The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce
is a voluntary, non-profit association consisting of over 600 members. From this membership a board of fourteen directors is elected, who meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
The City of Orillia & Townships of Ramara, Severn, and Oro-Medonte have the opportunity to be represented by appointees to the Board. To further strengthen communication links with other community groups there are appointees on the Board representing Georgian College, Lakehead University, Casino Rama, Doctor Recruitment and Retention, Community Development Corporation, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Manufacturers' Association, Construction Association and the Downtown Orillia Management Board.
The mandate of the Chamber of Commerce is to provide both tangible and intangible benefits to our members in particular, and our community as a whole.
2015 Chamber of Commerce Special Events:
35th Orillia Perch Festival Saturday, April 18 - Saturday, May 09
Spring Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14
Christmas in June Saturday, June 20
Orillia Waterfront Festival Friday, August 07 - Sunday, August 09
Orillia Santa Claus Parade Sunday, November 22
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Gini Stringer Named Torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Torch Relay for the Pan Am Games
Courtesy of OLG, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce is
excited to announce that Gini Stringer has been nominated to be a Pan Am
torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Torch Relay for the Pan Am Games. A champion in our community, Gini embodies the
characteristics of a torchbearer - community, celebration, participation and
As a Pan Am torchbearer, Gini will help spread the
excitement of the Pan Am Games throughout Orillia. She was selected for her
extensive community support and dedication.
Stringer is the personification of a “Community Champion”.
Gini and her
husband Trevor, as owners of Sunshine Carpet and Flooring, have been the recipients
of the Orillia Today’s Readers Choice Award “Best Flooring Store” for 15
consecutive years, the Orillia Packet and Times “Orillia’s Best” award for 5
consecutive years. They have been recognized nationally by the G.E. Shnier
Retail Council as a “Diamond Dealer”.
Carpet and Flooring is a proud community supporter whose charitable works
include providing flooring to 4 areas of Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital,
Couchiching Jubilee House, Comfie Cat Shelter and 4 Habitat for Humanity homes.
They are major event sponsors to Streets Alive and Diva Day. Many local groups
are also the recipients of Sunshine’s generosity. These include OSMH Hospital
Capital Campaign, YMCA, Lions Oval Public School Playground, Orillia Santa
Claus Parade, Canada Day Orillia, Kiwanis Club Auction, Rotary Club Festival of
Trees, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowlerama, plus a host of golf tournaments and
In the past Gini
has served on several community Boards including the Orillia District Chamber
of Commerce and the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation. During her
time with the Chamber of Commerce she sat on a number of committees and served
a term as President. She continues to sit on committees as a non-Board member.
With the Hospital Foundation she was not only Chairman of the Board for a
regulated 2 year term but also helped pilot their annual golf tournament and
their Wine Tasting Gala. She was also involved with their Hospital Capital
Campaign which raised 12 million dollars for OSMH. She continues to sit on this
Board as an Honorary Member. Gini has also held a seat on the Orillia Economic
Development Committee and the Terry Fox Run Committee. Currently, Gini is an active member of the
Orillia and Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, The Georgian
College Advisory Board, the Lakehead University Community Relations Committee,
OSMH’s Clinical Services Oversight Committee, the Orillia Business Women’s
Association and the Orillia Construction Association. She has been awarded
“Business Leader of the Year” for 2002 by the Orillia Business Association, the
Paul Harris Fellow Award (2009) from the Rotary Club and was Orillia’s “Woman
of the Year” for 2014.
As a cancer
survivor, Gini has also found time to develop the local “Look Swell, Feel Well”
group, was a member of the Orillia Chapter Breast Cancer Support Group, and was
trained by the Cancer Society of Canada to become a volunteer “Support Friend”
counselling cancer patients on a one to one basis. Gini continues to visit
patients and families who are dealing with cancer.
Gini is a
proud mother of 4 children and a very proud grandmother of 6 grandchildren.
Through OLG’s presenting partnership of the TORONTO 2015 Pan
Am Torch Relay, we are proud to have Gini Stringer represent our community as
part of the OLG Pass It ONtario Program.
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