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#ChooseTBayFirst: SEEK Adventure & Tours – Giant Steps

#ChooseTBayFirst: SEEK Adventure & Tours – Giant Steps

Giant steps for our community can start with small ones, and we often don‘t see until we look backwards just how far we’ve come. That’s the lesson we took from our meeting with Sue Hamel, owner of Seek Adventure and Tours. Her first small steps with local film-maker Michelle Derosier over a year ago eventually led to the creation of the Wake the Giant safe-spaces initiative...
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What is #ChooseTBayFirst?

#ChooseTBayFirst is a community awareness campaign aimed at educating shoppers about the ways Thunder Bay businesses support the community.  Our stories focus on businesses and people who:

  • support local jobs
  • contribute to our municipal tax base
  • help our charities, sports and cultural organizations
  • choose #TBay businesses themselves 

Know a good candidate for a feature article?  Contact us to tell us about a business that Chooses Thunder Bay First!

Lowerys: Raising Expectations for Charity

We interviewed Shawn Christie at Lowerys recently as part of the development of our Charity Connect program and learned about the corporate discount and specially tailored programs they offer charity partners…

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La Poutine Chooses TBay First for Character

Brigitte Tremblay of La Poutine told us that she loves working with other local businesses because of their character. “When you deal with a local supplier you’re not dealing with a business,” she said, “you’re dealing with people. And people have passion for their business.”

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Pinetree Catering: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Nikos Mantis sees Pinetree Catering, the business he opened in 2013, as a grand opportunity for him and his growing team to build community through food, putting the long- and short-term good of Thunder Bay right into his bottom line where the rest of us can see it and be inspired, motivated, and – most often – made very, very hungry…

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Learn more about the amazing people and businesses among our Members:

Support community good works with the Charity Connect program.  Learn more.

Participants in the 100 People Who Care campaign donate, nominate and vote for their favourite Member charity to receive a quarterly group donation.  Sign up.