“I would like to introduce myself to all; my name is Jamie Pritchard and as of July 18th I am the General Manager for the Downtown Stratford BIA. Four years ago I moved from Barrie to take a job in Kitchener. My wife and I had fallen in love with Stratford during a visit before that and decided to make this community our home. As the initial days went by we enjoyed the theater, the horse drawn carriage rides, walks along the river, the swans, the people, and the unique collection of shops in one of the finest downtowns I have ever seen. I have been so impressed over the past 4 years by the number of new businesses that have opened during some very tough times. It was refreshing to watch businesses pivoting to adapt and overcome adversity.
I feel honoured to be able to work with the downtown businesses and hopefully be able to offer something you will find valuable. I have an extensive retail and wholesale background in a variety of industries so hopefully I can resonate with your particular business. My goal is to meet each and every one of you and get to know you and your business in depth.
I am a member of the disabled community and when you see me scooting around downtown please stop me and say hi and introduce yourself. Most evenings you will find Cathy and I walking down by the river with our 2 Keeshonds (Nova and Tarry). We bought a house in Stratford, which with the help of the community, almost immediately became a home.
See you Downtown!”