Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Reception
28 Sep 2012
Honouring our Volunteers
The London Chamber of Commerce hosted its 155th Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Sept 28, 2012.
Past President, Joaquim Balles was honoured and presented with the customary gift of a replica sword. Also, as is tradition with the London Chamber of Commerce, some outstanding volunteers were recognized for their contributions to the Chamber over the past year. Christine Poier and Scott Courtice received President's Awards for their volunteerism and Lily Wang was recognized for her contribution to the Chamber's Asian Business Opportunities Committee and her role during the two China missions that the Chamber participated in this past year.
Christine Poier has been an active member on the Program side of things for 3 years.
She joined the Special Events & Networking Committee and proceeded to quietly raise her hand whenever volunteers were needed for anything. Therefore, it was a very natural fit for her take over the role of Chair of Business After Five when the position opened up last year.
Not only does Christine give of her own time & energy but she often volunteers others from her organization when extra hands are needed. As well, she always makes herself available to visit future event location sites when necessary.
This past spring, for the Chambers the new event, diSTRICTLY BUSINESS, Christine volunteered for the entire day, and was a tremendous help to The Chamber staff.....that is truly going above & beyond!
Scott Courtice has been an active member of the Federal Provincial Affairs Committee. His dedication to this committee has led him to exceed expectations. He has volunteered for numerous policy paper sub-committees including those dealing with high speed rail, provincial arbitration for emergency services and Canada's free trade agreements. This past year, Scott was also a policy sub-committee of one, drafting a paper calling on the Ontario government to adopt and open data strategy.
Not only has this Scott been a tremendous asset to the Chamber on the policy writing side, but he is also proving to be an excellent leader of the committee since he took on the role of chair in 2011. His relaxed and sometimes humourous style helps to motivate our policy volunteers to continue producing the high quality work to which our members have grown accustomed.
When it comes to advocacy, the London Chamber of Commerce has a reputation both provincially and federally for being a leader among chambers and a vital link between London businesses and government. The Chamber is very thankful to have volunteers that live up to and maintain this reputation year after year.
Lily Wang also received special recognition as an individual who has been an outstanding committee volunteer, and as well has been a true ambassador both for the Chamber and the City of London.
When the Board of Directors established the Asian Business Opportunities Committee to provide London Business with information and connections to expand into the Asian market, they looked for an individual with skills and connections in Asia. Lily agreed to become the Vice-Chair of the brand new committee.
And, when the ABOC agreed to partner with the City, LEDC, UWO, Fanshawe and a number of local businesses to go on a mission to China, Lily made herself available to travel with the team in China acting not only as an interpreter but as someone who was able to use her knowledge of Chinese culture and protocol to ensure the comfort and safety of the team. She is in her own right a London Ambassador Extraordinaire.
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