
With a growing membership base and stable slate of directors, the chamber had many successes, Locke told members at the 58th annual general meeting at Rhubarb Restaurant last Tuesday morning.
She conceded it had been a “whirlwind” of learning: about member businesses, and community economic development.
Locke said the chamber’s social media reach and engagement continues to go up; their events continue to grow in popularity and they continue to sign on new members.
“We worked this year to foster and build relationships to improve the chamber’s profile,” she added.
She highlighted partnerships that produced the #buycloseby project, which has been successful, and the more recent workforce development video that has had tens of thousands of views. There were also six small business week events in the fall, monthly chamber breakfasts and the gala.
She thanked administrative assistant Angela Jones for her help.
She said with a new board, they will continue to work on housekeeping items, including policies, procedures and governance structure.
Strano agreed, saying this term will be about updating the strategic plan, governance structures “and ensuring our activities are strategic and value-added to members.
“I see a bright future ahead for the chamber with a strong focus on partnerships, collaboration and ensuring to provide strong advocacy to enhance value for our members and strengthen our business community,” she said.
The 2019-2020 board comprises: Bram Lebo, Stefan Bjelis, Andrea Strano, Greg Hebert, Patrick Louch, Joe Cox, Lisa Tompkins and four new board members: Amanda Virtanen, Rob Berthelot, Emily Keller and Dr. Jennifer Morrow.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.