CABA General Meeting
April 16th, 2012
Neat Coffee Shop, Burnstown
Attending: Lucy Lester, Skip Hale, Dave Abraham, Debbie Knaut, Jane Hunter, Deb Giffin,
Pat Forrest, Byron Hermann, Kim and Adam McKinty, Elizabeth Couture, Bill Weiss, Paul
Murphy, Cath Reynolds, Cheryl Babineau
Guests: Bill Graham, Peter White
Round Table Introductions
Information sharing between members was insightful, informative and a
productive exercise. And a warm welcome to a new member, Pat Forrest.
Introduction of New Member
Pat Forrest used to work with Royal Lapage and is now with her own real
estate company, Prime Valley Realty. She aims to be very technological savvy (eg. QR
codes) and trying to be available to the new teckkie market.
Minutes of Last Meeting
a. Moved and approved
Treasurer’s Report – David Abraham
a. 17 businesses have not paid 2011-2012 membership.
b. Invoices for 2012-2013 will be mailed by the end of June. Cost is still $4o
Update on CABA Directory – 2012
a. The deadline for changes and update is June 1. Members in arrears must be
paid by the end of May in order to be included in the new directory
b. The Highlander is back!! The directory will be printed by Bill Graham et al and
will be inserted in the June edition.
Nominating Committee Chair Announcement – Skippy Hale
a. Elections will be held at the AGM, June 11.
b. Any member who would like to nominate someone, or be involved
themselves should contact Skippy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613
Update on Festival of the Senses – Byron Hermann
a. A grant was applied for and approved for $2000 to improve marketing for the
festival. Byron developed a new kind of brochure, with a new kind of
sponsorship. There will also be new and improved mapping and QR codes.
b. Township has sponsored us for $300.00 and opened up facilities
c. 5000 copies will be distributed throughout the province (OVTA will help
d. New website will be up (www.festivalofthesenses.ca) as well as a mobile app.
Economic Development Update – Byron Hermann
Township’s strategic action plan has been completed and is a good document
to align CABA strategic plan objectives with
EcDev priorities include the development of the creative economy (arts,
culture and heritage as economic drivers). New Tourism and communication and
marketing positioning statements identify CABA as an important partner with
township. Working on trying to look at the best way to market all the
underdeveloped tourist and cultural assets: new trails, improved camp ground
occupancy, strategic partnerships with outlying regions, improving retail services (no
infrastructure to support tourism) to attract new investment. Important to involve
CABA in all these discussions. We received good feedback from different provincial
and Canadian ministries to improve our positioning. Calabogie is getting more
recognition. Exciting to develop these projects.
OVTA (Ottawa Valley Tourist Association). Any CABA member may join OVTA
for the first year at half price if you join for two years. Members of OVTA are
automatically a member of OHTO. Memberships are from July to June.
Special Presentation on St. Gabriel Church, Springtown – Skippy Hale
** A "Steeples Tour" as part of our Creative Economy
Bringing tourists and business customers to our area
Annual General Meeting June 11th 2012