Five Town Chamber of Commerce

East of the River

Chamber of Commerce

East of the River

Chamber of Commerce

The East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce promotes an environment that fosters the economic growth of the towns of East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, and Wilbraham through the creation and expansion of businesses and jobs.

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Conversations with the ERC5 is a weekly podcast with members of the East of the River 5 Chamber of Commerce to discuss their business,  their involvement with the community, and other various topics. Watch our recent episode here or on our Youtube Channel!

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Member Spotlight:

Chantal Bernard RN, BSN, CCM, CNE-CL: A Journey of Purpose and Passion

Hello! I’m Chantal Bernard, a dedicated nurse, educator, and advocate with a life-long commitment to holistic healthcare and empowerment. Born as the youngest of six siblings and now a proud mother of three, my life has been a beautiful blend of love, learning, and leadership. Nursing didn’t just choose me; it was a calling that resonated with my core, a passion ignited by a profound experience that transformed my path forever.

From Touch to Healing: My Pivot to Nursing

My journey into healthcare began unconventionally. Initially exploring the culinary arts and massage therapy, I sought to heal and nurture through food and touch. However, a life-changing encounter with a terminally ill client during a massage session unveiled my true calling. The emotional exchange, filled with vulnerability and trust, steered me towards nursing—a field where I could blend compassion with care, touching lives at their most critical moments.

Embracing Challenges as Strengths

Transitioning into nursing, I confronted and overcame educational hurdles, viewing them not as obstacles but as opportunities to grow and innovate. This perspective has been pivotal in my roles in clinical education and case management. Beyond my professional endeavors, I founded Chanda Care, a home care agency, and Chanda Care Academy, a platform dedicated to empowering caregivers and healthcare professionals. My commitment to holistic care also led to the establishment of Chanda’s House. Chanda’s House is a nonprofit residential sanctuary dedicated to providing compassionate, dignified end-of-life care in a warm, home-like environment. It embodies my commitment to holistic care, ensuring that each resident’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met with empathy and expertise.

A Mission to Empower and Educate

My philosophy is simple yet profound: “Work smarter, not harder.” This mantra has guided me through the complexities of healthcare, inspiring me to seek solutions that enhance efficiency, promote work/life balance, and close gaps within the system. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate healthcare with confidence, advocating for themselves and their loved ones with knowledge and compassion.

Together, we can create positive shifts in healthcare, fostering a community of care that is informed, empowered, and united in love and purpose.

Non-Profit Spotlight:

Square One provides a range of family-friendly education and support services that are unique to each child and every family they serve. They focus on providing opportunities for children and families to build the foundation for life-long learning, to make smart choices, and to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically. Their vision is to affect meaningful change that results in better lives and more promising futures for children, families, and communities. Square One has been named ERC5’s Non-Profit of the year!


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June 11th, 2024 – ERC5 Annual Meeting Reception & Awards Night

Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration and recognition at our Annual Meeting, where business meets festivity.  The ERC5 invites all members to come together for a reception and awards evening highlighting the incredible contributions made by each of you. 

September 30th, 2024 – ERC5 Golf Tournament

Save the date! Join us on September 30th @ Twin Hills Country Club for our ERC5 Golf Tournament. More information to come!

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