The annual general meeting of the Bridgetown and Area Chamber of Commerce was held on Saturday, June 4 at the Bridgetown Lions Club. Members began their day by supporting the Lions' monthly spectacular breakfast after which the meeting ensued. After the regular business was conducted the new board of directors was elected.
The new slate of officers is:
President - Andrew Kerr
Vice President - Heather Marshall
Treasurer - Gary Olsvik
Secretary - Gerry Bezanson
Directors - Dan Forbes, Joanne Frost, Timothy Habinski
Outgoing president Kirk Lycett was thanked for his great contribution to the chamber over the course of his term. New president Andy Kerr emphasized that "the Town of Bridgetown is going through a tough time and the chamber will need to serve as a beacon of progress and continuity. The only way that will be achieved is if the Bridgetown Chamber is stable, active and engaged." He went on to point out that it was encouraging to see new member businesses around the room.
Guest speakers at the AGM included Joy O'Neil from Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency on the topic of downtown revitalization; Rachel Taylor, manager of the Annapolis Valley Exhibition on her experiences to date and new events this year; and Neil Cook, managing director of Bridgetown's Mountain Lea Lodge and the Adult Residential Center.