QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PARKSVILLE & DISTRICT CHAMBER

Browse through our most frequently asked questions. If you'd like to add a question, use the comments form at the bottom of this page.

Are there any committees that may be of interest to me?

Chances are that there will be a committee that will interest you. There are organizing committees for our sponsored events such as Canada Day Celebrations and Gala Auction fundraiser, as well as Communications Committee, Marketing, Membership and Policy Committees. Other committees or task forces are formed whenever the need arises.

Can I host a Business After Business event?

Hosting a “Business After Business’ social function is an excellent way to promote your business! A Business After Business is a fun networking opportunity for members and an ideal marketing opportunity for the host business. Held on the third Thursday of the month (excluding July, August & December), these are very popular events and typically are booked a year in advance.

To download the tip sheet, click HERE.

Can the Chamber of Commerce donate or help my not-for-profit raise funds?

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.

How can I market my business through the Chamber?

PROMOTE YOURSELF! (Who can do it better?)

How?
  • Set up a display table at one of our Chamber dinners. Do you have a new product, service or staff person to introduce to the business community of the Parksville area? Or perhaps it has been a while since you formally reminded the business community of the consistent quality of service and products available at your business? As a showcase table host at a Chamber of Commerce membership dinner you have the opportunity to fulfill either of these marketing strategies! A table is provided with covering and skirting - so all you need to bring is your promotional material, which can be elaborate or very simple. Hosting a business card draw is a good way to attract attendees to your display. During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to tell the membership about your business - a mini commercial! Being a showcase table host at a membership meeting has many benefits - and the investment is very affordable at only $25 ( + tax).
  • Buy a sponsor button in our weekly eflash – only $25/week.
  • Display your rack cards or business cards in our Chamber of Commerce office / Visitor Centre for hand-out to new residents, visitors and new business operators in our area – it’s free with your membership!
  • Be a Table Sponsor at a meeting - Table Sponsorship allows you to display literature on the dinner tables (only one table sponsor per meeting), address the membership for 3-5 minutes and also includes a display table.
  • Chamber Membership Meeting-- Investment: $100
  • Joint Membership Meeting -- Investment: $250
  • Enhance your website listing with up to four images (photos and/or company logo) at no extra charge.
  • Submit newsworthy (not advertising) items for our weekly eflash.
  • Attend Chamber of Commerce meetings and events and network, network, network!

How do I get involved with the Chamber activities?

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 7:00 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 Business Excellence Awards, the Gala Fantasy Auction, Canada Day 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.

I have some free time, can I volunteer for the Chamber?

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 Executive Director would be happy to provide more information.

What are benefits of Chamber membership?

We hear this question all the time from prospective Chamber members. Some of the top ways in which Parksville & District Chamber members tell us membership has benefited their business are the Group Insurance Plan, Advocacy, Networking and Promotional Activities and Exclusive Member Discounts.

Click here for more information about these opportunities.

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

Your Chamber of Commerce is a non‑profit organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents and other community groups working together to ensure a healthy economic and socio‑economic base to benefit the entire community. Your Chamber of Commerce harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and the community at large and enables its membership to accomplish collectively what no one person could do individually.

How does your Chamber work?

The policies and programs of the Chamber are determined by its Board of Directors, elected by the membership. They in turn, employ a paid Executive Director, whose basic responsibility is to organize and execute the chamber's programs and carry out its policies.

What does your Chamber do?

Your Chamber represents and promotes our City's economy, tourism initiatives, environmental, cultural and governmental concerns, and encourages business, residential and industrial investment, broadening the tax base and providing employment. To business prospects and newcomers, the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce represents a viable force in seeking solutions to today's social and economic problems, as we are in touch with municipal, provincial and federal issues affecting the Parksville and District area.

Who finances the Chamber?

