It’s been a long-standing Manitoba Chambers of Commerce tradition to take advantage of our travel- friendly summer months as time to get out past the Perimeter Highway and visit local chambers of commerce around the province.
These summer daytrips trips provide MCC President & CEO Chuck Davidson (and accompanying team members!) the opportunity to sit down face to face, with local chamber leaders to discuss successes, opportunities, and challenges in their communities. In addition to meeting chamber staff and board members, the team often meets with local chamber member businesses, touring organizations, operations, and facilities – an excellent way to learn about all the wonderful business activity happening across the province!
Last week, Chuck, Elisabeth Saftiuk, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, and Communications Coordinator Korie Werner carpooled to Beausejour to meet with Executive Director Liz Pasieczka, Chamber President Anne Damert, and other board representatives over breakfast at the local Howland Hotel. We discussed the chamber’s successful “Chamber Eats Culinary Contest” and their plans to bring it back this fall, as well as the community’s workforce challenges which mirror those occurring across the province.
We toured the local Superior Inn, which is under new ownership and receiving a facelift, along with a new restaurant and patio. Then we headed to the Association for Community Living for a walk through of their facility which services the Eastman region. And last, but certainly not least, we headed out of Beausejour to the neighbouring town of Garson to check out Perfect Pierogies. Operating out of the old Garson School for 16 years, the team was excited to show off their brand-new facility which is nearly ready for them to move into.
Next up we headed to the RM of Springfield to meet with Springfield Chamber representatives including Executive Director, Shandy Walls, and Chamber President, Jan Regehr at Pineridge Hollow, Jan’s business. Over mocktails and their famous beet chips, we discussed the chamber’s growth since its inception in 2016 as well as policy priorities for the future of the region.
We were then treated to a tour of The Village at Pineridge Hollow, an elegant and exciting expansion that features local food and retail vendors, a huge new home for the popular farmers’ market, and licenced patio throughout. This is sure to be a new favourite for locals and tourists alike, and is scheduled to open this fall.
Very special thanks to our local chambers and their members for taking time out of their busy days to show us around and share exciting things on the horizon in their communities!
Up next: Steinbach on Aug 9 and Winkler on Aug 10!
Use the arrows to slide through our photos from last week’s travels!