Business Matters - December 4, 2018
Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce
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Wear your 'Ugly Christmas Sweater'
to the dinner
and enter the contest!!
Bring your spouse or make it your staff Christmas party.
Be sure to RSVP and reserve your space, contact the Chamber today!
NOW accepting nominations for the 2018
Business Achievement Awards
We are so pleased to be hosting the Business Achievement Awards , being held on  March 14, 2019 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Get ready... Get your nominations in!

The Business Achievement Awards are an opportunity to recognize and honour businesses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to our community over the past year.

Please be sure to explain why you are nominating that business or individual.
Nominate Today postcards!

You might start to see these postcards around town because our wonderful staff and nominations committee will be dropping them off to businesses and community venues. The postcard is meant as a reminder to nominate and directs people to our online nomination form.

If you would like some for your business please let us know and we will arrange to have some delivered. Connect with us!

Mon Dieu Interior Design
Providing services on Vancouver Island and in the metro Vancouver area, owner Bastian Weitzel's passion is to design beautiful and functional living spaces for new builds or remodels. His specialty is combining your personal style with functionality and a modern, European twist.

Marketing Opportunity Exclusive to Chamber members

Member messages (eblasts) are an effective direct email marketing strategy and they are an efficient, cost effective way to reach Chamber members. Email marketing is a powerful communication tool. If you have a special announcement, promotion or event you would like to share with Chamber Members contact us to discuss our latest member benefit.
We have a growing list of 875 subscribers with 'opt-in' email addresses.

The cost for a one-time eBlast is $100.00 and for non-profits only $75.00

We will publish eBlasts on Wednesdays. If you are interested in more details please email
BC's Best Cities for Work
Parksville's movin' on up! In 2018 we ranked 23rd and for 2019 we are now 13th!

That's pretty good we'd say!
Video Advertising Opportunity
with the Chamber
We are renewing our Video Project!

The advertising package is for a full year and includes:
  • 15 second promotional video, belongs to you
  • Chamber website coverage on landing page
  • Posted to Chamber YouTube channel
  • Full video 5 minutes in length plays on the Visitor Centre TV monitor on a loop
  • Video and listing on digital kiosk located in Thrifty Foods at customer service desk
  • Social media promotion
So far Pacific Brimm , Horne Lake Caves , Thrifty Foods , North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre , Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort and Quality Resort Bayside have re-signed for another year. Welcome Back!

We have 2 spaces to sell - if you are interested in further details please

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre presents - Nights of Light
December 7,8,14,15,20,21 - All proceeds support the Wildlife Recovery Centre.
Call NIWRA or go to our website to purchase tickets. Admission is by pre-purchased ticket only. There is a FREE SHUTTLE available! The pick up location is at Craig Street Commons (330 Craig Street, Parksville). Shuttle passes will be issued upon event ticket purchase. As space is extremely limited, parking on-site at NIWRA will be available by pre-purchase parking pass only. Cost: $5.00 per vehicle.
Parking on Leffler Road is prohibited .

Inclusion Parksville Society's Annual Christmas Party - December 19, 2018
11:30am-2:30pm Located at 249 Hirst Avenue West, Parksville.
Please RSVP 250-248-3131 or Email Karen to RSVP

Milner Gardens Christmas Magic
5:00pm - 8:30pm - last entry at 8:00pm
Fri Nov 30 - Sun Dec 2
Fri Dec 7 - Sun Dec 9
Fri Dec 14 - Wed Dec 19
An outdoor Christmas light show for the whole family to enjoy. Over half a kilometer of lit and decorated trails with Santa, live Christmas music, Teddy Bear Cottage, Story Telling in the Magnolia Room, Camellia Tea Room, outdoor Refreshment Stand, and two Gift Shops available. Milner Christmas Magic is a fundraising event in support of Milner Gardens & Woodland with a special event admission by suggested donation of:
$5 Adult, $2.50 Child, $12 Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children/Youth under 19 years.)
Facebook @VIUMilnerGardens Milner Gardens website

High Tea for Hospice - December 07, 2 -4pm. Hosted by the Gardens at Qualicum Beach - 650 Berwick Rd Qualicum Beach. Tickets are $15.00 Join us for delicious high tea, live entertainment & prizes to support a great cause.Call for tickets to: 250-752-2818 ext: 0 or Oceanside Hospice 250-752-6227

Registration for the SOS Christmas program:  SOS wants to ensure all local children and youth receive a special gift, and that families, adults and seniors can choose the food they wish to have over the holidays. To donate to the program visit , call 250-248-2093, or drop by the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville at 245 West Hirst Ave., Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. New, unwrapped gifts are also gratefully accepted at this location to fill the SOS Toy Shop where low-income parents and grandparents shop for their children for free. 
10th Annual Toy Drive
hosted by Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Reosrt
Tigh-Na-Mara General Manager, Paul Drummond, SOS Executive Director Susanna Newton, and SOS Board Chair Garry Cox with Santa.
The results are in - we beat last years results. Great job to everyone involved in this wonderful holiday fundraiser. The total raised for this year including Toys, Gift Cards and Cash donations was $13, 893.00!
Wow - awesome results just over $800 more than 2017.
Exit 46 Entrance Sign
The Parksville Entrance Sign - 50% SOLD

This fabulous Parksville sign stands at exit 46 right where visitors first arrive to our fine city! The white part of the sign (sample only - Merry Christmas) is for rent - it rents by the week.
We can only rent the sign to non-profits organizations. Special events or festivals such as the Brant Festival or Beachfest can call and book the sign. It's a great way to promote your events.
It fills up quickly so if you have specific dates in mind call Caitlin @ 250-248-3613 or
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Our Chamber Group Insurance Plan representative -
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Flexible coverage means no business is too small!

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88.5 The Beach Interview Schedule
with Dave Graham at 8:40am:
Thu Nov 29 - Michael Garland: OCSV "Cram the Cruiser" event Nov 30
Fri Nov 30 - Barry Blair: Arrowsmith SAR seeks new recruits
Mon Dec 03 - tba
Tue Dec 04 - Off the Cuff with Chris Burger
Wed Dec 05 - SOS Christmas program, guest tba
Thu Dec 06 - Lighthouse Country correspondent Linda Tenney
Fri Dec 07 - Geoff Ball: Christmas Magic at Milner Gardens
 9:40 - events with Bill Dean
To book on the Beach morning show with Dave Graham call 250-248-4211 or email
Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Board of Directors:
President: Dave Willie
President Elect: Jeannie Maltesen
Vice-President: Andy Lankester
Secretary Treasurer: Terry Kerr
Past President: Bill McKinney

Tricia Korkowski
Rakaia McCarthy
Dee McKinney
Brian McLean
Luc Ouellet
Phillip Perry
Robynne Shaw
Tamara Schmidt
Meghan Walke r
Let's get social!