The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new chief executive officer.
Susan Allen has announced her resignation, which is effective on Sept. 30, after deciding to take on a management position at Vancouver Island University. Odai Sirri, chairman of the GNCC, said the business organization has initiated its search for a new CEO and will make further announcements as they are warranted, but there is no specific time line to find a replacement for Allen.
Sirri said the chamber will be looking for a new CEO who will help develop its programs and initiatives, including succession planning for businesses and the most successful cities initiative, as well as working towards a healthier local economy and society.
"The right person needs to be energetic and successfully put forward the board's mandate, as well as able to make a commitment of moving forwards the chamber's strategies and visions, for at least the next five years," he said.
"The next CEO has to be the right fit for the organization and we're not rushing to fill the position until we're sure the right person has been found."
WESTERN RAISES RECORD
The Western Financial Group raised a record $137,845 through its annual Support The Cause Day walk, which took place on May 29.
More than 1,500 Western employees from more than 100 locations across Western Canada, including the company's three offices in Nanaimo, participated in the fivekilometre walk.
The money raised from the event supports the Western Communities Foundation which gives to community infrastructure projects, student bursaries, Habitat for Humanity, a Vision Care program and more in the communities Western serves.
"Last year, Support The Cause Day raised nearly $90,000," said John Jenner, executive director of the WCF.
"This year, our goal was to surpass that total and we certainly did, raising more than we've ever raised before."
QF CELEBRATES FAMILY
The Regional District of Nanaimo is partnering with Quality Foods to provide free Family Day access to Oceanside Place Arena and Ravensong Aquatic Centre on Feb. 10.
Oceanside Place and the Ravensong centre will each be open for four hours on Family Day at different times so residents can make use of both if they wish.
Exact operating times will be available closer to the holiday.
"Quality Foods is a communityfocused business that has always made supporting local events and encouraging active living a priority," said RDN chairman Joe Stanhope.
"We are extremely pleased that Quality Foods has stepped forward to be our Family Day sponsor, and we hope that many members of our community will come out to enjoy our recreation facilities on Family Day."
ODDS AND ENDS:
After just a year in operation, The Jar Restaurant on Applecross Road recently closed its doors.
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