Board1resizedThe Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce new Board of Directors announced April 12, 2018 at the Annual General Meeting held at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Conference Centre.

‘We are so fortunate to have these volunteers join our board commented Dave Willie, President of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. ‘We have the right team in place and we are enthusiastic and committed to the direction of the Chamber. We want to build on the success we have had serving our members and community in 2017’.

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce announced the following changes:

The membership elected the renewal of the current Executive:

President – Dave Willie, Black and White Event Rental

President Elect – Jeannie Maltesen, Vancouver Island University

Vice-President – Andy Lankester, Harris Oceanside Chevrolet

Treasurer – Terry Kerr, Bayview Strata Services

Past President – Bill McKinney, Parks West Business Products

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The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is honoured to announce the winners of the Business Achievement Awards. The awards gala, held last night at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre was a SOLD OUT event with over 240 guests. The event was co-hosted by Dave Graham, 88.5 the Beach and Matt Breedlove of Royal LePage, along with finalists, past winners and guests all there to celebrate the outstanding business members in our community.

‘Our goal this year was to re-invent the Business Awards and we did that in spades! We had a record number of nominations, lots of interest from the community, great publicity and a sold out awards ceremony. Managing the Awards represents a lot of work but in the end, it’s so worth it to see the finalists excitement! said Kim Burden, Executive Director, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. There were seven awards presented last night - 6 categories and our first Community Spirit Award:

Category Award Winners:

Service Excellence Award Winner:~ Angela Giannotti, Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Small Business of the Year~ Namaskar Yoga Studio

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The Voice of Business Advocates for a Slow and Measured Increase to Minimum Wage.

On November 17, 2017,  the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce appeared before the Government of BC's Fair Wage Commission to present our postition on how BC should achieve their goal of implementing a minimum wage of $15/hr.

We recognize the difficulties that a sudden increase to minimum wages presents to business and wanted to ensure we voiced those concerns to government. We consulted with several of our members in the service sector prior to preparing the presentation. The postion we presented sought a gradual increase on a set formula that would allow businesses to prepare for those increases.

What determines a fair wage? It is often explained using the theory of supply and demand where in a market place with a shortage of workers employers must compete for the best workers for their business and in a market with a surplus of workers, employers can be selective about who they hire. In reality that is not so. Unfortunately, there are some who will try to help themselves at the expense of others. To protect peaceful productive citizens against those who resort to such actions, government intervention is necessary.
The institution of minimum wages provided a tool to protect the most vulnerable workers from exploitation. This was at a time where people had little to no recourse for unfair work practices and in fact many of the people who were looking to be protected were not even franchised when the early minimum wages were introduced to protect women and children.

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Earlier this year, we embarked on a new project to engage both visitors and locals, with the combined goal of sharing details about all there is to experience in the region. As part of that strategy, we received a grant from Destination BC’s Innovation Funding program to develop a digital informational kiosk.
The kiosk acts as a mobile visitor information centre while ultimately promoting our Chamber members. With up to 18,000 visitors per day to Parksville and area, the opportunity exists to attract visitors to do more, spend more and stay longer. That, along with helping the local community to discover or perhaps rediscover all that our great region has to offer. The kiosk offers visitors information in an easy, accessible and innovative way and we are sure the kiosk will benefit our tourism industry members including attractions, restaurants, retail shops and accommodations. Travelers can check on highway conditions, festivals and events, weather conditions and view a local map.
‘The kiosk now makes its home in a high traffic area of Thrifty Foods, right near the customer service desk and we couldn’t be happier with the results’ says Kim Burden, Executive Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, we’ve been provided the opportunity to showcase our regional video and work with some great partners including: Thrifty Foods, Pacific Brimm Café & Catering, Sunrise Ridge Resort, Horne Lake Caves, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Lisa M., MacDonald Realty, Quality Resort Bayside, Parker McDonald – Royal LePage Parksville Qualicum Beach Realty, Tyler Cave Productions, bDigital Video, 5 Star Media Group and Geeks on the Beach’ Thank you to everyone who worked on this project and please, come by to check out the kiosk, it really does look like a giant iPhone!’


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