We hope your 2019 is off to a wonderful start. Each January we compile a report to the membership noting Chamber news and highlights from the past year, and what we have coming up so far this year. You can check out the 2018 Year in Review here.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC) made the decision at its November Board of Directors’ meeting that 2019 will be the last year that the organization will coordinate and implement Drumheller’s Canada Day Parade.
Safety for parade participants and spectators has always been of utmost importance. Over the last several years, concerns for safety and liability have grown. While the DDCC has taken numerous steps to minimize liability and enhance safety for all involved, the risks remain. “As a non-profit organization, we have decided we are no longer willing to assume the liability for the Canada Day Parade. The recent death of a child during a Christmas Parade in Nova Scotia has reinforced our decision to step away as parade organizers,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Heather Bitz.
For the 2019 Canada Day Parade, the DDCC will once again continue to focus on safety for participants and spectators. As announced last year, the Chamber will ban distribution of ALL candy and promotional material by parade participants. Volunteers will continue to be stationed along the parade route to assist with parade flow and crowd control. Public safety during the parade is critical and everyone has a role to play. The cooperation of all involved will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.
“While we understand the popularity of Canada Day in Drumheller, the DDCC has been putting on the parade for well over 20 years and the consensus from the Board of Directors following our Strategic Planning session was that it was time to pass the torch,” stated Chamber of Commerce President, Brock Harrington.
The 5th annual Spring Expo Trade Show is Drumheller's annual home and garden-style spring trade show, featuring a variety of products and services, an entertainment stage, and the Taste of Drumheller food and beverage booths.
In 2019 it will take place in a new venue, the Badlands Community Facility, on April 26 & 27. Booths are already 25% sold, don't wait too long to book your space!
Earlier this year, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce implemented changes to the guidelines and application process for the World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD) Legacy Fund. Each quarter a maximum of two (2) capital projects will be funded up to $2,500 each. Applications are now being accepted for the fourth quarter, ending December 31.
Not-for-profit groups and other formally organized groups are encouraged to apply. Funding is available for capital projects that benefit the community, but cannot be used to supplement operating revenue or for deferred maintenance projects.
The World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund invests a portion of funds generated by the WLD attraction and giftshop to enhance and enrich community economic development initiatives in the Drumheller region. To date the Legacy Fund has contributed over $615,000 to 36 community groups for a wide range of projects. View the full list here.
For complete program guidelines download the application form or call 403-823-8100. Physical copies of the application form are also available at the Chamber office.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is capping off our 2018 Lunch & Learn series with a BANG, and switching gears to provide a 2-part morning education session! On Thursday, November 22 join us at the Canalta Jurassic Inn from 8:30am-12:00pm to learn about two great topics that will be beneficial to business owners, managers, team leads, HR, hiring staff, etc.:
Part 1- “Attraction/Recruitment and Selection” Part 2- “Identifying Team Retention & Leadership Strategies”