In the spring of 1993, not too long after Headingley had succeeded from the City of Winnipeg, it was decided that a Chamber of Commerce was needed. In June 1993 a group of business owners met and formed the Headingley Chamber with an initial membership of 40.
In 1997 the Rural Municipality of Headingley announced the unprecedented act of removing the Business Tax levy in Headingley, which the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce (HRCC) was jointly active in.
During its lifetime, the Chamber has had its office in four different locations and has had ten presidents.
In 2010, the Board of Directors created a new position of mentorship on the Board, the Youth Board Member. Jade Wood was the first to serve in this position.
The Headingley Directory is a project that the HRCC produces every 2 years. Every household and business receive, free of charge, a phone book listing all Headingley residents and businesses. The 2018/2019 edition will be the 11th one produced.
The HRCC hosts member luncheons, alternating between The Gates on Roblin and Breezy Bend Country Club. These luncheons are not only an opportunity for business people to meet and network, but also feature a guest speaker addressing topics and issues to help our business owners.
One of the longest running events in our community is the Annual Headingley Community Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this tournament go towards the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Youth Scholarship program which is administered by the Chamber. Every year three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Headingley area youth who will be entering into a trades program.
The HRCC supports a number of community group activities and our members are active in the community. Through the years, the HRCC has hosted the Community Volunteer Awards, Election Debate Forums, Community Tree Planting, Community Garden Shows, Breakfast with Santa, and the 20th and 25th Birthday Galas.
Like any business, the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce has had successes and failures but through it all our mission has always been the same:
“To Promote Commerce in Headingley and the Surrounding Region.”