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What You Need to Know If You Want to Run for Council

Have you thought about getting into municipal politics? Giving back to your community through public service?


The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with The Clipper Weekly, is sponsoring a ‘What You Need to Know If You Want to Run for Council’ event. This pre-election information session will be held on May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Public Library in Dugald.


Individuals who have been elected serve an important role in their municipality. As an elected local government, council charts the course of a municipality into the future. They make decisions that affect every resident and property owner in the municipality. Considerable trust has been placed in council to govern the municipality objectively, fairly and most importantly, with the public’s best interest in mind.


The upcoming What You Need to Know If You Want to Run for Council event will provide information and advice for those interested in running for a council position in the October municipal elections. The format will include a Q&A session and panel discussion.


Two speakers currently lined up to address the gathering include RM of Springfield senior election official Gloria Widerski and former Springfield councillor Shandy Walls. At least one more speaker from the field of municipal administration is planned. “Take it from me, there are dozens of reasons you want to attend this session if you are even considering running for local council; time commitments, meeting schedules, how effective you can actually be if you have a specific agenda, the actual role of elected officials vs. staff… the list goes on and on,” Walls said. “I went in blindly, and to this day I wish I would have more thoroughly educated myself.”


The event can be attended in person or via zoom, and participants who register early will receive an advance information package from Elections Manitoba.   


For more information, please reach out to the chamber via email at info@springfieldcommerce.com or call 204-470-0272.

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Springfield Tree Program

The Springfield Tree Program is BACK! The Springfield Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with the RM of Springfield to bring back one of our most popular programs to date.
To help bring more vegetation into our community, Springfield residents will have the opportunity to receive a bundle of tree seedlings or a young tree FREE OF CHARGE! Quantities have increased significantly compared to last year’s program to help meet high demand. The program will run on a first-come, first-serve basis and is limited to one tree or bundle per household to ensure evenly distributed quantities. Each bundle contains 10 seedlings.
Registration is now open. You will need to register or be logged in to your Amelia account in order to proceed through the check out process. For further instructions on how to register for an Amelia account, please check the RM of Springfield website at www.rmofspringfield.ca
Pick up day is scheduled for two weeks after the registration date on Friday, May 13, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, RAIN OR SHINE. This will be the only pick up date available, no special accommodations will be made. If you are unable to make this date, you may send someone else for pick up but they must provide your email confirmation in order to collect your reserved item.

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Perogy-Fest 2022

Perogy-Fest 2022!

April 1 to 18

            

We were so excited to introduce the first annual Springfield Chamber of Commerce (SCC) Perogy-Fest!

Springfield is blessed to be home of a strong vibrant Ukrainian-Canadian community. We have the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Greek Catholic church and spectacular Grotto in Cooks Creek. The Ukrainian National Cemetery on Lorne Hill Rd. There are two performing Ukrainian dance ensembles, Selo and Mohutniy. Our school division offers Ukrainian Bilingual Programs to continue the teachings of Ukrainian traditions and heritage.

Chances are, if you live here, you have Ukrainian descent and if you don’t, you probably have connections with someone that does. At the very least, you’ve tasted the wonderous Ukrainian dish… the perogy! After all, we’re also home of Hazelridge the Perogy Capital of Canada.

We reached out to all the communities of Springfield to raise awareness of our local food establishments. Participating restaurateurs, caterers, specialty food creators and community kitchens who created a special perogy offer.

Participants donated 10% (or ,more) of net proceeds to the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and a total donation was made to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal (Canadian Red Cross) of $3,000!

Congratulations to our participant, Doreen Palidwor for winning Perogy-Fest 2022. When we reached out to Doreen to share the exciting news, this is what she had to say about her experience being a participant in Perogy-Fest.

“I am so humbled by the amount of people that ordered perogies. 505 dozen made in three weeks! Thank you to all who supported this wonderful fundraiser.

It is important to me to make perogies the traditional way and that keeps them homemade. Thank you to Ann Sokal and Martha Kowalchuk for teaching me how to carry on making this popular Ukrainian classic that so many people enjoy.”

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Feast Over Fire Membership Referral Contest *WINNER*

Congratulations to our Feast Over Fire membership referral contest winner…
 
Lesley Thomson, Chair of Springfield Heritage Housing Inc!
 
Lesley referred multiple businesses to the Chamber who signed up as new members. We are so excited that along with 5 friends, Lesley will get to enjoy a unique feast over fire experience at Pineridge Hollow soon!
 
