Committees

Advocacy Committee

Process: Every year, members of EHDCC are invited to submit resolutions of a local scope to the EHDCC’s policy process; this process culminates in a democratic vote on the floor of the Chamber’s annual general meeting. Following approval at the AGM, the EHDCC and its members can move forward in their advocacy efforts based on the resolutions contained within the Policy Resolution Book.

The Advocacy Committee: Appointed annually, and reporting to the Board of Directors, the EHDCC Advocacy and Policy Committee will play a vital role in reviewing policy submissions from members of EHDCC and making recommendations to delegates from this Chamber. In addition, it is the role of the Policy and Advocacy Committee to receive and search out issues that fall within the Advocacy Policy, and, in consideration of the Advocacy Policy, to make recommendations to the Board of Directors to deal with these issues. It shall be the responsibility of the Advocacy Committee to carry out such surveys or inquiries directly with the membership and the Board of Directors to determine the Committee’s activities.

Issue filters: It is evident that due to available resources, the EHDCC may not be in a position to respond to all requests for action. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the Advocacy Committee to use the following filters to recommend to the Board of Directors if the issue should be dealt with by the EHDCC.

  • Does this issue fall within the mandate of the EHDCC?
  • Does the issue affect the wider business community?
  • Does this issue affect a wider population?
  • Is this an issue on which EHDCC can have an impact given its available resources?
  • Will action on this issue result in improving the region’s or provincial competitive advantage?
  • Will taking a position on this issue demonstrate leadership in the business community?
  • Will taking a position improve the business climate for our members?

Responding to Issues: When an issue is determined relevant, the Board of Directors may request the Committee to consult all available research to ensure that an informed policy position is developed and recommended to the Board. The Board of Directors may allocate sufficient human and financial resources to the Committee to carry out its role. The Board of Directors are not compelled to take on every issue that comes to the table. In situations where inadequate information or research is available or it is impossible to respond in a timely manner, if it is not in the best interests of EHDCC to form policy on the matter.


Communications Committee
The Communications Committee is responsible for communications with EHCC members, the business community, the residential community, Chamber partners, and the world in general. The goal is to increase member engagement and provide business support and access to member services. The Communication Committee works with every other committee to cross-promote events, education, advocacy, etc. The Committee should refer to the EHCC Strategic Plan for guidance. Communication tools include the website, social media, newsletters and emails.


Education Committee
The mandate of the Education Committee is to engage and inform our members and the general business community and facilitate their access to business development and education programs, to improve their business success. Reference will be made to the EHCC Strategic Plan for guidance.


Events Committee
Working closely with the Chamber staff, the Events Committee coordinates the planning, organization and operation of events and networking opportunities for Chamber members. Reference will be made to the Chamber`s Strategic Plan. Consideration is given to:

  • Adding value to membership
  • Facilitating connections between members
  • Assisting members to promote their businesses
  • Providing a forum for business people to exchange leads and information, as well as share resources.

The Events Committee coordinates with the Communications Committee to market and promote events. Sub-committees may be struck as necessary for specific events.


Membership Committee
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Finance Committee [being updated] The Finance Committee is responsible with the Treasurer for overseeing the management of the Chamber financial affairs and reporting to the Board. Activities include, preparation of the Annual Budget, ongoing accounting requirements, accounts receivables and payables, visa, short term investments etc.

  • The Finance Committee is also responsible for exploring sources for revenue development and the maintenance of existing sources of revenue etc.

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of the: President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, Treasurer, Secretary & Past-President. The President (or 1st VP in President’s absence) chairs the committee, which meets monthly. The Executive oversees day-to-day operations, assists in focusing activities and issues for Board consideration, and sets the agenda for Board meetings. The Executive Committee

  • is responsible for, and advises the Board in, matters of governance, by-laws, and Board policies.
  • is responsible for and oversees HR matters, office manager activities, and directs the office manager in office operations and administrative matters.
  • monitors the implementation of the Chamber’s Strategic plan, and facilitates changes or amendments
  • works with the Finance Committee on all banking, financial and accounting matters including acquisitions, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

The role of the Executive is set out in s. 22 of the Bylaws as follows:
a. Ensure policy decisions are implemented appropriately by staff, through monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
b. Ensure a strategic plan is in place for the EHCC’s short-term and long-term objectives.
c. Report its actions and decisions back to the Board of Directors at the first Board meeting after that action or decision is taken. The Board may then approve or reverse Committee decisions, unless circumstances make it impossible.


Each committee is chaired or co-chaired by a Director. Committee members may be be drawn from the Chamber membership or the greater community.

If you are interested in taking part in any of these activities, please Contact Us. Your input and expertise is welcome!

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Government’s economic support plan added two new programs today that will put more than $40 million in the pockets of those out of work and small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Covid-19 Worker Emergency Bridge is for those laid off or out of work on or after March 16, because of COVID-19, and are not eligible for Employment Insurance. The $1,000 payment to help meet basic needs can be combined with the federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The Bridge will provide quick access to support for those who have nowhere else to turn for government help. We will provide a simple, online application to help expedite getting people this help.

Covid 19 Small Business Sustainability Grant is for businesses ordered to close or substantially curtail operations by Public Health orders. The one-time grant that can be used for any purpose. Eligible small business can get an upfront grant to a maximum of $5,000. The grant can be combined with all federal and provincial small business support. The province has partnered with Dalhousie University so they can implement the two new programs announced today. The application portals will be ready next week.

Also today, a new extended-hours phoneline has been set up for people wanting information on income assistance eligibility from the Department of Community Services. Call toll-free 1-833-722-1417 from Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. call the regular toll-free line at 1-877-424-1177.
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A hard decision for sure, but a wise one.** An important update about Tide Fest 2020 **

To the community of East Hants:

We are all going through some very uncertain times right now. The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world and here at home has been tough on everyone, and we have been getting questions about this year's plans for East Hants Tide Fest.

Over the past several months our volunteers have been planning the fourth annual event scheduled for this July. Although we've been looking forward to another great year, our board of volunteers has made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 event.

We hope things are back to normal very soon, but without knowing how the next weeks and months will play out, we can't put anyone at risk. We hope you understand. Right now, we should all focus on staying safe and healthy, so the community can come back together as soon as possible.

All of that said, we will start planning Tide Fest 2021 as soon as we can, and get ready to come back bigger and better next year. Tide Fest raises thousands of dollars each year in our community - 2021 will just have some catching up to do!

Thank you for your support, and stay safe.

Rod Dickie, President
On behalf of the Come Home East Hants Association / East Hants Tide Fest
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