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									Chamber Newsletter Week of January 8 , 2009                                               th
Mission: The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by actively supporting business, economic
growth and diversification. Come grow with us!

  CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2008 – VOTE NOW!                                                                                   HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  The Citizen of the Year is a citizen, or group of citizens, who volunteers his/her/their time for the
                                                                                                                     “Cheers to a new year and
  benefit of our community. Every year, the Chamber of Commerce honours hardworking
                                                                                                                    another chance for us to get
  individuals for their outstanding contribution to our community.
                                                                                                                              it right.”
  Nominations have now closed. The Chamber wishes to congratulate all the nominees.
                                                                                                                         ~ Oprah Winfrey
  The Nominees are as follows:
             John Buchanan
                                                                                                                       “Now there are more
             Maurice Freitag                                                                                          overweight people in
             Denise Imbeau                                                                                           America than average-
             Mike Jenson                                                                                                weight people. So
             Helen Lalond                                                                                          overweight people are now
             Sonja Lebans                                                                                            average. Which means
             Bianca Peters                                                                                         you've met your New Year's
             Susie Petruk                                                                                                 resolution.”
             Jim Vanderhook                                                                                                ~ Jay Leno
  On-line voting will commence on Friday evening Jan 9 2009, and
  close at 5:00 pm on Thursday Jan 22nd. All “Voting” chamber members are eligible to vote. The                        “Each new day is a blank
  winner will be contacted on Monday January 26th 2009. The recipients of this award will be                           page in the diary of your
  honoured at the Chamber AGM on January 31st, 2009 at the Howe Sound Inn & Brew Pub.                                life. The secret of success is
                                                                                                                    in turning that diary into the
  BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - NOMINATE NOW!                                                                              best story you possibly can.”
  There is less than1 weeks left to nominate a local business for the 2008 Squamish Local Business                         ~Douglas Pagels, ‘A
  of the Year Awards!                                            Wonderful Resolution For
                                                                                                                             The New Year!’
  Business Squamish and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce have partnered on this contest to
  recognize a local business that excelled most in service, innovation, and contribution to
  economic development in 2008. The nominations have been coming in but we want to see
  more. Be sure to nominate them before January 14th. Then spread the word because online
  voting starts January 15th. Everyone can win! In addition to the main Business of the Year
  Award, there’s participant prizes for nominators and voters, so get involved!                                        Squamish Chamber of
  Find out more by visiting                                                                  Commerce

  CHAMBER JANUARY LUNCH                                                                                                “Come Grow with Us”
  Date: Tuesday, January 13th, 2009                                                                                    Victoria Rigdon,
  Registration: 11:30a.m.                                                                                              Manager
  Location: Executive Suites Garibaldi (40900 Tantalus Road, Garibaldi Highlands)                                      604-815-4991
  Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-Members or members who book on the same day of the                              
  event.(prices include GST). Advanced purchasing recommended.
  Guest Speaker: Greg Gardner, Mayor                                                                                   Carolyn Green,
                                                                                                                       Special Events
  Please note that our cancellation policy is a minimum of 24 hours, or the full lunch fee will be                     Coordinator &
  charged for no-show on day of luncheon. The Chamber does not keep Credit card information                            Administration
  on file. Please re-submit @ the time of purchase.                                                                    604-815-4990

Hey all you Hip-Cats & Glamour Girls…                                                               LOCATION: Gelato
Come join in the 1930’s inspired celebration as the Squamish Chamber of Commerce celebrates         Carina on Cleveland
75 years! It’ll be a creative night of Depression Era activities so 1930's attire is encouraged.    Ave, Downtown
Become a Sponsor. Call us for details, 604.815.4990.                                                Squamish
                                                                                                    MORE: I will be joining
Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2009                                                                  fellow artist Toby Jaxon
Time: Doors open 5:00pm, Commencement 5:30pm                                                        in this year's Squamish
Location: Howe Sound Inn & Brew Pub                                                                 Art Walk with a show at
Price: $100/person - Early bird price: $90/person before January 15th.                              Gelato Carina. You are
Tickets will be sold until January 23rd so hurry to get them today!                                 cordially invited to join
* Dance lessons                                                                                     us and show your
* Games                                                                                             support to the over 30
* Candy Bar                                                                                         local artists that will
* Silent and Live Auction                                                                           opening their studios,
* Back by popular demand, the "Hairfarmers" band                                                    homes and businesses
                                                                                                    to the public to share
Purchase tickets online or at the Visitor Information Centre in the         and celebrate the love
Adventure Centre.                                                                                   of their art.
                                                                                                    KITCHEN NEEDED
JANUARY AFTER 5 – THANK YOU                                                                         Do you have a
A big thank you to the Brackendale Bistro for hosting our Chamber After 5 event on January 6 .th    commercial kitchen
Your fabulous team went above and beyond! The service was exceptional and the appies were           and at least two to
very creative and terrific. Thanks to all those who attended and got to enjoy the night.            three ovens (preferably
                                                                                                    convection), sinks and a
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAMBER SENATOR LAVERNE KINDREE                                                  walk-in cooler that you
                                                                                                    can rent out for three
OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada,              days in July? An
announced on December 30th, 2008, 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Of those              accredited catering
was local Squamish Chamber Senator Laverne Kindree for his commitment and dedication to             company from North
the community of Squamish as a health care practitioner, volunteer, philanthropist and leader       Vancouver is
for more than 50 years.                                                                             interested! They are
                                                                                                    looking for a kitchen to
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE                                                                          rent for 3 days
                                                                                                        Squamish contact
                                                                                                    in July. PleaseChamber of
EAGLE FESTIVAL                                                                                          Commerce
                                                                                                    Rick at
The Visitor Information Centre is once again seeing a tremendous rise in visitors seeking 
information about the "Bald Eagles of Brackendale". An official count of the eagles took place          “Come Grow with Us”
                                                                                                    m for more information
on January 4th and totalled 755 eagles. To celebrate our special gift the Brackendale Art Gallery
is hosting numerous events including "The Natural World Lecture Series" to celebrate the 23rd          Victoria Rigdon,
Annual Brackendale Winter Eagles Festival and Count. For more info about the festival and              Manager
scheduled events, visit the Brackendale Art Gallery website:                                           604-815-4991
                                                                                                       Carolyn Green,
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND INFORMATION                                                                       Special Events
                                                                                                       Coordinator &
BOTTLE DRIVE FOR THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS GRIFFIN 835 SQUAMISH                                    Administration
Date: Saturday, January 10th, 2009.                                                                    604-815-4990
Anyone interested in arranging a bottle pick up please contact Vickie @ 604-892-3035

