MANAGER’S DESK: Alberni chamber seeks ambassadors

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for people to join its volunteer ambassador crew next summer.

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to another great season working with our volunteer ambassadors aboard the MV Frances Barkley, in Cathedral Grove, at the Visitor Centre and around Port Alberni during special events. This year will be extra exciting as we celebrate all that goes along with our community’s 100th anniversary.

We are putting the call out for new ambassadors to sign up for this gratifying pastime and in particular, we are looking for a call-out coordinator to maintain the schedule for Cathedral Grove ambassadors. Organizer extraordinaire, Gerry Fagan, will be focused on scheduling the Frances Barkley volunteers and he will be glad to teach a new Cathedral Grove coordinator the ropes in order to take over those duties for 2012.

Please Call Gerry at 250-723-8793 or the chamber office at 250-724-6535 if you’re motivated to give something back to your community and meet a plethora of new friends from around the globe.

The chamber would like to congratulate the many local businesses nominated for awards from the Vancouver Island Business Awards event later this month at Bear Mountain. They include: Kismet Quilts, Van Isle Ford, West Coast Slam, Catalyst Paper, NSS Investments, Sharie Marie Mortgage Team, Acoustic Woods, Trends Design Team and the Mortgage Mentorship Program. Good luck to you all!

The chamber’s Community Excellence Awards Dinner is later on this spring, but we are now accepting nominations for all categories. See the easy to use nomination document on our website (avcoc.com) or pop by the Visitor Centre and pick up a mitt full of nomination papers. Our selection committee will choose three nominees in each category. They will receive complimentary tickets for two to the dinner and the winners will be chosen that night, Thursday, April 12 at the Best Western Barclay Hotel.

Thought for the Week:

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” — Steve Jobs