Cham­ber pres­i­dent re­signs

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

LO­CAL busi­ness­woman Heidi Ward has re­signed from her role as pres­i­dent of the Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Ms Ward handed in her res­ig­na­tion about three weeks ago and has been fo­cus­ing on her own sushi and cater­ing businesses.

“Ba­si­cally al­though I re­ally en­joyed it, the time and en­ergy it took to ac­com­plish some mi­nor though im­por­tant things led me to the de­ci­sion it was maybe bet­ter to fo­cus on my own busi­ness,” she said.

“Things that were im­por­tant to me, such as small ini­tia­tives to en­sure the tourists had a fan­tas­tic hol­i­day and wanted to re­turn, of­ten seemed to be over­looked or pushed into the back­ground by other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Be­ing a long-term lo­cal it’s very im­por­tant to un­der­stand the ta­pes­try of people in the re­gion and how the com­mu­nity works, hence many of the de­ci­sions be­ing made in the com­mu­nity at present are very dif­fi­cult for me to ac­cept.”

The Cham­ber’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee said they would like to thank Ms Ward for the en­ergy she brought to the Cham­ber and they ac­knowl­edged her con­tri­bu­tions as pres­i­dent, “in­clud­ing but not limited to her in­cred­i­ble ef­forts in es­tab­lish­ing the school hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity pro­grams, de­vis­ing the ini­tial strat­egy for the Change for Change pro­gram and never giv­ing up on 2013 Christ­mas lights for the main street of Air­lie”.

“Given that Cham­ber was only formed in 2013 and has limited funds, it should be noted that with­out Heidi’s per­sis­tence and pas­sion, many of the ini­tia­tives deli- vered in the first few months since Cham­bers in­cep­tion, may not have been pos­si­ble,” sec­re­tary Naomi Clark said.

“Heidi’s pas­sion for the Whit­sun­day re­gion and Air­lie Beach is un­ques­tion­able and the com­mit­tee wish her all the best in her fu­ture en­deav­ours.”

Cham­ber vice pres­i­dent Philip Lars­son has taken over as in­terim pres­i­dent and at a mem­bers meet­ing on Tues­day night, the call-out was made for two additional com­mit­tee mem­bers.

For more in­for­ma­tion email info@air­liebeachcham­

RE­SIGNED: Heidi Ward has re­signed from her role as pres­i­dent of the Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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