Residents of Champlain are being encouraged to shop locally this Christmas, as the township adopts a new campaign to promote local businesses.

‘Shop Local in Champlain this Holiday Season’ is the theme of the township’s Facebook campaign, which is being organized by Zoe Fortin, who has joined the Champlain Township as its new Communications Specialist, which includes responsibility for economic development. Fortin, who spent the past five years as the Recreation and Tourism Coordinator for the Town of Hawkesbury will be posting profiles of local retailers and businesses several times a week on the township’s Facebook page.

“Champlain has a lot of businesses which offer things which are different from the usual assortment of toys and gifts we would normally give to our families at Christmas,” Fortin says, noting that shopping locally is of particular importance this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “(There was a lot of support) in the spring for local shopping, and we hope that over the Christmas holidays people will continue remember to support local businesses.”

The Champlain Township is also assisting with several events over the holiday season, including the Santa’s Non-Parade of Lights. While the live parade has been canceled, the parade is scheduled to take place this Friday evening as a Facebook event.