Chamber names board of directors, announces community sponsorship progam

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By Scott Costen

The South Queens Chamber of Commerce entered 2018 with renewed energy, a better financial position and a new program to engage and support community groups.

That was the message from SQCC president Jonathan Lloy at the group’s annual general meeting, held yesterday at Lane’s Privateer Inn.

SQCC president Jonathan Lloy speaks to fellow chamber members and guests, including Mayor David Dagley, District 2 councillor Heather Kelly and District 3 councillor Brian Fralic. (Queens County Citizen)

“2017 was an exciting year for the chamber,” Lloy said, pointing to outreach efforts including the “Best of Queens” awards, the provincial candidates’ debate at the Astor Theatre, a luncheon with Aqualitas CEO Myrna Gilis and SQCC-sponsored free skates at Queens Place Emera Centre.

He also pointed to SQCC’s response to small business tax changes that were contemplated, but mostly abandoned, by the federal government.

The chamber “added its voice” to those opposing the changes, Lloy said. The SQCC wrote the area’s Member of Parliament, Bernadette Jordan, to outline its concerns. “Although she did not respond to us, we were heard,” he said.

In other news, treasurer Bill Smyth said the chamber’s operational deficit had declined dramatically, from $2,670 in 2016 to less than $600 in 2017.

During his remarks, Lloy mentioned a new chamber initiative meant to foster partnerships with local volunteer groups. The Community Membership Program will help groups join the chamber and enable them to benefit from the SQCC’s promotional and networking efforts.

The following members were named to the SQCC’s 2018 board of directors:

  • Jonathan Lloy
  • Melissa Robinson
  • Jonathan Gee
  • Bill Smyth
  • Kevin Page
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Kerry Morash
  • Larry Cochrane
  • Jill Cruikshank
  • Ashley Christian
  • Doreen Stuart
  • Chassity Allison

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