As the aftermath of the tragedy in Humboldt continues to grip people all across the country, there are those who are reaching out in support of their neighbours. The Estevan Chamber of Commerce is doing just that as they have extended their thoughts, prayers and offers of assistance to the chamber in Humboldt.
"We're part of a group called the Canadian Chamber Executives of Saskatchewan," explained Jackie Wall, the Executive Director of Estevan's Chamber of Commerce, "and as that, we get together as chamber executives across our province and we have a couple conferences during the year just as an educational situation or support, seeing what other chambers are doing, what's popular in their communities."
She added that they have already reached out to Stacey Poss, the Executive Director of Humboldt's Chamber of Commerce.
"The chamber in Humboldt, the Executive Director there is relatively new, she came on board in the fall. She is amazing, Stacey is doing an amazing job but that community has been hit very, very hard overall. It's about half the size of Estevan. Her chamber is scrambling, trying to provide as much support within the community as possible and we just wanted to make sure that she knew that her other chamber colleagues are thinking of her."
"We wanted to let her know that anything that she needs, we want to be able to provide that for her."
Wall mentioned that this is not the first time that chambers across the country have reached out in times of tragedy.
"When the fires were in Alberta last year, the chamber network really got together and made sure that the chamber executives in those areas are getting the support that they need. Sometimes that means, in extreme cases like a natural disaster, some other chambers will take over some of the administrative duties or they provide an alternative location id the chamber office is under emergency circumstances."
"It's a really fantastic network across this country and we're always there to try and support one another when something disastrous happens."