Photo credit – Castanet: Dione Chambers, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce general manager, left, presents Linda Yule, with United Way a cheque for $2,140.

March 14, 2019 –  The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Expo is being hailed a success, not just for the chamber, but a local community service agency as well.

The inaugural was held March 8-9 at Kal Tire Place North, with some 1,200 checking it out and donating more than $2,100 to the United Way.

“We are extremely impressed with the generosity of everyone who attended the inaugural Spring Expo, and we are proud to assist United Way and its member agencies,” said Dione Chambers, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce general manager.

“Through their hard work, these agencies touch every aspect of our lives – infants, children, teens, adults and seniors. They foster vibrant, inclusive and caring communities while advocating for solutions for critical social issues.”

United Way volunteers collected donations from residents at the door during Spring Expo.

“We are overwhelmed by the support of the community, and their willingness to always rally behind their family members, friends and neighbours. The support from Spring Expo will go a long ways towards building a resilient community, and thank you to the Greater Vernon Chamber for providing the opportunity to create awareness about our programs,” said Linda Yule, with United Way.

Spring Expo featured more than 60 exhibitors – businesses, non-profits and government organizations. Family fun included a climbing wall, princesses, Kiki the Eco Elf and the Bug Guys, while the City of Vernon went all out with a bouncy castle, fire truck, backhoe, camera truck and police vehicles.

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