It is with great sadness that I recently received the news that Shirley van Graas, the wife of George van Graas, had died. For those of you who may not know, George served on the TNYV Committee, stepping down at the end of 2019. Shirley regularly accompanied George to TNYV events and also participated in the Conference Sub-committee for 2019. Shirley endured a long battle with illness over the last few years, but both Shirley and George were stoic in the face of adversity. On behalf of the TNYV Committee and the wider TNYV community I would like to offer our sincerest condolences. RIP Shirley. The funeral service will be held at Tobin Bros., Malvern on Monday 26 April 2021 at 2:00pm, but attendance is limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. If anyone would like to join online, the service will be live streamed at:
I hope that this month’s Newsletter finds you all well, and that your respective businesses are now returning to something approaching normal after a quite disastrous year. The past year has thrown many unexpected challenges in our paths and some businesses have fared better than others in this recovery period. Recognising the existence of such challenges, a TNYV sub-committee was set up to apply for and was successful in receiving a local government grant for activities targeted at assisting our businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over many weeks, the sub-committee has been working hard to develop a set of workshops, exclusively for TNYV members, to facilitate collaboration across different business sectors with the objective of developing new strategies to expedite the recovery and mutually enhance the success of the respective businesses. All members were recently invited to nominate for the pair of workshops we have set up for 6.15 pm – 9.30 pm on Tuesday 11th May & Wednesday 26th May. We are fortunate to have the services of Helen Wood (TMS Consulting) as facilitator for the workshops and expert input will be provided by Laura Hultgren (Business Empowered) and Pam Dorf(KAIZ Consulting). This is a wonderful opportunity for you to influence how these strategies can be best suited to your business’s particular needs and build better partnerships with businesses outside of your own sector. A copy of the Agenda for each workshop has been attached to the newsletter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call any of the Committee members.
I look forward to seeing you soon.