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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the installation of a new Board of Directors at the Chamber Annual General Meeting on June 25 on a ZOOM call.

‘We already have a dedicated and committed group of volunteers on the team and we are so fortunate to have new and talented Directors interested in joining the Board. Their unique backgrounds and diverse experience will make them a great asset to the Chambers Board of Directors as we continue to work to represent the business community‘ commented Jean Maltesen, President of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. ‘

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce announced the following:

Executive:

President – Jeannie Maltesen, Vancouver Island University

President Elect – Meghan Walker, Royal LePage

Vice-President – Brian McLean, Core Insurance Solutions

Treasurer – Charmaine Smith, Coastal Community Credit Union

Past President – Dave Willie, Black & White Event Rentals

Directors:

Donna Andres, Speedy Glass

Trish Catherine, School District #69

Tyler Cody, Osprey Electric

Jeff Frankford, Island Cleaning Supplies

Jodie Lucas, Rusted Rake Farm

Cassie Long, Bayview Strata

Cindy Walker, D-Stress Fitness

Susan Wismer, Parksville Historical Society

Our Business Achievement Awards ceremony was scheduled for March 19th and due to the COVID - 19 virus we had to look at our options for rescheduling the popular event. This seemed like the perfect time for the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce to announce the winners of the Business Achievement Awards. Our unique virtual awards ceremony held June 18 on ZOOM was a welcome interruption to our routine. The ceremony was emceed by Dave Graham from Island Radio.

Finalists, family, friends, past winners, and guests celebrated the outstanding businesses and service individuals in our community albeit a little differently than the usual event!
 
‘The Business Achievement Awards is an annual highlight for the Chamber, and we had to figure out a way to recognize our finalists and winners. We’ve worked to make a virtual event for the business community, and I think something special for the finalists that shows our appreciation for our sponsors, staff and board of directors. As always, it is important for us as a Chamber to honour and support the great businesses in our region’ says Kim Burden, Executive Director, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.
‘We always look forward to the Business Achievement Awards and honouring those individuals who excel beyond expectations and this modified ceremony was a great success. It’s a very memorable experience for finalists and their supporters and we are happy to have been able to host this wonderful community event.’ states Jean Maltesen, President Board of Directors.
7 category winners and a special Community Spirit Award recipient and Chamber Award recipients:
Category Award Winners:
 
Service Excellence Award Winner:
~ M&N Mattress & Sofa
 
Small Business of the Year
~ Tablet Pharmacy
 
Large Business of the Year
~ Cascadia Martial Arts
 
Outstanding Workplace – Employer of the Year
~ Sarina Tryon, Paradise Child Care Centre
 
Young Professional of the Year
~ Breanna Quinney, LaVida Lashes & Boutique
 
Not for Profit of the Year
~ Arrowsmith Health Care Society
 
Tourism & Hospitality – Destination PQB!
~ North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
 
The Community Spirit Award, sponsored and selected by the Society of Organized Services (SOS) was presented to Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation. The Community Spirit Award recognizes a business or individual that demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing and encouraging community spirit and pride.
 
The Chamber Award, sponsored by Namaskar Yoga Studio and Parksville Community Centre was presented to our Chamber Cheerleader! Award Recipient: Bill Rutledge, Thrifty Foods.
 

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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce (P&DCC) is urging our Members, network and community to support local businesses impacted by economic challenges caused by the virus by looking to do business with a local business first.

In light of supporting our local businesses we have created a resource page where businesses are able to post services available and residents are able to quickly determine what business services are available. For access to this resource page please see below. 

 CURRENT BUSINESS SERVICES AVAILABLE IN OCEANSIDE AREA                                                                                             

To find out what services are available in the oceanside area, please visit: supporting-oceanside-businesses.com

 REGISTER BUSINESS SERVICES OFFERED DURING COVID-19

To register your business services available during this time, please visit: supporting-oceanside-businesses.com

 SURVEY TO DEVELOP A BUSINESS RECOVERY PLAN

We need your input to determine your needs -  Business Recovery Survey

 We also encourage everyone to exercise reasonable precautions and planning in light of this pandemic.

While it is important to treat the COVID-19 pandemic with seriousness, it is also important not to compound the real challenges this virus is causing our business community by unduly curtailing and restricting our own activities locally.

Please use the updates and resources below to make sure your business, your employees and your customers stay safe and remember to "Call A Member 1st". Here is a direct link to the P&DCC Membership Directory.

 

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be part of a collaborative working agreement with key business and tourism stakeholders. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Lighthouse Country Business Association (LCBA), the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce (PDCC), Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA), Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association (PQBTA) and Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce (QBCC) has been developed to support a cooperative relationship to promote business and group 5tourism in the Oceanside Region.

The partners agree to focus their collective efforts on developing a strategic plan identifying economic drivers, developing a position statement on business attraction, growth and retention and promoting economic development in the region. To have a successful economic development strategy in place, the partners recognize working together on common goals better serves the community and a stronger regional economy.

The roles and responsibilities of each organization will not change but the MOU will enhance the opportunity of working together with common goals in mind.

  • PQBTA - mandate is external destination marketing.
  • PDBA – promotes and enhances businesses within a defined area of downtown Parksville.
  • PDCC & QBCC - The Chambers are the voice of business and deliver visitor services in their respective communities.
  • LCBA – advances the interests and prosperity of the businesses within the Lighthouse Country.

Partners finalized and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 28, at the QB Town office lobby. On hand to sign for each organization were:

Sandy Herle, representing Parksville Downtown Business Association

Sarah Duncan, representing the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce

Jeannie Maltesen, representing the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce

Paul Drummond, representing the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association

Dietmar Baumeister – Quint, representing the Lighthouse Country Business Association

 

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