Thursday, February 28, 2013
I see Councillors are getting an earful on the “old” mall parking lot. (see The Packet "Pot Holes Persist Feb 28/2013 ) The Town and the Mall owners have been at loggerheads for what seems like forever pointing fingers of blame at one another as absolutely nothing gets done to clean up what has become a decrepit part of Clarenville.
From the mall owner's/tenant's point of view, the Town owns the lot and IT is clearly the one responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the lot. (This is thanks to an omission in the original 1960’s era development agreement that neglected to pass the ownership of the lot to the mall owners within a specified length of time)
From the Town’s point of view, it wants to be rid of the lot and the associated liability. And their stand has a lot of merit from a taxpayer's point of view. As long as the Town is forced to take care of the lot the owners & tenants are receiving an effective subsidy on the backs of taxpayers that other stores simply do not receive. It is, for the Town, an unacceptable situation.
When the old stadium was in operation the Town had an excuse to own the lot (and pay part of the upkeep). Now that rationale is gone and we find ourselves in the middle of a game of chicken that has each side sniping at the other, while nothing gets done.
The impasse has dragged for years – and it will continue for many more if the same tact continues to be taken. This impasse is even more assured, considering that municipal elections are just a few months off and it can be passed off as someone else’s problem to deal with. Each side knows that and that is why we are seeing the saber rattling now.
What’s in the best interest of the Mall and citizens of the Town?
The issues surrounding that mall stretch much further than the condition of the parking lot – the mall space itself, arguably the best retail location in Clarenville, is a relic of the 1970’s. If you compare the above pictures the mall pretty much looks the same now as it did then. (with some cosmetic changes to some stores) essentially the building has not changed – but people have.
Contrary to comments in the new article in the Packet, our town is attracting more and younger people – our Median age is 41 and with new people moving into town, at the current rate ,that age will stay low. This new generation of residents will not be interested in going back in time to visit these stores. True, older residents like the Mall but, like it or not, the clock is ticking for them. The numbers of those who are used to the old mall and who grew older with that mall are declining. If the owners choose not to modernize or rebuild the fate of the old mall and the stores in it are truly sealed.
What to do to get around the impasse? - Hire a Mediator
An investment in the future of the mall needs to be made for Clarenville’s sake. As long as the owners own a mall without a parking lot that investment cannot and will not happen. From an economic development point of view this eyesore needs to be dealt with. From a mall owners/tenants point of view an immediate solution means nothing less than survival.
So, there is a vested interest for both sides to resolve this; they just need to recognize it. It is essential that the sides agree to something simple first: to hire a mediator (the Town could even offer to foot the bill for this). With the level of animosity and wishy-washiness that exists, a mediator is an essential ingredient to effectively work towards a solution that would bring both sides together in a less politically charged environment.
It's in our best interest as a community and as taxpayers to look forward to a solution.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Business Excellence Awards.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL NOMINEES
The Clarenville Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Awards are designed to recognize businesses and the people behind these businesses who contribute to making our community and our region one of the best places to live and work in this province. It is an opportunity to showcase what we do well – something that I believe we need to do more of.
Over 90 people attended the awards ceremony this past Wednesday evening, and in considering the quality and the quantity of nominations for this year's awards – and in the previous 5 years - there is ample proof of just how well we are doing and how far we have come as a business community. The growth and spirit of entrepreneurship witnessed and recognized at the awards is a testament to you and the people and businesses we are here to honour.
Awards were announced in three categories – Small Business of the Year – Large Business of the Year and a new award for this year - The Community Cares Award. I also have the honour of announcing the 2013 inductee into the Chamber’s Hall of Fame.
