President & CEO’s Message – September/October 2022

It seems crazy that September is already here and the summertime is coming to a close. The Milton Chamber of Commerce is fortunate each summer to have incredible students working with us. This year was certainly no exception with Jana Alborno, Meredith Greaves, and Ginny Matheson helping out on various Chamber projects.

Jana was with us full time last summer and returned part-time this season while also taking classes at Waterloo, where she continues her Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management, Honours Co-op. Jana worked tirelessly on updating our business database. This is no small task given the Chamber maintains the most comprehensive list of member and non-member businesses in Milton. This information helps the Chamber in our day-to-day operations, as well as being foundational for our annual published business directory for Miltonians. Our on-line directory is also updated but only highlights Chamber members. Jana also assisted with accounting projects.

Meredith has been instrumental in helping with our special initiatives including the Incredible Race, golf tournament, scholarships, and the upcoming Community Awards Celebration. She also helped Jana with database updates. Meredith graduated this year from Laurier with a B.A, Major in Political Science. She has now returned for her Master of Public Policy at Laurier. Since Chambers spend the summer reviewing policies to be debated at the Canadian Chamber convention, Meredith’s education was invaluable as she helped the Ontario Caucus Advisory Council.

Ginny may be well known to many Miltonians. She can be seen every Saturday running the Market, making sure vendors are set up properly, and ensuring our customers have a safe and fruitful (no pun) Market experience. This is her second year as our Milton Farmers’ Market Coordinator. That means Ginny has not only helped us through the challenges of COVID protocols, she has also helped coordinate our co-existence with other events as the Fairgrounds restarted some pandemic postponed events, such as the Strawberry Fair, Ribfest, and Horse Barrel Racing Championships. Ginny is finishing her degree Food and Agriculture Economics at the University of Guelph. She continues to help run the Market until closing weekend on Thanksgiving weekend.

Sincere thanks to MP Adam van Koeverden for assisting with Canada Summer Jobs funding.

New Chamber Employee
On September 12th, we welcome our new full-time staffer, Meghan Greaves. She has been at Landscape Ontario for the past 5 years in Membership Services and events. At the Chamber, Meghan will work on our events, committee management, HR Roundtable, and membership engagement. We welcome Meghan to our Chamber team.