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Benches coming to the community in June!

ARTISTS and Community Groups 

Project Description:

A co-generational public art project designed to encourage community creativity and collaboration!

A wonderful opportunity to showcase local artists and our welcoming community.Benchmarklogo hires

Artists and Community groups are invited to design and create their vision of a Welcome Bench and ‘leave their mark on the community’ with Benchmark. The purpose of the welcome bench is to engage visitors and locals and help bring more character and personality to the community. The concept behind Benchmark is to encourage people to sit and contemplate, be at peace and perhaps even be ….’Inspired by the wait’. To unify, connect and inspire creativity in our community.

Thirty benches will be displayed in pre-determined locations in the Oceanside region from Nanoose to Bowser. At the end of the summer, the art benches will be auctioned off as part of a fundraiser for the MAC, TOSH and the Chambers.

We invite you to be …inspired by the wait.


thanks for participating
Well, you did it again Chamber supporters!
We had to make the decision to move our Gala Auction online and you all came right along with us!
It has been inspiring to see the support we received from our community. The funds raised from the auction will help the Chamber to accomplish its mission
and commitment to promoting the economic and social prosperity of Parksville & District.
It seems like everyday we are faced with uncertainty and challenges and somehow we continue to pull together to support this exceptional community.
As a Chamber, we are proud of the work we do in the community and after seeing the auction results, we are even more energized than ever! 
A special thank you to all our supporters:


How has the pandemic affected small business and what are they challenged with as they re-open?Kim for contest
There has been disruption to the local economy in varying degrees and business sectors. From what I am hearing and observing in the community, the challenges are consistent; availability of staff, increased regulations and protocols, rebuilding a customer/client base after closures, ensuring staff and customers are safe and comfortable in their environment. 
How has your experience in the community prepared you to deal with crisis?
I’ll start out by saying, I don’t believe anything could have prepared us for the ongoing crisis we face. However, dealing with crisis in general, I have been very fortunate over the years to have developed a network of local leaders, business influencers and stakeholders in our community and this has often facilitated working together on projects and initiatives. During the crisis, those relationships allowed me to make connections and continue to provide me the opportunity to support local business.


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