From left: Phil Hughes, Matt Meunier, Keith Norris, Samantha Olson, Steve Hammond, Charlene Whitfield, Simon Boersma, Kym Moore, and Jeff Lamarche are nine of the 13 members of the Chamber of Commerce Board acclaimed June 3 in Morinville.
by Stephen Dafoe
The Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce held their Annual General Meeting Wednesday afternoon and acclaimed a 13-member board, all of whom took an oath of office from Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Glenn van Dijken.
Simon Boersma of Pleasant Homes returns for his third year and third acclamation as Chamber President. David Marshall of Champion Petfoods will serve the board as Vice President for the upcoming year.
Previous board members Phil Hughes of Premium Food Services, Steve Hammond of Morinville Autobody, Charlene Whitfield of Blind Designs, Kym Moore of Servus Credit Union, Penny Modien of Scotiabank, and Barrett Dupuis of UFA were acclaimed to another term on the board as directors at large.
They are joined by newcomers Matt Meunier of Morinville Shell, Keith Norris of COP, Samantha Olson of Putnam & Lawson, Jeff Lamarche of Sarbecnat Plumbing & Heating, and Grant Cree of Grant Cree Event Photography.
With 13 members, the Chamber now has a larger board than it has had in recent years.
Looking forward with that number, the Chamber President said the board will spend some time drafting bylaws and succession planning. “This past year we went through significant changes. Even today I felt a great momentum with our board going forward,” Boersma said, adding he wants to work on retaining board members so as to have a succession plan to move members to the executive. “We are also working on ensuring anyone who sits on the executive has served on the board, so they understand the issues at hand.”
Although he is looking forward to serving the board once again, he is hoping the upcoming Chamber year will be his last as president.
In his recap of the previous year’s activities, Boersma said the Chamber had several successes. Among them were the Chamber’s Business Gala, Christmas colouring book, golf tournament and Chamber business directory. Additionally, Boersma took pride in being able to attend the Alberta Chamber Awards to recognize two local businesses nominated for awards.
Chamber board members take their oath of office from Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Glenn van Dijken.