November 27, 2014: After the Parade to 9 P.M.
November 28, 2014: 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Wine & Cheese 7 – 9 p.m.
November 29, 2014: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Silent Auction closes at 4:30 p.m.
Trees must be picked up by 5:00 p.m.
The 5th Annual Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is a charity fundraising event supported by the Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with our local businesses and organizations. For three days following the Night Light Parade, our local businesses and organizations come together to display (or auction) Christmas trees. The effect of having more than 30 Christmas trees lit up in one place is quite breath taking, and definitely puts you in the Christmas spirit! The display is open to the public Thursday night, following the nightlight parade as well as Friday & Saturday. All proceeds raised from the door entry and tree auction are presented to local charities and non-profit organizations. Since 2010 we have raised a total of $7349; we hope to inspire and support the Vermilion area for many more years. Please include us as a MUST ATTEND event this holiday season, we hope to see you there!
Registration Form 2014
October 19-25, 2014
Small Business Week is a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy. The Chambers throughout Alberta have been organizing Small Business Week activities for 33 years. It takes place every year during the third full week of October. Events held during the week bring together entrepreneurs—and prospective entrepreneurs—at conferences, workshops, luncheons and awards dinners aroundAlberta. One of the goals is to provide them with opportunities to learn, network, share ideas and socialize with their peers. The other goal is to recognize those businesses that are outstanding in their fields.
We encourage you, as you go about your daily routines, to think of nominating the businesses that you are visiting for an award. These awards are handed out in October, and show just how much we appreciate our Vermilion and Area Businesses. So think outside the box: is your hairdresser an “Employee of the Year”? was the caterer at the wedding you attended a “Business of the Year”? who represents the “Spirit of Vermilion” to you?
Nomination Form for 2014
Every year the Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce hosts two events for Small Business Week, the Kick-off Breakfast and the Awards Luncheon. Both are a great time of food and networking. The Breakfast is also a great opportunity to sit and talk with community leaders in an informal inviroment. The Luncheon is were it all comes together, it is a wonderful time to get together and show our appreciation to all our wonderful bussinesses.
Please take the time to congratulate the winners and to check out all those who were nominated. It is a very impressive list of businesses and employees.
2014 Award Winners & Nominees
Business of the Year: J.S.K. Sales & Services LTD
J.S.K. Sales & Services LTD
Len’s Towing & Recovery
Shirley’s Beauty Salon
Vermilion Voice LTD
Rookie Business of the Year: Little Shop of Hair
Christina’s Home Furnishings
Little Shop of Hair
Employee of the Year: Brett Maron
Brett Maron (Purolator Courier Ltd)
Charlotte Wasylik (Vermilion Agricultural Society)
Tyler Yurystouski-Simonet (Vermilion Chrysler LTD)
Employer of the Year: Shawn Jacula
Sue Chikie (Vermilion Voice LTD)
Shawn Jacula (Re/Max Prairie Realty)
Spirit of Vermilion: Craig’s Vermilion Ltd. & Webb’s Machinery L.t.d.
Craig’s Vermilion LTD
TD Canada Trust
Webb’s Machinery LTD
President’s Choice Award:
Kirby Whitlock- Christina’s Home Furnishings/Sears
Nomitation Form for 2014
September 25, 2014
That’s right; two years ago we renamed the Giant Business Garage Sale. We are conveniently located at the Elk’s Hall again this year. This way you can swing by after work or on your coffee break and see the awesome deals to be had. Some of our great businesses will be back for the 5th year in a row now, and other businesses are joining, making it even bigger and better for everyone. The sale hours are 12 noon to 8:00 P.M. We will update the list of exhibitors as they register. If you want to be an exhibitor at this truly awesome sale just fill out the registration form and send it to the Chamber office. All the info is on the form.
