President's Report - October 2019
On September 17th, we celebrated the Chamber’s 88th Annual General Meeting where I was honoured to be sworn in as the President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. I’d like to start off by thanking Past President, Jack Nicholson, for letting me shadow him for the past two years as we prepared for this succession. And huge thanks to Past President, Scott Johnston, and the rest of our Board, this past year for their hard work on our members’ behalf in continuing to improve business in Langley. I’d like to extend a welcome to our newest board members: Cynthia Dreger, Cynthia Dreger Mortgage Professionals, and Alisyn Killeen CBM Lawyers. Also, thank you to all that let their name stand for election to the Board and your willingness to volunteer your time to serve. I’m honored to be appointed to this position and look forward to serving on your behalf as President for the next 2 years. Our Chamber continues to be extremely active in our community, and due to the work and commitment of my predecessors, and our great Chamber team, the Chamber’s voice is one of the loudest in the Network.
A lot of our success over the past 3 years has been to the hard work of our Greater Langley Chamber CEO and team, we are excited to announce that our CEO, Colleen Clark, was awarded with the highest honour in our network. Colleen was named Executive Director of the Year, for a Chamber with 1000+ members, by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada. Awards chair Deneen Everett called Clark a “visionary, courageous and impact-focused leader” who has been “a clarion voice when it comes to moving the dial on member issues.” Clark, Everett said, is a “go-to” resource for new executives, a person who “embraces excellence.” We are very proud that Colleen was selected for this honour and we appreciate her passion and knowledge when it comes to our chamber, our communities, and the Network as a whole.
Last week Past President, Jack Nicholson, CEO Colleen Clark, and I attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in St John, New Brunswick. At that assembly we – along with more than 320 delegates from communities across Canada – debated and adopted 76 resolutions that will form the Canadian Chamber’s advocacy strategy. These resolutions cover a wide variety of topics with a focus on competitiveness. I am pleased to advise that our sponsored resolution calling for transparency in Credit Card Merchant Fees was supported by the delegates and it will form part of the national Chamber’s lobby. On behalf of Jack, Colleen, and myself, I thank the Chamber for the opportunity to represent Langley in St John.
As we move into a very busy Fall session, we will focus our attention on the 2019 Federal Election. Once again, the Chamber will make every effort to promote increased turnout at the polls with our “Your Vote - Your Voice” campaign, and we have recently interviewed all the candidates for both ridings and have posted them on YouTube. Please take the time to become an informed voter.
During October we will also celebrate Small Business Month to recognize the contribution small business makes to the economy and in our communities. As part of this program we will recognize outstanding Langley businesses in 11 categories at the Business Excellence Awards Gala. The business community of Langley has numerous outstanding businesses offering quality goods and services, jobs for our citizens, and making substantial contributions to the community: please help us honour them and plan to attend the gala evening on Thursday, October 24th in the Cascades Ballroom. Join us for a special evening featuring, a gourmet dinner, entertainment, and of course the awards presentations. Tickets are available at the Chamber Office.
Thank you again for this opportunity and I look forward to working with the business community to continue to enhance, grow and prosper, together.