Your Chamber is a "Business" and it incurs costs of operation and expenses similar to any other type of business. Those expenses are apportioned among its members, individuals and firms, representing all types of business, industry and professional sectors. We have been fortunate to have received financial assistance from the City of Parksville and Destination BC in an effort to help us continue to provide our many services for the community. Your Chamber also hosts its annual Gala Auction fundraiser.

Why should you join the Chamber?

Your Chamber of Commerce is the sales force for our community and businesses, unceasingly promoting their products and services, and at the same time is their watchdog ‑ protecting their interests, particularly in the political arena. The united voice of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce has often proven effective and beneficial to businesses and the residents of our community. The benefit of belonging to the Chamber is full‑time representation and results.

  • Jean Maltesen, President

    Jean Maltesen, President

    Jeannie Maltesen moved to Parksville in 1993, and has lived in Errington since 1998. Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and is working on completing her Doctorate in Education. She has been employed by VIU since 1993 and currently holds the position of Associate VP of Marketing and Communications. As a representative for Vancouver Island University, a local resident of the Oceanside community, a parent of two high school age children, and a spouse of a local business owner, Jeannie has a vested interest in the Chamber and the economic development of this community. She brings a valuable perspective to the Chamber that encompasses a broad scope of stakeholder interests; one that supports the development of a vision and implementation of an actionable plan that will achieve long-term sustainability of a healthy, thriving Oceanside region.
  • Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker has been a REALTOR® since 2014. Real estate is one of Meghan’s passions, as is building relationships and it shines through every interaction with her clients. It was the opportunity to do something she loved while establishing long-lasting relationships that drew her from her previous career in hospitality and tourism management. Her commitment to clients and love for the area have made her one of the top producing agents in the business. ​ During her term as a Chamber Director Meghan’s Real Estate knowledge and her Tourism experience were valuable resources for the Events and Policy Committee.
  • Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean worked for 25 years in the food manufacturing industry in South Africa and relocated with his family 6 years ago. Brian is with Core Insurance Solutions. Being a lifetime buyer of the commodity he is now on the other side of the desk! His passion in business leans towards entrepreneurship and he hopes he can provide some mentorship to those new to business and perhaps bring fresh ideas to the Board. ​

  • Charmaine Smith, Treasurer

    Charmaine Smith, Treasurer

    Charmaine Smith works with Coastal Community Credit Union as a Business Relationship Manager in the Parksville Business Centre. She and her family settled in Qualium Beach 15 years ago after moving from Victoria. She has two teenage daughters.Charmaine enjoys Crossfit, gardening, beekeeping, and anything that keeps her outdoors! She is also part of the Board of Directors with Inclusion Parksville and the ODCA board. She likes to get involved in the community and to help where she can.
  • Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie has owned and operated Black & White Event Rentals for over 25 years, serving Vancouver Island events and festivals from Victoria to Campbell River. Their clients include Corporate, Universities, Non Profit and Event Planners from across the lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

    He has served as a Director and President of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director and President of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, where Black & White has held a membership for over 20 years.

    This experience served him well as a Councillor in Qualicum Beach and also as a Director at the Nanaimo Regional District where good governance and oversight is important.

  • Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres moved to the Island in 1998 with her husband Tim and 3 kids. She worked in the medical field for over twenty years and then had an opportunity to open her own business. She opened Lady’s Mantle in 2008. Soon after, she and Tim purchased the Speedy Glass Franchise and combined the businesses in one location. ​ Donna really enjoys having her family and grandchildren on the Island. Her favorite activity is walking the boardwalk and cycling with her grandkids. Donna is very involved in her community and supports many events and local charities. ​
  • Tyler Cody, Director

