Wake the Giant Festival to Receive EDF Support
The Chamber was very pleased to announce the latest recipients of a grant from the Chamber’s Economic Development Fund last Wednesday June 19 at the Aboriginal Partnership Exchange (APEX) Series breakfast event. Chamber Board Member and event MC Jason Thompson welcomed Sean Spenrath and AJ Haapa to the stage to present about the Wake the Giant initiative and advised the audience that the Chamber will be supporting the Wake the Giant music festival this fall with the maximum $10,000 grant available from the fund.
Sean and AJ described the Wake the Giant initiative to the group, explaining that it aims to improve race relations in Thunder Bay and, in particular, the experiences Indigenous children have when sent to Thunder Bay to attend post-secondary education. Part of the initiative is the logo campaign, which asks local businesses to make a policy of welcoming everyone and hanging a Wake the Giant decal in their storefront to promote themselves as safe spaces and which has already exceeded its initial goal a few times over since its launch in March. This fall, organizers will also host orientation activities for kids and parents including an Amazing Race-style day and a day of workshops called the DFC Experience.
The Economic Development Fund grant will support the music festival, which will be held September 14, 2019 at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay and will feature headline acts like Metric, Coleman Hell, Crown Lands and July Talk as well as local talent.
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Upcoming Chamber Events
We had a busy year in 2019 and we’re so excited to tell you about it. In our Annual Report video, you’ll learn about the Chamber’s activities, including:
– Advocacy at the local, Provincial and Federal levels
– Engagement activities designed to connect our Members with each other and with the community
– Empowerment activities which help educate, strengthen and promote our Members
The Chamber is seeking candidates interested in serving as our representative on the Board of Directors of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc.
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On Tuesday January 21, Charla made a deputation to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs. Her presentation covered the issues most relevant to our regional economy, including mining, forestry, transportation, procurement, Bombardier, skilled trades and immigration.
At our final quarterly funding round-up of 2019, held during the Chamber’s Open House at our new office, we tallied the votes and awarded this quarter’s funds to the Precious Bundles Clothing Assistance program, nominated by Emily Shandruk. We recently had a chance to present them with the Big Cheque for $2,600 and hear how they’ll use the money!