Chamber meeting postponed

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The monthly meeting of the High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce has been rescheduled to Jan. 23.

Chamber president Barry Sharkawi postponed the meeting from Jan. 16 due to extreme freezing temperatures.

A new program proposed to thank volunteers will be discussed at the meeting at noon at Amiro’s Steak House.

“We want to approve a template for a certificate of appreciation,” president Barry Sharkawi says.

“The chamber wants to specially thank people who volunteer for chamber events and activities.”

He encourages more chamber members and business operators to monthly meetings to add views and support.

“For a stronger voice to reach out, we need more people to come to the meetings to give us ideas and to become active,” Sharkawi says.

The chamber will update a petition that was launched in December.

“We will talk about the petition to demolish the old hospital,” Sharkawi says.

The site has become a health and safety risk for the community, he says.

A fire in the old High Prairie Health Complex on Sept. 18 reignited the urge to plea the provincial government to demolish the old building.

The site has been vacant since the new High Prairie Health Complex east of town opened in April 2017.

The chamber also plans to draft a letter to Town of High Prairie council to increase patrols in the area to fight crime.

Chamber members discussed concern at its meeting Nov. 21, 2019 after thieves yanked an automated teller machine from Circle K convenience early in the morning the same day.

An ATM was also pulled out of the downtown RX Drug Mart on April 14, 2019.

Sharkawi also urges business operators to contribute to the chamber’s Welcome Basket program for newcomers to the community.

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