    Tyler Cody, Director

    Tyler Cody grew up in Parksville and graduated from Ballenas. He completed 4 years of non-profit work with Youth and international missions with YWAM. Shortly after his return, he married his wife Melissa and they now have three sons that keep them busy. They settled in Parksville as a family and Tyler completed his Electrical Apprenticeship in 2008 and started Osprey Electric in 2012 with his business partner and one staff member. Since then, Osprey Electric has grown to employ over 50 staff and have become a reputable contractor within the construction industry. In 2018, Tyler completed the LEAN Greenbelt certification and was awarded the top 20 under 40 business leaders on Vancouver Island. Tyler enjoys real BBQ, music, squash, skiing, wilderness camping with his family, and recently recorded his first self written EP.
  • Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford was raised in Port Alberni and with his family located to Parksville in 1972. He’s lived in the Parksville area for most of his life and for the last 20 years has lived in Nanoose Bay with his family. He and his wife Tami own Island Cleaning Supplies and their son in-law Todd Burnham manages the company with them. They each play a part, making it a real family business. Jeff holds an electrical ticket with the BC Safety Authority for low energy and is a licensed and bonded contractor. He is currently the VP of The Rotary Club of QB.
  • Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long moved to Parksville in 2015 from Whistler. Her family chose Parksville because it provided them with the right job opportunities, and they were ready for beach life after having been on the mountain for so long. Cassie works with Bayview Strata Services and has experience with communications, property management, hospitality management, marketing, social media and sales. She is passionate about real estate and sustainable development. She enjoys music, festivals, travel, family time, and community involvement. She’s always interested in connecting with others and exchanging ideas!

  • Kathy Morrison, Director

    Kathy Morrison, Director

    Kathy Morrison has an extensive background in sales within the hospitality industry in a variety of roles. She has served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for three years at the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites in Burlington, ON. She has also travelled the globe as an International Sales trainer. Kathy is loving the outdoor opportunities of living in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region and spends her free time hiking and exploring the natural beauty on Vancouver Island. She looks forward to serving the community as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Patricia Cathrine, Director

    Patricia Cathrine, Director

    Patricia Cathrine has been appointed to the board to fill a vacancy left by Luc Ouellet’s retirement. She is a Vancouver Island University alumni with a BA in English, B. Ed and M. Ed – Leadership. She’s worked with School District 69 since 2008 and is currently the Vice Principal at Ballenas Secondary. She enjoys family time with her husband and very busy toddler, exploring the beautiful place we call home, live music and a good coffee! She is looking forward working on the board and to supporting our youth with employment experiences and options.
  • Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Constitutional Law from the University of Alberta. In 2013, following a long and distinguished legal career, Susan retired as Chief Corporate Counsel with the Alberta government, and moved to Parksville. Susan is a passionate advocate for the arts, and believes that art and culture contribute significantly to a vibrant community. She served on the Oceanside Community Arts Council for 4 years, and is currently vice-president of the Parksville Historical Society. Susan is also a piper and band secretary with the Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band.

The Board of Directors is elected annually and determine policies and programs. The staff employed by the board is responsible for organizing and executing the Chamber of Commerce's programs and promoting policies. The committees consisting of members of the Chamber of Commerce are committed to achieving the goals within the strategic plan. As the #1 business association in the community, we are the voice of business through our collective association. 

  • Jean Maltesen, President

    Jean Maltesen, President

    Jeannie Maltesen moved to Parksville in 1993, and has lived in Errington since 1998. Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and is working on completing her Doctorate in Education. She has been employed by VIU since 1993 and currently holds the position of Associate VP of Marketing and Communications. As a representative for Vancouver Island University, a local resident of the Oceanside community, a parent of two high school age children, and a spouse of a local business owner, Jeannie has a vested interest in the Chamber and the economic development of this community. She brings a valuable perspective to the Chamber that encompasses a broad scope of stakeholder interests; one that supports the development of a vision and implementation of an actionable plan that will achieve long-term sustainability of a healthy, thriving Oceanside region.
  • Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker, President Elect

