February 1st 2017
Our Chamber has had a busy year in 2016. We have held regular monthly general meetings and director’s meetings. At our regular meetings we have had various presentations including the RCMP, Maritime Rockweed, Atlantic Gold, Musgo-Rider, the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Health Board, and The Port Dufferin Gold mine group. These presentations provide an opportunity for the chamber members to liaison with various businesses and other groups in our communities. It is the hope of the directors to continue this practice and try to have a presentation at each of our general meetings in the future.
In 2016 our business committee was formed and has been very busy. They have completed a business directory for our area. They have hosted a workshop in April, called Opportunity Knocks, in hopes to generate new ideas for business in our area. Also, they have set up several free business courses for members. Two of these ran last fall and one is ongoing and three more are planned for this spring.
Our Chamber hosted the annual spring banquet which was well attended and netted a profit of about $7800.00.
Our bylaws committee completed the task of revising our bylaws.
The Chamber partnered with the Lion’s club to have a Christmas street parade and tree lighting in December. Special thanks to the Lion’s club and Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital for providing cookies and hot beverages for this occasion.
We continue to maintain a presence on the World Wide Web with our website, a face book page, and on the Sheet Harbour homepage.
The various committees have been busy.
The Marina committee has had many meetings and have recently received a permit to install six moorings in the harbour this spring.
There have been significant improvements to Taylor Head Park. Both the road and trails have had substantial upgrades. Thanks to the Taylor Head Committee for continuing to advocate for the park.
The chamber continues to support the tourism initiative of the 100 Wild Islands.
The most recent initiative has been to form a committee to facilitate improvement in internet service along the Eastern Shore. They have been active applying for funding and soliciting partners to take advantage of the government programs set up to give rural areas better service. We see this as an opportunity to support local businesses and attract new businesses to the area.
A recent development that affects the whole community, is the temporary closing of the Lion’s Centre. As you know, we have not been able to use the Lion’s Centre since November. I would like to extend sincere thank to Vance Thompson and the Sheet Harbour Legion for graciously agreeing to host events that the Lion’s Centre can’t during this time of closure.
HRM is proposing various options as to the replacement of the Lion’s Centre. At a public meeting held here last evening, hosted by Councillor Hendsbee, many ideas were put forward and it seems like we are well on the way to replacing the Lion’s Centre with a new community multi purpose centre. Our chamber must be part of this process as it moves forward.
Our rural communities continue to face many challenges to maintain the infrastructure that we have and to grow our economies. We must continue to work hard and develop innovative ways to keep this part of the province as beautiful as it is and ensure that we have economic success. In order for us to continue toward our goals, we must have the support and involvement of as many people as possible. We need all of the members to be involved in the activities of the Chamber. All of our committees are open to all members and I encourage all of you to participate whenever you can. We want all the businesses in our area to be part of our Chamber.
Being president of this organization is at times challenging but also very rewarding when you see the successes that we are achieving. It is only through the hard work of all our membership that we can continue to accomplish our goals.
Thanks to the many committee chairs and hardworking members and all of you for your support throughout this year.
Robert E Moser
Sheet Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce & Civic Affairs