November 27 – December 19, 2014
Over the past 20 years Candy Cane Countdown has been a vital part of how Christmas is celebrated in the Vermilion Area. For the past 10 years it has been the Candy Cane Countdown passports. These little festive brochures do double duty. First they are a handy schedule for most of the Christmas events happening in and around Vermilion. Second they are your entry form for the $2000 Candy Cane Countdown draw. As you do your Christmas shopping get your passport stamped by participating merchants. Once the passport is full, fill out your name, address, phone number, and drop it in one of the draw boxes around town. Enter as many times as you want keeping in mind the more you shop the more entries you have available and the better your chances at winning.
The much anticipated Night Light Parade is the perfect way to start the Christmas season. One of a few night light parades in Canada this parade has both children and adults bundling up and braving the cold to see all the beautifully decorated and lit-up floats pass by. The parade starts at Lakeland Mall leads to the Senior Center through the heart of Vermilion. After the parade come in out of the cold and marvel in wonder at the beautifully decorated trees setup at the Festival of Trees. This wonderful; and vital event is a recent addition to Vermilion’s Christmas season, but it is a definitely a destination for the whole family.
The December 6 winner was: Tannis Henderson
The December 13 winner was Cathy Klatt.
The grand prize winner was Lubie Parchewsky.
Night Light Parade: November 27, 2014
The theme for this year’s Night Light Parade is ” Run Run Rudolph.”
The 2013 winners for the night light parade were:
In third place: Vermilion Credit Union
In second place: The Town Of Vermilion
And the first place winner was: Harps Family Foods
May 21, 2015
The Annual General Meeting is a great afternoon that combines fun and work. After an amazing lunch, you will get to hear from a remarkable speaker who I guarantee will leave you with something to think about. Then the hard work begins, sort of, electing and swearing new members to the board of executive, and thanking those members who are resigning. As I said hard work, it turns out to be a very productive couple of hours as well as being a good time not to be missed.
Join us next year for the 108th Anniversary of the Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce. Since 1906 our community has showed continued support for the businesses in our area. The AGM is an important part of that support as it allows members to contribute to the direction and representation of the Chamber for the upcoming year. The new board members will be elected as well as any new bylaws will be passed.
The speaker at this year’s Annual General Meeting was amazing. Her name is Wendy Schneider from Green Hectares, an entrepreneurial company focussed on the agriculture sector. It was founded in 2008 by young leaders passionate about agriculture. They work closely with municipalities, companies and governments to build vibrant communities and sustainability in the agriculture industry.
Please call the Chamber to reserve your tickets for next year.
May 7, 2015
Come out and join us for our Women’s Conference. What started out as a secretaries day event has grown and turned into so much more. This daylong event is now a fun and revitalizing conference for all women from stay at home mom’s to office staff. Every year there are phenomenal speakers talking about some amazing and relevant topics for all in attendance. And let us not forget the superb tradeshow that caters specifically to women. Yes ma’am this event has grown since its conception in 2008 to become one of the best female centered networking and development events in the area.
Trade Show Registration
April 18 – 19, 2015
The Chamber is excited to announce that the Home, Garden & Golf Show has been rescheduled and renamed the Vermilion Rural Expo. Our ambitious plans include celebrity speakers, new contests, headline entertainment and Even more trade show booths for your shopping pleasure. We are confident that everyone will find something to interest them.
A new feature is our ‘Ask an Experts’. This feature has grown out of the popular speaker’s area and reflects similar developments in some of Canada’s highest-attended home shows. Ask the Experts will provide a field of local home and garden experts with the opportunity to answer questions from showgoers in a casual one-on-one environment. This is a perfect opportunity for you to get help with trouble spot in your home or garden. We hope to see you all there.
January 15 – 17, 2015
Come out and spend a great 3 days curling. Start putting your team together now and register for this phenomenal event. Whether it’s co-workers, friends or your kids all entries are welcome. With three guaranteed games for all teams, and lots of prizes to be won, it’s assured to be a great three days of curling and networking. This community wouldn’t be the great place it is without our farmers, so let’s all come out and show them how much we respect them at this wonderful event. Hope to see you there!