Visitor Counsellor Volunteer Opportunity
As a Volunteer Visitor Counsellor, you will engage with visitors and inspire them to plan memorable experiences across the region. Volunteers provide essential services to local residents and visitors with a warm welcome and information about activities, services, events and more. If you are looking for a volunteer role where you meet people from around the world, learn about new things happening in the community and are part of a team that promotes this beautiful area, this position is for you! If you are a local resident and you would like to share your passion for Parksville by joining our volunteer team, please stop in to the Visitor Centre for an application or download it HERE and bring it in to the Visitor Centre.
Gloria has been volunteering with the Visitor Information Centre since 2010. Once she retired from the Vancouver Island Regional Library she wanted to stay busy and active in the community. She loves talking to people and sharing her knowledge of Vancouver Island. She is a certified Visitor Counsellor.
Wendy is new to the Visitor Centre. Wendy retired after a long career with Canada Post and now volunteers as a Visitor Counsellor and also at the Summer by the Sea Street Market. Wendy likes to share her travel knowledge with visitors and is currently working on her Visitor Counsellor certification.
Mandy is a certified Visitor Counsellor and has a number of years’ experience working with the Sunshine Coast Visitor Centre. She came to volunteer with us in 2015. Mandy is an editor and proofreader and also does travel writing. She has travelled extensively, loves the Island and is very familiar with the local community.
Susan has been with the Visitor Centre as a volunteer for more than 10 years and she is a certified Visitor Counsellor. She came to us after she retired from banking. Susan enjoys meeting new people and making suggestions for travelling the Island. She is always up for an adventure and discovering the hidden gems of the Island.
There are approximately 150 annual events in the Parksville-Qualicum Region. These events are well attended affairs and are enjoyed by residents and visitors. As a region, we host special days like Hi Neighbour Day in Errington and a multitude of Family Days in Qualicum Beach, Coombs and Lighthouse Country. There are markets and car shows. There are Garden Tours and Art Shows; food events and events that showcase the natural beauty of the region. And the Festivals - Kidfest, Beachfest, Kitefest and the Festival of Lights to name a few. Canada Day has become a major event celebrating our heritage and the nation’s birthday.
All of the events over the years have done a magnificent job of promoting our region and providing amazing experiences for visitors and residents.
The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sandsculpting Competition and Exhibition attracts in excess of a hundred thousand people annually over a 6-week period. Canada Day and the Thrifty Foods Firework Spectacular draws in the neighbourhood of 25,000 people for a single day event.
Both the people coming from out of town and residents taking in the festivities that the 150 + events draw contribute hugely to our local economy. Business in Parksville-Qualicum Beach thrives due in large part to the experiences offered by these volunteers run and organized events.
While most if not all of the events are run by volunteers there is a cost to put together these amazing experiences. The cost of the events is born by businesses through sponsorship opportunities. The business community in our region are an amazing group as they provide the hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively to ensure the success of all of the events and festivals in our region. Business benefits from the influx of visitors who come to see and hear the special events and from the exposure given to the audiences and participants through their sponsorship.
The message I want to deliver is twofold; to the business community there is a huge benefit to stepping up to the plate and dedicating a portion of your advertising budget to sponsor these events, ensuring their continued viability, to residents; make a commitment to shop local and support the business community that supports the community as a whole.
Outstanding Customer Service of the Year was presented to Bread & Honey Food Company.
New Business of the Year - Vancouver Island Workability.
Employer of the Year – Bayview Custom Motorcycles
Small Business of the Year (under 10 Employees) – Kerry’s Car & Truck Centre
Large Business of the Year (over 10 Employees) – Close to You Ladies Fashions
“The Rock”, in memory of the late John Rockley of Coastal Colour Printing, was presented to Dave Graham.
Congratulations to all of the recipients, nominees and finalists. Of course, these awards would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors, Harris Oceanside Chevrolet, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, The Parksville Qualicum Beach News, and Vancouver Island University.