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Introducing Gladys: The newest volunteer at Caledonia's Chamber of Commerce

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

In our vibrant community of Caledonia, where small-town charm and a close-knit atmosphere flourish, a remarkable individual has emerged as a beacon of generosity and goodwill. Meet Gladys, a new and dynamic volunteer at the Caledonia Regional Chamber of Commerce. She brings her passion for her town, love for people, and a desire to leave a lasting legacy.

When Gladys retired after 28 years of working, she sought meaningful ways to contribute to her community. It was during a routine call with the Chamber that her husband, Ken Goobie, discovered the perfect opportunity for her. Little did they know that this simple inquiry would lead Gladys to become an invaluable asset to the organization.

Having moved to Caledonia with Ken over three decades ago, Gladys's attachment to the town has grown stronger with each passing year. She cherishes the idyllic small-town atmosphere, the diverse array of shops and restaurants that never fail to pique her curiosity, and the proximity to the Grand River, which boasts picturesque walking trails. And of course, she looks forward to the annual fair, a cherished tradition that epitomizes the vibrant spirit of Caledonia.

In her free time, Gladys immerses herself in various hobbies. From crocheting to knitting, cross-stitching to embroidering, she possesses a talent for turning threads and yarns into beautiful creations. While she also enjoys walking, she playfully contemplates whether it's a hobby or a necessity – a delightful testament to her lighthearted perspective on life.

But Gladys's contributions extend far beyond her role at the Chamber of Commerce. She also volunteers at Hagersville Hospital, driven by a deep-rooted belief that a friendly face can brighten someone's day. Whether guiding patients or visitors, Gladys understands the significance of offering support and direction. She believes that giving back is a way to foster generativity, preventing stagnation and nurturing the growth of both individuals and communities.

Gladys's connection to Caledonia runs deep, having resided in the area since 1992. Prior to her retirement, she dedicated 28 years of her professional life to fine foods, where her love for interacting with people blossomed. Now, in her volunteer role, she continues to fuel her passion for human connection and spreads her warmth throughout the community.

Family holds a special place in Gladys's heart, as she finds joy in pouring her love into the next generation. With six grandchildren, she is determined to leave a positive and lasting legacy for them and for all the residents of Caledonia.

Reflecting Gladys's unwavering spirit and values, her favourite mantra, "Feed them and they'll come," resonates deeply. It encapsulates her belief that by nourishing others with kindness, support, and a friendly demeanour, one can create a thriving and united community.

For the Caledonia Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gladys's involvement brings a wealth of benefits. As a passionate and engaged volunteer, she exemplifies the power of networking and giving back to the community. She fosters a welcoming environment through her warm interactions with local businesses, residents, and visitors, encouraging growth and collaboration among all stakeholders.

Gladys embodies the true spirit of Caledonia, showcasing the power of a single individual to make a profound difference in the lives of others. Her commitment to her town, her unwavering dedication to community service, and her genuine love for people make her an invaluable asset to the Caledonia Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are truly fortunate to have Gladys as part of our team, and we can't wait to witness the lasting impact she continues to create for the area of Caledonia.

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