About 20 years ago, a group of like-minded contractors and builders came together in Thornbury to form what was once the Beaver Valley Builders Association. From its humble beginnings, the mission purpose was to provide “Strength in Unity” and create a network of qualified builders and trades, as well as associated businesses from the area. The Beaver Valley Builders began meeting monthly in the old Thornbury Firehall.
As the association grew, the Beaver Valley Builders contributed back to the community through participation at home shows, helping youth to build wooden toolboxes, supporting forums and providing a solid association of qualified builders and trades.
The Beaver Valley Builders Association underwent a name change to the Southern Georgian Bay Builders Association and upgraded the logo and initialed a web page for the members to showcase to the public. However, the long wording of the new name became an obstacle and the name was once again rejuvenated to the Thornbury Builders and Trades Association (TBTA) in 2011, which is how it remains today.
Through continued membership growth, an Annual Golf Tournament was implemented and became a success having sold out every year. We are proud to say that all proceeds generated at this event go directly to local charitable projects.
Pursuing incorporation as a Not for Profit Corporation is a major 2020 initiative for the Thornbury Builders and Trades Association. Members were presented with the reasons why this is being pursued at the February dinner meeting. Members will be asked on March 25th to approve proceeding with incorporation, approving the Bylaw Number 1, approving the Board of Directors and approving the Budget for 2020. The meeting notice and the supporting documentation will be emailed to each member.
As the TBTA matures, it is able to undertake an advocacy role within the building industry and provide a variety of educational opportunities to its members through monthly dinner meetings and other unique events. It is a great forum for networking within the building industry and is quickly becoming a collective voice for building standards and related issues in our area.
What we are most proud of however, is that our growing membership and success with events allows the TBTA to increasingly give back to some chosen community charitable organizations.
As the TBTA moves into the next decade, it is expected that the Mission Statement, “To promote professional development within our membership” will take on more significance and will “Strengthen the Unity” of the Association.
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