    Meghan Walker has been a REALTOR® since 2014. Real estate is one of Meghan’s passions, as is building relationships and it shines through every interaction with her clients. It was the opportunity to do something she loved while establishing long-lasting relationships that drew her from her previous career in hospitality and tourism management. Her commitment to clients and love for the area have made her one of the top producing agents in the business. ​ During her term as a Chamber Director Meghan’s Real Estate knowledge and her Tourism experience were valuable resources for the Events and Policy Committee.
  • Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean, Vice-President

    Brian McLean worked for 25 years in the food manufacturing industry in South Africa and relocated with his family 6 years ago. Brian is with Core Insurance Solutions. Being a lifetime buyer of the commodity he is now on the other side of the desk! His passion in business leans towards entrepreneurship and he hopes he can provide some mentorship to those new to business and perhaps bring fresh ideas to the Board. ​

  • Charmaine Smith, Treasurer

    Charmaine Smith, Treasurer

    Charmaine Smith works with Coastal Community Credit Union as a Business Relationship Manager in the Parksville Business Centre. She and her family settled in Qualium Beach 15 years ago after moving from Victoria. She has two teenage daughters.Charmaine enjoys Crossfit, gardening, beekeeping, and anything that keeps her outdoors! She is also part of the Board of Directors with Inclusion Parksville and the ODCA board. She likes to get involved in the community and to help where she can.
  • Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie - Past President

    Dave Willie has owned and operated Black & White Event Rentals for over 25 years, serving Vancouver Island events and festivals from Victoria to Campbell River. Their clients include Corporate, Universities, Non Profit and Event Planners from across the lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

    He has served as a Director and President of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director and President of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, where Black & White has held a membership for over 20 years.

    This experience served him well as a Councillor in Qualicum Beach and also as a Director at the Nanaimo Regional District where good governance and oversight is important.

  • Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres, Director

    Donna Andres moved to the Island in 1998 with her husband Tim and 3 kids. She worked in the medical field for over twenty years and then had an opportunity to open her own business. She opened Lady’s Mantle in 2008. Soon after, she and Tim purchased the Speedy Glass Franchise and combined the businesses in one location. ​ Donna really enjoys having her family and grandchildren on the Island. Her favorite activity is walking the boardwalk and cycling with her grandkids. Donna is very involved in her community and supports many events and local charities. ​
  • Tyler Cody, Director

    Tyler Cody, Director

    Tyler Cody grew up in Parksville and graduated from Ballenas. He completed 4 years of non-profit work with Youth and international missions with YWAM. Shortly after his return, he married his wife Melissa and they now have three sons that keep them busy. They settled in Parksville as a family and Tyler completed his Electrical Apprenticeship in 2008 and started Osprey Electric in 2012 with his business partner and one staff member. Since then, Osprey Electric has grown to employ over 50 staff and have become a reputable contractor within the construction industry. In 2018, Tyler completed the LEAN Greenbelt certification and was awarded the top 20 under 40 business leaders on Vancouver Island. Tyler enjoys real BBQ, music, squash, skiing, wilderness camping with his family, and recently recorded his first self written EP.
  • Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford, Director

    Jeff Frankford was raised in Port Alberni and with his family located to Parksville in 1972. He’s lived in the Parksville area for most of his life and for the last 20 years has lived in Nanoose Bay with his family. He and his wife Tami own Island Cleaning Supplies and their son in-law Todd Burnham manages the company with them. They each play a part, making it a real family business. Jeff holds an electrical ticket with the BC Safety Authority for low energy and is a licensed and bonded contractor. He is currently the VP of The Rotary Club of QB.
  • Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long, Director

    Cassie Long moved to Parksville in 2015 from Whistler. Her family chose Parksville because it provided them with the right job opportunities, and they were ready for beach life after having been on the mountain for so long. Cassie works with Bayview Strata Services and has experience with communications, property management, hospitality management, marketing, social media and sales. She is passionate about real estate and sustainable development. She enjoys music, festivals, travel, family time, and community involvement. She’s always interested in connecting with others and exchanging ideas!

