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Clearwater Chamber elects new board

2017 Clearwtaer BC Chamber of Commerce Directors
Members of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce’s new board pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) directors Bonnie Ruttan, Lorne Selbee, Flo Amundson and Trudy Anderson, (front, l-r) secretary Goldie Krawec, vice-president Sandie Robinson, president Jeff Lamond, and treasurer Judy Annis. — image credit: Keith McNeill
  • by  Keith McNeill – Clearwater Times
  • Clearwater BC posted Mar 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Just over a dozen members of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce met to choose a new board of directors during the organization’s annual general meeting on Thursday evening.

The meeting was held at Wells Gray Inn.

Members of the new executive are president Jeff Lamond, vice-president Sandie Robinson, secretary Goldie Krawec, and treasurer Judy Annis. Trudy Anderson was elected as a two-year director, while Cheryl Thomas, Lorne Selbee, Flo Anderson and Bonnie Ruttan are one-year directors.

The new board decided to continue meeting on the third Tuesday evening of the month. Rather than being held at Dutch Lake Community Center, however, the meetings will be held at Wells Gray Inn.

Some of the meetings will have guest speakers and will be for all Chamber members as well as the general public.

Major highlight of the past year was the Chamber hosting the 53rd Of the Year awards banquet, said vice-president Sandie Robinson in her report. The last time it was held was in 2012.

She noted that she had become a director in 2015, became vice-president when that position became vacant, and then took over the responsibilities of president when that position became vacant as well.

Many members and potential members are not fully aware of the benefits of belonging to the Chamber, Robinson said.

These include discounts on fuel from some service stations as well as insurance coverage.

Outgoing treasurer Jeff Lamond reported that the Of the Year banquet was a joint operation with Clearwater Ski Club. The event raised about $4,000 for the club and was attended by about 160 people.

The Chamber had 92 members during 2016, he said, which was consistent with previous years.

The map project was a success, with 55 advertisers on the back and 12 corporate sponsors on the front.

The Chamber printed 12,000 maps for the map project, reported secretary Goldie Krawec. Nearly 5,000 of these were given to Wells Gray Infocentre to distribute, while each advertiser got a bundle of 50.

Director Cheryl Thomas reported that the Chamber also was involved in National Forest Week and in hosting an all candidates forum. She represented the Chamber at Tourism Wells Gray, District of Clearwater and other meetings.

Link to Newspaper article (.pdf): 2017 Mar 30 NEWS Chamber elects new board

Chamber president gives progress report during annual general meeting

2016 Clearwater & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Members of the new Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce board pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) director Cheryl Thomas, vice-president Sandy Robinson, directors Sandy McKenzie and Robert Beaudry, (front, l-r) secretary Goldie Krawec and president Jon Kreke.
— image credit: Keith McNeill

Although there is still work to be done, Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce has made progress over the past year, President Jon Kreke reported during the organization’s annual general meeting on April 4.

Possibly the most important change was coordinating with Information Wells Gray so that all the staff at Wells Gray Info Centre are from the latter organization. Having some of the staff from the Chamber and some from IWG did not meaningfully improve the service to the public and created extra work for Chamber members, Kreke felt.

Much the same board of directors was voted back in, with the addition of Robert Beaudry as a new director.

Special guest speakers at the AGM were District of Clearwater chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx and director of finance Wes Renaud.

The two gave a presentation on the municipality’s budget, including the 5.5 per cent tax increase planned for this year.

“We’re quite busy with prospective investors right now,” Groulx said, speaking in her role as the District of Clearwater’s economic development officer. Unfortunately, she could not disclose any details.

Road maintenance is the biggest single item in the budget.

During the spring, most roads in the municipality are restricted to 70 per cent of axel load.

The cost of operating the Sportsplex is shared 60/40 with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with Clearwater picking up the bigger share.

New map highlights small businesses

Small Businesses Map
Local government and Chamber of Commerce representatives check out a new business information map set up near Brookfield Mall on Oct. 21 during Small Business Week. Pictured are (l-r) TNRD services coordinator Sherri Madden, Clearwater councillor Gord Heisterman, Clearwater CAO Leslie Groulx, Clearwater councillor Shelley Sim, Chamber director Goldie Krawec, Owen Lamond, Chamber president Jeff Lamond, and Chamber director Joanne Ovenden.

Keith McNeill

By Keith McNeill – Clearwater Times Published: November 03, 2013 3:00 AM Visitors will have a new aid to help them find their way around Clearwater and area with a business map recently erected on the meridian by Brookfield Mall. “It also has information about Vavenby and Blue River,” said Jeff Lamond, president of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce. “We have members in both those places and we want to get more.” The location is good because tourists and locals come there to get groceries, he said. There is space left on the map for pictures and advertisements. The reverse side is to be a community bulletin board to promote local events such a the Stargazing Festival held each summer. “What’s really exciting is there are 98 businesses and services listed,” said District of Clearwater councillor and acting-mayor Shelley Sim. “This map makes visible what a vibrant community this is.”

Things to Do in Clearwater and Wells Gray Country

List of hints and things to do in Clearwater and Wells Gray Country area.

Need to Know – Clearwater is 134 kilometres north of Kamloops on the Yellowhead Highway (#5).

Accommodations range from modest hotels and motels to cozy B&Bs. Clearwater has one grocery store, a pharmacy, two financial institutions, hardware outlets, camping and outdoor stores plus a health food store in town. Local gas stations also sell assorted convenience foods. Several places to eat all year round. Many one of a kind stores of interest.

Most of the following activities, events and businesses may be listed under our Business Directory. Events can be found under the District of Clearwater Calendar of Events, Tourism Wells Gray, or Information Wells Gray. Most events are listed by month or season.

Click here to open our list of Things to do in Clearwater (.pdf)