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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
Woodstick will be playing live for us at the AJM on February 9th!
Woodstick is a dynamic music duo located on Canada's West Coast. This eclectic musical group consists of Dazy Daye (vocals and guitar) and Jeanette Mcgonigle (violin and vocals). Between these two well seasoned musicians, there are over 1000 songs in their repertoire. You won't want to miss the fantastic performance of Woodstick!
Chamber February Business after Business events
Team Susan Forrest
February 1st 2023 4 - 7pm
102-463 Hirst Avenue, Parksville

Business after Business - Wednesday February 1st. Swing on by between 4 and 7 pm for networking, refreshments and a tour of the property.
Grant Investments of Raymond James
February 16th 2023 5pm - 7pm
3 - 100 Lombardy Street, Parksville
Parksville's Everyday Market - We are looking for full and part time vendors to join us!
Welcome to our newest Chamber Member
Avrillee Kenny of Invis Mortgage Experts. Avrillee designs mortgages based on individual needs and requirements throughout the Oceanside region and into Nanaimo. She offers free in-home consultations. She will travel to your home or meet clients by appointment at her office in Nanoose. Contact her for more information.
NIWRA is looking for fun-loving, happy people with a passion for wildlife to volunteer a few hours each week. You will be part of a great team and make a difference for a great cause!
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.
On February 7, the VIU MBA program is hosting a networking event to bring together students, alumni and members of the local business community to connect over conversations and refreshments.
WHAT: Learning at Work: VIU MBA Talent Showcase & Community Networking
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7 from 5-7 PM
WHERE: Malaspina Theatre (Building 310 at the Nanaimo campus)

•      Meet MBA candidates and view their career portfolios
•      Hear the experiences of students and employers that took part in MBA internships
•      Network with the greater MBA community including alumni, faculty and industry partners
For those planning to hire this year, this will be a great opportunity to meet fresh talent. For those with business projects that require extra capacity to complete, this is a chance to learn how MBA interns can offer support.

This is our first large in-person event since the pandemic started and we can’t wait to gather together again
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!
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