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					                                                                                                                                  WESTSIDE WEEKLY, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 n 19


                                                                 Westside CHAMBER




                                                            Chamber News
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
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           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-
                                                                          Contributed photo
   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.
20 n WESTSIDE WEEKLY, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010

                                                                   Westside CHAMBER

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   WESTERN WHOLE-                sophisticated, contemporary,         Chamber Upcoming              Place: Two Eagles Golf
SALE VACUUMS                     urban menus with complete                  Events                Course - Shotgun start at        1. Credibility: joining the chamber adds credibil-
   West Kelowna, BC              staffing. We know menu                                           1:30 pm                       ity to your business, showing clients and customers
   Contact: Erv Gautschi         selection for your big event        August 12 – Business           Early Bird $99 to August    you are interested in the health and welfare of your
   Phone: 250-212-9644           can be stressful. It should be    After Hours                    30th Regular price $125       community.
   Email: wwvac@shaw.ca          a joy.                              Hosted by the Paynter’s      includes: 18 holes               2.Advocacy: the chamber addresses issues and
   Profile: Western                 We are here to cater to        Market Merchants - BBQ         of golf, shared power         concerns to the business and resident community
Wholesale Vacuums has            your taste, customize our           2565 Main Street – 5:30      cart, BBQ, all taxes and      to local, provincial and federal governments.
been successfully operating      offerings if necessary, and       – 7:00 pm                      gratuities.                      3. Networking: the chamber gives members and
for 5 years.                     meet your budget.                   Come to meet and greet         We are still seeking        business non members the opportunity to network
   We are the BC Distributor        With over 20 years in the      the Paytner’s Market           Hole and Prize sponsors -     creating a stronger business climate for the
for Canavac Central              event rental and catering         Merchants and network          contact the Chamber for       Westside.
Vacuums that are manufac-        business, we have the experi-     with                           details                          4. Connection: Member to Member: the cham-
tured in Owen Sound              ence and knowledge to make          Chamber members and                                        ber gives members connections to other members
Ontario for the last 40 years.   your event a success.             guests.                           September 24 Breakfast     through the weekly enewsletter and published
We supply Canavac built-in          Visit us and find out why        No cost for members –        & Learn                       monthly newsletter and the Member to Member
central vacuums AT               we are the only stop you          non-members $5                    19 Steakhouse & Lounge     discount program.
WHOLESALE PRICES to              need to make for your event         RSVP Is required –           7:00 am – 8:30 am                Member to community: Members may Rack
customers all over the           planning, rentals and cater-      250.768.3378                      Speaker: Kel Good,         their business cards or brochure in the Visitor
Okanagan and Canada.             ing needs.                                                       Custom Software               Centre, listing in the Web page Business directory
   Our customers include                                              August Breakfast and        Development                   and annual Buyers guide & Member Directory.
vacuum dealers, contractors         PENTICTON LAKE-                Learn                             Sponsor: We are seeking    Partnership with Tourism Westside programs and
and home owners. You can         SIDE RESORT,                         The committee is taking     a breakfast Sponsor!          the Westbank & District Chamber of Commerce
see our products and get            CONVENTION CEN-                a break therefore the             RSVP is required           facilitates and operates the authorized Tourism BC
great information at             TRE & CASINO                      Westbank & District            250.768.3378                  West Kelowna Visitor Centre.
www.westernwholesalevacu-           21 Lakeshore Dr. W             Chamber of Commerce will                                        5. Affinity programs: through BC Chamber of
ums.com                             Penticton, BC V2A 7M5          not be hosting a Breakfast       Member Information          Commerce, the Westbank chamber can access pro-
                                    Contact: Vanessa Johnke        & Learn in August – See          Member information, are     grams that give our members lower costs i.e.
   DP EVENTS                        Phone: 1-250-493-8221          you the last Friday in         not chamber sponsored         Chamber Group Insurance, TD Merchant
   1019 Richter St.                 Email: lakeside@rpbhol-        September.                     events                        Solutions, Versa Pay Merchant Credit Card dis-
    Kelowna, BC                  tels.com                                                                                       counts, Fuel Fleet plans with Esso, Petro Canada,
   Contact: Anne Thompson           Profile: Located on the           September 9 Business          Mission Hill Family         Mohawk, Imperial Oil, Primus long distance and
   Phone: 778-478-0428 or        southern shore of Okanagan        After Hours                    Estate is pleased to host a   Payworks.
250-212-7447                     Lake, Penticton Lakeside             BMO Bank of Montreal –      series of concerts
   Email: dpevents@shaw.ca       Resort is a destination all its   3640 Gosset Road                 August 7th Wil Campa
   Profile: dp events Rentals    own. 203 deluxe guest rooms          5:30 pm – 7:00 pm             September 3r Jesse Cook
& Catering is Kelowna’s best     & suites, each with their own        No cost for members to        September 18th
equipped and versatile event     balcony, offering a spectacu-     attend – non members $5        Canadian Tenors
rentals and catering company     lar view of the lake and             RSVP is required to 250-      More information:
with a diverse selection of      mountains.                        768-3378                       www.missionhillwinery.com
rental & decor inventory for        A dock is provided for
your special occasion.           boating enthusiasts & water-         September 21 –                      Community
Whether you need barware,        skiing, sailing, parasailing,     Westbank & District                   Information
bowls, chafing dishes, trays,    windsurfing and jetski are        Chamber Annual Golf
platters, linens, lighting,      available at your doorstep.       Tournament                        August 14 Fifties Dinner
tables, chairs, chair covers,       Enjoy fabulous dining at          The Golf Committee goal     and Dance with ‘The
dance floors, tents or           your choice of the Hooded         is to make this the ‘Best      Regals’
barbeques, we’ve got it          Merganser Bar & Grill, the        Tournament you have ever          Hosted by Westbank
which means you can rent it.     Bufflehead Tapas Room or          played”                        Lions Club at the Westbank
With the latest styles and       the Bar King Parrot Bar!             Thanks to the Chamber       Lions Community Hall
trends as well as classic        But that is just the              Events Chair person, Ann          Dinner 6:00 pm Dancing
pieces that never go out of      beginning.                        Stanley and her team, who      7:00 – 11:00 pm
style, we have what you                                            are working exceptionally         Tickets $20 each
need to customize your event              RENEWALS                 hard.                             Tickets available at the
and make it perfect.                                                  These ladies are            Westbank & District
   dp events Planning              Business Development            determined to give you         Chamber of Commerce
services include permits         Bank of Canada                    the very best time at the         Lions Hall and any Lion
and licenses, co-ordination        Hatheume Lake Resort            annual Chamber Golf            Member
of all suppliers, beverage         Morningstar Business            Tournament, thanks to:            For more details contact
requirements, entertain-         Group Inc.                        Nadine Casey French, Anita     Fred 250-258-5466
ment and staging, and              World Gym                       Legualt, Laura Brown and       fredmasson@shaw.ca            Westside Weekly file photo




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                                                                           Westside CHAMBER

Judging the Hot night at Re/Max Business After Hours
local charm                                        Special to the Westside
                                                           Weekly
                                                                               Re/Max.
                                                                                  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
this year.
    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-
munity involvement.
    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
improvement.
    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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                                                                                                  • Personal Financial & Estate Planning
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