Dear HPABA members,
We wish to announce the resignation of Doug Poulton, President of the Hammonds Plains Area Business Association. Doug has been a founding member of the association, one of its biggest supporters and most active ambassador recruiting new members. Doug has been instrumental in delivering the Hammonds Plains Heritage Day event and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony the past two years. Doug’s friendliness, helpful nature, and passion for spreading the ‘support local business’ message will be missed. We thank Doug for his outstanding contributions to the association!
Over the past five years, the association has held a number of successful political open houses, information sessions for businesses and an annual Holiday networking reception. Despite the challenges maintaining an active board, the association has created and run public events like the Heritage Day (3 years) and Tree Lighting (2 years). These events achieve significant public attendance which helps build support for local businesses. These events also help build connections with other not-for-profit groups in the community, such as the Hammonds Plains Community Centre, Historical Society, Volunteer Firefighters, school and church choirs. This is a proud example of community building and a strong base to build from.
With the loss of its most active volunteer, the membership must consider its future. A minimum of five people are needed who are willing to be actively involved with the association and who would be responsible for maintaining the two successful community events per year and look for new opportunities to engage and promote the business community. Please email Anthony Fielding (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 5, 2019 if you are willing to volunteer or would like additional information about volunteering.
This new group will assess the best options to move forward. Specifically, a decision to continue operating as a separate association or to operate as a committee of another not-for-profit organization. The latter may save insurance costs and administrative burden. If sufficient volunteers are not found, the association will be wound down in June.
We look forward to engaging the current membership and reaching out to new business owners with the goal of supporting and promoting local business in the Hammonds Plains area.
Hammonds Plains Area Business Association