Nominations are evaluated using the following criteria:
· A commitment to Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership
· A Strong Motivation to succeed
· Demonstrated Sales Growth
· Demonstrated Productivity and Quality Improvements
· Demonstrated Marketing and Promotional Achievements
· A commitment to excellent in customer service & customer satisfaction
· Demonstrated Increase in Area Employment
· Demonstrated Excellence in Employee Relations
· Demonstrated good business ethics
· Demonstrated support for local suppliers
· Recognized success in Quality & Delivery of Service
· A Record of Community Service & Involvement
· Achievement in making the Business Age-Friendly
· Commitment to Business Innovation
· Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
· A Member in good standing of the Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce
Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a member of the Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce who we classify as a small business – 1 to 9 employees (FT/PTE) who demonstrates a passion for excellence and in promoting the advancement of responsible business leadership within our region.
Nominees for Small Business:
- · David Snow Chartered Accountant – David Snow
- · Solar Winds Energy Inc – Daniel Moody
David Snow Chartered Accountant
David Snow Chartered Accountants Inc. services Clarenville and Surrounding Communities.
They provide the following services:
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The Firm analyzes financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization. They also assist businesses with preparing cash flow forecasts/financial projections - which is one of the important elements in preparing a business plan.
David Snow Chartered Accountants commenced operations in September 2010 and continue to grow since its start-up. They currently have three employees on staff.
While balancing a very busy practice, Mr. Snow remains very active as a volunteer in the Town of Clarenville. He volunteers with:
- Grade 8 girls volleyball team at the Clarenville Middle School
- · Treasurer for the Clarenville Memorial United Church
- · And supports the Senior Clarenville Caribous
Mr. Snow’s firm also supports:
- · The volleyball team at the Clarenville Middle School
- · Kiwanis Music Festival; and
- · Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation
Solar Winds Energy Inc. – Daniel Moody
Energy is all around us. We use energy for heating, cooling, lighting and electricity every day and put it to use in many different settings in which we live, work and play. Capturing solar energy from the sun and wind energy provides access to a ready supply of power that is sustainable, affordable and has less impact on our environment.
SW Energy Inc. founded in 1998 and incorporated in 2000 is a Newfoundland based company that serves all Atlantic Canada. SW Energy has worked on many successful projects from commercial, industrial, residential, mobile, and marine applications, utilizing a variety of renewable and energy efficient products and solutions for off grid (remote) and grid connected energy systems. It is the success of these projects that have provided SW Energy with a local and national reputation in the field of renewable and efficient energy.
The Founder and President of SW Energy Inc., is Dan Moody. Dan had worked in the electrical industrial field in many capacities including field electrical technicians, supervisor, engineering advisor and maintenance planner. Over the past 20 years he has supported a variety of technical projects and gained valuable knowledge and educational training in the industrial electrical and renewable energy fields.
SW Energy provides consulting, design, sales and services to meet the growing demand for energy efficient solutions and technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, deep cycle battery systems, inverters and chargers, heat pumps and LED lighting systems.
SW Energy continues to invest in research and development through the field testing of products and equipment for reliability, durability and efficiency. Their products are utilized in their new buildings creating a great opportunity to observe renewable and efficient energy solutions.
Renewable energy technology has matured rapidly over the past 10 years and has become reliable, and very cost effective. It has expanded into the main energy stream alongside conventional energy sources due to the escalating global fuel prices and climate change issues.
SW Energy continuously strives to bring quality information, education, products and services on efficient and sustainable solutions to the marketplace.
Outside of the business, Dan has volunteered with:
- The Minor Hockey Association
- · Cross Country Ski Program
- · Served on the Advisory Committee for Advanced Education
- · Served on the Committee for Energy Renewal
- · Served on the Occupation, Health & Safety Committee
The Winner: Daniel Moody - SW Energy
Large Business of the Year
The Large Business of the Year award recognizes a member of the Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce with 10 or more employees that has demonstrated a continued passion for excellence and promoted the advancement of responsible business leadership within our region. The criteria are identical to Small Business of the Year.
- · Clarenville Area Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd.
- · Don Cherry’s Sports Grill
- · Meridian Engineering Inc.
Clarenville Area Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd.
