Meagan Cumming elected as new BIA Chair

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submitted by Deron Johnson
Executive Director, Business Improvement Association (BIA)

At the Old Town Kemptville (OTK) BIA’s Board of Management Meeting on Wednesday, April 21, the Board elected a new Chair to lead the organization until the end of the Board’s term in December of 2022.

Meagan Cumming, the CEO of Kemptville Stress Relief Centre, won the hotly contested election and will assume the role and responsibilities immediately as she takes over from Acting Chair William Pearl of Stevens Creek Shutter Co., who will return to his role as Vice Chair.

The Chair position became vacant when longtime BIA Board Chair, Debbie Wilson of Grahame’s Bakery, resigned after serving a four year term in this often challenging volunteer role. Debbie’s leadership has guided the BIA through many changes, and was the primary reason for many of the BIA’s accomplishments to date.

“I am honoured that the Board has entrusted me with the responsibility of the Chair position. Debbie left an indelible mark in her term and some very big shoes to fill. I look forward to the challenge of continuing her legacy of supporting Downtown Kemptville businesses and the greater community,” said Meagan.

Meagan is looking forward to getting out to meet all of the business owners in the BIA once health unit protocols are lifted to allow it. Already a frequent customer of downtown retailers, restaurants and coffee shops, Meagan hopes to encourage many more people to enjoy everything that downtown has to offer.

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