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Tumbler Ridge of Chamber


What’s happening in your community • Volume 1 • Issue 3

Upcoming Events: Societies Act Workshop

POSTPONED. Watch for new date Visitor Information Centre

Christmas Eve Service

December 24 • 6:30 pm Community Centre

Visitor Centre Holiday Hours

December 24,10–4, Closed December 25 and open 10–4 December 26. Closed January 1.

Coal Bin Pub New Year’s Party

December 31 • 7 pm Ring in the New Year’s with Downwater Union. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Comes with snacks, including meat and veggie tray, and chilli. Tickets available at the Inn or The Coal Bin.

Royal Canadian Legion New Year’s Eve Party

December 31 • 7 pm Featuring the Mechanical Botanicals. $25 members, $30 non-members. Comes with late night cold buffet.

Home Routes

February 6 • Rick Fine

Shop Easy Christmas Hours

December 24 9–5, closed Christmas Day, open December 26 from 11–5. 256 Southgate • Box 1780 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0 250-242-8047

Mayor McPherson presents Conuma President with the Walk the Talk Award

Conuma Coal Walks the Talk One of the major breaking news stories of September 2016, was that Conuma Coal Resources purchased the Walter Resources Canadian Asset out of bankruptcy. That purchase has changed the lives of the residents of Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, the region and the Province over the last 15 months, as Conuma

has very aggressively rebuilt the properties. An article was written about Conuma Coal in a international publication titled “Promise Keepers”, and keep their promises they have. The commitment and direction Conuma constantly demonstrates was awarded earlier this year by the NEBC

Resource Municipalities Coalition. The Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce is proud to have been part of the nomination process and proud to have Conuma as a Chamber member. Conuma’s industry leading principals led to the Walk the Talk award. This award is given to a company who demon-

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The Benefits of Volunteering

What if your house was on fire? Who would you call? In a small community you call your Fire Department which is made up of volunteer fire fighters. Could you imagine a community without volunteers? Stop and think for a minute, what if these generous people never gave their time? What type of activities or services would not be available to you and your family? Volunteering helps others in the community while promoting personal growth and self-esteem. Volunteering is a benefit to others as well as to you. Being a volunteer allows you to share your skills and education. Volunteers are a vital part to various associations within a community. Coaches give their time to help develop skills and the potential in young people. A great coach can inspire a child to see themselves for what they can do instead of what they cannot do. If it wasn’t for volunteers there are many things that would never happen. In small communities many activities are organized by volunteers. These people give their time so that families can get together and enjoy events like a winter carnival. Where families can participate in activities such as an Easter Egg Hunt or have their picture taken with Santa. Are you looking to find a new career, why not volunteer to test out a new job? Volunteering can help you decide whether you enjoy a job and help determine if it is the right fit for you. One might say “I don’t have

any skills that would be helpful to volunteer”. Some people feel that because they don’t have a university degree or even a high school diploma that they do not have something to offer an association in need of volunteers. I am eleven years old and volunteer at least twice a week. Everyone has skills no matter your age or education. Consider your interests and abilities to find the right fit for you and your volunteer experience. My passion is hockey and I help coach the Tumbler Ridge Minor Hockey Pre-Novice team. All people have attributes that you can share and contribute to ben-

efit your community! Volunteering is essential to the health of a community. It helps others by promoting self-esteem and personal growth. People who generously give their time make connections with members of the community and contribute to benefit others. Many people find volunteering to be rewarding and an enjoyable experience. Volunteering allows them to share their attributes while helping others. What can you do to make your community better? Story by Brady Turner, son of Jan and Dean Turner, owners of Home Hardware.

Considering Closures

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FLNRO was in town talking to Stakeholders about the closure of Wolverine FSR and the Government Species at Risk plan to protect Southern Mountain Caribou.

Christmas Greetings THE TUMBLER RIDGE RCMP Detachment would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year with friends and family. If you choose to drink this holiday

season ensure you have a plan to get home safely such as a designated driver or cab. Do not drink and drive as it puts everyones life and safety at risk. Thank you and have a good holiday! MCL AUTO WOULD LIKE TO LET everyone know they will be having a Christmas draw on December 23, as a thank you to their customers for their patience. All people have to do is stop on by the shop to put their name in for the draw, no purchase necessary. WARM WISHES FOR A VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year! Brian & Sue Landry

Conuma Coal, from Cover

strates best practices in their operations. With a direct employment count of 550 and another 4000 in-direct supporting local jobs, Conuma has had a huge positive effect on our local communities.

The company has also launched a “pay it Forward” program whereas they are actively involved in the schools, partnering with First Nation communities, local charities, and environmental support programs. Conuma’s

Harvest Lifestyles Serving the community with: PAL, RPAL, (firearms) & CORE (hunting) courses Next courses: PAL Jan 27, 2018 RPAL Jan 28, 2018 For further information please call: (250)784-5421 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT in 2017. 2018 will bring big changes here at Home. Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at Tumbler Ridge Home Hardware.

commitment to a “local hiring” preference, has also been greatly appreciated. Conuma has set the bar high and are an example of a true Community Responsible Business.

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From the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce. 2 Horse Power Logging

Hendrickson Contracting

Schembri, Jerrilyn

675773 British Columbia Ltd. - ACE

Hickory Lane Creations

Shop Easy Foods

Above Tumbler Ridge Photography

Hiker’s TR - Suncion, Antonio

Southpaw Rentals & Sales Inc.

Action Play Cafe

Hill Head Studio

Swamp Donkey Inc

AHL Financial Group

Humphries, Robert

T.R. C.A.R.E.S.