On June 26, 1968 the Clarenville Area Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd. opened its doors. With a membership of 180, a manager, and a staff of four, it commenced operations in a rented building.
After about a year in the rented building, it was found that business increased to such an extent that a larger store became necessary. Plans were made to construct the Co-op’s own building in what is now known as the Clarenville Shopping Centre. On December 17, 1970, the new 8960 sq. ft. and first member-owned store was officially opened for business.
In 2007 the Co-op partnered with the Lions Club with 50/50 draw which takes place each week.
The Clarenville Area Co-op now has a membership of over 8000 and a staff ranging from 60 to 90.
Membership of the Co-op is made up of people from Clarenville and surrounding areas, as far away as Charlottetown, Bonavista and Chance Cove. As a member owned store the profits are returned to the members and the community.
In the last year the Co-op opened a brand new Gas Bar with Car Wash and a Robin’s franchise in both the store and gas bar. The Co-op has started a pilot project – home delivery of groceries for seniors within the Clarenville area. Robin’s Donuts has free delivery for Schools and Business’s within the Clarenville Area.
Don Cherry’s Sports Grill
Don Cherry's Sports Grill has been serving the greater Clarenville region now for about 10 years. Its first incarnation resided at the sportsplex (Now The WAVE), then moving into St Jude Hotel. It became its own stand-alone structure in July of 2005.
Don Cherry's is officially known as a sports bar, but it is also a family restaurant. DC’s have been sponsoring kids’ hockey, volleyball and basketball tournaments for years, as friendly competition is instrumental in forming well rounded individuals. DC’s also has been known to sponsor an individual player to help with equipment and travel costs incurred through the year.
DC’s sponsor teams sometimes by purchasing uniforms/Jerseys for competitions. Don Cherry's has also been a major sponsor of the 2009/2010 Herder Champion Clarenville Caribous since their return to action.
Owners Carolyn and John Frampton, as well as Chef/Manager Terry Vere-Holloway, and staff are committed to giving customers a great experience from the time they enter the doors until the time they leave. They strive to provide the community the best food and service possible, as it's the community that has made us successful. They are the restaurant’s bosses.
Meridian Engineering Inc.
Meridian Engineering Inc., incorporated in June, 2011. At that time they had a staff of 12. Since then the firm has grown with a current staff complement of 14, and with plans of further growth – they are presently recruiting two additional persons, an engineer and a technologist. (A staff of 16 would represent a 33% growth since 2011)
While 14 persons or (16 persons) would not represent a large staff relative to some other local companies, these professional positions represent significant payroll that would be approximately equivalent to the payroll of 50 typical retail positions.
Meridian Engineering Inc. are fortunate to have many long standing traditional clients that they have been serving since the days of their original predecessor company, Davis Engineering, over 25 years ago. They are also very busy these days with the Hebron project, both with the Topsides and GBS. In fact, they have three staff seconded to the project for all of 2013 while they also continue to support the project design needs from our office here in Clarenville.
Steve Chaytor, the company’s President, tells me that it is satisfying to be a partner in a company that is 100% owned by Newfoundland engineers who work there every day and return to their homes in Clarenville each evening. In a relatively small town like Clarenville, you truly feel that the success within your own company extends beyond the owners and staff and it makes a meaningful contribution to the economic prosperity of the community as a whole.
Winner: Stephen Chaytor - Meridian Engineering
Community Cares Award
The Community Cares Award is a new award for 2013. It is designed to recognize a community support group or individual, who through their/his/her work with one of the Chamber’s Members, exemplifies outstanding Community Service to the people of Clarenville and Surrounding Area.
