Fraser Lake, B.C. (Fraser Lake and District Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)

Fraser Lake, B.C. (Fraser Lake and District Chamber of Commerce/Facebook)

Fraser Lake chamber of commerce struggled to get the ball rolling in 2021

The second year of COVID-19 was difficult for the chamber to navigate, which affected them gravely

By Sobia Moman

The only way to describe 2021 for the Fraser Lake chamber of commerce was ‘slow’.

“We as a chamber didn’t meet often or like normal as well as the chamber members weren’t as participatory as usual,” said Marilynn Reyden, president of the Fraser Lake chamber of commerce.

Zoom meetings had few members present and operations decreased exponentially, compared to 2020. They were able to gain three new chamber members which was a great accomplishment, yet, unity amongst everyone was still lacking.

“COVID impacted the small business fairs we used to have. We were able to have our Christmas parade of lights but again the community hasn’t been able to bind together like in the past. It has put a damper on the whole community,” Reyden said.

Fraser Lake is a small community and the chamber does not have its own office. Due to changing pandemic restrictions, the president’s duties were also reduced aggressively.

With the disappointing year that was 2021 behind them, the Chamber is looking forward to a momentous new year.

They are planning on working with a drone service to create an interactive video for residents of the North to watch. The graphics will also allow people to zoom in and look at all of the businesses that the community has to offer, including the smaller ones that are tucked away in street corners.

“We want to draw the people off the highway and into the community to check out the businesses,” Reyden said.

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