On March 22, The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce held their Annual General Meeting. The meeting outlined last years financial statments and featured an election of new board members and an open forum with questions for the representatives that were present.
"We had a total of 35 people in attendance, 14 voting members," said re-elected board chair Brock Harrington. "We reviewed the financials from last year, appointed our auditor for next year and filled five positions on the board. We did not need to have an election tonight, we had five positions and five people's names were brought forward."
At the meeting, which was also a wine and cheese mixer, Battle River-Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson's constituency assistant, Damien Kurek, spoke on Sorenson's behalf as he couldn't make it. He outlined that the MP is very happy with how the DDCC is operating and said that he has no doubt they will continue to perform at full capacity into next year.
"To be a chamber member, you just have to pay your fee. You can join as an individual or a company." Harrington informed, "To be on the board, you need to be nominated."
After the members were nominated and with five out of five spots being filled on the board, Mayor Heather Colberg swore in the new members: Roger Stevenson, Joanne Contenti, Joanne Hodgson, Brock Harrington and Barry Fullerton.
Tourism is also a huge focus for this years chamber members.
"Banff is full. The mountian is overcrowded in the summer," Harrington continued, "The province has really made Drumheller a top priority to expand the toursim industry here."
He added the town has ssen an average annual increase in visitors of 13.7 per cent over a five year average.