M2M Discount of the Week: Mother's Day is May 11th!

Heads Up... Mother's Day is this weekend! 

Did you forget?

Not to worry, we have two great Member 2 Member discounts that are sure to make Mom smile with either 15 or 20% off all regular priced merchandise at either C.E. Adam or Richardson's Jewellery.  Please show your Chamber member discount card.

Member News: Medicine Hat is on Canada's premier meeting website

Medicine Hat's listing and photos are now live on Canada's premier meeting professional website, Cvent. You can see it here.

Kudos to the Medicine Hat Accommodation Association for their work and dedication in pursuing this listing and promoting our wonderful city!

News We're Following - May 2, 2014

Benefit Highlight: Free Exposure & Exclusive Discounts

By offering a small discount on your products and/or services to other Chamber members, you gain extra exposure to our over 700 diverse businesses (or nearly 13,000 employees) through our website, print materials and our weekly newsletter. Become a Member 2 Member partner today, or check out our current partners to save money on your everyday purchases or business services.

New Member: Millennium Stimulation Services Ltd.

Millennium Stimulation Services Ltd. is a hydraulic fracturing company focused in the Williston Basin in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Our primary operations bases are in Estevan, Saskatchewan and Medicine Hat, Alberta. We improve horizontal well production through the use of environmentally sustainable fracturing technologies and practices.

Advocacy News: Alberta comments on federal moratorium on temporary foreign workers in food services sector

On Friday, April 25th Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, issued the following statement:

“We agree with the Government of Canada on a number of important points. Canadians must have first access to jobs in this country. The federal Temporary Foreign Worker program has rules, and it is important that they be followed. There have been some recent incidents in the food services sector, and those situations need to be dealt with.

“However, we have concerns about the moratorium the federal government has imposed.

“Alberta’s economy is strong, and our labour market is unique. Unemployment is below five per cent. There are employers who cannot find people, there are people who cannot find jobs, and Alberta has programs for both. Job fairs and websites help job seekers find work. Food services companies and workers participate in these, yet positions remain open.

“It’s the reality of Alberta’s labour market: when jobs remain unfilled, workers are recruited from other sectors, customer service declines, or Canadians already on staff lose shifts or jobs when restaurants close or reduce their hours. Albertans want restaurant services, and companies need temporary foreign workers to provide them.

“There are ways for the federal government to deal with compliance problems in its program. Alberta has services to ensure provincial workplace laws are followed, and we act on complaints received. We have information about workplace rights available for all Alberta workers, and two TFW offices providing information and referrals in 170 languages. In matters under provincial jurisdiction, compliance is focused on the specific employer responsible, not the entire industry. If the federal government is concerned about compliance, we would be happy to help with enforcement of federal requirements.

“Alberta feels it is unfair to freeze an entire sector because there are problems with a few players. We encourage the federal government to clarify the timelines of its review, so that Albertans can continue to get the food services they need.”

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New Member: Grace Brittain Consulting

Grace Brittain Consulting offers health and social care leadership and management in four main categories:

1) Interim Management: As a Registered Nurse with over 28 years of senior management experience, I can provide temporary coverage for a key manager while they are away or offer the healthcare facility a "fresh eyes" perspective/consultation before or as they are recruiting a permanent key manager. I am also available for conflict resolution and team re-building contracts. I will also assist the transition of a new manager into the facility for a smooth and successful hand off.

2) Health Projects: This is my specialty. I will implement your project from educating staff, to working along side them to monitoring and auditing outcomes and follow-up a few months later to ensure project is moving forward successfully and impressively.

3) Education and Guest Speaking on a variety of areas of interest care issues (topics include but not limited to: Assisted Living, Long Term Care, Dementia, Mental Health, Forensics, functions of administrative tribunals) or I can teach students programs such as Health Care Aide.

4) Advocacy: Assisting the client to navigate through the health system relative to their health care needs. An example would be assisting a family in selecting the most appropriate care facility for a loved one such as a parent as well as monitoring their loved one as they adjust to their new surroundings. This may be of particular interest to families who live a distance away and cannot visit regularly or easily.

Please visit my website for more information.

News We're Following - April 25, 2014

New Member: Value Village

The more the merrier is a reality at Value Village. Our shelves are bursting with quality merchandise for a selection you have to see to believe — all inside a thrift department store environment that’s easy to shop and easy on the wallet. 5,000-6,000 or more fresh items are stocked each day, and that’s in addition to the fabulous finds already in store. There really is something for everyone.

But not only will you find an amazing treasure trove of gently used, brand-name clothes, toys and household items, you’ll also discover our commitment to your neighborhood and the world at large. Simply put, we’re in the business of helping others.

For you, we offer extraordinary finds at incredible prices. For your community, we turn every donation we receive into revenue that supports local nonprofits like the Canadian Diabetes Association. And for the planet, we give the goods we repurpose a second life, thereby protecting the environment by not adding needlessly to landfills.

Our Medicine Hat store and Community Donation Centre, located at 1368 Trans Canada Way SE, is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. For more information, contact the store directly at (403) 580-4410 or visit valuevillage.com.

Benefit Highlight: Refer a Member!

As a Chamber member you know how valuable the benefits we offer are, and chances are you know other businesses that could benefit from those same services but did you know that for every business you refer you could receive a credit on your account towards next year’s membership dues?

Each credit is worth 10% of your membership dues and the credits can keep growing. Refer 10 members and get next year’s membership free!

You continue to save as you help strengthen the Chamber organization and our local business community.