Chamber AGM includes update on dialysis unit

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Peter L. Smith

L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – About 30 people attended the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting, June 14 at L’Ancienne Banque. The meeting also included a presentation from Allan Dean and Richard Daoust from the Pontiac Community Hospital about the dialysis unit.

Peter L. Smith

L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – About 30 people attended the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting, June 14 at L’Ancienne Banque. The meeting also included a presentation from Allan Dean and Richard Daoust from the Pontiac Community Hospital about the dialysis unit.
Programs distributed to those in attendance detailed the Chamber’s activities in 2017-18: a general meeting in Bristol in September where Jeffrey MacHann from the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation spoke about the MRC’s SWAT team; an MRC Pontiac warden candidates forum in October in Campbell’s Bay; their annual awards gala in February; and a meeting in March where Warden Jane Toller spoke about the Pontiac’s revitalization.
Larry Coleman, secretary-treasurer, presented the organization’s financial statements and noted a $25,000 operating budget has been established this year. The Board of Directors are currently working on organizing future events to further enhance the Pontiac’s economic community as a whole.
Dean and Daoust then detailed the Pontiac Community Hospital’s new dialysis unit, which required an investment of over $2.1 million. Funds were received from the Quebec Government in addition to the $661,000 raised by the Hospital Foundation. Five units are being installed, with space for an additional five in
the future, allowing up to 20 patients to receive treatment closer to home.
Board members Isabelle Gagnon and Todd Hoffman were re-elected without opposition.