The Estevan and District Chamber of Commerce has found fresh but firm footing in their role as advocates for the local and regional business community.
Jackie Wall, who was appointed as the C of C’s manager last year, following a major adjustment that saw the tourism and economic development portfolios that had been in the chamber’s purview for years, moving over to city hall.
That meant the chamber could focus on it’s main objective, said Wall at the local chamber’s 112th birthday party that was celebrated at the Sask Energy Training Institute/Southeast College campus on June 8.
“It’s member communications, it’s partnerships we now form with businesses and other associations, it’s lobbying and advocacy for businesses and it’s also a need to rework our policy and procedures, because of the changes,” said Wall.
“We can really centre ourselves with our members and make our voices heard locally, regionally, provincially and even nationally,” she added, noting the local, as well as provincial, chambers have the ear of the provincial government, and the official opposition, which makes ongoing dialogue a lot easier.
“It’s amazing the local Chamber of Commerce (sometimes known as the Board of Trade in the past) has been a part of Estevan for so long. There’s a reason for that,” she said, suggesting that the work the C of C does is vital to the well being of business community, as well as the residents of the city and neighbouring municipalities.