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n Official newsletter of the Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce
n Unit #4, 2375 Pamela Road, Westbank, B.C. V4T 2H9. Phone 768-3378 Fax 768-3465 n Supplement to the Westside Weekly
Introducing the work of Tourism Westside
ften at the Chamber we are As such many of our initiatives have • Placed ads in key publications market- Mission Hill Family Estate in the CHBC
asked what our relation is to focussed on sustainability, product develop- ing the Westside to potential tourists. Out Town Series. This series will be played
Tourism Westside and how it is ment and partnership arrangements. In Publications include: Westjet Up! throughout the summer months.
different from the work of the April of this year a groundbreaking partner- Magazine, YLW Magazine, Westworld BC, We also have several projects in the
Chamber. ship funding agreement was signed with Tourism BC’s Outdoor Adventure works:
In this month’s column, I’d like to take Westbank First Nation, the District of West Magazine, TOTA’s Agri-Tourism Planner, The creation of ‘Circle Tour’ routes
the opportunity to let the business Kelowna and the Regional District of the and TOTA’s Vacation Planner to name a Producing a Visitor Guide that will focus
community know about Tourism Westside Central Okanagan for tourism initiatives as few. on ‘Westside Experiences’ which is aimed
and what this group has been doing for our set out in our three year strategic plan. • Continued with social marketing strate- to increase tourist’s participation as well as
community. Here are some highlights of the initia- gies – we now have over 1000 Twitter fol- to support industry growth and develop-
Tourism Westside is a relatively new tives that we implemented in the past few lowers and over 145 Facebook Fans ment.
organization, which operates as a volunteer months: • Created small vignettes as well as a The development of an independent gov-
committee under the umbrella of the • Tourism Westside signed a partnership slideshow of Westside images for promo- ernance structure which will include formal
Westbank & District Chamber of agreement with Westbank First Nation, the tion of the area nominations and elections.
Commerce. District of West Kelowna and the Regional • Conducted a photo shoot in cooperation Continuing efforts to work closely with
One of the main goals of the committee District for the funding of tourism initia- with Peachland and TOTA to take iconic our Regional Destination Marketing
is to provide Destination Management tives as set forth in our three year strategic pictures of the Westside that will be used by Organization, TOTA (Thompson Okanagan
Services to its stakeholders and to look at plan. Tourism Westside, TOTA and Tourism BC. Tourism Association), as well as with other
the industry as a whole and not to focus on • Designed and published the Westside • Participated, along with Casa Loma tourism bureaus and tourism promoters in
just promotion of the community. Trail Guide Resort, Vibrance Wellness Centre and the Okanagan Valley.
Lions Community Centre turns B.C. house of ministers
Special to the Westside Weekly municating HST to the business
and people of BC. If they could
The Honorable Colin Hansen, go back and redo, they would
Minister of Finance came to have a different communication
speak to 65 members of the plan.
Westbank & District Chamber of However, there are many
Commerce on July 20 at the myths and misinformation that
Lions Community Centre. are going around. First, that most
His topic and goal was to dis- people do not realize that if the
place the misconception of what product had no GST then today
the Harmonized Sales Tax was there is no HST, such as on gro-
all about and why it is necessary ceries, which does not have HST.
and good for the people of Another misinformation was
British Columbia. that the Campbell Government
They would repeal the promised there would be no HST
Provincial Sales Tax and replace but the Campbell government
it with the Harmonized Sales made no such promise. By and
Tax. large only 20 per cent of goods
This article paraphrases Min and services will be impacted by
Hansen’s presentation. With the HST and that is on discretionary
recent global economic down- spending.
turn, Canada and primarily BC Why at this time is the
came out of this potential disas- Harmonized Sales Tax coming to
ter with less impact than other BC? Mostly the Federal
places in the world. Government wanted all
However, BC did suffer, and a provinces to have the same tax
balanced budget with surplus and and structure to level the playing
revenues were now no longer field for businesses and especial-
possible. BC has seen migration ly cross border companies.
