Yarmouth chamber holds AGM, Chris Atwood new president

Eric Bourque ebourque@thevanguard.ca
Published on March 12, 2015

Chatting March 11 after the annual general meeting of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce (from left): Chris Atwood, the chamber’s incoming president; Valerie Roy, chief executive officer of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce; and Karen Churchill, outgoing president of the Yarmouth and area chamber.

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YARMOUTH -- A former president of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce has become president again and, as he did so, he expressed a positive view of where the local economy is going.

Chris Atwood, who was the chamber’s president a half-dozen years or so ago, officially took on the position again March 11 at the local chamber’s annual general meeting.

Atwood succeeds Karen Churchill as the chamber’s president. Churchill had held the post the past three years.

After being formally sworn in by Mayor Pam Mood, Atwood sounded upbeat about the local area’s economic prospects.

“I really think the economy of Yarmouth is turning around,” Atwood said.

Atwood expressed appreciation to Churchill for the leadership role she played with the chamber during her three years as president.

In her remarks as outgoing president, Churchill focused on the previous year in particular, saying the chamber organized or was involved in various events and projects.

She noted, for example, that the chamber had hosted, last November, another successful and well-attended business awards evening. The annual event celebrates the local business community and recognizes businesses for their accomplishments.

Valerie Roy, chief executive officer with the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and guest speaker for the Yarmouth chamber’s AGM, spoke about the chamber of commerce movement and the importance of having local chambers that are “active, innovative and engaged.”

Roy, who is based in Moncton, referred to the report of the oneNS Commission chaired by Ray Ivany and its emphasis on the need for change if Nova Scotia is to address the various issues it faces. Chambers of commerce have a role to play in this process, she said.

“Our annual policy survey and consultation on the Ivany report clearly demonstrate the need for the active involvement of local chambers,” she said.

Addressing those attending the Yarmouth chamber’s AGM at the Rodd Grand Hotel, Roy said, “Your chamber has great leaders at the helm, a strong board of directors and a solid history of wins in furthering its mission, goals and objectives.”