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Posted: April 27, 2015

Chamber installs new board at AGM

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting on April 23 at the Fernie Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge.

Fifty guests were in attendance to review the annual report, financials, and elect board directors.

Mayor Mary Giuliano brought greetings from the city and spoke about the importance of business in our community.

The annual report highlighted the work done by the governance and memberships committees. Outgoing board president Todd Fyfe stated, “our committees this year have been exceptionally well run. We have a fantastic structure and very clear terms of reference for each of the committees. I look forward to those committees producing more great work in 2015.”

Eight nominees ran for six open board positions. The elected members included Sheila Byers, Graeme Nunn, Paul Arcoite, Anita Palmer, Steve Preston, and Alicia Clarke. They will join Todd Fyfe, Vanessa Croome, Tristan Woods, Ryan Frazer, Geof Hare, and Tammy Ogden to create the 12-member board.

While ballots were being counted, a panel discussion was held with incoming board president Sheila Byers and new executive director Patty Vadnais.

Byers covered items in the chamber’s strategic plan focusing on financial sustainability, membership services, advocacy, and governance. Vadnais spoke about creating educational sessions and workshops for members to strengthen their businesses. Also announced was the Business Book Nook. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce will collect book recommendations from members and share them through the program partners Fernie Heritage Library and Polar Peek Books and Treasures.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce thanks its many sponsors including the coffee sponsor Telus, and gold sponsors Fernie Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge and Super 8 Fernie.

Anyone with inquiries about joining the Chamber of Commerce is invited to contact Vadnais at the office or call 250-423-6868.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best-practices, business excellence, and non- partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in Fernie.”

Fernie Chamber of Commerce


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