2017 Chamber of Commerce Community Awards
Nominate a business or individual for the Annual Community Awards
To enter your nominations online and have your name entered for two tickets to the Awards Dinner!
The Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor and host these awards annually to honour excellence in business and community service. A business or a person does not need to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to be nominated. We welcome the best of all aspects of life in Qualicum Beach and celebrate their achievements at this Community Awards event.
If you would like to print off the nomination form Click Here!
You can make a difference in your community by nominating someone you believe has gone above and beyond what is required in their business or in the community in this
January Member Meeting
The Chamber is throwing out a challenge for our next Member Meeting - get ready for the first
QBCOC Elevator Speech
contest! This is going to be a fun evening hosted by
; enjoy some great pizza and craft beer, and compete to win the soon-to-be highly coveted
'Best Darn Elevator Pitch Presenter on Central Vancouver Island' award.
Now there are rules and there will be judges - please see:
January 18th at 5:30 - so you have plenty of time to prepare. Tickets are $15 and include a delicious pizza buffet and one beverage (beer or wine included). Call soon to book as space will be limited - 250.752.0960 - and good luck!
Community Awards Sponsorship Opportunities
Wednesday, February15th, 2017
is the date for the annual Community Awards here in Qualicum Beach. Between 150 and 200 members of the business and Qualicum Beach communities will gather to celebrate our collective best from over the past year.
Limited opportunities are available to local businesses who would like to reach out to this audience by sponsoring a dining table. For just $100 this sponsorship provides a bottle of red and bottle of white wine for the 10 diners seated at your table, as well as the exclusive opportunity to put your promotional material and/or goodies out.
Please let Evelyn know by
January 20, 2017 if you would like to participate. 250-752-0960
New Workshops at the Career Centre in 2017!
If you know of someone who is searching for work, please let them know about some of the free workshops we have added:
Self-Care for Your Job Search
Learn how to deepen your self-awareness and maintain your personal self-care while reaching for your professional goals.
Wed. Jan 18 9-11am
Creating your Own Employment
An informative workshop for those thinking about running their own business.
Thurs. Jan 19 1-4pm
Executive Job Search
For those seeking employment at a management or executive level.
Wed. Jan 25 1-4pm
For more information or to register, please call the Career Centre at 250.248.3205 or visit www.careercentre.org.
Pedego Qualicum Beach will be opening for the season on February 1st! Go down and say hello to Ruby and Julie and check out their amazing electric bike selection, maybe even take one out for a test drive!
The Knox United Church in Parksville
Is The Strength of the Island Economy Sustainable?
All your plans for the year ahead hinge on knowing what's up with the economy - so here's your chance to get an in-depth look at the economic conditions of Canada, B.C. and the Island, how they interact with the global economy, and where business is headed in 2017.
In partnership with The
Conference Board of Canada
is pleased to once again present the Western Business Outlook: Vancouver Island; which arrives in Nanaimo on January 25th, 2017.
Join us for an informative morning session at the
Coast Bastion Hotel
where Canada's renowned economists will provide attendees the opportunity to take a deep dive into the numbers that continue to drive the Vancouver Island and B.C. economy for 2017 and beyond.
This half-day, morning seminar will feature The Conference Board of Canada's well-known economic forecast and analysis for British Columbia, followed by a forum of some of the Island's leading business experts discussing the current provincial challenges and opportunities. This session will allow Vancouver Island's business leaders to explore the answers the following questions:
* Where is the B.C. resource sector heading?
* What is underpinning the B.C. success story?
* Will LNG finally get started and what impact will it have in the short term?
* What are the impacts of tectonic shifts in the Asia-Pacific economy and the slowdown in the Chinese economy on British Columbia and Vancouver Island?
* Is the strength in the B.C. economy sustainable?
- Pedro Antunes, Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada
- Alan Arcand, Associate Director, Centre for Municipal Studies, The Conference Board of Canada
- Susan Mowbray, Senior Economist, MNP, LLP and leader of research and economic analysis for VIEA's annual 'State of the Island' Economic Report.
