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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.

Token for a Tooney

Clearwater’s 1989 & 1990 Trade Dollars


By Anne Krawec

In 1988, Jim London, Chamber President, said we should have some “Clearwater Bucks”. So, being a money and coin collector, I volunteered for the project. I researched having paper money printed by the B C Lottery Commission. When it became evident that the printing of paper money was not a good idea, I then pursued the venture to make coins or tokens to be used as legal currency within the Chamber area. I eventually found the Sherrit-Gordon Mint in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

The first Trade Dollar or Token was issued by the Clearwater & District Chamber of Commerce in the spring of 1989. It is made of Nickel Bonded Steel, size 32 mm.

One side has an image of “Jerry, the Moose” for Wells Gray Park 50th Anniversary and the other has a high-lited North American Moose in the centre, plus “Gateway to Wells Gray Park”. “Jerry” was a real moose raised at the Park Ranger Station at the entrance to Wells Gray Park.

ALSO, In 1990 Clearwater celebrated its 65th Anniversary as a post office called “Clearwater Station.” To commerate this occasion a token was also minted. This coin depicts Raft Peak; on the slopes are trees, a person skiing, and a man fishing near a river. So, with next year being Clearwater’s 90th Anniversary, we the chamber are promoting this occasion early by selling off our supply of these tokens also.

These Trade Dollars were used as legal currency in our area. Most businesses and the banks accepted the Token as real currency.

NOW, 25 years later, and with Wells Gray Park’s 75th Anniversary nearing, the Chamber will be selling off our supply of these non-redeemable tokens as a way of making money for Chamber highway signs.

If any business wishes to market these shiny uncirculated coins as tourist memorabilia or gifts, please contact the Chamber Office at OR phone 250-674-3530 to find out more information

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.”