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CLATA Annual General Meeting CLATA’s AGM was held on April 14 at Harco’s offices in Mississauga, Ont. The meeting included the voting in of the 2016 Board of Directors: Earl Eichen, President (Lavanett)


The Ontario Fabricare Associ- ation is holding another of its outstanding conventions at the Waterside Inn, Port Credit, Ont. Topics will include: Employee Relations; Legal Advice on Bor- rowing or Selling; Cost Groups, Environmental Legislation Update; Ellen Roseman, Toron- to Star Consumer Affairs col- umnist; Insuring Your Future; and a motivational speaker. The opening address will be by Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, The Honour- able Glen Murray.

TSRA introduces unique conference format The Textile Services Rental Association is experimenting with a new way to cut con- ference costs for its members. Instead of having conference displays, they are setting up 15-minute interviews with con- ference goers and suppliers. This gives suppliers a rare face- to-face time with potential cus- tomers who sign up to hear about their product or service. Because suppliers are willing to pay for such opportunities, the registration costs can be reduced for members. Naturally the arrangement is based on cooperation by the members in signing up for time with suppliers.

The conference will include coffee breaks (sponsored by GreenEarth Canada), lunch (sponsored by Fabricare Clean- ing Center) and conclude with a Gala Dinner with cocktails (sponsored by Fabritec, with cash bar) and dinner wine (sponsored by Sparkle Solu- tions). There will be a gift cer- tificate raffle from Cleaner’s Supply. Cost is $185.00 plus HST ($209.05).

For more information contact Executive Director Sid Chelsky at 416-573-1929 or chelsky@


My Three Weeks at DLI By Kevin Son, Plateau Cleaners, Coquitlam, BC

I would like to express my gratitude to Fabricare Canada for giving me the opportunity to attend the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) Intro- duction and Advanced course offered earlier this year. My wife and I were married a year and a half ago, and one month later we took over the family dry cleaning business! We were shown the ins-and- outs of the business by my folks, who built this cleaners from the ground up almost 20 years ago. My parents did an amazing job building a great foundation and reputation in the community. The wealth of knowledge we received through their training was


invaluable, but I have to say the biggest lessons came from my mistakes.

It was obvious right off

the bat that my goals for the cleaners were different from my parents. I have spent the last year updating certain aspects of the business, includ- ing launching our first web- site. Although the hands-on approach was unbelievably educational,

I questioned

whether I was taught the proper ways to do things, and began researching into some sort of formal education into the dry cleaning industry. All arrows pointed me to DLI.

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Trevor Holmes, Past-President & Treasurer (Seitz) Steve Freeman, Past-President & Secretary (Washing Systems) Rob Jackson, Past-President (Harco) Bob Stevens, Past-President (Harco) Deb Butcher, First VP (Ecolab) Bill Kahan, Director (Unipress) Brian Hatt, Director (Harco)

Ashlynn McConvey, Director (Whirlpool Commercial) Mike Pilolli, Director (Coinamatic)

The annual CLATA Tom White Golf Tournament will be held on September 8 in Belleville, Ont. at the Bay of Quinte Golf Club. For information, contact Trevor Holmes,

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