November 21, 2017
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Highlights:  Chamber Christmas Party; New Members; Business Achievement Awards; BC Chamber Survey; Bright Friday in Downtown Parksville; Member News and Events
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Board of Directors
President: Dave Willie
President Elect: Jeannie Maltesen
Vice-President: Andy Lankester 
Secretary Treasurer:  Terry Kerr
Cathie Kanani
Dee McKinney
Luc Oullet
Philip Perry
Beth Ross
Robynne Shaw
Meghan Walker
Past President: Bill McKinney
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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, 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. Promoting ongoing courses, or other such advertising, will be included as space permits, if there is a discount for Chamber members, and at the discretion of Chamber staff.

Made For Small Business: Accessibility & Flexibility

Over 25,000 businesses purchase group benefits from the Chambers Plan. Comprehensive benefit packages apply to home-based businesses and small business firms - with no industry restrictions. For-profit businesses with three people and up are eligible for guaranteed coverage.

Flexible group plans are also available for larger firms with up to 35 employees. All plans start with employee life insurance. Your Chambers Plan advisor can help you select the right options for building as comprehensive a plan as you wish to meet your exact needs and fit your budget. 

Email    Mike Hrabowych  at Integral Wealth to find out more or call him at 1-250-753-1124/1-800-982-7761.


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Chamber Christmas Party
Bring your spouse, your partner, or your employees...our December Chamber dinner and annual Christmas party will be held Thursday, December 14 at the Quality Resort Bayside.  A special invitation is extended to those businesses who do not traditionally host a staff Christmas party - why not join us for a fun evening of entertainment and Christmas cheer?
Bring a bottle of commercial wine, trade it for a ticket and you could win the Wall of Wine! Networking starts at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm. $35 per person. RSVP 250-248-3613 or reply to this email before noon today. 
New Members
DR. NEILL NEILL. Private member. 

ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ART   Michael & Els Schutte. #4-114 Hirst Avenue, Parksville. 250-586-6370. . Music and art lessons. They also sell musical instruments, scrapbooking materials and supplies and Heartfelt Creations.
Workshops for mini albums and greeting cards.
Take the BC Chamber's Annual Collective Perspective Survey
Our provincial chamber network wants to know what's on YOUR mind. Now more than ever it is important to know what our members are thinking about the economy, their businesses and the future of BC.

By taking this survey we can ensure government hears YOUR voice.

One lucky survey participant will win a $500 voucher to wherever Air Canada Flies - and it could be you!

This is a unique opportunity for every business in BC to chime in on their vision for the future of this province.  Thank you. 
2017 Business Achievement Awards
The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the Parksville & District Business Achievement Awards, which will be held on March 15, 2018 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. These awards are an opportunity to recognize and honour businesses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to our community over the past year.
Categories include:
1. Service Excellence Award
2. Small Business of the Year
3. Large Business of the Year
4. Outstanding Workplace - Employer of the Year
5. Young Professional of the Year
6. Not for Profit of the Year
7. Community Spirit Award - sponsored by the City of Parksville

  1. Service Excellence Award: is presented to an individual or business who consistently offers exceptional service and goes beyond customer expectations.
  2. Small Business of the Year - (less than 10 employees): recognizes a small business with less than 10 employees, has made an outstanding contribution to the community and has a reputation for providing superior customer service. 
  3. Large Business of the Year (More than 10 Employees): recognizes a large business with 10 employees or more, has made an outstanding contribution to the community and has a reputation for providing superior customer service. 
  4. Outstanding Workplace - Employer of the Year: recognizes the business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides the best overall place to work. For them, culture and a happy, healthy work environment for staff is very important.
  5. Young Professional of the Year: honors a business professional under the age of 35 who has excelled in business; exemplified leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
  6. Not for Profit of the Year: (must be a registered not for profit) honors a not for profit business that has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth and embraced an outstanding commitment to quality and the community.
  7. Community Spirit Award: Sponsored by the City of Parksville the award recognizes a business or individual that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing and encouraging community spirit and pride.
Anyone can nominate and it's easy! Click here for the nomination form. The deadline to nominate is: February 8, 2017.
Member News and Events
NANOOSE BAY CHRISTMAS CRAWL STUDIO TOUR: December 2 & 3, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm. 
Discover beautiful & original Christmas gifts or that special work of art for your home, on this self-guided tour of Nanoose Bay Studio Tour artists & artisans. You will find a wide variety of paintings in different media, handcrafted pottery, glass works and unique jewelry, turned wood, forged metal creations, photography & handcrafted natural soaps. FMI:  

ART SHOWCASE:  Forward House Community Society Presents
'OUR COMMUNITY, OUR ART' Final Showcase, Quality Resort Bayside, 
Sunday December 3rd, (1-5 pm), Monday December 4th (3-7 pm),
Tuesday December 5th (3-7 pm). A special viewing of paintings, sketches, photos, jewelry, quilts, and other art work celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and the beauty of our amazing Oceanside community! 
Bright Friday in Downtown Parksville   xmas-tree-icon.gif
The Parksville Downtown Business Association
(PDBA) will kick off The Season in the City with its third annual "Bright Friday" Christmas  light-up 5:30 p.m., November 24 at the east end of Morison Ave. Mayor Marc Lefebvre and  PDBA President Melisa Beatty will flip the switch to illuminate the giant sequoia tree.  The public is invited to sing carols with the Craig Bay Choristers and enjoy highland  tunes with the Arrowsmith Pipe Band. There will be hot chocolate and kettle corn  courtesy of Coastal Community Credit Union, and gingerbread decorating, sponsored by  Shoppers Drug Mart. And then there's Santa, arriving on a firetruck!  (Motorists are advised that the east end of Morison will be closed to through traffic from  4:30 p.m. until the event ends.) 

"North Pole-apalooza" is back for its fourth year. Enter between Nov. 22 and Dec. 17  to win a Gotta Love Downtown gift basket, brimming with treats and surprises from the  31 participating businesses that have a decorated North Pole on their premises.

PDBA will again have its 21 ft. pop-up Christmas trees of lights on the rooftops of Coastal Community Credit Union, Kit and Kaboodle Trading Company (Morison), Scotiabank, Life Support, Parks West Business Products, and Parksville Animal Hospital.  In 2016, PDBA purchased lights for the Alberni Hwy. street trees. This year the association has purchased more lights for the trees to double the impact. The lights were given to the City of Parksville, which will manage their installation. FMI: 250-248-8079 or