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TBDCC board signs on for another term, $1,000 raised for local hospital

September 30, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The annual Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday, September 23 at Woodington Lake Golf Club. Forty-five people attended the event that featured live music and fun surprises.

For the 2020/21 term board members will remain the same as the previous year, and are: President: Robyn Caruana; Treasurer: Brenda Horan; Secretary: Jerry Switzer; Directors: Martin Ranby, Tonia Salvaterra, Peter Barbati, Kiran Mann, and Linda Carr.

Guest speakers at the event were Jody Levac, President & CEO of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Mary Thomas, CEO of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Dr. Elizabeth Kirley.

Mr. Levac spoke on current hospital happenings and future projections. Ms Thomas spoke on how donations will help the hospital, and Dr. Kirley presented “Emojis, Business and the Law.

“Dr. Kirley’s presentation focused on etiquette in a digital age and how an emoji can get you into trouble with the law when misunderstood or not used in the correct context,” Caruana told The Times.

Musical entertainers were solo clarinettist Sean Derraugh, DJ We Love Sound Inc., plus a surprise Blue Grass music performance featuring board member Jerry Switzer and his band mates.

At the time of the AGM, membership at the TBDCC sat at 120 local businesses.

“We have a very diverse membership community from home-based businesses to large scale corporations, trades, food services and restaurants, store fronts and more,” confirms Caruana. “Our members are committed to providing the best services possible, while adhering to the TBDCC code of conduct.”

Membership is open and costs $199.95 per year.

“Member privileges include a fuel discount, group insurance plan, member to member discounts, networking with the business community, involvement in TBDCC events, information and involvement from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce,” said Caruana.

Over the past term, the TBDCC worked with its members to help ride out the pandemic.

“Although this year presented many COVID–19 related challenges, the Chamber continued to operate virtually and was able to deliver relevant updates and information to our members within a timely manner,” said Caruana in her AGM address. “We plan to continue to maintain this communication and support our members through these trying times. On a personal note, in my second year as President during a pandemic, I have seen many hardships in our community but I am also impressed by the success stories I’ve heard and how I have seen you all band together while navigating a new way of working. We are not out of the woods just yet but my hope is that we remain a strong and healthy business community. We will continue to work towards growing the Chamber’s presence, always endeavouring to meet your needs to the best of our ability and providing new, innovative opportunities for everyone.”

Over the upcoming term, Caruana says the TBDCC will focus on increasing membership while focusing on what businesses need to stay afloat.

“They need our support – whether that’s professional development, networking opportunities, events, or information sharing,” Caruana said.

The TBDCC is also looking to continue providing opportunities for businesses to showcase their strengths through social media and the Chamber website. 

“We’ll accomplish this by offering in person and virtual events, involving not only TBDCC members but the business community as a whole,” said Caruana. For more information, or to join the TDBCC visit www.tbdcc/why-join 

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