Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
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The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting on Thursday, November 4 at the Blairmore Legion, where members of the 2011 board of directors were elected, and the businesses of the year were announced.
Seven of nine nominees were elected as board members, including incumbent board President Rick Breakenridge or Spring Break Garden Centre, Vice President Jenine Trotz of Basset Contracting (and also an independent marriage commissioner), Markus Beck of Wood and More Ltd., Janis Entem of Tier One Travel, Anita Ferguson of Neat ‘Nifty and Sears, Shar Lazzarotto of Community Futures, and Dawn Rigby of Country Encounters.
Business of the Year was awarded to Border Building Materials, a business which “literally rose from the ashes this year”, according to Breakenridge.
The New Business of the Year award, which is awarded to a business that has been in operation for less than three years, went to Full Moon Adventures, headed by Crowsnest Pass Councillor Brian Gallant.
Trade/Professional Business of the Year went to Morency Plumbing and Heating, one of the Crowsnest Pass’s oldest businesses, with more than 100 years of service under their belts.
The nominees were voted for by a representative from nearly all of the 113 member businesses during the 2010 fiscal year.
During the proceedings, members were served drinks and a dinner catered by Country Encounters, in addition to a speech given by newly elected Crowsnest Pass Mayor Bruce Decoux.
Decoux emphasized the need for the community to revitalize its economy, informing guests that at the November 2 meeting of Council, he put forward a motion to assemble a task force comprised of seven experienced and credentialed individuals who will assess the economy and present their findings within 90 days.
“We have to get moving very quickly,” he said.
 
From there, Decoux said Council will be able to categorize and prioritize its economic goals, which they will work toward achieving over the course of the next three years.
“We have two major issues in our community: the way we do business, and our economy,” he said. “We’re a little behind, and we need to accelerate progress and catch up with other communities.”
He went on to say “it will take logical, sequential planning, hard work and all of us cooperating together.”
In closing, he said “our task now is to ensure the ship is seaworthy, to check our bearings, and to set sail.”
The last item of business before the cessation of the meeting was to name the recipient of the award for outstanding community service, a new award this year, the recipient of which is voted for by board members only.
The award went to CJRP Mountain Radio, which Breakenridge said has been very dedicated to serving the Chamber and its members for the past several years.
Breakenridge also thanked all of the volunteers who have given their time over the last year, stating that events such as Chamber’s meetings and trade show, as well as the annual Crowsnest Pass Christmas succeed mainly through the work of volunteers.
“The amount that people are giving is incredible,” he said. “But we are going to need even more volunteers over the next year.”
The Chamber of Commerce holds board meetings the first Friday of every month, and Chamber luncheons the second Wednesday of every month except for July and August.
For more information, to become involved, or to volunteer, contact the Chamber at 403-562-7108, or visit the Chamber office at 12707 20th Avenue in Blairmore.
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