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In December 2012 the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) staff, members of the CHA Canadian Section, and members of the Canadian Craft and Hobby Association met in Orangeville, Ontario to officially organize and launch CHA's first Canadian Chapter. The change in status from Section to Chapter was necessary to create uniformity among member groups as CHA expands its international presence. During the course of the meeting officers were elected, a Steering Committee was established and five industry focus areas were identified. CHA Canadian Chapter officers elected for one-year terms include:
  • John Arbour, Coats & Clark Canada Inc. – Chapter President
  • Brenda Greenwood-Vernem, Westcott/Acme – Chapter Vice President
  • Jim Thielen, CCHA Board Member – CHA Canadian Chapter Executive Advisor


The CHA Canadian Chapter Steering Committee consists of an additional 19 Canadian industry influencers including:

  • Retailers: Denise Wild – Love Sewing, Catherine Goetz – Distinctive Sewing, Sharon Ramsay – Country Concessions, Cynthia Ramsay – Country Concessions
  • Media: John De Fusco – A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, Carla De Fusco – A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, Wendy Russell – She's Crafty HGTV, Catherine Tachdjian – Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine, Katharina Doyle – Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine
  • Suppliers: Paul Laplante – ASI Kool Tak, Norm Bagley – Westminster Fibers, Joanne Cockerton – Brother Sewing Machines, Lori Tarantini – Coats & Clark Canada Inc., Sherrill Mair - N Jefferson, Debbie Bates – Janome Canada, Doug Earle – HA Kidd, Patti Cary – Northcott, Jennifer Brennan – Northcott
  • Event Owners: Susan Irwin – Croptopia, Rita Gramsch – CreativFestival, Lisa Furtney – Scrapfest, Audrey De Jong – Coast 2 Coast Events
  • Service providers: Richard Brown – Brown Bag Management

Event -

Canadian Designer Retreat
November 22 - 24, 2013 Innisfil, ON Canada

 
Do you have a question regarding CHA Canada? Please contact Paula Jones, CHA’s Canadian Representative, at pjones@craftandhobby.org.