The Criteria for the Community Cares Award includes, but not limited to:
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- · Being an employer or employee of a Member Organization/ Business who demonstrates significant community service
- · Exhibits outstanding support for the Clarenville Area through its donation of time, staff, financial support, in-kind resources or other services;
- · Being an individual or group that supports the goals of the Chamber Member
- · Daniel Allen – Salvation Army Food Bank
- · Jill Monk – Kraft Celebration Tour
- · Clarenville Area SPCA
- · Deidra Strowbridge & Enactus
- · Clarenville Lions Club
The Salvation Army is all about giving HOPE to people and the Clarenville Salvation Army is quite active within Clarenville and the surrounding communities at doing this. They have a food bank that takes in Clarenville plus all surrounding areas as far west as Charlottetown and as far East as Little Hearts Ease. They also have a Thrift store that offers people inexpensive clothing.
The Clarenville Salvation Army is also equipped to handle emergencies such as storms like
Hurricane Igor where they provide meals, shelter and a listening ear to the many people affected.
Dan Allen spends much of his time volunteering at the Salvation Army. Some of the work he does is:
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Coordinator of Salvation Army Usher & Greeters Committee in addition to performing overhead projection program services.
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Member of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Committee.
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Volunteer in collections of food donations for Clarenville & Area Family Services Food Bank in addition to participating in toy donation for annual happy tree - Mr. Allen takes food/toys to people that simply cannot get out to pick it up themselves.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Volunteer in the annual Christmas Hamper Program administration for Clarenville and surrounding communities. This year SA provided 300 Christmas Hampers to the less fortunate in our area.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Liaison between Clarenville Salvation Army Corps, Community Groups, Businesses and Government Agencies.
When Mr. Allen is not performing duties with the Salvation Army, he is helping people in the Community such as Seniors who need assistance with snow clearing.
Jill Monk – Kraft Celebration Tour
The Kraft Celebration Tour initiative came about from a conversation Jill had with a friend regarding funding opportunities. This sparked Jill’s interest in terms of wondering if this was something realistic that could be done and her initial thoughts targeted Elizabeth Swan Park.
Jill (Russell) Monk grew up using the park in Clarenville and today, with her own family continues to use the facility. After reviewing the entire process she believed this goal was achievable!
Thus, Jill took some pictures of the park and wrote a letter of submission during the 1st Week of June. From there she became extremely busy gathering up on-line support for the submission. She asked all her email contacts, family, friends, staff, and students to support the project and in turn they all did the same. The park is so instrumental to so many community uses/events that everyone just seemed to want to help in the cause! When nominations closed on June 10th, Jill’s Elizabeth Swan Park Submission had over 1000 people supporting it!
The top 20 submissions were decided by criteria and judging completed by Kraft. On July 1st the official announcement was made on TSN Sports Centre - Clarenville had made it!
Clarenville would face off with Canning Nova Scotia in a head to head online voting competition for the $25 000.00 grant and the opportunity to host TSN Sports Centre live. Within ten minutes of the announcement, Jill received a call on her cell while she and her family were camping at Lakeside - A camera crew from TSN was in Clarenville and wanted to tape footage within the next hour…and the whirl wind started from there!
They had 10 days to prepare for the voting event. During that time there was much to be done…Jill invited a group of friends/ acquaintances with specific skill sets to form a committee to promote the competition. They partnered with the Town of Clarenville and Clarenville Area Athletic Association to promote and organize the various stages of the event.
After they were declared winners a number of things also had to be arranged for the August 18th Show. The Town of Clarenville would be having officials from Kraft & TSN visit their community to do a live broadcast – the broadcast showcased Elizabeth Swan, the Park that bears her name and the Town .
Jill has indicated that the entire event was worth all the work and volunteer hours. It was a reaffirmation of her faith in our community to come together to achieve greatness!! It proved that anything is possible when you have a committed group of people working together to achieve a common goal. She was fortunate to work with a fantastic team of talented volunteers. The experience was definitely rich in community building and for two months Clarenville was promoted on National Television. Jill is also very pleased that this contest also fostered an extremely valuable educational piece – The story of Elizabeth Swan – giving a more personal connection to the naming of the park. The $25 000.00 prize and the community support has been a catalyst in driving the Elizabeth Swan Park Project as presently there is a $600 000.00 commitment from the Town, Provincial Government, and ACOA combined to build a new Chalet as part of the first phase of revitalizing the park.
