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Pontiac Chamber AGM

The Pontiac Chamber of Commerce held their annual general meeting last Thursday at Chapeau’s L’Ancienne Banque, reviewing their budget, re-electing board members and looking ahead to their upcoming events. Pictured, Shawville Hospital’s manager of ambulatory care Gilbert Daoust gave a presentation on the upcoming dialysis unit following the meeting, and what it will mean for Pontiac residents.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
CHAPEAU June 14, 2018
The Pontiac organization representing businesses across the region held their annual general meeting last week, announcing a new addition to the budget – money set aside for their members to request special events.
Held at L’Ancienne Banque in Chapeau, the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce (PCC) discussed their budget and more at the Thursday evening meeting, before being briefed by representatives from the Shawville Hospital on the new dialysis unit coming to the region.
Larry Coleman, treasurer for the PCC, explained that the $25,000 set aside for projects and events is quite larger than the ‘event expense’ category has seen in the past, but that the group knew they had the extra money available to them and wanted to make sure it would benefit their members. While 2019 has this aforementioned amount allocated, 2018 saw only $8,962 spent in this category.

Coleman said that this money could go towards funding such things as marketing events or guest speakers and that the decision would be up to the requirements or requests of their members.
PCC President Mireille Alary led the majority of the meeting, which included a re-election of two board members. Both Todd Hoffman and Isabelle Gagnon retained their seats, though Alary did highlight a request to board members. She asked that they reach out to their companions in local businesses as the group seeks new members and board members in the upcoming year.
Also reviewed at the meeting was an overview of their last year’s four main events: a general meeting with a representative from the MRC Pontiac SWAT Team in September; a forum held with the candidates for the newly-elected position of MRC Warden in October; February’s annual PCC awards gala; and the general meeting with MRC Pontiac Warden Jane Toller, regarding her plans for the region’s revitalization proposal, held in mid-March.
Alary also highlighted a plan to host a candidate forum in regards to the upcoming provincial election, aiming for a mid-September date.
Following the conclusion of the meeting, Allan Dean, board member for the Pontiac Community Hospital Foundation, and Gilbert Daoust, manager of ambulatory care at the Shawville Hospital, presented the plans for the new dialysis unit. Daoust will be the manager of this new addition to the hospital.
Dean highlighted the economical prospects of having the unit come to the region, which included more jobs and money kept within the region.
Daoust gave an overview of the floorplan for the unit, as well as what it meant directly for locals needing dialysis treatment. He said that it will not only save their patients travel time to other hospitals, but will provide them the familiarity of local faces during treatment, better privacy amongst their own community and an assurance of meeting their language needs.