As a non-profit organization, we, too, look for fundraising and sponsorship to support member driven initiatives and events. We wish you all of the best in your endeavours, but unfortunately, cannot provide financial support.
A list of our most commonly questions and answers. If after readng through these FAQ items you still haven't found the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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There are many ways you can get involved with the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. You may just wish to take advantage of the networking, promotion and education opportunities, but for those wish wish to move behind that, there are other options:
Become a Director and join our Board
The Board of Directors determine policies and programs. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m. These meetings operate under a specific agenda and are normally over within 1 hour. This is where you get the pulse of the organization and make the decisions that govern the Chamber. These decisions are then carried out by the Executive Director and his staff.
Serve on Committees and Task Forces.
Whether you are a Board member or not, as a member, you can volunteer to serve on any of the committees and task forces that are necessary for the delivery of our services. This is where you can bring your experience to our team. You may choose to Chair a committee or simply join a group of dedicated volunteers to contribute to projects. Some of these committees are set in advance, like the Glassies, the Fantasy Auction, the Golf Tournament and the Street Market. Other committees are established as needed for special projects.
Volunteer at the Visitor Centre.
Our Visitor Centre welcomes over 25,000 people each year. We supplement our regular staff with volunteers to assist these visitors. In this case, you receive Tourism BC training and become an accredited "Visitor Counsellor". Our Visitor Centre Manager will establish a schedule that will meet your availability. This is an exciting job where you can promote the area and help our visitors.
Do you have special skills?
Some of our members are artists, writers, photographers, musicians or are professionals from other fields. We welcome your input and are always happy to give you an opportunity to either showcase your talent or to help by applying your skills to our many undertakings.
Chances are that there will be a committee that will interest you. There are organizing committees for our sponsored events such as the annual Golf Tournament, Fantasy Auction Fundraiser and Parksville & District Community Awards- "The Glassies". As well, there is a Membership Committee, Communications Committee, and Policy Committee. Other committees or task forces are formed whenever the need arises.
Volunteers are always needed, in many different areas.
Of course, you could become a Director and sit on our Board, but, in addition, most of our sponsored events are spearheaded by a committee of volunteers who bring their specific experiences to the team.
The Visitor Centre also needs people to assist the 25,000+ tourists visiting us every year. These volunteers receive Tourism BC training, and, once they graduate, they can offer their time as Visitor Counsellors. Our Visitor Centre Manager, Patti, would be happy to provide more information.