Jill’s other Community Involvement is:
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Presented with the President’s Award
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->- <!--[endif]-->Vice-Chair of Clarenville Minor Softball
<!--[if !supportLists]-->- <!--[endif]-->Executive Member of the Clarenville Area Minor Hockey Association
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Awarded Hockey Mom of the Year Award
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Clarenville Area SPCA
The Clarenville Area SPCA, a registered charity that has been operating an animal shelter in the Clarenville/Bonavista Peninsula catchment area since 1989. They are an organization that is governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors and their shelter doors are open 365 days per year to house homeless, stray animals that have nowhere else to turn. They assist approximately 500 animals per year in the Clarenville shelter and they make every reasonable attempt to find forever homes for the animals in their care. The SPCA has fostered good working relationships with other shelters, rescue groups and the local business community. Through these relationships they have worked tirelessly to save as many animals as they can. Their annual operating costs are approximately $130,000 per year to keep the animal shelter in operation and provide the necessary medical attention for the animals in their care.
With help from various businesses and other community groups, they have been able to continue to grow this wonderful organization to be one of the most successful on the island. Assistance has come in the way of support from organizations such as the Clarenville Lions Club and the Clarenville Co-op 50/50 Committee who helped with their vehicle purchase to be used to transfer animals. Previously, volunteers would have to use their own personal vehicles for animal transport. Some of the local businesses that support the Clarenville Area SPCA are: Mercer’s Marine, St. Jude Hotel, Tim Horton’s, Wal-Mart, Medical Records Department of the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Castle Building Supplies, Eagle Photo, Craig’s Locksmithing & Autoglass, & Sobey's, In the community, the SPCA is quite active with groups ranging from schools to town councils and many other organizations. Students of Riverside Elementary regularly visit the shelter and give treats, canned food, and money donations for the animals; as well as the Neighbourhood of Friends Family Resource Center visit regularly. Students from Grade Kindergarten to Grade 5 in Tricentia Academy recently attended a presentation given by the Clarenville Area SPCA. Representatives of the Clarenville Area SPCA meet with Councillors of the Town of Sunnyside.
The Clarenville Caribous have thrown their support behind the Clarenville Area SPCA by speaking out against animal abuse, cruelty and neglect, and publicly supporting the “Max Memorial Protection Fund”.
Deidra Strowbridge & Enactus
College of the North Atlantic, Clarenville Campus is one of 17 provincial campuses in the College network. For almost 50 years, Clarenville campus has been played a vital role in skills development and in economic development in this region. Graduates of this campus can be found working in industry and in business almost everywhere, and several have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs.
Enactus Clarenville is a student organization. It is part of an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university and college students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their campus and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Enactus is a bridge between the academic College and the real world. Students learn business theory in the classroom but the business world of our community is the teachers of real world business experience. Through partnering with local business, our students have taken on significant projects that have led to significant mutual benefit for both business and students.
Although the success of Enactus Clarenville is credited to many people, it’s primary driving force here at Clarenville Campus has been, and continues to be, its lead instructor; Deidra Strowbridge (Dee). Dee has shepherded the chapter and has played an absolutely critical role in its success. She has been a mentor, a creator, a manager and a shoulder to lean on for the many students who have benefited immensely from her commitment.
This past few years, Enactus students have had the opportunity to partner with many organizations & businesses in our region including White Hills where the team delivered Social Media training/consulting to develop the Resort’s customer base; The Town where the team worked to increase Winter tourism through a social media campaign “All White Here”; The CBDC where the team is currently doing training for small business in computerized accounting; and with the Food Bank, where the team helped raise over 10,000lbs of food.
On top of these innovative initiatives, Enactus Clarenville competes against other teams from across the country every year at Regional and National Competitions. At these competitions their team has an opportunity to showcase their projects and the project partners to judges and teams from across the country and in some cases, around the world.
