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Events / Bookkeeper
I worked most recently with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph where I was responsible for procuring donated products from local businesses for the ReStores and build sites. This role got me involved with many of our great businesses here in Centre Wellington as well as participating on the Member Services Committee with CWCC.
Habitat was a big career change for me as I had spent the previous 25 years working in corporate Human Resources and Sales & Marketing roles in a number of industries including Manufacturing, Distribution, and Financial Services. I made the decision to leave the corporate world behind to pursue opportunities to be more community-focused (and spend less time travelling all over North America!).
When the opportunity for the GM role with CWCC presented itself, I felt it was a perfect blend of my skills, business knowledge, and passion. I was previously a Board of Directors member with the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce and participated in their Membership Services Committee for eight years, which gave me a good understanding of the Chamber business model. I’m so pleased to be here, focused on providing service, solutions and benefits to local businesses and raising awareness of the value that the Chamber provides.
Business Name: Diane Cook TPI Travel
Type of Business: Independent Travel Advisor, Customized Travel Experience Designer
After 32 years of commuting, working for National Retail Travel Companies, 30 in Management, Diane made the decision that 2 years ago was the time for her to live her dream of Entrepreneurship owing her own Travel Company under the umbrella of TPI -Travel Professionals International, creating unique, authentic and immersive experiences worldwide. As a by invitation only Virtuoso Advisor, Diane specializes in Adventure/Active Travel (walking, cycling, etc), Specialty Cruising(expedition, river, small ship, luxury, etc) and Culinary (food and wine) Travel.
Diane has enjoyed building relationships and connecting within Fergus, Elora and Centre Wellington working from her home office; building her business 1 client at a time. Diane is the first and only Canadian Travel Advisor named to the Saveur Virtuoso Advisory Board and also sits on The TravelMarketPlace and TPI Advisory Boards.
Diane considers it a privilege to serve our community of small business and the Chamber of Commerce in this role.
Business Name: ASC4Business
My life motto is: "I try to leave everyone a little bit better for having met me, even if it's just a smile."
With a lifetime of entrepreneurial, business advisory, and financial industry experience, I have always enjoyed working with businesses and non-profit groups to help them find viable, practical solutions that will "stick" for them. As an Advisor, Teacher, Leader, Coordinator, Volunteer, & Empress of My Own Universe, I am always looking for ways to help out, step up, and assist where needed. Giving back is something that has always been important to me and I try to lead by example.
Sheri & ASC4Business are proud to support: The YSTOP program (WWCFDC) - Company of Women (Centre Wellington) - Centre Wellington Chamber - Centre Wellington Community Foundation - Toastmasters Centre Wellington -Confident Careplanners - Cambridge Chamber - Small Business Community Network - >Guelph Women in Networking - Channel Your Inner Redhead & many more organizations + events over the years.
We are always looking for opportunities to give back this community (anywhere - big or small) as much as possible! Look for us at an event, charity, or workshop and stop to say HI!
Business Name: Shift: A Family Health Centre
Business Name: Wolfe, Smith & Forster
I have lived in Wellington County for most of my life. I grew up in Orton and attended high school in Erin. I graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008 and began practicing law in Guelph. Now, I am very pleased to be practicing law in Fergus as well. My family still lives nearby and it feels like a return to my roots.
I have a wide variety of legal experience ranging from litigation to business law. My current practice focuses primarily on residential and commercial real estate, estate planning and all aspects of business law.
I am also an avid musician and have been playing professionally for 20 years. When I’m not at work or chasing after my very active 5 year old, you can find me playing cover songs and original music around local music venues.
Business Name: Harrcroft Acres Ltd
Type of Business: Agricultural Business – Dairy Operation
Community Involvement/ Previous Experience:
Janet has lived in the Fergus community for over 20 years and, through Agricultural or Volunteer Board opportunities, has held positions with: The Fergus Fall Fair, Wellington County Dairy Producers, Centre Wellington Preschool, School Parent Councils, Fergus Skating Club, Centre Wellington Youth Advisory Committee, and previously named Leisure Advisory Committee (now re-named the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee).
She loves working as an RN at the Critical Care Unit in Guelph; however, her passion is agriculture and agri-business.
Franchisee: M&M Food Market, Fergus.
1985-1997 Owner of Birdland Music, Fergus and a Member of Board of Managers of BIA and Chair of Promotions Committee during that time.
Active member of the Centre Wellington community with fund raising events through the former M&M Meat Shops.
Married to Ken for over 50 years with three married daughters, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Resident of Centre Wellington for 20+ years. Attends and is involved in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Fergus. Enjoys theatre, music, reading and travel. Member of Board of Directors for the CWCC since 2005.
Business Name: The Grand 101.1FM
Austin has lived in Centre Wellington all his life. He was born in Georgetown and raised here in Fergus.
He loves his community and is no stranger at all! Austin is the Morning Show Co-host and News Director at The Grand at 101.1FM radio station in Fergus. He has been at the station for over 5 years now and his all supporting local businesses and organizations.
"I love Centre Wellington so much, it is such an amazing place to live, work and play!"
Business Name: Derek G. Graham Limited
Derek and Alexandra have operated Derek G. Graham Limited since 1979 having lived in Elora and now Centre Wellington since 1974.
As a professional surveyor, Derek is licensed as a cadastral (boundary) surveyor, land use planner and drainage engineer. He is a fifth generation professional surveyor having worked in both the public and private sector.
He has past community experience as president of the Elora Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fergus Elora Big Brothers, a member of Elora Council and a committee member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors.
Alexandra, Derek’s former fiancée (47 years ago) and Derek enjoy their small farm operation and are members of the Elora Salem Horticultural Society.
Business Name: Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation
Jenna Morris, WWCF's Community Economic Development Coordinator, brings curiosity, enthusiasm and a Millennial point-of-view to the team. Jenna's role is to identify and facilitate development opportunities for expanding the local economy as well as to support initiatives within local municipality offices. She brings business, research, and community knowledge with her to help increase the strength of our network. Jenna holds a diploma in General Business from Conestoga College and is currently working towards her certified Economic Development Professional designation at the University of Waterloo.
Business: Schooley Mitchell
Dale grew up in Waterloo County before moving to Guelph to start a family. He eventually ended up in Fergus and considers Centre Wellington home. One of his 3 young adult children are still at home completing an apprenticeship in the trades.
As a Solopreneur, Dale has enjoyed the many benefits of being a member of the CWCC by joining one of the CPN luncheon groups, is a member of the Communication & Marketing / Engagement Committee, and the CWCC Ambassador program.
The Chamber provides an excellent forum for meeting other business owners and gaining a better understanding of the unique environment in which we live, work and play.
With over 25 years managing corporate IT, Dale followed an opportunity to work with Schooley Mitchell as an Expense Consultant, focusing his energy on helping small and medium business owners increase their profits and reduce pain points. If you think you're paying your vendors and service providers too much, give me a call, chances are very good that you are.
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