Chance Breckenridge was awarded 2019’s Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. (Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)

Chance Breckenridge was awarded 2019’s Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. (Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)

New funding to support return of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce events

The shop local and “Of the Year Awards” gala will return in 2022

A couple events put on by the Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce (CDCC) will be making a comeback next year, thanks to a grant obtained by the group from the BC Chamber of Commerce.

Funded by the Government of Canada, and distributed provincially, the $34,919 grant will fund a Winter Blues Shop Local Campaign and the “Of the Year Awards” gala, as well as support improvements for the CDCC, such as a business directory, interactive map and search engine.

“The grant funds received in the amount of $34,919 will be used to encourage locals to shop local and to drive the key message that local spending contributes to the local economy and community and helps to sustain business resources that are accessible to all members of our community,” said Jeff Lamond, president of the CDCC, in a press release.

To kick off the new year, the CDCC will bring back the Shop Local Campaign, purchasing $5,000-worth of gift vouchers from various local businesses to be awarded to the first, second and third-place winners. In order to win, shoppers must make purchases at participating businesses throughout town from Jan. 2 to Feb. 15 to be entered into a draw. Winners are randomly selected at the end of the campaign.

The Chamber “Of the Year Awards” gala took a break in 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and shy of three years later, the gala will be returning to Clearwater in February 2020. The event will “provide an opportunity for locals to nominate their favourite local businesses for an award and receive additional recognition within the community.” The evening will be a ticketed and fully-catered event, to “celebrate the vast array of local businesses and services” in Clearwater.

In addition to bringing back well-known Chamber events, the CDCC will also be going through digital upgrades, such as a website revamp, focusing on the business directory, transforming the list into an interactive map with search engine to create a more appealing resource for the community at large, as well as redesigning the business directory maps in to a fold out brochure to be used as a tool for those passing through and exploring the community.

The shop local initiatives “aim to provide greater exposure for local businesses during the slow season and encourage local residents to keep their spending local,” reads the CDCC press release.

For more information, contact the CDCC at info@clearwaterbcchamber.com.



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Chance Breckenridge, was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year, and Trina Rodgers Pinksen, who won the 2019 Shop Local draw. (Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)

Chance Breckenridge, was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year, and Trina Rodgers Pinksen, who won the 2019 Shop Local draw. (Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)