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Posted: October 1, 2021

Chamber hosting workshop on vaccine passports

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a workshop from the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) and the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5 over Zoom.

The session will clarify rules around the proof of vaccine certificate as they apply to different types of businesses in the food service sector and the fitness industry. Food service and fitness facility owners are encouraged to attend.

Presenting will be Samantha Scholefield, Program Manager at the BCRFA. Scholefield is currently overseeing the restaurant restart initiatives for the BCRFA, including developing materials, educating operators, and facilitating the Industry Panel.

Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BCRFA will start the meeting and connect with the food service operators.

The FIC represents the voice of fitness facility operators across Canada. Presenting from FIC will be Sara Hodson, President of the FIC. Joining Hodson will be Carl Ulmer, treasurer of FIC. Hodson and Ulmer have experience on the industry engagement table, which worked with the Ministry of Health regarding COVID restrictions for the fitness industry.

Helen Baron, Executive Director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, is honoured to have Scholenfield, Tostenson, Hodson, and Ulmer present to the community.

“COVID restrictions have been hard on every industry, and we are excited to have the BCRFA and FIC provide clarity on these restrictions for our local food service and fitness facility providers. Right now, the business community needs that clarity, and we are happy to be able to provide it,” she said.

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce has been working to provide supports to the business community throughout the pandemic. The chamber has asked for community feedback regarding restrictions, held roundtables for businesses to discuss best practices, and has provided resources for the business community.

Testimonials from the community have been passed along to provincial leaders to advocate the voice of Cranbrook business.

These efforts are still ongoing. If you would like to share your experiences re: COVID restrictions, the proof of vaccine certificate, or other issues affecting your business, please feel free to reach out to the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce at 250-426-5914, or email [email protected]

The Zoom Link for this meeting is

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

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