For the full agenda and speaker list, please visit the
For more information, or for group pricing please contact Natasha Chipilova at the Conference Board at email@example.com or 613-526-3090 ext. 478.
You may also be interested to know that:
- VIEA is a partner with the National MBA Games which is bringing hundreds of MBA students to Vancouver Island from across Canada to compete - January 2-4, 2017.
- VIEA is a partner with the 2nd Aboriginal Business Match event on Vancouver Island - March 27-29 in Port Hardy. (VIEA Members save 10% on registration.)
- VIEA's 2016 'State of the Island' Economic Report is now available on our website.
- The 11th annual Economic Summit will be October 25/26. Put it into your 2017 calendar and watch for details.
Knox United Church in
Parksville is presenting a Special Celebration to raise funds for our local Refugee Family as we
celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday.
This event will be held at Knox United Church, 345 Pym St, Parksville, on
Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The
Tickets are $15 each and are on sale at the church office.
In a coffeehouse style setting, this fun-filled, community-oriented celebration will be hosted by the Knox United Church Choir, under the direction of Jenny Vincent.
It promises to be an afternoon of delicious Canadian-style desserts and beverages as we enjoy: musical performances - dancers, - dramatic skits - poems, and a wonderful sing-a-long of Canadian folk songs, written by some of our greatest Canadian songwriters.
One of the highlights of the concert will be a "Lively" Auction of fun and nonsensical items up for bids!
Please Note: All proceeds of this celebration will go to assist our local refugee family with their transportation, medical and settling expenses for their first year.
RDN Recreation and Parks February Events and Programs
Parksville Lion's and Save-On-Foods Free Family Skate
This popular session is back. Children must be accompanied by an adult, 19yrs+. Pond hockey is not available during this session. Head to Oceanside Place Arena on Sundays February 5, 12, 19, 26 from 12:15 to 1:45 pm. Free Event.
Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-248-3252 or view skate and swim schedules online at
Dad's Night Out: Free Skate
Dads, bring the kids to Oceanside Place Arena and enjoy a free skate together on the pond Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This free skate is sponsored by our partners at Building Learning Together. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-248-3252 or view skate and swim schedules online at
BC Provincial Family Day Swim and Skate events
Both Ravensong Aquatic Centre and Oceanside Place Arena are open to celebrate BC Provincial Family Day on Monday February 13th. Free admission to both of these events is courtesy of CUPE 401, Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Free Family Swim from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Free Family Skate from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-752-5014 or 250-248-3252 or view swim and skate schedules online at
FREE Teen Disco Skate
Let DJ Allgood and flashing disco lights take you back in time. Disco costumes welcome! Sat Feb 18, 7:15-8:45pm. Free admission and skate rentals. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-248-3252 or view skate and swim schedules online at
Winter Carnival Skate
Brighten the winter days with a fun carnival on ice at Oceanside Place Arena. Participate in carnival games and win tickets to bid on prizes at the end of the skate session. Sunday, February 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Regular admission Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-248-3252 or view skate and swim schedules online at
Youth Red Cross Emergency First Aid with AED/CPR 13-18yrs
This course is designed to teach youth about injury prevention. Home hazards, safety education, CPR, automated external defibrillation and first aid skills for common emergencies are all covered. Retraining is recommended every 3 years. Qualicum Commons on Friday, February 24th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, cost is $84.40. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250-752-5014 to pre-register. View recreation programs online at
Red Cross AED/CPR C 14yrs+
Save a life...when only seconds count. GET TRAINED. This course is required for lifeguards. Topics covered are CPR and blocked airways for adults, children and infants as well as an introduction to automated external defibrillators. Qualicum Commons Saturday, February 25th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, cost is $71. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250-752-5014 to pre-register. View recreation programs online at
Red Cross Emergency First Aid with AED/CPR 14yrs+
This course is designed to teach people about injury prevention. Home hazards, safety education, CPR, automated external defibrillation and first aid skills for common emergencies are all covered. Retraining is recommended every 3 years. Qualicum Commons on Saturday, February 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, cost is $84.40. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250-752-5014 to pre-register. View recreation programs online at
Red Cross Standard First Aid with AED/CPR C 14yrs+
This is a 16 hour course that includes training in cardio pulmonary resuscitation level C, automated external defibrillation, injury prevention, first aid treatment of shock, bleeding, broken bones and more. This is a pre-requisite for National Lifeguard certification. Qualicum Commons two days, Saturday and Sunday, February 25th and 26th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, cost is $155.35. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250-752-5014 to pre-register. View recreation programs online at www.
