I love and admire entrepreneurs. People who risk, innovate, create jobs, and follow their dreams. I'm proud to know incredible successful Kamloops entrepreneurs like my dear friend Peter Cameron-Inglis (the good looking lad in the above photo). Peter has been nominated as a finalist for business person of the year for the 2011 Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, along with two other amazing local entrepreneurs and friends Mike Miltimore and Natalie Peace. The complete list of Business Excellence Awards finalists is on this Kamloops Chamber web page. Congrats to all the finalists and to all those who were nominated!
I'm humbled that Peter has endorsed me for city council and has volunteered on my campaign committee. He has brought amazing insight and ideas.
Three TRU students have entered the TD Go Green Challenge. Their video, detailing something I've never heard of and think could totally work, is garnering a large number of votes. I really enjoyed watching their stop motion animated explanation.
More details from Kaitlin Boyd:
Less than three minute update and thank you. Project to raise $100 000 moving along well. Would love your help!
It was a tremendous honour to be asked by the good folks at Interior Community Services to participate in a really important fundraising effort. I've enrolled in a monthly donation program and am asking readers of YourKamloops.com if you will consider giving what you can - one time or monthly.
Over the past 18 months, the youth outreach workers in our community have assisted over 300 young people in accessing a whole range of services - housing, life skills, health care, and much more. The government funding for this program will run out in spring 2011 and I feel we can raise the requisite funds. We are looking to raise $100 000. Here is a short video and PDFs you can download for more info:Supporting Kamloops Youth Outreach Info Sheet ICS Pre-Authorized Debit - Donations Form 2010
I'm writing this post from a Starbucks in the Cadboro Bay neighbourhood in Victoria. Been attending my second MA residency at Royal Roads University; today was officially the halfway point of three weeks away. I feel fortunate to be studying professional communications with an amazing group of people - more than 50 strong from across the country. It's been an incredibly busy time, so I am assuming blogging here will be light until early November.
A couple of kudos, though, before I get back to the books.
Before most meetings I attend, typically, I have a bit of routine. I think to myself "it would be really great if you didn't really say much, but just really focused on listening". I'd like to think I have become better at this. I find huge value in listening to people. It is something that I have struggled with, for sure.
I was very excited to attend the Kamloops Chamber member's policy round table last week. It is awesome that the Chamber provides such opportunities for input as it has had a lot of success lobbying governments at all levels to implement or change policies and practices. There was quite a bit of discussion on commercial property taxes, offroad vehicle regulations, and airport access beautification. Many other topics came up as well. The above image is the list I made at the meeting.
There seemed to be a reluctance by some Chamber board members present to discuss the HST. It was, however, raised by some of the people present - mostly in the form of wanting exemptions for their own business types. I tried to listen intently to the points raised by others. One of the 2 items I did raise was around institutionalizing in legislation public consulation on initiatives where the government change its platform on a big ticket item like the HST. Our trust in politicians keeps on sinking.
Two Kamloops boosters for whom I have a lot of respect have launched a contest that asks teams of entrepreneurs to turn five hundred dollars into a cool million dollars in ten and a half months. Peter Cameron-Inglis and Dean Pierson are youtubing the pre-launch phase: