Celebrating Chamber Week
It’s a bit earlier than usual this year, but Chamber Week is just around the corner, including the annual general meeting.
“It happens every year, usually around the third week of February,” Jennifer Brandle-McCall, Chamber CEO, said. “It’s the time we celebrate and inform the public on the activities of the chamber and the growth, and what we contributed to the community.”
She said this year Chamber Week will be quieter than during other years because they are currently involved in a number of other activities.
However, one event is Coffee with the CEO. Brandle-McCall said members can stop by on Feb. 19 between 8 and 9 a.m. to have a coffee and discussion.
“It’s a chance to connect with me directly,” she said. “I really need to keep my ear to the concerns and issues members are facing, but it’s also a chance for a roundtable introduction, to meet other members, hear briefly about what they do, what they have to offer and why they joined the Chamber.”
The next event is the annual AGM.
“It’s usually quite a bit later in the year, but we’ve really moved it earlier and earlier, this year to Feb. 21. We generally get abut 100 people attend. I’d love to see those numbers grow. Any member in good standing is given one vote.”
She added the new board is voted in. Currently there are seven seats available on the board, five two-year positions and two one-year positions.
“We’ve confirmed there will be at least nine people running, and there will be nominations from the floor as well.”
Currently there is one person’s name standing for the position of chamber president. Brandle-McCall said
Derek Dougherty with Canadian Western Bank is running for president.
“But the AGM’s not just about the election,” she said.
She said it’s for those who feel a little out of the loop, adding in less than two hours they can download everything the chamber was involved in the last year.
“We are also introducing our future plan, which will take us take to 2017. This hasn’t been offered in the past. We haven’t done this in the recent past. We hadn’t had a long term vision. We’ve narrowed this to four goals, then under each we have objectives.”
The doors for the AGM open at 5 p.m. at the Coast Inn of the North. She said there are likely to be appetizers and a cash bar. The event, she said, lasts about an hour-and-a-half with the new board being sworn in after the election.
On Feb. 22 MLA Pat Bell will talk about the provincial budget, to be released Feb. 19, and discuss growing B.C. jobs and protecting them.