AT-Ridge Welding Ltd

JCS General Carpentry

Teck Coal Ltd. - Quintette

Avon Rep - Paula Coutts

K & F Enterprises / Sewing by Karin

Timberwolf Services

Boyle, Karen

Jane Keast

TR Automotive

C Ball Exposed

Kincaid, Helen

TR Riders Snowmobile Association

Coopers Canning

Lake View Credit Union


Cyr, Sandra

Lansdowne, Mila

Trend mountain Hotel

D & S Electric Ltd.

LaPrairie Crane

Triple K Safety Inc.

Dawson Creek Catholic Social Services

Life Names

Tumbler Ridge Children’s Centre Society

Dino High Tech Solutions

Lindberg Construction (2010) Inc

Tumbler Ridge Community Forest

Diversified Medical Occupational Heath

Lloydd, Roegan

Tumbler Ridge Days Society

Econ-O-Lith Printing Ltd-Tiger Printing

McDougall, Jeanette

Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark

Ellen’s Knits

MCL Auto

Tumbler Ridge Health Centre Foundation

Ellor Enterprises

Me to you by Design-Pettipas

Tumbler Ridge Ministerial

Embassy Maintenance

Moonstone Barber Shoppe

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF)

Eye for Detail Photography

Nick’s Custom Leather

Tumbler Ridge Pharmacy-Ridge Team Holding

Fictitious Ink - T Krauss

Northern Lights College TR

Tumbler Ridge Public Library


Northern Metalic Sales

United Way of Northern British Columbia

Forest Creek Clothing Company

Pattern Energy

Up Beat First Aid

Gellvear, Darlene

Printco Signs

Versatile Vinyl

Golhof Scouting & Surveying

Prisms Enterprises

Whimisal Touch - Clark Jen

GP Tumbler Ridge Services

Rat Race Contracting

Wiebe, Doug

Grizzly Valley ATV Club

Ridge Rotors Inc.

Wild River Adventure Tours

Handmade by Natalie

Rita’s Reflexology / Heavenly Vibrations

Wildwood Creations

Harvest Life Style

Ross, Barry

Wilson, Cathy

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STRONGER. It’s time to renew your chamber membership, or join, if you’re not a member. Membership is open to all organizations doing business in Tumbler Ridge, from sole proprietors all the way to major corporations. But the chamber is not just for companies. Local craftspeople and non-profit organizations are welcome to join, as are individuals who don’t own businesses, but want to support our work in the community. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a member:


The Chamber offers a variety of opportunities to connect your business to the community residents and business leaders.

Commerce, members have access to group insurance benefits, merchant benefits and other benefits.


Through Chamber activities and programs, you will have an opportunity to meet potential customers and clients.

Through policy development, the Tumbler Ridge Chamber lobbies on behalf of its members to government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.




The Chamber offers programs directed towards business development as well as personal growth as a business leader.

The Tumbler Ridge Chamber works with its membership to develop networking functions.



Your business will be listed in the Chamber’s Business Directory on the Tumbler Ridge Chamber website; tumblerchamber.com


There are opportunities to promote your business through electronic newsletters, bi-monthly newsletter distribution, chamber website, business luncheons, and special events.

Our Chamber oversees the operations of the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre. We are at the centre of Business and Tourism action in our community, and are excited to be in direct contact with visitors and potential businesses, including involvement in developing more eco-tourism opportunities for potential tourism operators.

Business Address_____________________ Mailing Address______________________ City_____________Postal Code_________ Phone _________________ E-Mail _____________________________ Website____________________________ # of Employees _____________ I/We hereby make application for membership in the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Fee structures are approved annually by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Type of Business: __________________ How would you prefer to receive? Chamber information / news / announcements? Email _____ other _________ Applicants Signature / Date: _______________________________ (We will contact you regarding membership fees. Thanks for your support of local businesses!)



Artists and Businesses that hold a valid District of TR Business License & are a Chamber Member, can sell specific merchandise in the Visitor Centre.


Find out more about the chamber. Call 250242-3123, 250-242-8047, or email tumblerchamber@gmail.com.

Chamber members receive discounts for table rentals at our business sales events, trade shows, and more.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Name:____________________________

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Passport to Success! The Passport to Christmas was a huge success!!! Congratulations to all of our winners. A very happy Ronke Solomon was the winner of our fabulous Passport to Christmas gift basket!!! Thank you everyone for participating!!! The total dollar value of passports for 2018 was $108,000. So amazing to see people shopping local and supporting our local businesses. Thank you to all of our businesses who participated and donated the wonderful gifts!!!

Northern Focus (Work Experience program) Funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy The Northern Focus program is available to recent post secondary graduates to facilitate their transition to a rapidly changing labour market. The wage subsidy funding is for Northern BC employers (70 Mile House north to the Yukon border) who provide employment to the graduate that matches their career goals. Due to the success of the program since the start in April 2016, our funding has been extended. We are able to provide up to 25 weeks and 50% of wage. Participants must between 15 and 30 at the time of selection, not in receipt of EI benefits and legally entitled to work in Canada. Priority given, but not restricted to, high demand fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, skilled trades, social services. Paper work is minimal and we are able to expedite the application.

More information on the program is given in the attachment. Please contact Don Strang at (250)

596-2517, Toll Free at 1-877-5643545 or email don.strang@koparadmin.ca

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Celebrate the Season!

Tumbler Ridge Ministerial Association: Tumbler Ridge Fellowship Baptist Church, Tumbler Ridge Thrift Store, Tumbler Ridge Food Bank, New Life Assembly Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Chamber newsletter winter 2017  

Tumbler Ridge Chamber Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 3

Chamber newsletter winter 2017  

Tumbler Ridge Chamber Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 3