March 8th, 2017

March Member AGM Meeting 
 at the Beautiful Beachfront Visitor Information Centre!

This month's meeting will be the new date for the AGM and will be held at the Chamber office at 2711 Island Highway West, March 15th beginning at 5:30. This is your opportunity to come down and see our offices if you haven't been by for a visit yet.

Rod Bealing the Executive Director of The Private Forest Landowners Association will be giving a presentation.

Gourmet selection of hot and cold appetizers, cheese tray and dessert selection catered by Galloping Gourmet. Wine and beer cash bar. Excellent selection of canned music. Possible birthday surprises.

Tickets just $22 per person, call 250-752-0960 to purchase yours today! No ticket sales at the event!
Message from the Town of Qualicum Beach Town Logo

On Thursday, March 16th , 2017 from 7pm-9pm the Town will be hosting a presentation at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre to learn more about the Social Procurement process and how local vendors, construction contractors, service providers, non-profit leaders and organizations serving people with barriers to employment can be rewarded for diverse hiring practices and socially responsible supply chain partnerships.
Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information please contact the Town at 250-752-6921.
Society's Act Transition Workshop

The Workshop : There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. The BC Society Act, which provides the rules for governance and incorporation of non-profits, officially proclaimed important changes on November 28, 2016. There will be a two year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to make the switch to the new Act. 

All organizations that are incorporated under the current Society Act must plan to complete their "transition application," with revised constitution and bylaws, by the time of their 2017 AGM. This workshop will provide the information on the bylaw and policy changes necessary for your organization to effectively make the transition.

The Facilitator:  Martha Rans is the Legal Director of Pacific Legal Education Outreach Society (PLEO), which operates Artists' Legal Outreach and Law for Nonprofits programs. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, non-profit societies and visual and multimedia digital artists. 

We strongly recommend that attendees review our online resources prior to the workshop, so that they can come with questions about the transition process:
 Legal Self Assessment Tool
 Facilitated Webinar

The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this workshop in partnership with the Town of Qualicum Beach on Friday April 7 at the Civic Centre starting at 9 am. This is a half-day workshop; Cost is $22 per person. Must be registered and paid by March 24th - first come first served. There are a few spots left - call 250-752-0960.

Breakfast and Learn

The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join us for breakfast on March 22nd from 8:30 am  - 9:15 am at Re/Max Anchor Realty Downtown Qualicum (113 2nd Ave.).

Elise Morgan and Mike Hrabowych from Integral Wealth Insurance Agents Ltd. would like to come talk about the Chamber Group Benefit Plan with you and buy you breakfast!

If you have ever had interest in learning more about group benefits, this is the breakfast meeting to join. They will review:
*what are group benefits? How much do they cost?
*the Chamber plan and all of the options
*bring your questions
*appointments will be available after the meeting to get quotes for your business (they can come to your place of business).

To RSVP: Anne at 250-752-0960 or
Or Elise at 250-753-1124 or
This Just In...

The Provincial Government announced yesterday that ride sharing services, like Uber, will be coming to BC in time for the holidays this year.

Recommendations made by the BC Chamber in 2016 include:
  • Streamlining licensing requirements to ensure that the same safety standards are applied to both taxi and ride share providers, effectively phasing out the requirement for taxi drivers to obtain a Class 4 driver's license
  • Ensuring that taxis retain exclusive rights to be hired by phone, at a taxi stand or hailed down on the street, whereas ride sharing services may only be hired through the company smartphone app
  • Allowing taxi drivers to pick-up passengers outside the jurisdiction where they are licensed to ensure that that taxi drivers can operate on a level playing field by having the same access to provide services wherever and whenever a passenger needs a ride.
**Guess What ?!? We are Changing the date for Shredding Again! Now  at the Chamber Monday March 13th 2017!**

In Mid-March Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce has arranged for a mobile shredding service to visit Qualicum Beach.  Get out those  old files, bring them in banker's boxes to the Qualicum Beach  Chamber of Commerce by Friday, March 10th  and we will store them until Monday March 13th  when they will be shredded on-site. Your confidentiality is important. Boxes will be securely locked away prior to shredding.
Cost for full and partial boxes:
Chamber Members - $9.00/bankers box  
Non-members - $10.00/bankers box
Please call the Chamber at 250.752.0960 for more information and  to reserve a space in the shredding truck. First  come - first served!
Oceanside Women's Business Network Meeting
March 21 - 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Alison Donaghey instigates new ways of thinking. A thought strategist, speaker, radio host and author, Alison challenges business owners to suspend their beliefs, think the opposite and proceed with clarity. All women welcome.

240 Dogwood St. Parksville
$30/Members and $37/Nonmembers

KSS Dry Grad Fashion Show

Please come out and celebrate The Grads of 2017, the last graduating class of the 90's. Watch as they strut their stuff along with some of the teachers on the runway on March 28th @ the Civic Centre.  We will have guest DJ, Gabby from NYC along with a special half time show with our very own Grad singing some last of the 90's hits,  she is also a member of BABY JANE and you will not want to miss this event!! There will also be a silent auction with some GREAT items.

Qualicum Beach Garden Club
Next meeting is on Tuesday, March 14th from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. 

Theresa Whitely (Oceanside Yoga) and Kathy Claxton ~ "Getting Body and Tools into Shape." Note for this meeting: Please wear comfortable clothing as there will be some group participation for stretches, etc. Theresa is a yoga instructor and she will look at specific stretches for loosening up stiff and sore gardeners. Kathy will be talking about tool maintenance and the ergonomic use of tools for the gardening season.

Qualicum Beach Family History Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 15,  7pm at the Qualicum Legion.  The meeting will feature Family History questions from the membership, being addressed by a panel of experts.  Guests welcome.
(250) 954 0771 
88.5 The Beach Interview Schedule Mar 07 - 17,
Interviews air at 8:40 am unless noted otherwise.

Tue 07 - Off the Cuff with Chris Burger
Wed 08 - Evelyn Clark, QB Chamber
Thu 09 - Georgii March, Oceanside Volunteer Assoc.
Fri 10 - tba
           9:40 - events with Bill Dean
Mon 13 - Brant Wildlife Festival (guest tba)
Tue 14 - Living Well with Lisa Leger
Wed 15 - Kim Burden, Parksville Chamber
Thu 16 - Jo Dunn: Phil Dwyer @ Knox United
Fri 17 - tba
            9:40 - events with Bill Dean

To book on the Beach morning show with Dave Graham call 250-248-4211 or e-mail