Dear Hanna,

You’ve touched so many lives in your time with the Chamber.
Thank you for being part of our team!  Congratulations on your retirement!

Congratulations Hannah on your retirement! 

You have served the Chamber of Commerce well over the many years, always a smiling face to greet you on the phone or when you walk in the office.   They say “institutional” knowledge is invaluable, when that is so very true of you……we always knew where to go to find out the history.   

I remember working at the Chamber and your children getting married, and having their babies, your annual trips to Indiana to visit your daughter.   The Chamber of Commerce was an amazing place to work because of the staff that were there, we worked hard, enjoyed each other’s company and had lots of fun time together.   Wishing you all the best in your next venture.  Cheers!

– Gail Brescia 

Dear Hanna

Wishing you a most happy healthy and productive retirement !  You have been a foundational cornerstone for the Chamber and you will long be remembered for your cheeriness, dedication, and loyalty.  Enjoy your gift of time !   It has been an honour to work with you,

Most sincerely,

PS  Not sure if you managed to get any snaps of the The Giant during your time so have included a couple for you!  Thought you’d like’em 👍
Best Always

Dear Hanna 

32 years have gone by so quickly. We have both been active with the Chamber the same length of time and have worked on many projects together. I have always enjoyed the work we did on the Awards Gala and all the time you put into making it such a huge success. The kindness and concern you have showed me over the last few years during Lavette’s illness is heartwarming and I will never forget your support.  I am very happy for you and wish you well on your retirement and hope you will now have more time to spend with your family and friends once we are over this pandemic. 

Best wishes,

Gary Woodbeck

Hi there Hanna

Wow…..hard to believe you are retiring but I am so so happy for you, and for your family.

It is hard to believe that it was about 26 years ago when we first crossed paths. Doug Smith and Bill Roll were trying to recruit me for the Chamber Board. I turned them down and suggested I maybe do some committee work first so I could get to know who the Chamber was and how it worked. I am sharing that because those conversations led me to show up one day at the Chamber office with Bill to meet Rebecca. At the time, the Chamber office was an ATCO trailer lol, on the CLE grounds while renos (I think) were being done to your offices across the street on Memorial. So I met Rebecca, and you, and whoever else was around. You must’ve had a tight budget as we all kept our coats on!

Little did I know how blessed I would be to meet you, and to have you and your work at the Chamber, part of my life for the many years that followed. You have been an absolute gift to the Thunder Bay Chamber and everyone who has served it, come and gone, for a short time or a long time, staff or volunteer. Hanna, each and everyday you have been kind, cheerful, helpful, committed, and always willing to help and support whatever I, and many others were up to at the Chamber. Professional, very capable, thoughtful, and “gets stuff done” are other words that I have used and will continue to use to describe you and your contribution. And it didn’t matter what else was going on in life, good or bad, successful or not so much, Chamber or life or my working life, you always brought a cheerful helpful moment to my work with the Chamber and my day in general. For that alone I am thankful.

So, I am thrilled for you Hanna, and I wish you and Russ and the family happiness and goodness in the years to come. Take care, have fun, enjoy every minute. And thank you.

– Ian McCormack

Good Day Hanna,

Well I have been thinking back as to when you and I first met at the Chamber and if my memory serves me correctly it was in 1990. Rebecca took the helm at that time, and my first official volunteer role with the Chamber was the annual Golf Tournament; first as a committee member, and then one year later as Chair of the Golf Committee. From there many other committees, and then onto the Board in 1993. And as they say the rest is history.

I have always thoroughly enjoyed our professional working relationship, and of course our friendship. So many wonderful moments will be remembered by me about you and especially your friendly welcoming smiles, our many chats, and your overall great personality that so many of us volunteers appreciated. 

You kept us informed, steered us in the right direction, supported us 100%, and above all ensured we knew exactly what our service to this organization meant to the members and the business community. Your dedication and work ethic  on behalf of the organization went above and beyond at all times. It was noticed by all of us.

THANK YOU so much my friend for being you — always !! You have an amazing gift. You are the most likeable, sincere and loveable individual I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I and all of us wish you and your entire family the best in the years to come.

Take care, good luck and stay safe.🙏

Yours sincerely,

Hi Hanna! 

We finally give up, you at the office and I at the NSWPB.  You did not however do something for your German language skills. Well, your German is better than my French! So, therefore I will grant you an A-!!!

I wish you from the bottom of my heart all the very best for your retirement! May it be long and fun filled.  Thank you for your exceptional service at the Chamber!  

Big hug,

– Uli

Hey Hanna.  

Congratulations of many great years of service.  Wishing you well.

– Nora Logan


Congratulations on your retirement.  I have many fond memories of my short time as your work colleague.  I think my favourite was how hard we all worked to promote the Nordic Games in 1995.  Dress down Fridays to “Warm Up to the Nordics”!

Thanks for always being my “go to person” at the Chamber over the years.  I will miss you at the other end of the phone and computer.

All the best,

Mark Tilbury
Membership Services Director (1994/95)


I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading and listening to all the things people have sent in to congratulate you on your retirement.  You have this incredible gift for caring about people, and we all treasure it.  There are lots of reasons I call you Den Mother you know – you’ve made everyone you’ve worked with and worked for feel so special – me included!

Can’t wait to see where your next adventures take you.

xoxo Raili.