I would like thank all the members and guests who took the time to come to our AGM. It was a very informative meeting with some great speakers. For those who haven’t heard, we have a few changes on our Board of Directors this year.
Mary Shields has decided to step down from the Board but thankfully will still be active on committee level. This Chamber would not exist if not for the foresight and hard work that Mary tirelessly exuded. We all thank you Mary for your perseverance and guidance and look forward to your continued support.
David Netherton, who has done an amazing job guiding our Board and renewing our focus for the past few years as Chair, is now the Secretary/Treasurer. I thank you David on behalf of the Board for your dedication and look forward to your continued commitment and assistance moving forward.
Jaqueline Guagliardi has been elected Vice-Chair. Jaqueline is a founding Board member and her experience, insight and outlook will be welcome to this position.
I would like to welcome Chris Narysingh to the Board of Directors along with returning Board members Chris Bailey, Caroline Bolduc and Patricia Kastenak. I thank the Board for your continued dedication and look forward to working together on behalf of our membership.
We have also created an Administrative Director position in order to keep on top of the infrastructure and membership responsibilities. Elsie Miller has graciously stepped down from the Board to embrace this challenge and will be beneficial in keeping us in line with policies, procedures, and directives from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as well as her other duties.
The membership should be proud of the accomplishments we have had and the strong foundation that has been set by the previous Board of Directors, and having spent a lot of time on important groundwork to enable sustained growth for the Chamber, we are ready to go and grow.
I am looking forward to building on that foundation. I would like to see a greater presence in the community which I believe would garner more interest and increased membership as well as having the Chamber better recognized as an asset for business in regards to resources, support, and advocacy. I envision a positive working relationship with the Town Council and the new Economic Development Officer. The Economic Development Plan that will be introduced will create some exciting times with the prospect of growth and opportunity for the Town of Erin and the businesses within and throughout the Town.
I invite members to keep in touch through the website or feel free to contact any Board member or Elsie if you have any concerns that we may be able to help with. Remember, we are all in this together and with our collective resources, be it Local, Provincial or Canada wide, any concern can be addressed to aid in the success of your business.
We will keep you informed of future events and I look forward to seeing you there.
Dave Doan, Chair
East Wellington Chamber of Commerce