Cham­ber wel­comes new board mem­bers

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce has a few new faces on its board, al­beit they are fa­mil­iar faces.

The Cham­ber held its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on Thurs­day, March 23 at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. Nathan Flem­ing of RBC has re­turned to the board for his sec­ond term. Cindy Clark of Canalta has also re­turned to the board, as did Jeff Hall of Mey­ers Nor­ris Penny. Both have served pre­vi­ously as pres­i­dent. Lan­don Bosch has com­pleted his term and stepped down and Darcy Thomp­son did not let his name stand.

It has been a busy year for the Cham­ber as Pres­i­dent Shel­ley Ry­mal out­lined in her re­port to the Cham­ber, and ad­vo­cacy con­tin­ues to be one of its fo­cuses. Last year it worked with the Town of Drumheller Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment of­fi­cer to cre­ate a doc­u­ment that out­lines steps re­quired to open a busi­ness in Drumheller. It also con­tin­ues to work with other agen­cies such as Com­mu­nity Fu­tures and Travel Drumheller to de­velop co­he­sive plans to work to­gether.

The Cham­ber was busy last year with its many events in­clud­ing the Spring Expo, the an­nual Canada Day Pa­rade and its golf tour­na­ment. It also hosted other events in­clud­ing its 5th an­nual Women in Busi­ness Mixer in June, it Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards Gala dur­ing Small Busi­ness Week and the an­nual Jin­gle Min­gle. In 2017, it added its Lunch and Learn Se­ries.

One press­ing con­cern for the Cham­ber is the con­di­tion of the World’s Largest Di­nosaur. It had a struc­tural as­sess­ment com­pleted in 2015, and it con­tin­ues to work through the rec­om­men­da­tions of that re­port. Last year the World’s Largest Di­nosaur Legacy Fund pro­vided $12,000 of grants to com­mu­nity projects.

In 2016, the Cham­ber had a mem­ber­ship of 231 and wel­comed 15 new mem­bers last year.

At the swear­ing in cer­e­mony at the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce AGM are (l-r) Cindy Clark, Nathan Flem­ing, Mayor Terry Ye­men and Jeff Hall.

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