of businesses, workers and jobs. With Ontario also implement-
The provincial government is ing the HST, BC would not have
still on a course that will have any competitive advantage for Chamber President Philippe Daigle meets with Ministers Colin Hansen, Norm Letnick and Ben Stewart at the
Lion’s Community Centre on July 20.
business and residents have the companies to have capital expen-
lowest taxes in Canada, even ditures, hire and train new retain workers. come up with a plan. They Minister Hansen commented
with the add-on of the HST. employees, product development With the global economy looked at: increase in personal that BC is a strong province and
Honorable Hansen did admit and so forth. With HST, business down and projected BC and business taxes. Eliminate Canada is seen as a leader in the
that the government did not do a can grow and BC new economy Revenues down 1.5 million, the services or implement the World and British Columbia’s
good job in educating and com- will entice new ventures and provincial government needed to Harmonized Sales Tax. best years are still to come.
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Judging the Hot night at Re/Max Business After Hours
local charm Special to the Westside
The next Business After
Hours will be held on
Communities In Bloom National July Business After Hours Thursday August 12 at the
Judges Dave Hilton and Jim Baird was held at Re/Max Kelowna Paynter’s Market.
came to our community, West Kelowna Westside on a bright sunny Once per year, all the
and Westbank First Nation to judge on day on the rooftop! Market merchants come
July 19. What a wonderful sum- together to host this popular
This venture is truly a joint partner- mertime turn out with over event, located at 2565 Main
ship with our two Westside governments 60 members and guests. Street, in The Cherry Pit
District of West Kelowna (DWK) and Cliff Shillington and the Restaurant patio. Time 5:30
Westbank First Nation(WFN) but also Re/Max team made everyone to 7 pm. Members may
with a not for profit business organiza- feel special and they had the attend at no cost and non-
tion, the Westbank & District Chamber BBQ going with tasty snacks members are welcome to
of Commerce (WDCC)The two govern- and drinks. attend for $5.
ments were able to tidy and spruce up During the brief presenta- With a BBQ of super
their areas of governance and the cham- tion by Cliff, he made every- duper Irene Hamburgers
ber encouraged all business to tidy and one aware that there was still with all the fixings donated
enhance their business frontage. rental space available in the by all the Paynter’s Market
It was encouraging to note that DWK Re/Max building and he Merchants, this after hours
and WFN councils and WDCC board announced there would be is usually one of the cham-
were supportive and active in the many another building going up in ber biggest events for the
activities during the judge’s time with us. the future close to the exist- year, therefore we request Contributed photo
The Communities in Bloom team ing structure. Thanks Cliff an early RSVP to the Executive Director Leah Thordarson and Re/Max owner Cliff Shillington
leaders have been working together and the whole team at chamber at 250-768-3378. meet at July Business After Hours.
since 2005, where our community won
in 2005 and 2006 the provincial compe-
tition. In 2007 we entered nationally
and have always achieved a high score
with 5 blooms out of five blooms
although we have never taken home the
top prize of winning our category of a
community 20001 – 50,000 population.
The Team has very high hopes for
The National judges evaluate each
community on its overall performance
in the following criteria: tidiness, envi-
ronmental action, heritage conservation,
urban forestry, landscape, turf &
groundcovers, floral displays, and com-
The evaluation is based on the local
conditions and achievements of citizens,
businesses, organizations, institutions
and the municipal government working
together towards common objectives.
The detailed evaluation reports identi-
fy each community's strengths, and pro- Westside Weekly file photo
vide suggestions for improvement.
The communities become part of an
extensive information exchange network
with other participants in a dynamic and
rewarding process for continuous
The results, including bloom ratings,
criteria award recognitions and winners,
will be announced at the National
Awards Ceremonies, hosted this year by
Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova
Scotia on Oct. 27 to 30, in conjunction
with the Nova Scotia Provincial Awards.
DON E. JONES, CA., C.F.P.
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