This weekend the Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association was held here in Truro. What a fun weekend!!
We woke up Friday morning to snow & slush, so unfortunately some of the Board of Directors weren’t able to make it to our meeting & potluck lunch. However, we still had enough in attendance that we had a quorum so our meeting took place regardless. After that was over, the B&B’s in town held house tours for anyone who was here from outside the area. So often, we are asked to recommend B&B’s in other parts of the province, so it is helpful to know what different areas have to offer. In the evening, we all went over to Tulips & Thistle B&B for a wine & cheese party. It was such a great opportunity to network with other operators from around the province and share some really funny stories!
Maarten & Nelly from Baker's Chest with hosts Ann & Larry at Tulips & Thistle
Gerry (Suncatcher B&B) and myself
Shelly from Stuart House by the Bay with Jennifer from TIANS
Some of the Truro B&B owners - D'Arcy & myself along with Janice, Ann & Gerry
Bill & Ann Marie Monk of A Seafaring Maiden B&B in Granville Ferry, outside of Annapolis Royal
A fun chance to network together
Donnie & Janice from Eagle's Landing B&B always have a hilarious story or two!!
Jill from bbcanada.com, Jennifer from TIANS, Anne from Belgravia B&B & Ruth from Suncatcher B&B!
Ruth from Suncatcher, Dora from Jonah By the Sea, Connie from A Paradise Found and Mary Pat from Azalea Farmhouse B&B's
The AGM itself took place at First United Church Hall on Saturday and the UCW had prepared lunch for 75 people. Unfortunately, we did have a few members send regrets at the last-minute due to weather conditions and/or illness. Regardless, we were pleased with the turnout. The morning program started off with information sessions by Tom Wilson who spoke about online & social marketing and its importance these days. Next, Jill MacIntosh from www.bbcanada.com spoke to us about maximizing our web presence and taking full advantage of offers made to us through the bbcanada website. Just before lunch, Kieu Lam from TIANS along with Doug Matthews from the Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage came to speak with us about the new Nova Scotia Approved Program for accommodation operators.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by the UCW and then got down to the business of our AGM. Our Board of Directors is undergoing a tremendous change with eight new directors this year, including a new President & Vice President. We’re hoping to take the Association in a positive new direction and I’m really looking forward to working with this new group of people.
Tom Wilson, presenting information on Social Media and Marketing
Kieu Lam from TIANS, presenting the new "Nova Scotia Approved" program to members
Door prizes of bags filled with "Items a B&B owner might use" (soap, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, hand sanitizer, etc.) generously donated by MacQuarries Pharmasave in Truro
Jill, presenting a free year's membership to bbcanada.com to Bruce Fulton's B&B
D'Arcy, making sure all the presentations would show up on the screen
Ruth, presenting outgoing NSBBA President John Meehan with a plaque of appreciation
Gerry Mailloux new NSBBA President, drawing raffle prize winners
Jill had suggested that we, along with Ruth & Gerry, Ann & Larry & Jennifer all go out to dinner Saturday night to celebrate the successful weekend. We toasted our successes with some , a sparkling wine made by Jost Vineyards, a local winery. We then all went out for supper at a restaurant close by called “The Lovin Spoonful“. Not only was the company so much fun, but the meal and the service were amazing!! We will all be recommending that restaurant to our guests from now on!! After three hours at the restaurant, laughing & telling stories, we came back here to Belgravia for coffee and ended the weekend on a high note!
TTM, ready to celebrate a successful weekend!