Key Project Goals:
1) To provide post-secondary students an opportunity to develop leadership and group management skills, gain curriculum development experience and refine their ability to think on their feet and problem solve in the moment.
2) To provide opportunities for students to be involved in a cutting-edge approach to learning:
a. To make decisions on price, marketing, capital investment and research and development in a simulation environment.
b. Learn key business concepts and then apply these in an Internet-based simulation.
3) To encourage a love of learning now and for life through hands on learning activities and by modelling a passion for learning.
4) To help youth, take pride in our community and region
5) To provide an inclusive environment where youth can develop the life skills that support their interests and talents.
Through these project’s, Enactus Clarenville, under Deidra’s leadership, is providing a new generation of entrepreneurs a unique experience that will inspire new and innovative ideas in the business environment. The team’s continued work with Chamber’s Members, clearly exemplifies outstanding Community Service to the people of Clarenville and Surrounding Area – its young people providing a clear example of what we can be and where we can go.
Clarenville Lions Club
Lions Clubs International is an International Organization with 1.36 million members in 207 countries and geographical areas. Since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become ‘knights of the blind’, the main focus has been sight. Clarenville Lions collect used eyeglasses each year. These are refurbished, tested and taken to third world countries by teams of Lions and a volunteer ophthalmologist who distribute them to needy people. The International Organization has a Foundation that assists with humanitarian needs worldwide. This foundation is unique in that every dollar donated is used for humanitarian purposes. There is nothing taken out for administration. Nfld has been successful in obtaining funds from this foundation. The Lions Eye Clinic at the Health Science Center was made possible by a grant from LCIF along with money donated by Lions Clubs in the province. Lions still support this clinic financially with an annual Journey for Sight and Diabetes Cavalcade. About two weeks ago over $9600 was donated to the Health Science Eye Clinic. Every second year the Lions Eye Clinic at our local hospital is the recipient of some of this money. The most recent grant was when Igor struck our area. The Dr G B Cross Memorial Hospital has received two grants, both of which were applied for by the Clarenville Lions Club, one for the Lions Optometry Department and one for the CT scan promotion.
Nationally, the Lion’s Club operates a Guide Dog School in Oakville, Ont. There dogs are trained to assist the hearing impaired, sight impaired, children with autism, and any other special needs, e.g. those confined to a wheelchair. Anyone who required such a dog is brought to Oakville, partnered and trained with the dog and returned to live a more independent life at no cost to them.
Provincially, they own and operate a facility on the Bay D’Espair Highway that is equipped to handle people with disabilities. Each year the Clarenville Lions Club helps sponsor a CNIB camp, a type 1 Diabetes camp, an autism camp and 2 -4 open camps for people of any age with a disability.
Locally, Lions have made an impact on the town of Clarenville. They have:
- Donated over $400,000 to the Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital since the hospital opened, supplied the Score Clock for the Events Center, placed benches around town for the public’s convenience, equipped a Kitchen at the Dr A O’Mahoney Retirement Center for family gatherings, given 2 Scholarships to the High School annually, bought eyeglasses for needy children, supported local individuals with health problems, supported the Food Bank and the Happy Tree, sponsored a Santa Claus Parade each year since 1964, supported Crime Prevention, and made donations to: Garden of Hope, Janeway Hospital, Children’ Wish Foundation, Relay for life, Easter Seals, Parkinsons, Epilepsy, CNIB, Kidney Association, Diabetes Association.
Their biggest partnership is with the Clarenville Area Co-op in the 50/50 Lottery which The Lion’s Club administers. Many groups in the catchment area of the Co-op have benefited from this Lottery; such as: Furnished the Great Room at the Dr. Albert O’Mahoney Retirement Center, given Smart Boards to every school in the Vista School District, supported Breakfast Programs in every school which requested help, supported all Fire Dept. in the area when requested, supported the local Food Bank, made a $40,000 donation to Ronald MacDonald House, made a $12,000 donation to Daffodil Place, and pledged $100,000 to Winter Games 2014.
