At an event held on Tuesday afternoon in recognition of National Economic Development Week, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership opened its doors as a way of helping develop a further understanding on how the organization is working for the community.

The open house was well attended and helpful conversations around priorities embraced by SLEP were taking place throughout the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. gathering.

Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and pictured with SLEP CEO Stephen Thompson, was in attendance. De Silva is also on the board of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

 

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Thanks to this month’s host,  WMA Promotions, May’s Business After 5 will be taking place next Wednesday, May 15 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club.

Members and guests will be treated to a golf-themed event (no surprise given the venue!) and another great opportunity to network in one of the community’s most appealing places to relax and network.

WMA Promotions, our sponsor, is a marketing and promotions company owned by Wayne Archer, who is pictured with Kendra Langis, a member of his team.

Thanks also to a dedicated volunteer committee that works hard to make each and every Business After 5 gathering the best possible spot to exercise your networking skills.  We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, May 15, beginning at 5 p.m. and running through 7 p.m.

See you there!

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Delegates to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Convention gathered last weekend to consider several resolutions, including two that were presented by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Both Board Chair Ryan Bell and President and CEO Shirley de Silva were in attendance at the event, which was held in Muskoka starting last Friday and concluding on Sunday.

One of the resolutions sponsored by the Chamber urged the Provincial Government to improve the quality of roads in Ontario by implementing higher standards for asphalt used in paving and measuring the subsequent performance of the material.

Another, which was co-authored with the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, urges the Government to introduce a compulsory course on business and commerce principles. Such a course, which would be required in order to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, would be based on existing business and family economics curriculum.

”The real value of coming together with Chambers and Boards of Trade from every part of Ontario is being able to come to united positions on various issues of importance to our members,” said de Silva.

”Representatives of the Government not only listen to what a unified Chamber Network has to say on key issues, but they seek out the opinions of business, as represented by our members. Plus, we have evidence that the collective input of the business community does influence the details of proposed legislation,” she added.

 

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has an opportunity for a summer student who will work at its offices.

The person selected for the position, which will include eight weeks of work, will help with various projects being undertaken by the Chamber.

Expressions of interest should be directed to Shirley de Silva, president and CEO, by email or by phoning (519) 336-2400.

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The Sarnia Community Foundation has announced the selection of five area women who will be honoured at an event on Thursday, June 20, among them one of our own—Mary Jean O’Donnell, who serves as first vice chair on the board of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Other women selected by the Sarnia Community Foundation include Shauna Carr, Cathy Dobson, April Lepore and Anne McGugan.

“These are women who support one another, who work on common goals, who help other people achieve their dreams, and who share their gifts willingly,” said Jane Anema, executive director of the Sarnia Community Foundation.

The June 20 event will take place at the Sarnia Riding Club. Tickets are $50 and available through the Sarnia Community Foundation office by phoning (519) 332-2588. A portion of proceeds will support the Women’s Interval Home Fund, the Blue Eyes Big Heart Scholarship and Joanne Klauke Labelle Scholarship at the Sarnia Community Foundation.

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It’s been 10 years since one of our community’s more personal organizations officially opened its doors to service and St. Joseph’s Hospice is marking that anniversary throughout the month of May, starting with a Community Open House on Monday, May 6, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to add its support to St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia-Lambton, in recognition of the impact it has had over the first 10 years of its existence, through both its Resource Centre and Residence, located at 475 Christina St. North.

Visitors are welcome to stop in at the Resource Centre to meet the nursing team, staff, fundraisers and volunteers, and to take a tour.

Learning more about the 10-bed residence and various programs and support groups that St. Joseph’s Hospice provides to our community is incredibly worthwhile and the Chamber is pleased to lend its support in drawing attention to one of the organizations that positively impacts the quality of life—through all its phases.

 

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Thanks to this month’s host,  WMA Promotions, May’s Business After 5 will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club.

Members and guests will be treated to a golf-themed event (no surprise given the venue!) and another great opportunity to network in one of the community’s most appealing places to relax and network.

Thanks also to a dedicated volunteer committee that works hard to make each and every Business After 5 gathering the best possible spot to exercise your networking skills.  We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, May 15, beginning at 5 p.m. and running through 7 p.m.

See you there!

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While the Human Resources Professionals Association Sarnia and District Chapter is presenting its second annual Sarnia & District Fair next Wednesday, May 7, the organization is still looking for local providers of safety, health and wellness services and information to who may be interested in hosting a booth at the event.

There is no cost to hosting a booth at the Wellness Fair, which takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Malawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, 1972 Virgil Ave., Sarnia.

In addition to the Wellness Fair, there are two sessions—a lunchtime session that takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (How to Conduct an Effective Accident Investigation), and a dinner session that runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Why Do Smart People Do Stupid, Unsafe Things).

Organizations registering for a booth BY MAY 1 will receive two free passes to the lunchtime session. Register to host a booth by emailing chair@hrpasarnia.ca

Registration for the lunchtime or dinner session is $25. You can register and pay for these by visiting www.hrpa.ca/HRPAChapters/sarnia.

 

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The local office of Express Employment Professionals is co-hosting a free online seminar on Diversity and Inclusion as part of its ExpressTalks series on topics of interest from a professional development perspective.

The half-hour presentation takes place this Thursday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to noon (Eastern).

The presenter is Patty Smith, vice president of Human Resource and Compliance for Express Employment Professionals. For the past 10 years, Smith has offered extensive leadership and organizational development solutions and is known as a dynamic and strategic innovator with extensive experience in change management, organizational development assessments and transformations, executive coaching, emerging brand strategic planning, succession planning, and knowledge management.

Register online by clicking HERE.

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is about to begin the lead-up to the annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala, which this year takes place on Friday, October 18 at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Sarnia.

On Wednesday, May 8, the official launch of the nomination period takes place at an event to take place at noon at the Imperial Theatre.

Thanks to the generous support of Libro Credit Union, a great partner who is returning as the title sponsor, the Chamber is well poised to make this 30th anniversary event another great one for companies and individuals.

The key for those who are nominated is to put their best foot forward in showing the entire community what it means to set new standards of achievement in the 16 categories of the OBAAs.

In a spirit of continuous improvement, an operating philosophy that many organizations have embraced over many years—even decades—the Chamber is working to make it easier for companies and individuals to be nominated.

There was a day, not so very long ago, when mounds of paper were the norm, starting with paper-based nomination forms, plus the submissions of those nominated for an Outstanding Business Achievement Award.

During last year’s event, the Chamber took big steps toward slimming down the paperwork. This year staff and volunteers hope to do even better, not just by continuing with the online nomination form but with improvements to the workflow that will make tracking each nominee through acceptance, submission and judging more efficient.

It’s a task that Chamber president and CEO Shirley de Silva hopes will improve the entire process, even as she expresses gratitude for those who lend their expertise to the process.

“Three decades of focusing on the achievement of so many companies has become a big part of the narrtive that those who attend the OBAA event are able to share throughout the year,” said de Silva.

“It’s events like the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala that help push us forward, even as we look to our peers for encouragement and congratulations on the kind of accomplishments that we can all celebrate together.”

Look to the Chamber website (and this newsletter) for upcoming news on the 2019 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards gala, including a link to the digital nomination form.

 

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