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New orthodontic in Carleton Place hosts Chamber mixer

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 11:11 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Newly opened Kirk Orthodontics hosted the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce’s Movers and Shakers event on Nov. 10. Movers and Shakers is a networking mixer for chamber members.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos attended the event along with Donna MacDonald, chair of the chamber, and Jackie Kavanagh, the chamber manager. About 30 Chamber of Commerce members chatted over refreshments in the pristine new dental clinic.

“It’s awesome that we get to host because members get super excited about this event,” said Dr. Danae Kirk, referring to Movers and Shakers. “We joined the chamber because it’s a great way to network and get more familiar with the town,” she said.

Antonakos and MacDonald gathered with Dr. Danae Kirk and Dr. Chris Kirk, the owners of Kirk Orthodontics, for an inaugural ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the practice seven weeks ago.

The Kirk’s said they decided to open in Carleton Place where they are the only local orthodontic practice.

“We see patients from Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and the other small surrounding towns,” Danae said. “We’re very excited to be here.”

The practice is currently open Monday to Wednesday but Danae and Chris said they hope to extend their hours in the future. Kirk Orthodontics is located beside Giant Tiger and Greco Fitness off McNeely Avenue.

 

Photo by Jane Hobson: Mayor Louis Antonakos (middle) poses with Dr. Danae Kirk and Dr. Chris Kirk (second from left) along with Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn (third from right) and Chamber of Commerce Chair Donna MacDonald (second from right) and staff for a photo at the inaugural Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Nov. 10, 2016. Kirk Orthodontics opened in Carleton Place about seven weeks ago.

HydroOne ombudsman coming to Smiths Falls

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @ 10:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Staff

On Tuesday, Sept. 13 the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Ontario HydroOne ombudsman Fiona Crean, giving the community an opportunity to listen and meet with Crean.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, located at 7 Main St. East in Smiths Falls.

“According to the Ontario Chamber, one in 20 businesses in Ontario expects to close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices,” said Chamber president, Barbara Black, “This is an important issue for the businesses of Smiths Falls.”

The report issued by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Top 3 Obstacles to Small Business Success, further indicates that 38 per cent of businesses in Ontario will see their bottom line shrink with rising hydro rates.

The HydroOne Ombudsman is a newly created position that came about after the partial privatization of HydroOne. During her presentation, Crean will explain what her role is and what the office of the ombudsman can and can’t do for businesses and members of the public. After the meeting, she will discuss individual situations with members of the audience.

In a recent statement on the Ontario Hydro website, Crean says she is focused on delivering fairness, not just for the utility’s customers, but for every member of the public affected by Hydro One’s services. “When I review a complaint, I will be looking at whether Hydro One’s action or decision was fair, but also whether the process leading to it was fair, and whether disadvantaged groups were treated fairly,” said Crean.

This event is open to anyone in Smiths Falls, not just chamber members. “The Chamber decided to work with community partners in order to offer this event free of charge,” said Black. “It’s was important to us that our small business owners and new entrepreneurs can take full advantage of this opportunity. They’ll be able to address any issues they may have directly with the ombudsman.”

Visit the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce website or 613-283- 1334 for more information.

Annual Victoria Park BBQ

Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

The Smiths Falls chamber of commerce is having their annual Victoria Park BBQ. All members are welcome to come today from 5-7 p.m. down at Victoria Park Campground. We hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. Hope to see you there.

Chamber of Commerce says goodbye to manager, restructures position

Monday, July 6, 2015 @ 04:07 PM
posted by discsf

By: Amy Hogue

The face of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce will soon change, as current manager, Melissa Hillier, steps down to take on her new role as Executive Director for United Way of Leeds Grenville.

Hillier, who has been in the position as manager for the past two years, said she made the decision to leave the Chamber of Commerce with “mixed emotions.”

“I’m very excited about the new role, but I’m sad to be leaving colleagues and friends and businesses in Smiths Falls,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce President, Anne Shropshire, said the Chamber Board of Directors is disappointed to see Hillier leave, as her contribution has helped to increase the Chamber’s profile, and moved it in the right direction.