FOODSAFE Level 1 is a food handling, sanitation and work safety course designed for front line food service workers such as cooks, servers, bussers, dishwashers, and deli workers. The course covers important food safety and worker safety information including foodborne illness, receiving and storing food, preparing food, serving food, cleaning and sanitizing. Oceanside Place Arena on Friday, February 24th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, cost is $60. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250-752-5014 to pre-register. View recreation programs online at
2017 TOURISM & HOSPITALITY OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY SUMMIT (NANAIMO)
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo
go2HR is pleased to host a Regional Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Summit for the tourism and hospitality industry in BC. Join us in Nanaimo as we bring this annual event to the Vancouver Island area.
Theme: "The healthy workplace: A state of mind" - Mental health in the workplace
This one-day session offers you an opportunity to:
- understand incident and injury trends and stats within the industry; what is putting your employees at risk and driving up your claim costs
- receive updates on go2HR's Industry Health and Safety program, including the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program, new resources, services and initiatives
- participate in an educational session on a variety of hot topics relevant to the industry
- meet and network with your peers from the BC tourism and hospitality industry
- explore a tradeshow of suppliers, trainers and organizations relevant to your OHS program and operations
- enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch and refreshments
Cost and Registration Info
Click to go to the website for more information and registration:
Slide 'n Dine at the Qualicum Beach Curling Club
New for 2017 starting January 16th, Mondays from 5:15 - 6:45 pm.
Only $95 pp (dinner is extra).
For 7 weeks you can enjoy the thrill of competition , followed by a delicious supper! First week is instructional, remaining 6 weeks are 6 end games, great for experienced curlers or beginners. Shoes and brooms provided, register as a team or individually. Business teams encouraged! Chamber team imperative!
To register or for more information call the club at
250-752-6162, or the Chamber at 250-752-0960.
OWBN Meeting - Tuesday, January 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
What every Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and Salesperson ought to know about the Law of Attraction and its impact on their business, and their lives.
$30/Members and $35/Nonmembers
OWBN Workshop - Saturday, Feb. 4, 8:30 to 3:30p.m.
Michael J. Losier One Day Workshop - Attract your Business Success Now
Michael J. Losier is internationally known as the "How-to" guy for Law of Attraction.
Best Selling Author of
Law Of Attraction
Law of Connection,
Former Oprah Radio Host!)
Come away from this workshop with a
to attract your business success
You will learn:
How to get MORE of what you want and LESS of what don't you want in 2017
How to use the Law of Attraction to build your business and attract remarkable opportunities
How to adopt a culture of positivity in the workplace
How to use Law of Attraction in your business and personal life
How to change your thinking to get the results you want
This workshop is for men and women in business and the general public. - $99/OWBN members and $149/Non OWBN members.
88.5 The Beach Interview Schedule Jan 10 - 20 Interviews air at 8:40 am unless noted otherwise.
Tue 10 - Living Well with Lisa Leger: health kicks for 2017. What's good & what isn't worth your time.
Wed 11 - Evelyn Clark, QB Chamber.
Thu 12 - Georgii March with opportunities for volunteering.
Fri 13 - 7:40 - Hockey Talk with Gens Head Coach Gerry Bickerton.
8:40 - Monica Shore, Mt Arrowsmith Biosphere Region's 10 Amazing Places.
9:40 - events with Bill Dean.
Mon 16 - Ashley Vomacka: Misophonia, a rare disorder involving sound.
Tue 17 - SOS (guests tba).
Wed 18 - Kim Burden, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.
Thu 19 - tba
Fri 20 - 7:40 - Hockey Talk with Gens Head Coach Gerry Bickerton.
8:40 - Sherri Plummer: CPOC presents the film "A Plastic Ocean" Jan 22.
9:40 - events with Bill Dean.