MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAMBER PRESIDENT
"A few weeks ago, I received a letter from the CRD asking for feedback from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce on possible affects to the CRD’s “brand” and the region’s economic development if the proposed expansion to the Trans Mountain Pipeline was approved. I provided feedback that addressed only these two issues. In my letter, I wrote that “it is the opinion of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce that the pipeline expansion will not adversely affect the CRD brand”. I also wrote that “it is anticipated that investment by businesses in our region will increase and bring enhanced employment opportunities”. If you would like to read the text of both of these letters, they are available here.
A major decision regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline will be made in the relatively near future. As with any major decision, it is important to weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks. This results in the best possible decision and my letter contributed to this process. If I had been asked to bring attention to the potential risks of the project my letter would have read very differently.
As your President, I have heard from fellow Chamber members that are against the proposed pipeline expansion as well as from those in favour of it. I will continue to represent all of our views in as factual and accurate a way as I can."
Sean Dyble, President
WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!
The Chamber would like to welcome our newest Chamber members:
NORTHERN BOARD DISTRIBUTION CO. LTD.
Located in the Sooke Business Park, Northern Board is Canada’s one-stop surf and SUP (stand up paddleboarding) wholesale distributor offering a wide range of accessories, wetsuits and boards for retailers across Canada.
Northern Board Distribution introduced XCEL Wetsuits into Canada in 2002 and expanded its offering in 2007 to offer Sex Wax, FCS and SurfCo products. Since 2007 a number of other brands have been added including GLIDE Stand-up paddle boards in 2013.
With knowledgeable staff, strong inventory and same day order processing and shipping, Northern Board is able to provide retailers the highest level of service.
SASEENOS VETERINARY SERVICES LTD.
Saseenos Veterinary Services Ltd. is proud to serve the Sooke BC area for everything pet related. The veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Dr. Amanda Booth and Dr. Carla Bell, who are licensed, experienced Sooke veterinarians.
Their team is committed to educating their clients in how to keep pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Saseenos Veterinary Services Ltd. stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.
Experience Japanese Restaurant Take-Out Cuisine in Sooke!
SCOUTS CANADA PACIFIC JAMBOREE IN SOOKE - JULY 2015
Scouts Canada, will be hosting a large-scale event this July at Camp Barnard with daily excursions to Sooke and the surrounding area. The Pacific Jamboree 2015 anticipates approximately 3000 people to be in attendance starting July 1st, one week prior to the event. The event will take place from July 11th to 18th, 2015. Twenty school buses have been hired to tour the region. This event is communicated to our members to be prepared for the influx of visitors to Sooke and will follow with an email blast as a reminder to our members one week prior to the event to ensure the message has been received. For further information, please visit their website.
COACHING OPPORTUNITY | AUGUST 5 - 6 | ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY
Royal Roads University (RRU) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to be coached by one of their Executive Coaching students as part of their final exam process. The intention of these coaching sessions/panels is for students to demonstrate the International Coach Federation competencies learned during the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program.
Located at RRU Learning and Innovation Centre at 2005 Sooke Road on August 5 or 6, 2015, your time commitment is approximately 1 hour broken down as follows:
These sessions are available to working professionals with a real business challenge based on a current business issue.
There is no cost to participate. To comply with the International Coach Federation Confidentiality Code of Ethics, your coaching session will be kept confidential.
CHAMBER CHATTER SNM JUNE10th EDITION
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has submitted an article to the Sooke News Mirror to be published in the June 10th Edition regarding improvement to Highway 14, encouraging all levels of government to work closely with the community towards resolving the current safety and capacity concerns. This is a critical issue that adversely affects us all and there is a clear expectation from the residents and the local business community for the District of Sooke to show leadership, to take initiative, and to support the needs of our town.
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Complementary copies of the Business Examiner Victoria are available at the Chamber office.
SENIORS DISCOUNTS OFFERS
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce would like to further promote your business and its services to Sooke's senior community by providing information about your seniors' discount offers. We are compiling information to provide to the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre who will be producing a brochure to be distributed to other service organizations and community groups in Sooke who have a direct connection to our seniors in the Sooke region. Please submit your information to the Chamber office by Wednesday June 10th.
Senior discount information required for the publication is as follows:
NEW CHAMBER MARKETING EMAIL ADDRESS
The Chamber has a new email address dedicated to marketing:
Please add this new address to your contacts list and whitelist to ensure emails from our marketing committee end up in your inbox.
CHAMBER NEW MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
SOOKE FEATURED IN
The Chamber Marketing Committee recently coordinated a multi-page feature on Sooke in the 2015 edition of Vancouver Island Visitor Magazine. Over 20 businesses in Sooke participated; many of them Chamber members taking advantage of the great Chamber discounted rates.
The 2015 edition of Vancouver Island Visitor is now available on shelves and online. Pick up your copy at the Chamber office or visit their website to see how our community and businesses are being promoted as a must visit destination.
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce encourages all businesses in the Sooke region to submit their information to be published on our website's business directory. One of the many benefits of being a Chamber member means the inclusion of detailed business information such as logos, tag phrases, mission statements, company descriptions and links in our directory.
*Only basic contact information will be published for non-members as a service to our community.
|Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce 201 - 2015 Shields Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0E4 Office: 250.642.6112 |