Lisa Raitt rose in the House of Commons to pay tribute to Sandy Martin, Executive Director of the Milton Chamber of Commerce upon the announcement of her retirement:
I would like to take a moment to recognize a great friend.
Someone who I have relied on for many years to get the pulse on local business in Milton.
After 23 years as the Executive Director of the Milton Chamber of Commerce, Sandy Martin will be retiring in April.
Milton is the fastest growing community in Canada, and over Sandy’s tenure at the Chamber, business has grown in lock-step. Along the way Sandy has become an integral part of our community.
Despite this, Sandy has remained a very humble person who is not quick to share her personal accomplishments, but I can tell you that the list is long.
She has served on the Police Services Committee, the Friends of Milton Hospital Committee, and she led the charge against ever rising development charges.
For her commitment to our community in 2009 I was pleased to present her with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. That same year, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Friends of Milton Hospital.
Similarly, the Rotary Foundation gave her the Paul Harris Fellow Award “for outstanding commitment to the community.”
And then there are her accomplishments at the Chamber itself. In 2011 the Ontario Chamber of Commerce gave Sandy their highest honour the “Burnie Gillespie Memorial Award of Excellence.”
And, this past year, Milton was named “Canada’s Best Place To Do Business” by Profit Guide.com. In no small part because of Sandy’s work at the Chamber.
Her presence in the business community will be missed. But, she will no doubt remain a pillar of our community even in retirement.
I know that I speak for all Miltonians when I say “Thank you Sandy Martin.”