PRESIDENT’S REPORT –
Celebrating Business Excellence in Langley!
On Thursday October 26th, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce was honoured to recognize and celebrate over 95 outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations at our 21st Annual Business Excellence Awards. We are particularly proud that such interest has been generated in the Awards as they involve the entire Langley Business community. The gala was a huge success! With 340 attendees, stellar décor and an amazing meal, it was a fantastic evening all around. I extend our sincere gratitude to the Chamber Team and all the member businesses and organizations that so generously sponsored the Event. The comedic MC Duo of DJ’s Karen Daniels and Clay St. Thomas of JRFM radio did not disappoint, keeping everyone on their toes during the evening. I would like to extend congratulations to all of the nominees and award recipients for your outstanding business practices and your commitment to our community. Congratulations on being recognized by your community, peers and friends.
The Greater Langley Chamber offered its members several opportunities for learning and networking throughout October, over 600 participants at 9 events. Thank you so much for your support! We wish to also thank the sponsor businesses of these many events, without our sponsors we would not be able to provide so many diverse opportunities for our members. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 2018 please contact our Executive Director Colleen Clark for various opportunities.
As many of you have heard, the Federal Government has announced some further changes to its proposed Federal Tax Changes. Thank you to all of you that submitted letters, emails or videos regarding how the proposed changes would affect you and your business, together as a Chamber Network, our voices were heard, and change was implemented. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce however remains cautious, waiting to see what the final legislation will be and how will it impact you, our membership. We will remain vigilant, working with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, to provide feedback and information on your behalf.
Since 1980, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce has offered the HD Stafford Good Citizen of the Year Award to a deserving resident of the Langley area to thank them and recognize their outstanding contribution to the community. This award honours an individual who contributes towards bringing together education, business, and citizens to make a difference in the community. The award is dedicated to the memory of the late Harold Stafford who epitomized what a good citizen should be. Mr. Stafford dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort, and worked relentlessly on new initiatives to make Langley a better place to live and conduct business. Nominations for the 2017 HD Stafford Good Citizen of the Year Award are now open; please go to our website to download a nomination form.