Jane Sharpe leav­ing cham­ber

Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce look­ing for new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN Colin.Ma­cLean@Jour­nal­Pi­oneer.com @Jour­nalPMacLean

Jane Sharpe will soon be re­tir­ing from the Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Sharpe has served as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor since March 2013.

She in­formed the cham­ber’s board sev­eral weeks ago that she would be de­part­ing this month

It’s sad to leave be­hind a job she loves, but ex­cit­ing to be mov­ing on to other things, said Sharpe.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed the time. It’s been a re­ally in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“I’m a small town girl, but I worked in down­town Toronto for al­most 30 years. So I’ve loved the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing and work­ing in a place where I can get to know so many peo­ple.”

Dur­ing her ten­ure, Sharpe helped the cham­ber nav­i­gate some tur­bu­lent years as its long-time fundraiser and com­mu­nity trade show, the Show­case, came to an end.

She’s par­tic­u­larly proud of the ef­forts that fol­lowed in hold­ing two eco­nomic con­fer­ences that dis­cussed mov­ing Sum­mer­side for­ward eco­nom­i­cally. This year also saw the launch of Choose Sum­mer­side, which is a cam­paign to high­light the com­mu­nity’s strengths.

As for what comes next for Sharpe – she has some big plans.

“I’m go­ing to sit on my front porch, look at the wa­ter and pet my dogs. That’s my plan,” she said.

But she will still be in­volved with the cham­ber on a vol­un­teer ba­sis, at least for this year. She will be help­ing with the Choose Sum­mer­side ini­tia­tive and with the an­nual busi­ness ex­cel­lence awards.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent, Dan Kutcher, said he is sorry to see Sharpe go, but happy for her that she is able to start this new chap­ter in her life.

“Jane has left the Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce in a much bet­ter po­si­tion than when she found us,” said Kutcher.

He also said that or­ga­ni­za­tion will start the process of hir­ing a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. A job post­ing will be go­ing out soon and a new per­son should in place by Septem­ber.

The Cham­ber is also or­ga­niz­ing a re­tire­ment party for Sharpe. It is be­ing held Aug. 9 at the Sil­ver Fox, start­ing at 6 p.m.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Jane Sharpe has served as the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Greater Sum­mer­side Cham­ber of Com­merce since 2013. She is re­tir­ing this month.

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