“We’re sorry to see her go, and we wish her the best of luck,” Shropshire said, adding she’s sure Hillier will be successful in anything she tackles.

Since Hillier took over the position in 2013 the Chamber of Commerce has been involved in a number of new projects, including changes to Victoria Park like as a new wifi system and keyless locks on bathrooms, partnering in the development of the Smiths Falls Montague Community Fund, and founding the Rideau Paddlefest.

With Hillier’s departure, Shropshire said the Board now has the opportunity to restructure the position to one with more of a focus on membership.  This, combined with the current strategic plan development, makes now a good time to bring in someone new, Shropshire said, and a good opportunity to refocus the purpose of the position.

“As we look forward this is really kind of an exciting . . . a sad circumstance turned into an exciting opportunity,” Shropshire said.

Hillier’s last day at the Chamber of Commerce office in Smiths Falls was June 19.  She’ll be heading to United Way Leeds Grenville, an opportunity she said was “something that I couldn’t pass up.”  As Executive Director, Hillier said she’ll be in a position to help form the direction the non-profit will be taking and to help the organization reach fundraising goals.

The new position will involve more human resources, which she says is a perfect match for her Bachelor of Human Services Management, and recently acquired Canadian Human Resources Professional education.

“Managing United Way there will be a lot more human resources involved, and my undergrad is exactly geared towards that role,” Hillier said, adding her goal has always been to work with non-profit organizations.

Shropshire said the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are already working on creating a new job description for the managerial position, and creating a timeline for hiring Hillier’s replacement. In the meantime, the Chamber’s office coordinator, Ashley Lennox, will be available in the office, and board members will step forward to assist with Victoria Park.

Despite the need to find a replacement for Hillier, Shropshire said the board of directors will take the time necessary to find the right person, and hope to have the position advertised near the end of July.

“We want to take the time to find the right person who will help move the Chamber forward.”









Posts Tagged ‘chamber of commerce’

New orthodontic in Carleton Place hosts Chamber mixer

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 11:11 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Newly opened Kirk Orthodontics hosted the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce’s Movers and Shakers event on Nov. 10. Movers and Shakers is a networking mixer for chamber members.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos attended the event along with Donna MacDonald, chair of the chamber, and Jackie Kavanagh, the chamber manager. About 30 Chamber of Commerce members chatted over refreshments in the pristine new dental clinic.

“It’s awesome that we get to host because members get super excited about this event,” said Dr. Danae Kirk, referring to Movers and Shakers. “We joined the chamber because it’s a great way to network and get more familiar with the town,” she said.

Antonakos and MacDonald gathered with Dr. Danae Kirk and Dr. Chris Kirk, the owners of Kirk Orthodontics, for an inaugural ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the practice seven weeks ago.

The Kirk’s said they decided to open in Carleton Place where they are the only local orthodontic practice.

“We see patients from Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and the other small surrounding towns,” Danae said. “We’re very excited to be here.”

The practice is currently open Monday to Wednesday but Danae and Chris said they hope to extend their hours in the future. Kirk Orthodontics is located beside Giant Tiger and Greco Fitness off McNeely Avenue.

 

Photo by Jane Hobson: Mayor Louis Antonakos (middle) poses with Dr. Danae Kirk and Dr. Chris Kirk (second from left) along with Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn (third from right) and Chamber of Commerce Chair Donna MacDonald (second from right) and staff for a photo at the inaugural Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Nov. 10, 2016. Kirk Orthodontics opened in Carleton Place about seven weeks ago.

HydroOne ombudsman coming to Smiths Falls

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @ 10:09 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Staff

On Tuesday, Sept. 13 the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Ontario HydroOne ombudsman Fiona Crean, giving the community an opportunity to listen and meet with Crean.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, located at 7 Main St. East in Smiths Falls.

“According to the Ontario Chamber, one in 20 businesses in Ontario expects to close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices,” said Chamber president, Barbara Black, “This is an important issue for the businesses of Smiths Falls.”

