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New faces on Chamber board

Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce re-elected its current president for 2007.

Alex Stuart clinched a second term last Wednesday night. Stuart, owner of GLOBALinks Ltd., has been a resident of Ladysmith since 1965.

Stuart thanks the outgoing executive for its work over the past year. He said the chamber has a busy year ahead of it. Some of the many issues the chamber is preparing to tackle is reviewing the E&N Rail building as a possible home for the chamber and completing a service contract with the Town of Ladysmith.

“We have a very, very exciting bunch of initiatives that the board has agreed to sink its teeth into,” said Stuart.

Brian Bancroft is replacing Jill Dashwood as vice-president. Bancroft has lived in the Yellow Point area for 10 years and Ladysmith for five. He owns and runs Phaedrus & Cleo coffee shop. Two important issues Bancroft pointed to are tourism and continued efforts to build relationships with organizations throughout the community.

“Ladysmith is a wonderful town and a wonderful place,” Bancroft said. “The chamber wants to do all it can to help promote the quality of life in Ladysmith.”

Treasurer Pat Moore kept his position for another term. The chartered accountant has been a member of the chamber for seven years. Moore has sat as treasurer for the Ladysmith Rotary Club for the past five years. Moore also served as a director for the Ladysmith Baseball Association. He is excited about the year ahead and working with the chamber board and community.

“We want to keep working with the Town of Ladysmith to make good things happen,” Moore said.

Rob Waters was selected to take over the position of secretary, previously held by Marina Sacht. Waters is the general manager of Ladysmith Marina. He has lived in the community for more than five years. Waters is also a director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Last year the chamber was busy with its leadership program, a nine-month course on spearheading projects, as well an initiative examining tourism in Ladysmith. The chamber organized numerous events, including a home and garden show, Oyster Festival, and Christmas craft show.

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