Wanda Doyle and Jan Phelan would like to invite you and your friends to attend their opening.
Date: Saturday, January 10th
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Everyone welcome. Free event.)
Location: The Foyer Gallery, 37907 Second Ave , Squamish
Gallery hours: Mon – Thurs 12:00 – 8:00, Fri – Sun 10:00 – 4:00
Show dates: Jan 6 – Feb 2, 2009
 For more information see: and

Date: Friday, January 16th
Time: 7p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Squamish Library, 37907 Second Ave, Squamish

Join in for an evening of books, music, beer and appetizers. Featuring Steven Galloway, author
of “The Cellist of Sarajevo”. Tickets available at Billies’ Bouquet, The Book Shelf and the Library

Title: Issues and Solutions: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
Date: January 20th, 2009
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Chamber Boardroom
Cost: $15 + GST members, $25 + GST non-members
To register, please contact Jordi at 604.932.5922 ext.21 or email address is being protected from spam bots, you
need Javascript enabled to view it.
This 2 hour presentation will provide you with :
      Practical strategies for business owners and managers on how to identify and address
          mental health issues, including emotional distress and burnout at work.
      Engaging, multi-media presentation including videos of real Canadians who live and
          work with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
      Useful information and resources for effective performance management when
          mental health or addicion is a concern
                                                                                                      Squamish Chamber of
Click here for more inforamtion.
                                                                                                      “Come Grow with Us”
Date: January 20th, 2009
Time: 5-8p.m.                                                                                         Victoria Rigdon,
Location: Howe Sound Inn & Brew Pub                                                                   Manager
VANOC will also be announcing an incentive program at the Launch event. This is a great
opportunity to learn more about the Homestay program. As a Host, you can become involved
                                                                                                      Carolyn Green,
in a rich and rewarding Games experience on a very personal level. Homestay guests will also
                                                                                                      Special Events
add to the vibrancy of Squamish during Vancouver 2010. We are looking for homes with an
                                                                                                      Coordinator &
extra bedroom or so to host Volunteers over the Games. The Mascots and Live Music will be
on hand.
If you would like more information now, you can check       

Date: Febuary 3rd & 4th
Location: Vancouver, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Cost: $170 plus GST ($178.50) per person/ $1700 plus GST per table of 10
For more information see or call 1.866.646.3561

After every council meeting the District of Squamish creates a document called “Council
Meeting Briefs” which gives a summary of the decisions that council has made. The goal of the
document is to increase the community’s knowledge of District business. Council Meeting
Briefs can be found on the District website however it may be more efficient to receive this
and other information by e-mail.
 If anyone wishes to be added to the mailing list and automatically receive this document send
your request to Kim Muller of the District of Squamish. Her email is

January 2009
     January 16 to 17: FIS Nordic Combined World Cup (Whistler Olympic Park)
     January 16 to 18: FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup (Whistler Olympic Park)
     January 24 to 25: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup (Whistler Olympic Park)
February 2009
     February 2 to 7: FIBT Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Cup (Whistler Sliding Centre)
     February 16 to 21: FIL Luge World Cup (Whistler Sliding Centre)
March 2009
     March 4 to 7: IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country World Cup (Whistler Olympic Park)
     March 9 to 14: IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals (Whistler Creekside)
     March 11 to 15: IBU Biathlon World Cup (Whistler Olympic Park)

Sunday, January 11th ~ The Museum (2008, 90 min)
It's tough running a museum in the 21st century, competing with all the flashy distractions of
the digital age. So when William Thorsell sets out to renovate Toronto's Royal Onatrio
Museum. Enter Daniel Libeskind, the celebrity architect linked to the Ground Zero site and
other prestigious building projects. Smartly tuned to contemporary debates on public
                                                                                                 Squamish Chamber of
architecture, The Museum charts their grand scheme in an entertaining tale of ego, art and
steel beams.                                                                                     Commerce
Wednesday, January 14th ~ Twelve (2008, 44 min)
                                                                                                 “Come Grow with Us”
If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what would you say?
Philippine-born filmmaker Lester Alfonso attempts to answer this question by interviewing
                                                                                                 Victoria Rigdon,
twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself. On the cusp of
teenage hormones, 12-year-olds often experience emotions with more intensity.
                                                                                                 Carolyn Green,
                                                                                                 Special Events
                                                                                                 Coordinator &

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