By the time this column goes to print, the Labour Day weekend will be a thing of the past and a new school year will have started.  For some it will be much too soon, but for others, the start of a new adventure.  Welcome back to all of our Canadore College, Nipissing University and Canadian Career College students.  For the returning students, welcome back and to all of the new residents to our City, we hope you enjoy your new home.

Over the past week, the Colleges and University have all been, bee hives of activities, after a summer of slower student attendance.  Driving in the area during this past few days, many out of town and a surprising number of out of Province visitors have been spotted trying to navigate around the City.  Restaurants have been full, hotel rooms booked and grocery stores have been busier than usual, with the influx of the collective student bodies.

Frosh week activities will have been well under way and if you were out and about on the weekend, you would have seen a number of events which the students participated during the Frosh Week celebrations.  The students could be seen at almost every gas station, grocery store and downtown, including the waterfront, raising money for charity, which has become an annual rite of passage that brings a lot of life back into the City.  Congratulations on yet another successful Frosh week and as well, raising funds that support important charity work in our community.

On a sadder note, the Chamber column was completed last week, prior to the passing of long-time Manager of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, Glen DeVuono.  Glen spent thirty-three years of his employment career, managing the Chamber of Commerce and shaping it into what, it has evolved in to, today.  Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Glen well, he was highly regarded by his peers, friends and acquaintances, from every walk of life.  He worked tirelessly to improve his community and was involved in almost any project or cause before, during and after his tenure at the Chamber.

Glen mentored many of our current politicians during their tenures as members, of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and always provided sage advice. To the entire DeVuono family and good friend Patti Carr, our sincerest condolences.  He will certainly be missed. There will be a celebration of Glen’s life taking place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. at the North Bay Granite Club.

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