Last Thursday afternoon, your North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce held its 50th annual golf tournament in support of the North Bay and Area Community Foundation.  The Foundation does great work in our community and has a very special tag phrase associated with its philosophy “Raised Locally-Stays Locally”.

The Foundation , established in 2006 by Former Mayor Jack Burrows and a group of dedicated citizens has been the Chamber’s Charity of Choice for the past few  years and we are proud supporters of this group.  The Foundation is nurturing philanthropy work in this area, helping many non for profit groups and organizations who do not have the ability individually to raise required funds, to do their giving in this community.  I think Jack would have been proud of the day and the generosity of the business community.

Thursday’s sold out golf tournament, could not and would not have been such a success without the generosity of so many of our members and individuals who contributed.   Deacon Wealth Management was our event sponsor again this year and their generosity was amazing.  Both Steve and Mark Deacon are such huge supporters of our giving community and not just to the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce but to just about every charitable cause that exist.  From all of us at the Chamber, a huge thank you, to Steve and Mark.

Our other major sponsors for the day included Rebuilt Resources, Kennedy Insurance, U-Need-a-Cab, 11-17 Food Services, Rob Jamieson Century 21 Blue Sky Region, Get Trained Workers.com, Buzz Masters and New Ontario Brewery.  Along with the individual businesses that provided hole sponsorship and the talented teams that were entered, the day was a huge success.  Jeff Rogerson and his entire staff at Osprey Links did everything to ensure a great tournament and made sure everyone was safe when the storm rolled in.  Patti Carr, Sue Adams and Carol Porter, your Chamber Staff did an amazing job as always and took care of all the details for everyone.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 50th annual golf tournament.

It was a huge announcement on Thursday as well for Ontario Northland Railway, who will be holding a job fair on July 13 in efforts to hire 60 new positions in addition to the 80 previously hired.  The employees and management of Ontario Northland need to be recognized for the hard work they have done in revitalizing and re-energizing this mainstay in Northern Ontario.  Congratulations for a job well done.

Peter Chirico is the President and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.