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Can we look forward to any speakers? Of course, you can. See who below!
The Career Centre Parksville will be speaking about their upcoming career fair and highlight future events for us.

We are excited to present one of our most recent Chamber members Lynn Thorsell from Lathyrus Leadership to speak to us about how "Your Leadership Has Style!"

As a leadership coach, Lynn has been honoured to work with over 300 people on every continent, from business owners, CEOs, and executive directors to students and job-seekers. She has been a human systems consultant for leaders in IT, customer service, health care, non-profit, and international development on issues of leadership team alignment, employee engagement, stakeholder insights, strategic planning, and team development.
Whatever her role, Lynn sees herself as a co-learner. She joins her clients in the work of better understanding and defining themselves, their situations, their purpose, and — most pragmatically — their next steps. You can learn more about her work and read client testimonials at
Chamber February Business after Business events
Team Susan Forrest
February 1st 2023 4 - 7pm
102-463 Hirst Avenue, Parksville
Grant Investments of Raymond James
February 16th 2023 5pm - 7pm
3 - 100 Lombardy Street, Parksville
Parksville's Everyday Market
Blow Out Sale Weekend!
Food trucks and live music acts wanted on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd January
10am to 4pm
Welcome to our newest Chamber Member
Call Keri for all your cleaning needs! Call Keri Cleaning Services believe that when your environment is clean, you will feel happy, healthy and motivated. Their cleaning teams are trained meticulously and work fast and efficiently to ensure your space is left immaculate.
SOS Personal Growth Program starts Jan. 31
Dreaming of a better you this year? This is the place to begin. The SOS Personal Growth Group helps residents enhance their quality of life and develop their potential while gaining new skills and confidence. Outcomes include: a better connection with yourself and others, a better understanding of identity, and increased awareness of relationships with family, friends, and the community. The program runs for 10-weeks from Jan. 21 – April 4 at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville. The cost is $5 per session and the remainder of the cost is subsidized by SOS. Pre-register for the program by calling 250-752-2040 ext. 200.
Free Resilience Seminar at SOS Feb. 11
Join SOS for a free seminar on creating a healthy resilience practice on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville.
The seminar will be led by Cindy Thompson ACC, M. Sc, RCC, who is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Executive Coach. Over the past two years Cindy has been studying resilience and learning from the lived experience of her guests on A Resilience Project podcast. Representatives from local mental health service organizations will also be present for a panel question and answer discussion.
To learn more or to pre-register, visit or call SOS at 250-248-2093 by February 9.
Sponsors and Donors needed
Career Centre 2023 Hiring Fair
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Ecole Ballenas Secondary School
Join us for our annual Hiring Fair and put your business in front of hundreds of job seekers!
Use this unique opportunity to enhance your recruiting strategies and connect face-to-face with potential employees eager to meet you.
Don’t miss the Early Bird Registration Fee of $50! (It goes up to $75 on Jan 27).
Click here for more information and to register.
We hope to see you there!
Parksville Museum presents

Check out the Arrowsmith Health Care Society - Monthly Donor campaign

Goodbye "Flying Phil"
Phil St Luke has sadly passed at aged 70. He will be sorely missed from our community but remembered fondly for always participating in our Canada Day Parade.
Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. RIP Phil St Luke.

Kim Burden, executive director of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce told NanaimoNewsNOW Phil was a constant presence at their annual Canada Day parade, leading the procession with his drum.
“The thing about Phil was he had a smile on his face, in terms of an ambassador for the community he greeted people, he popped into businesses to say hi. He was a presence in the community and he’ll be sadly missed.”
Burden added he represented the best of Parksville.
“He was a presence here, he walked the streets every day, he said hello to everybody every day, he always had a big wave when people went by on the highway. He was part of Parksville.”
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