If you know a business who you think should be a Chamber Member, or you would like more information on membership, contact our Director of Member Relations, Courtney Di Vito, at info@springfieldcommerce.com.
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2021 AGM & Business Awards Banquet

Our 5th Annual Awards Banquet was a roaring success!
 
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event and even dressed up, it was so incredible to see everyone really embracing the 1920’s theme.
 
Also, congratulations again to all of the nominees, you are all so deserving of your nominations…and I know you are all anxiously awaiting to hear who won the awards, so without further ado, please help us congratulate the WINNERS of the 2021 Springfield Chamber of Commerce Business Awards…
 
🏆Small Business of the Year
GARVEN CONVENIENCE STORE
 
🏆Medium Business of the Year
DUGALD PLACE & ESTATES
 
🏆Large Business of the Year
BEAUSEJOUR CONSUMER CO-OP (Oakbank Grocery store)
 
🏆Business Adaptability Award
HAIR INK
 
🏆Customer Service Award
PINERIDGE HOLLOW
 
🏆Future Leader Award
EMILY WARSZA, ZEALOUSDECOR
 
Be sure to congratulate these businesses in person, on social media or right here on this post and help them celebrate this incredible moment!!
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YES Challenge 2021

Please join us in congratulating the TOP 3 WINNERS in our 2021 Springfield Chamber of Commerce YES Challenge! 
 
We received a total of 35 video submissions from young entrepreneurs in the RM of Springfield ranging in ages 8-16 all having unique, creative, fun and innovative business ideas.
 
The top 5 finalists then moved on to do a live (over zoom) presentation for our judging panel on Saturday, June 12th and all did an incredible job at showcasing their business, their entrepreneurial knowledge and their ability to answer the judges’ questions regarding their business and where it will go in the future.
As hard as the decision was, and as much as we would have loved to give all the young entrepreneurs the first-place title, we are so excited and so honored to introduce to you the 2021 YES Challenge WINNER…
 
🎉 Anya Misner, founder of Honeywell Beetique!
Anya started her company in 2020 after seeing how much plastic was being used and wasted in making her school lunches each day. She knew there had to be a safer and more environmentally friendly way and has since created a zero-waste company with all of her products being 100% natural and made using a local Manitoba beeswax. All of the packaging is also reusable, biodegradable, and recyclable.
 
🎉 Our 2nd place winner is Kate Everett, a grade 10 student at Springfield Collegiate, who is creating an app called Celiapp. After Kate was diagnosed with Celiac disease, she wanted to create an app to help feature local restaurants that are celiac friendly to make eating out easier and safer for those who have a food intolerance. 
 
🎉 In 3rd place, Brendan Crang, who is 15 years old and the founder of Greener Grass Lawncare, an eco-friendly lawncare business! Brendan uses all electrical equipment to help reduce sound pollution, toxic chemicals and gas submissions into our environment and community and transports all of his equipment using his bike and a repurposed bike trailer. 
 
Once again, congratulations to the top 3 winners and also to all of the young entrepreneurs who took the time to submit their videos for consideration for this contest. 
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Chamber Bucks

CHAMBER BUCKS AVAILABLE NOW!
 
The Springfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Springfield Chamber Bucks program!!
 
Chamber Bucks can be redeemed at a variety of local businesses for products and services, allowing the recipient to choose local businesses to support. These certificates provide opportunity to promote shopping local and help grow our economy. Supporting Springfield businesses promotes economic growth allowing businesses to offer more employment and convenience to the community.
 
We are encouraging our business members and residents to give out Chamber Bucks for weddings, retirements, graduations, birthdays, holidays, employee bonus/incentives, thank you’s, a job well done, etc.
 
Chamber Bucks have no expiry date, no cash value, can only be redeemed at Chamber member businesses and are currently only planned to be issued in $10 denominations.
 
Contact the Chamber at info@springfieldcommerce.com for more information or to order your Chamber Bucks! 
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SCC 2020 Business Awards

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce Business Awards is something the Chamber, the local businesses as well as the community members look forward to every year. With the current health and safety restrictions in place this year we were unfortunately unable to host our annual awards banquet but we still wanted to give all of our local businesses the recognition they deserve. 
 
We proceeded with doing the business awards virtually and we were very pleased with the incredible number of nomination forms that were returned. It just goes to show the support that our local businesses have in our community. It was the toughest year yet for our committee to pick a winner in each of the 5 categories and we would like to extend a congratulations to all of the nominees and a huge congratulations to our 2020 Springfield Chamber of Commerce Award Winners!