Campbell River Chamber of Commerce February Update

February 12, 2020

Four Four ~ Twenty Twenty ~ Partnerships Are Key

2020 is off and running and here at the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, we are in February already! Our Awards Gala will be on Saturday, April 4th (Four Four ~ Twenty Twenty). And in keeping with our theme New E.D., New Board, New Era, we are introducing more than one twist this year. The name itself has been simplified to “Awards Gala”, it will be held at the Campbell River Community Centre ~ a full black tie affair, with cocktails beginning at 5pm, followed by dinner, the awards, a live auction and entertainment, and the proceeds of the evening will be shared with the Vancouver Island Children’s Health Network.

Mary Ruth Snyder is Executive Director at the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce

They officially launched a $7 million fundraising campaign to build a home away from home in Campbell River on a site overlooking the new hospital. The 10-bedroom home, named ‘Qwalayu House, will welcome families and expectant mothers, largely from the west and northern regions of Vancouver Island, who need a place to stay while accessing the adjacent North Island Hospital and nearby health care services. In addition, we have expanded our partnership with North Island College to provide opportunities for real world work for their students whenever possible, and this event is the perfect example. Their culinary and hospitality students will be involved in the planning and delivery of our dinner. A fantastic way for the students to gain on-the-job experience.

Our partnership with North Island College includes the School of Business. The partnership is designed to provide an opportunity for the post-degree diploma Global Business Management students, who require 180 hours of internship with a business in order to complete their diploma. For the business, they gain new insight from these talented global students, and the students have the opportunity to share their knowledge, education and training while learning new approaches in Canadian business.

We have also re-established our partnership with BC Hydro. We will be re-launching our Major Projects website/portal in the spring, in anticipation of the next billion-dollar project ~ the revitalization of the John Hart Dam.

Stay tuned for more information on the website/portal in the coming months.

The new board and myself have been working towards the building of partnerships not only with NIC but also our greater community. In collaboration with Strathcona Community Futures, Strathcona Regional District, the City of Campbell River, Campbell River Welcome Immigrant Centre and Volunteer Campbell River we will be hosting a workshop on March 9th at the Maritime Heritage Centre beginning at 5:30pm that centres on “Post Disaster Prep for Business”. While many businesses may in fact have ‘business interruption insurance’, they may be unaware of the finer details and exactly how the process works post-disaster. This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome, doors open at 4:45pm.

5:30 to 5:40pm – Emergency Planning for Businesses

5:40 to 6:10pm – Protecting Your Business, Insurance Industry Updates

6:10 to 6:30pm – Insurance Claims and Processes

6:30 to 6:45pm – Preparing for Fire and Police Investigations

6:45 to 7:30pm – Questions and Discussion Period


Mary Ruth Snyder is Executive Director of the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce.

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