  • Kathy Morrison, Director

    Kathy Morrison, Director

    Kathy Morrison has an extensive background in sales within the hospitality industry in a variety of roles. She has served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for three years at the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites in Burlington, ON. She has also travelled the globe as an International Sales trainer. Kathy is loving the outdoor opportunities of living in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region and spends her free time hiking and exploring the natural beauty on Vancouver Island. She looks forward to serving the community as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Patricia Cathrine, Director

    Patricia Cathrine, Director

    Patricia Cathrine has been appointed to the board to fill a vacancy left by Luc Ouellet’s retirement. She is a Vancouver Island University alumni with a BA in English, B. Ed and M. Ed – Leadership. She’s worked with School District 69 since 2008 and is currently the Vice Principal at Ballenas Secondary. She enjoys family time with her husband and very busy toddler, exploring the beautiful place we call home, live music and a good coffee! She is looking forward working on the board and to supporting our youth with employment experiences and options.
  • Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer, Director

    Susan Wismer holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Constitutional Law from the University of Alberta. In 2013, following a long and distinguished legal career, Susan retired as Chief Corporate Counsel with the Alberta government, and moved to Parksville. Susan is a passionate advocate for the arts, and believes that art and culture contribute significantly to a vibrant community. She served on the Oceanside Community Arts Council for 4 years, and is currently vice-president of the Parksville Historical Society. Susan is also a piper and band secretary with the Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band.

 

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From hotel discounts to discounted fuel and banking services, members of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce gain exclusive access to these and other terrific incentives for becoming a member. Interested in building connections with China? How about preferred rates with VersaPay and First Data Merchant Services? The benefits of becoming a Parksville Chamber of Commerce member are simply incredible.

Contact the Parksville Chamber of Commerce to learn how to access these benefits.


  • Networking and Promotional Opportunities

    The Chamber hosts nine General Membership Dinner Meetings annually, where members have the opportunity to share ideas and business information, to connect with others, listen to a guest speaker and promote their business.

    Our monthly Business after Business (BaB) events are also a great way to meet other members. As the host of a BaB, you have the opportunity to showcase your business to a captive audience or simply a chance to hook up with someone to play golf with on Saturdays.

    Referrals are a big part of what we do. On average, the Visitor Centre welcomes over 25,000 people each year and answers many telephone inquiries. Local residents, businesses and tourists are seeking information on: Accommodations, Shopping, Relocation, Attractions, Restaurants and Services. Members can display their business cards/brochures at the Centre to capture the attention of visitors.

    Our Website and its Business Directory are the main source of information for the many daily inquiries by phone, email and in person about local businesses. Your membership includes a basic listing, a link to your site / email, a location map and the tools to load your own logos and pictures.

    We have a Social Media presence through Facebook and Twitter (with over 1,500 followers), and like/follow our members and others so we can pass on relevant, member to member, information to our followers.

    Networking and Promotional Opportunities
  • Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites

    We work behind the scenes to promote your business 24/7. When potential clients stop by the Chamber office or come in to the Parksville Visitor Centre, we point new customers in your direction through word-of-mouth advertising. Put your promotional material on display and find potential clients when and where they're looking. Our Online Member Directory has the double impact of enabling people to find out about your business through the Official Chamber Site while simultaneously increasing the visibility of your own website on the search engines.

    We are always looking for new ways to expose your business to our members. Our staff, both at the Visitor Centre and the Chamber office is open to suggestions which may work better for your type of business. You can leverage our advertising budget to increase your visibility. Call our staff to discuss how we can help you in promoting your business.

    Promoting Your Business - Exclusive Promotional Activites
  • Advocacy

    Advocacy Working on your Behalf

    The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with industry, business associations, and other Chambers of Commerce to work with municipal, provincial and federal government bodies to find solutions to issues that negatively affect business and/or our community.