The report issued by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Top 3 Obstacles to Small Business Success, further indicates that 38 per cent of businesses in Ontario will see their bottom line shrink with rising hydro rates.

The HydroOne Ombudsman is a newly created position that came about after the partial privatization of HydroOne. During her presentation, Crean will explain what her role is and what the office of the ombudsman can and can’t do for businesses and members of the public. After the meeting, she will discuss individual situations with members of the audience.

In a recent statement on the Ontario Hydro website, Crean says she is focused on delivering fairness, not just for the utility’s customers, but for every member of the public affected by Hydro One’s services. “When I review a complaint, I will be looking at whether Hydro One’s action or decision was fair, but also whether the process leading to it was fair, and whether disadvantaged groups were treated fairly,” said Crean.

This event is open to anyone in Smiths Falls, not just chamber members. “The Chamber decided to work with community partners in order to offer this event free of charge,” said Black. “It’s was important to us that our small business owners and new entrepreneurs can take full advantage of this opportunity. They’ll be able to address any issues they may have directly with the ombudsman.”

Visit the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce website or 613-283- 1334 for more information.

Annual Victoria Park BBQ

Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
posted by Tara McNeil

The Smiths Falls chamber of commerce is having their annual Victoria Park BBQ. All members are welcome to come today from 5-7 p.m. down at Victoria Park Campground. We hope to have a great turn out in this gorgeous setting down by the water. Hope to see you there.

Chamber of Commerce says goodbye to manager, restructures position

Monday, July 6, 2015 @ 04:07 PM
posted by discsf

By: Amy Hogue

The face of the Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce will soon change, as current manager, Melissa Hillier, steps down to take on her new role as Executive Director for United Way of Leeds Grenville.

Hillier, who has been in the position as manager for the past two years, said she made the decision to leave the Chamber of Commerce with “mixed emotions.”

“I’m very excited about the new role, but I’m sad to be leaving colleagues and friends and businesses in Smiths Falls,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce President, Anne Shropshire, said the Chamber Board of Directors is disappointed to see Hillier leave, as her contribution has helped to increase the Chamber’s profile, and moved it in the right direction.

“We’re sorry to see her go, and we wish her the best of luck,” Shropshire said, adding she’s sure Hillier will be successful in anything she tackles.

Since Hillier took over the position in 2013 the Chamber of Commerce has been involved in a number of new projects, including changes to Victoria Park like as a new wifi system and keyless locks on bathrooms, partnering in the development of the Smiths Falls Montague Community Fund, and founding the Rideau Paddlefest.

With Hillier’s departure, Shropshire said the Board now has the opportunity to restructure the position to one with more of a focus on membership.  This, combined with the current strategic plan development, makes now a good time to bring in someone new, Shropshire said, and a good opportunity to refocus the purpose of the position.

“As we look forward this is really kind of an exciting . . . a sad circumstance turned into an exciting opportunity,” Shropshire said.

Hillier’s last day at the Chamber of Commerce office in Smiths Falls was June 19.  She’ll be heading to United Way Leeds Grenville, an opportunity she said was “something that I couldn’t pass up.”  As Executive Director, Hillier said she’ll be in a position to help form the direction the non-profit will be taking and to help the organization reach fundraising goals.

The new position will involve more human resources, which she says is a perfect match for her Bachelor of Human Services Management, and recently acquired Canadian Human Resources Professional education.

“Managing United Way there will be a lot more human resources involved, and my undergrad is exactly geared towards that role,” Hillier said, adding her goal has always been to work with non-profit organizations.

Shropshire said the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are already working on creating a new job description for the managerial position, and creating a timeline for hiring Hillier’s replacement. In the meantime, the Chamber’s office coordinator, Ashley Lennox, will be available in the office, and board members will step forward to assist with Victoria Park.

Despite the need to find a replacement for Hillier, Shropshire said the board of directors will take the time necessary to find the right person, and hope to have the position advertised near the end of July.

“We want to take the time to find the right person who will help move the Chamber forward.”

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