Winners: Daniel Allan & Jill Monk
Hall of Fame Induction
Mr. Wendell Moore is the 2013 inductee into The Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame.
The Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence over an extended period of time, contributing to the economic well-being of the people and the province.
To be inducted Into the Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame one must:
- Have demonstrated in his or her business career, an entrepreneurial spirit and have a record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievements;
- Be recognized by his or her organization or profession as having made an outstanding contribution to the success of the organization or profession in support of business excellence;
- Must have demonstrated effective leadership, not only within his or her organization but in the community and industry;
- Be considered a role model for future generations of entrepreneurs, professionals and business leaders, as well as others in business; and
- Must have been a Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce member at least one point in time in his/her business or professional career.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As many other towns in NL are suffering water woes, Clarenville's investment in a modern water treatment and distribution system is paying off for its residents. Just yesterday, the CBC reported that 128 municipalities in this province have THM levels in excess of the Health Canada imposed standard of 100 micrograms per litre - we are NOT one of them. What's more disturbing for the province is that the number of municipalities with questionable water has doubled in the last thirteen years.
Clarenville's report (see below and link HERE) consistently shows that the water coming out of your town fed tap is safe and safe by a good margin. That's great news and something that the Town and particularly the people who manage our water treatment plant should be very proud of. (There is a bit of a disturbing trend towards progressively higher THM levels however and something that we should work on addressing.)
THM's are a by-product of the chlorination process. Chlorine is added to our water to ensure that possible disease-causing bacteria like salmonella and E. coli are eliminated. Long term THM exposue can cause other health risks.
Considering the importance of safe and clean water to people and industry we really need to promote our clean water as another reason to move to and live in our town.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
It’s time once again for the provincial government to start putting its 2014 budget together and, as in previous years, the pre-budget consultation road show starts this coming week. This year, it’s being held in Clarenville on Friday the 15th of February from 9-11 am at the Clarenville Inn.
Are you reading this and listening Town of Clarenville?
Last year, the Town of Clarenville was conspicuously absent from the pre-budget consultation process. It wasn't too long after that that our Town officials went crying to government, on a couple of occasions, for money for “very important projects” such as an overpass for Clarenville.
Was this a matter of doubting the merits of the process or just someone dropping the ball? I'm sad to say I think it was doubting indifference.
Was this a matter of doubting the merits of the process or just someone dropping the ball? I'm sad to say I think it was doubting indifference.
Regardless of the perceived merit of the pre-budget consultation process, the process at least forces Town officials to plan - identify potential projects, cost them out and make an initial request to government. I feel that the Town owes a duty to its citizens to participate in the process. This improves planning and formally gets this planning on the record and on the radar of the Province. Most importantly, this process also forces the Town to listen to its constituents to better determine what is a priority. It really blows our credibility out of the water when or Town goes after the fact with an ‘important matter’ that either was not recognized or just didn't seem important enough to bring up when the consultation process was ongoing.
There are no lack of issues that need addressing and the Town needs to sharpen its pencil and get them presented on Friday. After last year’s pass I submitted my own list – which is equally valid today. (I’ve linked to my 2012 submission – and you are welcome to borrow from it)
Remember it’s not only the Town asked to participate– regular citizens can weigh in too and I encourage you all to do that. Those who would like to participate in a pre-budget meeting are requested to register at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting time by phoning 709-729-2944 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the government press release/Packet, Individuals who cannot attend a session are encouraged to provide feedback via an online form at www.gov.nl.ca/fin Written submissions can continue to be made via mail to: Minister of Finance, c/o Pre-Budget 2012, Department of Finance, P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6. Submissions may also be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 709-729-2070.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Random Thoughts...: Welcome to Clarenville. What's Your Role?: The Neighbourhood of Friends Family Resource Centre had a very successful Meet and Greet last week for families new to the area. The Centre ...
Posted by Lisa Browne at 11:05 PM