Leamington District Chamber of Commerce President’s Message 2019-2020
I was asked to write a President’s message as part of this new and exciting opportunity to serve our Board of Directors, Chamber members, and staff as the 2019/2020 President of the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. For those that know me know I often find myself totally engaged and committed to a community cause or group of dedicated folks just trying to make this place where we all live, work and play a better place for all of us. I am not entirely sure where this passion came from but what I do know it was developed, encouraged and nurtured over many years. I have been fortunate to work in industries that valued community service and supported staff to become involved in any way that made a difference to them and their families. It’s this reason I believe our business community is so valuable. Our business leaders, small business owners and their employees and families are why Leamington and surrounding communities are an amazing place to live, grow and build dreams.
Through my years of serving business owners and leaders one thing I have come to know that quite often leaves me in awe. There is nothing more brave and courageous than starting your own business. It is not easy. I recently facilitated a class for Grade 6 students through JA Canada on the subject of Our Business World. We spend the day exploring what types of business exist, how to start them, what it takes to succeed and discuss how some of Canada’s most successful business started with just one person with a good idea, some good old fashioned determination and hard work. Nothing would make me prouder if one of those students became a successful business owner.
From all of us at the chamber …we SEE you. We see the passion, the grit, the frustration, the hope. We know we need to be a voice for business and we are with you. We are going to invest a lot of time this year making sure we are that voice by learning, listening and leveraging key relationships. We know you need support and we exist to do that. We have been here a very long time and the future is bright!
I have always been fond of quotes for inspiration or to help communicate a message about how I feel. These are a few of my favorites.
Hope they inspire you ☺
“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford
Jen Dawson , President