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Redvers Chamber of Commerce folds

Businesses and organizations will still meet.
Chamber Bucks program continues as Redvers Bucks.

REDVERS — During their regular meeting Wednesday, Redvers Town Council learned the news that the Redvers Chamber of Commerce is officially no more. 

“After careful consideration, the board has made the difficult decision that effective Jan. 1, the Redvers Chamber of Commerce will be dissolved unless volunteers step forward to fill the vacant board positions,” read a letter from Chamber president, Natasha Poirier. “This decision has not been taken lightly, and we recognize the impact it may have on our community.”

Despite the Chamber’s sunset in the community, Redvers businesses and organizations will still have an opportunity to meet. 

“In light of this, the town has graciously offered businesses the opportunity to attend their quarterly collaborative meetings to discuss upcoming events, providing an alternative platform for networking and collaboration,” continued Poirer.

There will also be a change to the Chamber Bucks program, which currently has $7,595 to be redeemed.

“We wanted to keep what’s known as the Chamber Bucks alive and still running,” explained Town of Redvers CAO Tricia Pickard. “So we’re going to call them the Redvers Bucks.”

The local currency was distributed through the Town Office, and businesses involved in the program were contacted to discover whether or not they would like to continue.


Marriage licences now at Town Office

Redvers residents can once again purchase marriage licenses at the Town Office.

“It used to be offered through the town here with a previous employee, so we wanted to bring that back because people have been stopping in and it’s kind of a localized spot,” CAO Tricia Pickard explained.

Assistant CAO Jena Cowan has successfully applied to be a Marriage Commissioner, enabling the town to offer the service of selling licenses.

New Housing Authority chair

Donna Gilbertson has officially been appointed to the Chair position with the Redvers Housing Authority. 

“She’s been on our Redvers Housing for a while now, and then she stepped into the chairperson position,” Pickard said.

The town received the official letter from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation at the end of November.

Grant received for seniors’ programs

The town received acceptance for a $3,605 funding request through the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism to operate the Facilitating Independence program. Covering a wide range of topics, the 12-week program will be hosted by the Redvers Public Library.

Some key items required for the program were a laptop, projector and screen, while other items are already in place through the partnership with the town and library.

“So in the budget, it shows that it’ll cover half, which is true, some of those costs are more of an in-kind,” Pickard explained, noting that the program will occur during library hours and the transit bus will be used to chauffeur those participating to and from the venue.

The total cost for the Facilitating Independence program is $6,005 and will include information sessions in the categories of navigating technology, nutrition, emergency planning, and home maintenance basics.