    A list of the Policy and Position papers in the works is right here.
    Advocacy
  • Exclusive Member Discounts

    Merchant Visa/MasterCard Preferred Rates

    We have partnered with First Data Canada, a leader in the payments industry, to help your business Sell More and Save More. All members are provided exclusive low rates on merchant services; low credit and debit card processing costs, ecommerce tools, mobile payment apps, and a user-friendly online reporting tool to support and grow your business.

    Call the Chamber officer at 250-248-3613 to find out more.

    Member 2 Member Discounts

    This program is based on “Members Supporting Members”. Participating members offer 10%, 20%, or 30% off of their regular prices to other members. The use of your member card identifies those who participate. This program encourages our members to shop locally; it's a win-win.

    Fuel Discounts

    With the cost of fuel today, ANY discount can make a difference. We are pleased to participate in special programs and be able to pass these discounts to you. Our current partners are: PetroCanada, Shell Fleet Plan, Esso Imperial Oil. Contact us to learn more.

    Shipping Discounts

    Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Members can take advantage of exclusive discounts on UPS and Purolator Small Package shipments, Brokerage and Freight shipments. Whether you send one package a week or 50, you save right from the start. No minimums. No hassle.

    Other Affinity Programs

    There are several other affinity programs you may access, including Hotel and Travel Discounts, Small Business BC webinars, and more.

    Don't forget the Hotel Discounts!


    Exclusive Worldwide Discounts for Chamber Members.
    Chamber members can now receive hotel discounts in Canada and around the world for unlimited business and leisure travel. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce member hotel discount program is provided for the exclusive access of our members and their employees.
    Savings may be as much as 50%, and average 10-20% below market rates.
    Happy travels and happy savings!

     Take me to the hotel discounts!

    Call Linda at the Chamber for your Username and Password: (250) 248-3613
    Exclusive Member Discounts
  • Group Insurance Plan

    Whether you're a solo entrepreneur, home-based business or part of a larger firm, benefits are a very important part of your financial security. The Chambers Plan lays a solid foundation for that security, based on a benefit program designed specifically for you and your company! Coverage
    • Dental Care
    • Extended Health Care
    • Group Term Life Insurance
    • Critical Illness
    • Disability Coverage
    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
    • Best Doctors
    • Business Overhead Expense Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Services
    • Group RRSP
    • For more information, contact our local representative, Mike Hrabowych
    Group Insurance Plan
  • Payworks Online Payroll Service

    Payworks is the most competitively priced program of on-line payroll services available. Will remit your Revenue Canada payments for free. Must be an active Chamber member for this special pricing.
    • Basic Run Charge $15.60 & one time set up fee $200
    • Choice of direct deposit or cheques
    • Integration with Chamber Group Plan
    • Year end tax filing/T4’s
    • $1.32 per Direct Deposit or Cheques
    • "Go Green" and save 10% per payroll run and 10% off the per employee charge by printing your own reports and/or pay statements.
    • Dedicated account managers
    Payworks Online Payroll Service
  • Staying Informed

    Stay informed about Chamber events and activities through the weekly "Chamber e-Connection". Members are encouraged to use this newsflash as a way to communicate with other members...a Value-Added benefit of your Chamber Membership! Send your e-flash submissions to the e-connection publisher, and we will include member info that is directly relevant, member to member, as well as newsworthy, to give you the business edge. If we keep each other up-to-date about our businesses, then it will make cross-referrals more effective.

    Regular editorials in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News and Business Vancouver Island papers are submitted by Chamber staff, and, of course, the website is a source of information as well.

    The Chamber also maintains a Facebook page and Twitter feed, for immediate updates and information bulletins that, we hope, will be of interest to our followers.

    Staying Informed

 

MEMBER 2 MEMBER DISCOUNTS

One of the goals of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is to encourage our members to shop locally. Your member card is a reminder of the great value Chamber members offer to one another. These discounts will be offered year round, on REGULAR pricing, unless otherwise stated.

