Chamber general meeting coming up April 30

Welcome to our newest member: Bella Coola Grizzly Tours Inc.

Welcome to our newest member: Bella Coola Grizzly Tours Inc.

Did you know that Chamber members have access to some great benefits? Fuel discounts? Dental and health options? Pride of involvement through an annual bursary for a graduating son/daughter of a Chamber member?

Sponsorship for one of the Chamber’s annual business excellence awards? Or, our infamous luncheon meetings with great guest speakers and networking with other member businesses, just to name a few.

Join us for lunch or another event and see for yourself. The Chamber works for you. Call 250-392-5025 with your questions or check out the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce website at

We also invite members to attend our general meeting luncheon on Thursday, April 30 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Chamber meetings offer businesses the opportunity to meet other businesses. Please RSVP by Tuesday to 250-392-5025.

Our Guest Speaker will be Larry Vanderveen, senior market manager from TELUS Broadband Solutions. Larry is currently responsible for business market activities related to the TELUS Fibre Optic Broadband Network.

Members can enter one of our draws like the Chamber Chatter profile draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and Cariboo Country and the GOAT. Members are welcome to donate to this activity by calling the office at 250-392-5025.

The Chamber board has assisted many organizations and businesses who have concerns in the community and need help sometimes in the form of letters of support. These concerns can be an advocacy issue that the board will take on.  From this simple step, the issues end up on the floor of the BC Chamber AGM in the form of a resolution. Thanks to the board members who are up for the challenge and want what is best for our community and area. Good luck as they attend the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM next month to deliberate many resolutions that affect us all.

We have a special draw taking place in the office donated by Telus Optik for a certificate for two for “Infield VIP seating” for all four days of the Williams Lake Stampede. Anyone can win and the draw date is June 18 at the general meeting.


February’s business card profile winner was Brianna van de Wijngaard.

She is the owner/operator of Puddle Produce Urban Farms; Brianna is the sole proprietor and does most of the work (aside from a few friends and family that help out).

She hails from Vancouver Island, mostly, but began her food growing experience in the Cariboo (Hagensborg) in 2011, after university.  She planted the first seed, and never looked back.

The operation is an urban farming operation – producing mostly early-mid season greens, root crops, and microgreens, all within city limits.

Puddle Produce is unique in a few ways:  It is lease-based, meaning she doesn’t own one square foot of the land that is farmed on. It’s all leased from the homeowners, and they are paid with a weekly supply of produce throughout the growing season.

This allows someone new to farming very easy and low-capital access.  It is also multi-locational: growing on approximately 10,000 square feet, but this is from seven different plots. Brianna has only attended one Chamber event (luncheon meeting) but thought it was great. She was surprised and impressed at how many attendees there were, and from all different sectors and professions. Great networking!


March’s business card profile winner was Integrated Elements Wellness Clinic.

The clinic offers natural healthcare options where its practitioners function as a team to better provide care to its patients.

The team includes: Dr. Christie Kronyk, chiropractor, Jacqueline Gabourie, registered massage therapist (locum for Nancy Camarneira, RMT), and Shelly Paquette, registered shiatsu therapist and certified holistic health practitioner, feflexology.

The clinic’s practitioners have a combined 24 years of natural healthcare experience, addressing a variety of issues, such as neck and back pain, headaches, sports injuries, work ergonomics, sleep/anxiety/depression issues, arthritis and mobility issues, and prenatal care.

They encourage patients to work on making healthier lifestyle choices regarding exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress management, and injury prevention.

They recently joined the Chamber and have found the luncheon meetings provide an enjoyable place to network and catch up on what’s happening in the community.  As well, they note the advertising benefits have been great.

The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Williams Lake and area. They promote the well being of business in Williams Lake and district and foster a work, stay and play at home atmosphere to all residents.


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