Okanagan Valley receives a Christian business presence
There is a lot of excitement in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley these days within the Christian business community.
New CCBF chapters were launched in Vernon on Nov. 1 and in Kelowna on Nov. 2, with about 30 men and women coming together over breakfast to reclaim the central role that Christ has in their business and professional lives.
It was a privilege to attend both events and to witness the enthusiasm among Christians business leaders to create a 'movement' within their cities. It is both striking and not at all surprising that Christians tend to operate in a vacuum, perhaps connecting with others within their church communities but not really developing a true 'community' that crosses denominational lines.
That is about to change in Vernon and Kelowna. Both chapters have strong leadership teams who will provide visionary leadership to the groups. At both locations, they talked about expanding attendance at the monthly breakfast meetings and, eventually, creating other chapters within their communities.
Fellowship is contagious. So is sharing your faith and your best practices as a business or professional leader.
As CCBF group participants grow in applying biblical principles to their work, they will take their witness into the broader communities, impacting and transforming their cities for Christ.
Canadian Christian Business Federation
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, NO MEETING – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Dec. 6 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
BRAMPTON, Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Sunset Grill, 10025 Hurontario at Bovaird; Rod Hoekman, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALEDONIA, NO MEETING -- Breakfast 7 a.m., The Tartan Diner, 127 Argyle St. S., Caledonia; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, Dec. 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Mike Watson, facilitator.
CAMBRIDGE, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7 a.m., Country Girl Restaurant, 561 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, Thursday, Dec. 13 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.
EDMONTON AM, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
FREDERICTON, Friday, Dec. 7 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Journey Wesleyan Church, Duncan Lane, Fredericton; Cathy Calhoun and Wendell Betts, facilitators.
GUELPH, Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KELOWNA, Friday, Dec. 7 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, 2170 Harvey Ave.; Scott Burke, facilitator.
KITCHENER, Friday, Dec. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, Thursday, Dec. 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.
LONDON BREAKFAST, NO MEETING – 7:30 a.m., Youth For Christ cafe, 254 Adelaide St. S., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
MARKHAM, Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 9275 Markham Road, Markham; Anne Thornley-Brown, facilitator.
NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, Friday, Dec. 14 -- 7:30 a.m., Mo’s Family Restaurant, 467 Speers, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, NO MEETING – Summerhayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; George Zekveld, facilitator.
SASKATOON, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
SMITHVILLE, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Meester Insurance boardroom, 246 St. Catharines St., Smithville; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
SUMMERSIDE, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Granville Street Diner, 454 Granville Street, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.
VERNON, Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Bourbon Street @ Prestige Hotel, 4411 32 St; Jon Buller, facilitator.
WATERLOO, Friday, Dec. 7 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WINDSOR, NO MEETING – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Walker Grill, 1275 Walker Road; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday, Dec. 11 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.
WINGHAM, Friday, Dec. 7– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.