2018 Honourary Life Time Member

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February 06, 2018
Quinte West, ON:  The Quinte West Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2018 President’s Dinner and AGM on Thursday, April 5 at Occasions by the Bay in Bayside.   This is a special night in Quinte West where the business community comes together to recognise the accomplishments of its Chamber, the success of its business community and to pay their respects to this year’s Honourary Life Time Membership recipient Mike Cowan.

“It is our honour this year to recognize Mike Cowan with a Honourary Lifetime Membership,” said Quinte West Chamber president Paul Moran.  “Mike has contributed in many significant ways to Quinte West through his involvement with so many organizations, his most recent being at the helm of the Our TMH Group.  I can’t think of a more deserving person for this award.”

Mike is a well-known realtor in the Quinte region and first started his career with Fraser and O’Neil in 1976.  He served as a school board trustee for six years and recently received a Canada 150 Medallion from MP Neil Ellis.  He is a member of the 413 RCAF Association; Trenton Rotary Club and the Trenton Knights of Columbus and was part of the original board that set up the Quinte West Medical Centre.   Mike joined the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce Board for the first time in 1999 and served as president in 2003, 2004, 2012 and 2013.  In January 2015 Mike was the founding chair of Our TMH, a group that was set up to ‘Protect, Preserve and Enhance’ Trenton Memorial Hospital (TMH).  Since that time the group has reached their goal of 20, 000 members and have been successful in stopping the removal of equipment and services from TMH and continue to advocate for a veterans centre, a health hub, dialysis treatments and doctor recruitment. 

“The efforts that Mike has made to make his local community a better place to live for everyone has been very impactful,” said chamber manager Suzanne Andrews.  “On top of being a very successful real estate broker he still found the time to really give back to his community.  I had the pleasure of working with Mike for several years when he was on the Chamber Board and his commitment to doing the right thing for the community was evident in every decision he made.” 

The Honourary Life Time Membership is awarded to local business people that have given freely of their time and expertise over the years to contribute to the growth of our community.  Past recipients of this award are:  Lt. General Howard Graham; Dr. W.A.L. McDonald; Wilf Wilkinson; Ian Darling; Doug Whitley; Eban James Sr.; Phil Panelas; Paul Tripp; Peter Davis; Rob Brown; Hugh O’Neil; Tom Kotsovos, John Williams, John Smylie and Paul Whitley.

If you would like to attend, tickets are available to the dinner and awards, which features a full course dinner by Occasions By the Bay and live music.  Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at www.quintewestchamber.ca or at the Chamber office 613-392-7635.
Suzanne Andrews, General Manager
(613) 392-7635