The Beausejour & District Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1938 by dedicated business leaders of our community. Unfortunately, records prior to 1975 are no longer available; how our business leaders of that era maintained an active role in the community's growth and wellbeing.
Over the years, commercial leaders of our community have served to provide education, leadership, unity, marketing ideas and entertainment for the betterment of our area.
To serve Commerce and the Beausejour & District community, take and express positions and opinions on public issues on behalf of its membership
To promote the economic, civic, educational and cultural interests of the Town of Beausejour and the surrounding area
To communicate information of topical subjects of interest to the Chamber members
To facilitate business and social contact amongst members of the Chamber
To undertake and carry out projects and activities consistent with the foregoing objectives
The Beausejour & District Chamber of Commerce is an incorporated body of commerce minded individuals who fill the positions of President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and a hired position of Executive Director. There are also six Director positions who lead various committees and projects involving Membership, Civic & Public Affairs, Retail Merchants, Tourism and Agriculture.
Over the years the Chamber's membership has cycled with rises and falls of the economic health of the Beausejour area. Membership has varied from 48 to a peak of 104 members, and there has been a few minor lapses of activity from time to time. The majority of the last 74 years the operation of the Chamber was dedicated to promoting and marketing commerce in the area, providing training for businesses, town beautification and leading and lobbying major civic changes in the district.
The activities of the Chamber have varied over the past 74 years and our involvement has been from that of a leadership role to that of an information source for the RM of Brokenhead, Beausejour Council and various departments of the Provincial Government. Some, but not all, of the activities are listed below in the order of involvement from 1975 thru to the present time. We hope that you have enjoyed being involved with at least some of them:
- Hosting the Agricultural Fair (1975)
- Maintaining snowmobile & CPTC signs
- Farm Promotion (especially during the Agricultural movement of the mid seventies)
- Off street parking and the issue of parallel parking since 1975
- Promotion of Beausejour and District
- Sales and Service Seminars (Chuck Ries)
- Store business hours at Christmas
- Monday shopping issues (1976)
- Lobbying for the four lane #44 highway (1977)
- Tourism building
- Income tax and marketing courses
- Tourism promotion
- Community Hall promotion
- Organized the first of the local Trade Shows (1978)
- Sponsorship of the “Hire a Student” program (1978 to Present time)
- Implementation of the Group insurance program
- Shop lifting seminars (1979)
- Bookkeeping Courses
- Town beautification promotion
- Parking meters
- Relocation of the Beausejour Liquor Mart
- Park Avenue Parking, parking meters, and Traffic controls (1982)
- Off street parking
- Library Building
- Summer Games (1988)
- Phasing out the Beausejour Business tax (1988 thru 1990)
- Promoting the new Correctional facility at Milner Ridge (1988)
- Creation of the BBDC
- Promotion of the Splash Swimming pool
- Promotion of the New Motel for Beausejour (1988)
- All Candidates meetings for all elections (1989 to present)
- Moonlight madness
- Power toboggan right of ways in the RM of Brokenhead
- Area maps
- Sands swimming pool project
- Harness racing (1993 & 94)
- Summer Sizzle
- 0% Christmas loans for businesses promotion (1994 thru 1998)
- Canada day celebrations
- Agricultural Fair
- Community Round Table Committee
- Side street reconstruction
- Yellowhead route & Laverandra Trail (Started in 1975 thru 2009)
- Winter farewell (1997)
- Snowmobile access to Beausejour
- Beausejour Bucks
- Christmas tree lighting (1997 to present)
- Beausejour Monument
- Chamber parade float
- Chamber golf tournament
- GMC 500 mile race from Beausejour to Bemidgi Minnisota
- Car show
- Duck races (2001)
- Area welcome packages
- Snowmobile access to Beausejour (2010)
The Beausejour and area has been home to many businesses throughout the years. As travel became easier and economic changes occurred some businesses disappeared and others replaced them. Some of the major employers in the area have been the Glass Works factory, AECL Research in Pinawa, Milner Ridge Radar facility, Polaris Industries, Sewing Factory and the Beausejour Co-op and North Eastman Health Association.
This is a partial listing of the many businesses that existed in the Beausejour area:
- Glassworks factory
- Sewing factory
- Military Radar Base at Milner Ridge
- Multiple Farm equipment Dealers –Minneapolis, John Deere, Masey, Masey-Fergusen, Alis Chalmers, Ford, and Oliver.
- Multiple Grain Elevators – including Pool, Agri-tel, Bialek’s, Agri Cor, and United Grain.
