Kudos to These Chamber Members

September 4th marks a decade since the fire at Chapman’s Ice Cream that ultimately led to the rebuilding of its plant in Markdale. The company expanded the plant’s original size and has become the largest ice cream manufacturer in Canada. Chapman’s epitomizes corporate resilience.

The fall 2019 issue of Our Homes magazine contains an article titled “Your garage = endless possibilities” that shares recent renovations by Chamber Members Valley Home Improvements and Postech Screw Piles that have turned everyday garages into attractive, usable living spaces.


Our second episode of In Grey Highlands This Week has been recorded and is available for your listening pleasure at http://ingreyhighlandsthisweek.libsyn.com/ and several other podcast outlets, including iTunes. This episode develops some of the topics from episode one, while opening up a discussion of food from the point of view of the farmer and of the foodie.

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Upcoming Events

Get out your calendar and note the following:

Sept. 18: Business Network Social with our neighbours in the West Grey Chamber. 6:30–8:30pm, Saugeen Cedars Family Campgrounds, 401563 Grey County 4, Hanover. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to expand your network.

Sept. 26: Federal All Candidates Meeting. 7:00–10:00pm, Centre Grey Complex, Markdale. Come hear all five candidates answer the Chamber’s questions and yours.

Oct. 24: Annual General Meeting. Reports and elections at 6:00pm, awards at 7:00pm. Flesherton Kinplex. Keynote speaker Chris Hughes of tourism development, management and marketing firm BCHughes will give an inspiring and humorous talk on tourism in Grey Highlands. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Annual Awards

There’s still time to submit your nominations for individuals you feel should be recognized for their commitment to the community. Some of you have asked why have revived our annual awards. We’re pleased to explain that it’s because we’re getting MAD – and we’re happy about it. MAD stands for Making A Difference. At the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce, we strive to make Grey Highlands a better place to live, work, and play.

Here’s what Bank of I.D.E.A.S. founder Peter Kenyon of Australia says about why we should encourage people to get MAD and recognize them for doing so.

  1. Meaningful and lasting change always originates from within. Success is an inside job.
  2. Community residents act responsibly when they care and support what they create.
  3. Building social connectedness and relationships.
  4. Communities have never been built by dwelling on their deficiencies. Focus on the resources, capacities, strengths, and aspirations of a community and its residents, instead of dwelling on the needs, deficiencies, and problems.
  5. The strength of a community is directly proportional to the level that the diversity of its residents desire, and are able to contribute their abilities and assets to the well-being of their community.
  6. In every community something works. Instead of asking what’s wrong and how to fix it, ask what’s worked and how we can get more of it. It generates hope, energy, and creativity.
  7. Creating positive change begins simply with conversation.
  8. The starting point for change is always mindset and positive attitudes.
Another Call for Lottery TicketsNot only does your ticket purchase get you a 1 in 1,000 chance of winning $2,000 worth of Shell gift cards, it helps to ensure this Chamber can continue to strengthen our business and local communities. Keep an eye out at cash counters around the area or call Kate in the Office to get your tickets.