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News Release: AWARD WINNING CHAMBER RECOGNIZED PROVINCIALLY FOR ACHIEVEMENTS

(Medicine Hat) – The Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) 81st Annual General Meeting and Policy Session wrapped up with recognition of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce receiving the ‘2018 Chamber of the Year Award’.
 
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce competed against other chambers in the province of the same membership size, participating in similar activities and ultimately received the prestigious award in the largest chamber category of 651 members and above. Submissions were evaluated by a team of judges on categories of advocacy, membership, submission presentation and self-evaluation. The Chamber of the Year Award was announced at the Chair’s Dinner on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019.
 
‘I was extremely honoured and proud to accept this award on behalf of our organization and to recognize all those who have contributed to our success. This award represents our ability to thrive and grow as a Chamber and as a community, because of our ability to adapt and become stronger through the adversity and challenges we have faced’, commented Sarah MacKenzie, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.
 
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce was able to demonstrate its fiscal responsibility as an organization, along with membership growth, despite the declines in the local economy. The local Chamber also showcased their policy strength with 31 policy positions adopted or supported in 2018 on a municipal, provincial and federal level. This was in addition to a restructuring of their membership model and organizational and governance structures along with their commitments and involvement in both the provincial and federal Chamber network. The Chamber saw local support for its activities with over 2300 registrants through their over 30 annual events in 2018 and a strong trade show presence with stable consumer and exhibitor participation throughout the year.
 
‘It is very rewarding as an organization to be acknowledged for our hard work in membership retention and growth, within our policy and advocacy achievements and our communications, along with our ability to govern while collaborating and supporting both businesses and organizations’ MacKenzie remarked.
 
The Chamber is committed to encouraging a strengthened and vibrant economy in our region through connections, support and influence. These three pillars are the foundation that guide the organization in the services, events and advocacy it provides to its members and the community as a whole.
 
‘We recognize the value of having a deep rooted history within our community since our founding in 1900 and our success is built on this strong foundation. We continue with passion and purpose for the community we serve, honoring the principles of our founding members, while adapting to our changing society, pursuing our mission while staying relevant to our members’ stated Executive Director, Lisa Kowalchuk. ‘By respecting our roots, while also recognizing the demands of the future, we are able to grow, keep pace and anticipate the challenges of tomorrow with optimism and determination’, said Kowalchuk.
 
The local Chamber of Commerce previously received the award Chamber of the Year in 2015, 2012, 2008 and 2000.
 
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.221
 
The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 750 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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