Emes back as president of Chamber


With the election of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s new board of directors completed last week, the new executive was chosen during a meeting yesterday.
Cathy Emes (Emes Financial-IPC Securities) is back as president while Leo Melanson (B93•FM) has returned as first vice-president.
Robin Payeur (Causeway General Insurance) is the new second vice-president, with Lillian Gerley (UPS Store) returning as treasurer for another year.
The other directors include Mark Caron (M.L. Caron Electric), Barb Cournoyer (TD Canada Trust), Tyler Cousineau (Gillons’ Insurance Brokers), Krista Gushulak (CIBC), Kevin Langford (Canada Safeway), John McEvoy (Bell), Jennifer Morrison (Enterprise Rent-a-Car), Dave Petsnick (Revco Carpet), and Lisa Plourde (RBC Royal Bank).
Tara Albanese, the lone candidate who wasn’t elected, will serve as a volunteer board member.
The Chamber was required to hold an election after more than 13 people put their names forward to fill the seats at its annual general membership meeting Nov. 24.
Ballots were sent out to Chamber members via e-mail shortly afterwards, and 35 ballots were returned by last Thursday’s deadline.
In other Chamber news, the 14th-annual Bell Business Awards will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Adventure Inn.
It’s now up to the public to nominate who they feel is deserving.
Nomination forms are now available at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.), as well as at www.fortfranceschamber.com
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15.
Businesses do not have to belong to the Chamber to be eligible to win.