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    Celebrating our members and our community.

    Planning a stand-alone event can be too much to ask for small businesses who don’t have the human resources and expertise to carry out event planning, design and implementation. Business owners wear many hats and event planning is a time-consuming process with many different aspects and tasks that can become overwhelming very quickly.

    Restaurants, brewpubs, wineries and eateries not only contribute jobs and a significant portion of our provincial GDP, but they are also where our communities gather and the lifeblood of our city.

    The conversation around workplace wellness and mental health is a topic that many feel uncomfortable discussing. Lack of knowledge or fear of judgement is often why historically these conversations were not head. What we know is investing in mental health programs has a positive ROI for your business. It is time to break the taboo and take care of your colleagues and in return, your business.

    According to a report released last November by Deloitte Canada. Analysis reveals that companies with mental health programs in place for one year had a median annual ROI of $1.62 for every dollar invested. For companies with programs in place for three or more years, the median annual ROI is more than double—valued at $2.18 for every dollar spent. It is not only good for people, it is good for business

    Acacia Pangilinan, Executive Director, reflects on 2019 and provides a sneak peek of what is to come in 2020.