Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Sherry Martell, second from left, accepts the 2018 Executive of the Year award during the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC) conference. From left, Stuart Harrison, CEO, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Awards Committee chairman; Martell; John Hopkins, CEO Regina and District Board of Trade, CCEC president; Shelley Morris, executive director, CCEC. Submitted photo

TRURO – The executive director of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has been honoured on the national stage.

Sherry Martell was named the 2018 Executive of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC) conference. The​ ​national conference,​ ​hosted​ ​in​ ​Thunder Bay, Ont., ​immediately​ preceding​ ​the​ ​Canadian​ ​Chamber​ ​of​ ​Commerce annual general meeting,​ ​was​ ​attended​ ​by​ ​more​ ​than​ ​100​ ​​chamber​ ​executives​ ​from​ ​coast to coast.

“It is a true honour and privilege to receive this award on behalf of our chamber,” said Martell in a press release following the win. “The work we do to support business is foundational in strengthening our community as a whole. I share this award with our chamber team – my incredibly dedicated, professional staff, directors past and present, and our more than 400 members whose passion for their community inspires me.”

Martell was presented with the national honour for chambers with less than 500 members ​on​ ​​​Sept. ​21​ ​at​ ​a​ ​recognition​ ​dinner​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Valhalla Inn and Suites in Thunder Bay.

Martell was also among an elite group of 30 chamber professionals from across the country to be recognized as an Accredited Chamber Executive during the CCEC conference. It is the first time this designation was awarded by the organization to qualifying staff across Canada.

“We are very proud of Sherry’s accomplishment to not only become one of the first accredited chamber professional across the country, but also to accept the award for Chamber Executive of the Year,” said​ ​Joanne McRae,​ ​local chamber​ ​president.​

“Sherry has been an integral part of the chamber team since she first joined us three years ago and continues to work with staff and the board to ensure we are addressing items that are important to our members.”

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce also left its mark at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting and policy debates with two policies sponsored by the chamber receiving national acceptance.

Martell presented the chamber’s resolution Addressing Entrepreneur and Employee Mental Health seeking federal action to support business. More than 300 chamber representatives present at the debate supported the policy recommendations, which will now be sent to the federal government for consideration.

The Truro & Colchester chamber also co-sponsored a second resolution, Protect Vital Trade Infrastructure on the Isthmus of Chignecto, presented by the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, which received support from the national chambers.

“These types of national policies are important to address issues that affect businesses, not only in our region but across the country,” said the president. “These types of policies are the reason that chambers were formed, to protect the best interest of business. We are pleased to receive the support from chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the country on these important policies.”

The​ ​Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is a​ ​nationally​ ​accredited​ ​organization​ ​serving ​more than 400 members,​ ​with a vision the Colchester business community is collaborative, connected, and thriving.  It is the principle voice of business in Colchester and Truro, acting in the best interest of business on matters of economic, social and political impact; committed to business growth in our communities.