- Multiple Car Dealers & Auto Services – Dominion Motor (Dodge), Pine Motors (Ford), Stephaniuk’s Garage (GMC & Pontiac), Gretsinger’s Garage (Chevrolet), Agassi Motors (GMC & Pontiac, Beausejour Chrysler Dodge, Cam's Automotive, Bumper to Bumper, Sobetski Tire and Melnick’s Motors (Chevrolet & Pontiac).
- Polaris Industries
- Black Smiths and Machine shops (Mazur’s & others)
- Grocery and convenience stores – Rumaks Grocery, Kaatz Grocery, Phil Shuster’s Grocery, Murray Shuster’s Grocery, Jacks Meat market, Melser’s Creamery, Beausejour Creamery, Beausejour Sausage, Food Fare, 7-11 Convenience, Bergie's Convenience, Crosstown Convenience, Co-op.
- Lumber & Hardware Stores – Co-op, Macleod’s, Marshal Wells, Adam’s Hardware, Home hardware, Beaver Lumber, Beausejour Lumber, North American Lumber and McMunn & Yates.
- Gas stations – Gulf, Texico, Shell, Esso, Co-op, Price Rite, Domo, Petro Can. At one time there were 9 gas stations operating in Beausejour.
- Several Barbers, Hair salons and Tanning shops
- Lyric Theater
- Hotel – Beausejour Hotel, Howland Hotel, Steve’s Bar & Grill, Beausejour Motel, Super 8 and Superior Inn.
- Several Laundromats
- Florists and Photography – Hobans, Park Avenue Rose, Anthony’s, Beausejour Photo.
- Restaurants – Clariss’s, Gateway, Bus Depot, Green Gables, Vickies, Len’s Chip Stand, Howland Hotel Restaurant, Beausejour Hotel Restaurant, Pappy's, Country Bumpkins, Hobans Restaurant, Beausejour Bakery, Lyric Lunch Bar, Chicken Delight, Copper Pot, Co-op lunch bar, Lee’s Chinese Food, George’s, Dairy Bar and Sun Rise Café.
- Hatcheries – Beausejour Hatchery and Funk’s Hatchery.
- Cement – Beausejour Redi Mix, Green Oak Gravel.
- Tailors and Dry Cleaners
- Banks – Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, South Interlake Credit Union, Sunova Credit Union.
- Drug Stores – Pharmasave, Rexal, Beausejour Pharmacy.
- Shoe stores and shoe makers
- Pool Halls and Bowling Alleys.
- Funeral Chapels – Russel’s, Soberings and Kynsh Funeral Chapels.
- Retail – Mitchell’s Electric, Johnies Electric, Oh Susannah Sunshine Movie & Game Rentals, Saans, Dollar Store, Scoop-a-lot, Neyedleys, Bargain Shop, Fields, Prairie Scrap Booking,
- Multiple Lawyers – including Bellen, Waslyn, Middelton, Hawranik.
- Multiple Doctors and Dentists.
- Corrections Institution at Milner Ridge.
The following is a list of the dedicated business personnel who have taken the position as President of the Chamber to lead our Commercial structure. The years in which they served will precede each name. How many of them do you remember?
1938 Founding of the Beausejour & District Chamber of Commerce
1939 thru 1972 No records
1973 William (Bill) Kozyra
1974 No records
1975 Bill McClean
1976 Ken Boettger and Walter Helper
1977 Bill Kolbaba
1978 Peter Riopka
1979 Arnold Birch
1980 Arnold Birch
1982 Gerald Denisiuk
1983 Gerald Denisiuk
1986 Howard Joyce
1987 Larry Swain
1988 Larry Swain
1989 Fred Kazina
1990 Fred Kazina
1991 Brian Beger
1992 Brian Beger
1993 Harvey Giesbrecht
1994 Harvey Giesbrecht
1995 R. Leclair
1996 Reg Black
1997 Reg Black
1998 Chuck Reis
2002 Larry McGonigal
2003 Doug Sobering
2004 Doug Sobering
2005 Glen Lowery
2006 Glen Lowery
2007 Doug Germaine
2008 Doug Germaine
2009 Ken Zirk
2010 Ken Zirk
2011 Mrs. Kerryleegh Hildebrandtt
2012 Mrs. Kerryleegh Hildebrandtt
2013 to be filled
At present the areas of Beausejour, Tyndall and Garson also serve as bedroom communities for our residents who work in Winnipeg. The Chamber continues to support the growth of the area welcoming new businesses and families into the community.