B.O.S.S. Features Young Professionals – March 20th
Join the Chamber on Tuesday, March 20th for the next Business Owners Sharing Solutions (B.O.S.S.) session, featuring some of the Chamber’s Young Professional award recipients.
The panel will include Lisa Besseling of Stony Lake Furniture Co. Located on Stanley Street, Stony Lake Furniture Co. is Lakefield’s best-kept secret when it comes to beautifully designed furnishings and decor for your home or cottage. In addition to the retail component, design services are offered which helps to keep the business viable all year round.
Lisa uses various social media platforms to showcase product and design skills, and Style at Home magazine has published articles featuring her design work.
When Lisa received the Chamber’s Young Professional award in 2015, she had the following advice for other young professionals:
“Trust your gut and take the jump. The worst that can happen is that you fail, but at least you tried and you are still learning from the experience for the next time you try.”
Matt Logan of Logan Tree Experts and Erin McLean of McLean Berry Farm will also be on the panel, which will be moderated by Julia Wood of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development.
The BOSS seminar is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77, 10 Nicholls Street, Lakefield from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20th. A hot breakfast will be provided by Jack’s Family Restaurant. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for future members. Register now.
Recap of Annual General Meeting on February 21st
The Chamber thanks everyone who who attended the Annual General Meeting on February 21st — there was a great turn out once again.
The Chamber thanks the following refreshment donors for supporting this event: Chemong Lodge Steak & Seafood, Lakefield Foodland, Lakefield Pantry, M&M Food Market, Subway – Lakefield, The Nutty Bean Cafe, and The Village Inn.
2018-19 Kawartha Chamber Board of Directors
The Chamber’s incoming Board of Directors was elected at the AGM. The 2018-19 Board, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
- Chris Wilson, Let’s Get Digital
- Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing
- Garry Douglas, North Kawartha Design and Kawartha Lakes Construction
- Jillian Harrington, Clearview Cottage Resort
- Kevan Herod, Herod Financial Services
- Leslie Nunes, Kinetic Therapeutics
- Mike Walker, Agilec
- Penny Wilson, The Cozy Home
- Scott Matheson, CIBC
- Sheri Hockaday, Salon Sorella & Day Spa
- Tom LaBranche, Village Pet Food & Supply
- Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates
- Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts
2016-17 Annual Report
In preparation for the AGM, the Chamber’s 2016-17 Annual Report was released last week. The report highlights the Chamber’s events, programs, and accomplishments from the 2016-17 fiscal year. View the Annual Report.
Retiring Board Directors
At the AGM, the Chamber recognized three retiring Board Directors: Bryan Kingdon of ISL Insurance, the Chamber’s longest-standing Board member having served seven years; Brian Harrington of Clearview Cottage Resort, who represented the Chamber on the RTO8 Board for three years; and John Penny of JC Penny Accounting & Tax Services, who joined the Board in 2014 and served a term as Treasurer.
Retiring Directors were recognized with:
- A donation to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #77 (Lakefield) on behalf of Bryan Kingdon
- A donation to Lakefield Youth Unlimited on behalf of Brian Harrington
- A plaque presented to John Penny
Networking Event & Professional Development Sponsors
The Chamber extends a very special thank you to Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal Lepage Frank Real Estate, and Gerry Heron, Blue Diamond Window Cleaning, for their dedicated support of the Kawartha Chamber.
Lynn has graciously renewed as Professional Development Sponsor for 2018-19 and Blue Diamond Window Cleaning has renewed as the Networking Event Sponsor for the third year in a row.
The Chamber is proud to support events and organizations in its communities. In 2017, the Chamber supported 21 community events and initiatives.
At the AGM, the Chamber presented cheques to Jennie MacKenzie, Lakefield Village Merchants Ice Sculpture Carvings; Doug Northey, Chair of PolarFest; and Dot Smith, Lakefield Horticultural Society.
