The Town Hall Theatre and Council Chambers was the scene of
the reveal of the renovations that have taken place over the past few
months. Special guests were invited to a
wine and cheese gathering in the Council Chambers at 2:00 p.m. Doors to the theatre were opened to the
public at 3:00 with the reveal officially taking place at 3:30 p.m.
Theatre committee chairperson Doug Kuyvenhoven showed slides
of the work that had taken place in the theatre. He explained that he initially had a limited
vision of changes, but that the group of volunteers just kept at it, and the
results are phenomenal!! Kuyvenhoven
explained the details of everything that had been done and then local business
owner, John Frieburger, provided a magnificent slideshow of his wildlife
pictures. Mr. Frieburger has travelled
far and wide through Canada, Alaska and Montana photographing wildlife in their
A list of coming events for the remainder of the year was
displayed, and more may be added. We are
extremely fortunate to have this facility and even more fortunate to have the
volunteer spirit so alive and well in Wingham. Thank you to everyone involved
in this project.
On Mar. 6 the In It To Win It competition was launched at the Hot Stove Lounge. Thirteen would be entrepreneurs have submitted business ideas and hope to win the $10,000 prize package consisting of a variety of business assistances. The entries will be able to attend business related training sessions to help develop their plans.
A group of judges consisting of Dwayne Evans, Amanda Piskorski, Denise
Lockie, Paul Nichol, Tina Heathers, Alison Lobb, Glen Manjin, Breanne
Stafford and Sherry Giffen will judge the entries with the winner being
announced in June.
A nice turnout of business owners attended the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Wingham BIA. The meeting was held in the Knights Hall of the North Huron Wescast Community Complex on Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Minutes of the 2018 AGM were read and approved as presented. Chairperson Doug Kuyvenhoven presented a slide show of BIA activities over the past year. The financials were reviewed and the draft budget for 2019 presented and approved by those in attendance. Councilor Trevor Seip, North Council rep to BIA, presented a Council update. The Board of Management of the BIA, looking to add new members, welcome Annette Monsma, Sandra Ambing and Jordan Hodgins to the Board. We want to thank Sandy Walker, who is stepping down, for her service with the BIA the last few years.
The annual BIA awards were presented by Lisa Hearnden and Dave Peers. New businesses in Wingham acknowledged were Annette’s Treasures Galore, Ship 2 Shore, Pioneer Gas, Buck and Jo’s and Royal Oaks Pharmacy. Pioneer Gas also received the Civic Improvement award. Other awards went to Maureen & Gary Lisle as Volunteers of the Year, Gemstone Essence/Artisan Market shared the Business of the Year Award with Sherry’s Barber Shop. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Marie and Dave Wallace of Ernie King Music who will be retiring at the end of March 2019.
There were no questions from the floor, but Dave Wallace thanked Chairperson Doug Kuyvenhoven and the BIA Board for the work in the community.