Paisley Chamber of Commerce Meeting – 17 June 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:15pm by Jennifer Harris

In attendance:

President Jennifer Harris, Vice President Mary Gail Johnston, Treasurer Julie Reid, Anne Bucher, Mary Ellen Budreau, Craig Budreau, Jo-Anne Buhr, Jennifer Cooper, Helen Crysler, Paul Crysler, Marvin Double, Gail Fullerton, Alicia Gibbons, Karen Kimpel, Emma Tsang

Open Issues

  • Job Creation Partnership application is going in for hiring help again
  • Chamber owns 2 laptops and 1 printer
    • one laptop is being lent to the municipal summer student working at the Treasure Chest Museum
  • “Keep Calm and Paddle On” hoodies are selling well, currently being sold at Back Eddies and Cowan Canoe ($30e)
  • Survey results were positive
    • suggested emphasis on promoting the community, especially the business sector, and continuing with the Santa Claus Parade and the Late Night Shop
  • School/Library – Kim Grant could not attend
    • potential to move library into school building
    • 2 classrooms in school are not being used, 2 more are only used half-days
  • Lake Huron Shoreline Tourism Partners are currently revamping the website
    • we may continue to be part of the marketing if we submit the $500 annual fee

New Business

  • Website ( and social media (Facebook, Twitter,Instagram)
    • need for updating, maintenance – Emma Tsang has volunteered
    • decided that non-member businesses will have less content posted and less information available than paying members (eg photos, hours, external links)
  • Confirmed membership cost at $190 per business, $50 for a second business as well as new businesses and service clubs
  • Need for increased membership discussed
    • suggested sending invoices with accompanying letter to all businesses to encourage membership
  • Big Community Meeting
    • 110 attendees the first year, 50 attendees last year
    • need better promotion, clearer agenda
  • Executive and Chair positions up for re-elections
    • Mary Gail Johnston volunteered for president
    • Emma Tsang volunteered for secretary
    • Julie Reid confirmed staying on as treasurer
    • Mary Ellen Budreau volunteered for Santa Claus Parade chair
    • Alicia Gibbons confirmed staying on as Late Night chair
    • No changes for Paisley Advocate

Meeting adjourned.


Minutes prepared by Emma Tsang

Minutes approved by Mary Gail Johnston

Next meeting – July 15th at 7pm, at the Paisley Legion