Previous to her employment with the Chamber in 1996, Gail was a long-time employee in the financial industry. Gail believes in continued volunteer involvement and lifelong education. Volunteering as a member business led to a Board of Director position with the Chamber where she first hand noted the benefits to business - so much so, it sparked interest when the opportunity came for the position of President & CEO.
Gail is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber Executives of Ontario and Director on the Board of Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada and Ontario Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded the James Gordon Carnegie Award in 2018, selected by peers for her mentoring and contributions to the Chamber executives and organization.
Gail actively participates on the Chatham-Kent Community Leaders Cabinet as Co-Chair of the Employment Action Team. She Co-Chaired the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Advisory Group of the CK Economic Recovery Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gail has provided a voice on the municipal Business License Review Committee, Customer Service Review Task Force and Capitol Theatre RFP Committee. Gail continues to provide opinion on the Municipal Council Remuneration Committee, as well as many other initiatives as they arise. She has volunteered and contributed to numerous community groups and organizations including participation with the inaugural ‘Positivity Day in CK’ Steering Committee, and is a Past Director of the Board and was Chair of the Building Committee with the new YMCA of Chatham-Kent. For many years, Gail was a member of Rotary and now enjoys being a ‘freelance’ volunteer where she can.
As a lifelong resident of Chatham-Kent, Gail is very happy enjoying all that the Municipality provides. The lifestyle, cost of living, amenities of waters, trails and landscapes and the relaxed, stress free travel times makes it easy to appreciate Chatham-Kent for all it offers. Gail has 3 life philosophies 1. Work hard, and have fun doing so. 2. Mistakes are made only by those who try. 3. Believe - in yourself, your community, your passions…
Sarah is a lifelong resident of Chatham-Kent, raised in beautiful Mitchell’s Bay. After high school Sarah attended and graduated from St. Clair College, Thames Campus receiving an Office Administration Executive Diploma in 2007.
She has been employed with the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce since 2008 as Administrative Assistant to the President & CEO. Previous to the Chamber, Sarah assisted L&R Renovations in administration. Sarah was a long time employee with Country View Golf Course and, on occasion, still assists at the course, now known as Hidden Hills Golf and Country Club.
Grande Pointe is home to Sarah along with her spouse, Steve St. Pierre, and their daughter, Scarlette. When she is not chasing a little one around, she enjoys walking the Chatham-Kent trails, enjoying time with friends and family and even finding time for a few good rounds of golf!
Sarah is a believer in giving back to the community as she volunteers much of her time with Pretty in Pink, a group of ladies working together to raise funds for the Chatham-Kent Hospice.
Margaret was born in Mexico, moving to Canada in 1994. Margaret grew up in Wheatley, married her husband Isaac and moved to Thamesville prior to settling in Merlin – true Chatham-Kent residents.
Having a history of employment in greenhouse and service areas, Margaret later gained employment in the financial sector as a Customer Service Representative, working in Blenheim and Chatham areas. With a passion for customer service and relations, she enjoyed working with her clients and providing them with an exceptional customer service experience. She served the banking industry for many years prior to starting a family. Margaret remained a stay-at-home mom as the family grew to include three children. At the same time, as a self-driven individual, she quickly elevated her hobby into a home-based business, Margaret’s Cake Creations. She adopted a social media focus, growing an online platform to showcase her products and service her clients. As an entrepreneur she focused on time management, understanding her clients’ needs and expectations while connecting and collaborating with fellow businesses to work together for the end customer. Margaret grew her successful business and personal relations along the way along with a strong reputation for her friendly, approachable and professional behaviors.
All the while, Margaret volunteered with many local initiatives to support needs of Chatham-Kent. Margaret’s skills, professionalism and connectivity with people and business are clearly and promptly evident. As Manager of Stakeholder Relations with the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, Margaret looks forward to working with current and future members and partners.