Welcome New Member
Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology
360 George Street N, Peterborough, 705-742-5565, www.oxfordedu.ca
“Oxford College’s accredited diploma programs can have you in your career in as little as 30 weeks. With 5 locations we are fortunate to have one located in the heart of Peterborough. With classes running morning, afternoon and evening you can maintain a schedule of work and school. The small class sizes allow for a more personal approach to learning. Oxford offers multiple financial aid options, career services assistance, ESL classes and more.”
Canadian Chamber Looks to Budget 2018 to Improve Competitiveness for Canadian Businesses
The federal budget is set to be released Tuesday, February 27th. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement last week in regards to the federal budget:
“Canadian competitiveness is eroding across the board and our membership-which includes thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses across the country-is deeply concerned.
“We regularly hear from businesses that the rising cost of running a business in Canada and the uncertainty caused by potential changes to the tax system are having a negative impact on their ability to grow, to create jobs and to compete for investment and customers at home and abroad. The Canadian Chamber looks forward to the federal budget to see what concrete steps the government will take to address these concerns.”
Chamber Members Are Hiring
- Pine Vista Resort – Resort Front Desk Position
- Timberline Custom Homes – Dump Truck & Small Equipment Operator
- The Village Inn – Night Audit Position
Notice of Public Consultation Meeting – Peterborough Utilities Inc. Dam 24 Hydro Project – February 28th
Peterborough Utilities Inc. (PUI) is proposing the development of the Dam 24 Hydro Project on the Otonabee River in the Township of Selwyn.
A public consultation meeting is being held on Wednesday, February 28th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre in the Neils Pind Room.
PUH will be presenting information on the project and soliciting feedback from the public.
Career Fair & Community Information – March 1st
A Career Fair and Community Information session is being held on Thursday, March 1st from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 (10 Nicholls St., Lakefield).
Learn about job openings, job search support, local services, and information. This is a free event for job seekers of all ages, employers and community agencies.
Employers include Beachwood Resort, Kawartha Lakes Construction, Oxford College, Savage Arms, Six Foot Bay Resort, Westwind Inn on the Lake, and more.
The event is hosted by Agilec, City and County of Peterborough, Municipality of Trent Lakes, and Township of Selwyn.
Rural Women’s Summit in Buckhorn – March 2nd
The First Annual Rural Women’s Summit is this Friday, March 2nd, at the Buckhorn Community Centre from 2 to 8 p.m.
From 2 to 5 p.m. there will be an afternoon panel, participant dialogue, and action planning, and from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be the evening keynote speaker, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and MP Peterborough-Kawartha, with music and refreshments.
Public Meeting for Buckhorn Greenspace/Streetscape Design Plan – March 7th
The Municipality of Trent Lakes Economic Development Committee invites you to attend a public meeting for the Buckhorn Greenspace/Streetscape Design Plan.
The meeting is taking place on Wednesday, March 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. in Hartley Hall at St. Matthews Church, 1937 Lakehurst Road, Buckhorn.
Everyone is welcome to attend this public meeting to learn about this exciting project, meet the project representatives and, most importantly, to provide input.
Peterborough County Award Nominations Deadline – March 15th
The County of Peterborough invites nominations for the County of Peterborough 2018 Recognition Awards. Nominations will be accepted for any resident or group residing in the County of Peterborough who has raised the profile or made an extraordinary contribution to our community.
The nominee shall not have received a County of Peterborough Recognition Award for a similar category within the last fifteen years. Unless otherwise indicated, there shall be one award for each Township in each category. Read more.
The nomination form is available here. Nominations close March 15th.
- Free Senior Skating, Lakefield – March 2nd
- Kawartha and Haliburton Trapper’s Carnival, North Kawartha Community Centre – March 3rd
- Public Skating, Apsley – March 3rd
- Paint Nite at the Buckhorn Community Centre – March 7th
For more information about the businesses and events listed above, please visit the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism website at kawarthachamber.ca.
All photos supplied by Kawartha Chamber of Commerce except where noted.