“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L. M Montgomery
And what an October it was! Family Business Atlantic started our calendar year with a long overdue celebration of families in business at our Awards Luncheon. We honored and celebrated the accomplishments of three remarkable individuals, Dr. Robert Blunden, Nevell Provo and Aileen Reid. We are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to host this event face to face in a safe and regulated way and were able to extend its reach by offering it virtually. If you missed the event we have recorded it for you and it can be watched here.
We also held our Annual General Meeting this month and I would like to thank everyone who attended. We are so pleased to welcome four new board members: Ian Brown with BOYNECLARKE, Marc Zirka with Strategy Up, Francesca Radelich from MNP and Nevell Promo with Smooth Meal Prep. They all come with great energy and innovative ideas to help us serve you better.
As I complete my first year as president of FBA, I would be remiss if I did not reflect on our accomplishments this past year. Our board of directors have all shown such great leadership when COVID hit, and Michelle LaVigne and Sarah Wilson made everything possible. I am truly honored to be a part of an association that continues to deliver value even through the most challenging times.
Family Business Atlantic’s mandate is to propel business forward, and that is exactly what we strived to do during COVID – to support our members in moving forward. Our mission is to connect and support families in business to drive the local economy. Through the 30 webinars we hosted since March, I would say this is a mission accomplished. FBA’s vision is to be Canada’s most respected family business network. This a statement I believe we have lived up to when we created the COVID resource webpage that quickly became the go to platform for breaking news and government funding opportunities. All to say, we turned a challenge into an opportunity by staying relevant to our member’s changing needs. I would really like to thank April McLeod with Simplicity Designs, Michelle and Sarah for all their hard work and time committed to making these webinars possible. Also, these learning opportunities are not possible without our advisors who stepped in on short notice to provide their expert advice.
On another positive note, COVID has offered us opportunities to work with our partners and strengthen our relationships. Fortunately, we were able to receive government support through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund that ACOA was administering. We are truly appreciative of the working relationship we have with ACOA and I cannot thank Michelle enough for her determination in quickly getting the application in and bringing about this opportunity for our association.
Looking forward, we will be focusing our efforts on continuing to be resourceful. We will be living with COVID for some time and we all need to continue to support one another. Our online holiday gift auction which will run from November 23 – December 6 is great way to do both. If you have not already contributed your donation you can do so by filling out the form here. This a fun and safe way to do your holiday shopping, while supporting our local business community and the association all at the same time!
As I conclude, I want to share a few visionary goals that I hope to achieve this coming year:
- If the pandemic has showed us something it is how effective we can be online, and there is an opportunity for us to grow our membership virtually.
- Second, we will look to increase diversity within our membership. We are diligently looking into how we can support entrepreneurs and different business markets.
- Finally, my goal is to continue the momentum we currently have. Never before have I felt so connected with our board, and so engaged with our members.
I look forward to the fun times ahead with you all.