Never enough


In light of the upcoming Volunteer Week, April 14 to 20, the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Association (BIA) wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who allow us to do the things that we do. Too often, volunteers aren’t recognized nearly enough for the absolutely essential role they play in improving the quality of life for people in our community.

To start things off, it would make sense to highlight the individual volunteers of the Board of Management of the BIA. This group of caring and committed volunteers attend monthly Board meetings, attend monthly committee meetings, regularly support events and promotions, read and research a variety of topics that impact our local BIA, and finally, deal with a consistent flow of BIA-related emails and messages. 

The BIA Board consists of Shelley Mitchell (BIA Board Chair), Sierra Jones-Martel (BIA Treasurer & Buskerfest Chair), Courtney Vezina (Director), Nina Tachuk (Director), Mary-Anne Leang (Director), and John Barclay (Board Secretary). The Board is capably supported by Matt Gilmer, Economic Development Officer for the Municipality of North Grenville.

There is also the Marketing and Programming Committee which is responsible for planning and executing the various events, activities, and promotions of the BIA. This group consists of Shelley Mitchell, Sierra Jones, Nina Tachuk, Brandy Gould, Herb Cloutier, Tarra Frimmel, and Michelle Vallee. The Committee is well supported by Tammy Hurlbert (Parks, Recreation and Culture) and Heather Currie (Tourism) who work for the Municipality of North Grenville.

Of course, we couldn’t forget this final BIA volunteer group who are neck-deep in work right now getting ready for the May long weekend. The Kemptville Buskerfest Organizing Committee is currently meeting weekly as it prepares for the big day on Saturday, May 18. The Committee consists of Sierra Jones (Chair), Meagan Cumming (Vice Chair), Mary-Anne Leang, Herb Cloutier, Tarra Frimmel, Megan McDonald, Shion Hyde, and Kara Gilbey, with support from Tammy Hurlbert.

Last, but definitely not least, are all of the individuals who contribute their time, energy, and resources to ensuring that all of the various BIA-organized events, activities, and promotions are as safe and enjoyable as possible. We appreciate all of you and your contributions. However, as many times as we try to say thank you and show our appreciation, we feel like it’s never enough.


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