10% discount

    • All in One Home Inspections Inc. (discount applies to any regular priced home inspection or mold inspection)
    • Bosley’s Pet Food Plus (10% discount applies to accessories & treats; 5% discount food & litter)
    • Close to You (discount applies to regular priced, in-stock items)
    • Hamilton Thorne Quality Cabinets Ltd.
    • Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Ltd. (discount applies to parts, service & accessories)
    • Island Self Storage
    • Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
    • North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (discount applies to gift shop sales)
    • One of a Kind Creative Wood Crafting
    • Paradise Sea Shell Motel
    • Parksville Home Hardware
    • Sexessories
    • Stonewater Spa
    • Village Design & Drafting

Other

  • IRIS Advantage - exclusive eyewear offers from IRIS, combinable with your existing extended health plan www.iris.ca/benefits

 

Kim Burden - Executive Director

Kim Burden brings a strong business background to the Chamber. He spent 30 years owning and operating a variety of businesses. He has been a member of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce since 2002 and had seven years experience with the Chamber Board before moving over to the Executive Director’s position. Kim is very passionate about the Oceanside Community and has served as a Board member with several local groups including The Oceanside Development & Construction Association, The Parksville & District Historical Society, Pacific Sport Vancouver Island, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, The Parksville Garden and Parkland Society, The Oceanside Generals, The Parksville Beachfest Society and The Rotary Club of Parksville. Kim can be reached at the Chamber office 9-5 pm Monday through Friday. Email Kim.

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Lynda Schneider - Bookkeeper

Lynda Schneider has been the Chamber's bookkeeper since 2009, is a certified Visitor Counsellor, and has explored the Island extensively. She is always ready to share those off-the-beaten-path areas with visitors. For four seasons, Lynda was the Summer by the Sea Street Market Coordinator and helped to build the market up to being one of the largest street markets on Vancouver Island. She can also be seen helping to coordinate our Canada Day Celebrations. Lynda enjoys graphic design, art and photography. Lynda works Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-5 pm. Email Lynda.

Linda Tchorz - Chamber Administration & Visitor Services Coordinator

Linda is the most familiar face at the Chamber with over 20 years experience....give or take. Linda started as a volunteer assisting with the Fantasy Auction. She is a certified Visitor Counsellor and she trains most of the staff, volunteers and summer students that come through the Chamber. Linda grew up in the area and easily shares her knowledge of the local community with staff and visitors alike. Linda manages the Visitor Centre operation, Chamber Administration and website. She can be reached at the Chamber office Tuesday through Thursday 9-5pm. Email Linda.

Lisa Wallace - Sales/Marketing and Communications 

Lisa recently moved to the Island from Nova Scotia, and has been with the Chamber since early in 2017. Born in Montreal and lived in Calgary for many years, she moved to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area to be closer to family. She is responsible for membership sales, advertising, marketing and communications.  She and her husband are always exploring the Island,  making new discoveries and getting to know the area. Being new to the community, Lisa brings a fresh perspective to both the Chamber and Visitor Centre operations. She is also a certified Visitor Counsellor and works Monday to Friday 9-5pm. Email Lisa

Caitlin Woon - Event Coordinator 

Caitlin is a recent graduate of VIU, receiving her Bachelor of Tourism Management and an Event Management Certificate. She has lived in the Oceanside Community since she was 5 years old. On her time off you’ll catch her either planning her next travel tour, or at the mall shopping her little heart out. She will be coordinating the Chamber events which include the Summer by the Sea Street Market, the Gala and the Business Achievement Awards, just to name a few. You may recognize Caitlin, as she was one of our summer students in 2014. Her Visitor Counsellor skills will come in handy, as she will also be assisting visitors. Caitlin can be reached at the Chamber Monday to Friday 9-5. Email Caitlin

 

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