Chair
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April 22, 2021

E.D Corner May 2021

There are no two ways about it; COVID sucks. For tourism businesses, including my own, being closed for more than a year sucks. The constant starts and stops, ups and downs, sucks. The never-ending barrage of bad, scary news, sucks. …
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March 19, 2021

ED Corner – April 2021

In the immortal words of John “Hannibal” Smith from The A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together!”  Several months ago, I received a call from Val at Heartwood Farm and Cidery. She had a vision for improving the visitor…
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February 18, 2021

ED Corner – March 2021

Be part of the solution. I can’t for the life of me remember the exact saying, but the “be part of the solution” is the crux of the message. COVID-19 has presented a huge problem for many of you. The challenges you…
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January 20, 2021

ED Corner – February 2021

Good Day, I had planned to theme this month’s introduction around support – mainly the supports that are available to your businesses. And I will get to that, I promise. However, I want to talk a little bit about personal…
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Hands Touching Flowers in Snow
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December 21, 2020

ED Corner – January 2021

Good Day, I am going to need your help in 2021.  Let me rephrase that.  Collectively, as the businesses and supporters of the visitor economy, we are going to have to lean heavily on each other and, in doing so,…
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December 17, 2020

Happy Holidays!

I love human perseverance.  We have an activity-based advent calendar at our house which serves two purposes:  1) it provides an opportunity for the family to do things together, which is becoming increasingly difficult as the kids (now 17, 16…
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Hands holding leaves
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November 19, 2020

Executive Director Recap November/December

Perspective is everything. In the weeks leading up to my mom’s death last fall, I took her mother, my grandmother, out for lunch to give her a break and see how she was doing. She questioned out loud what terrible…
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Teamwork Learning
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October 29, 2020

Executive Director Recap October

Good Day, I just spent the last two days at the virtual 2020 Ontario Tourism Summit.  While I greatly missed seeing peers face-to-face, networking, laughing and collaborating, the conference brought great ideas, research and success stories to the forefront.  I…
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Mother working from home with kids
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September 24, 2020

Executive Director Recap September

Good Day, For as long as I can remember, I have always viewed the Tuesday after Labour Day as the start of the New Year – even more so than January 1.  Mainly, that is because it signals the beginning…
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August 31, 2020

Executive Director Recap August

Good Day, Last week Trish and I, along with Patch (our youngest) spent some time exploring Ontario as tourists in the world of COVID-19.  We rented a Jeep, took the top down and hit the road on Monday, not really…
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July 30, 2020

Executive Director Recap July

Good Day, Most of the communities within the boundaries of Central Counties have been in Stage 3 since July 24.  With that comes optimism for many whose businesses, or the businesses they support,  that have now  re-opened.  I am certainly…
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July 7, 2020

Executive Director Recap June

Shhhh.  Can you hear that?  I think that is Phase 3 coming down the tracks. Its arrival is highly anticipated but what is it really going to mean?  For much of the general public, it means there is light at the end…
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