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Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce on the move

Also, nominations are now being accepted for community awards; deadline is Jan. 29

The board of directors of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to vacate its downtown office this spring and amalgamate its operations into its facility on the beach.

In summer 2015, the chamber undertook a survey of their members which overwhelmingly supported amalgamation to the beach venue at 2700 Island Highway, according to a news release from the chamber. This fall, the board decided to merge Qualicum Beach Chamber and Visitor services in early 2016.

"In order to ensure our organization's sustainability, assist in supporting a high-functioning team and create efficiencies, the board of directors supports the organization in moving into one venue," said chamber board chair Oura Giakoumakis.

Minor renovations are required to the Visitor's Centre to allow for a larger staff and a more efficient lay-out. During renos, the Visitor's Centre will be closed and visitors can access services at the Leigh House office on Second Avenue in downtown Qualicum Beach.

Meanwhile, staff and volunteers will be preparing for the move by clearing out unnecessary storage, revising contracts and arranging for the big move.

• You can make a difference in your community by nominating someone you believe has gone above and beyond what is required in their business or in the community in this past year.

The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor and host these awards annually to honour excellence in business and community service.

A business or a person does not need to be a member of the chamber of commerce to be nominated.

Categories for 2015 (with award sponsor in brackets) are: Citizen of the Year (Quality Foods),

Outstanding Customer Service (Pharmasave), Qualicum Beach

Business of the Year (Rodway and Perry),

New Business of the Year (Katherine Wilk from the Oh's Marketing Team at Royal LePage),

Volunteer of the Year (Society of Organized Services),

Community Builder of the Year (Vancouver Island Insurance Centre Qualicum Beach),

Newsmaker of the Year (The NEWS) and

Lifetime Achievement (Coastal Community Credit Union).

You can pick up a nomination form from the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce. As well, you can find the form on the Chamber web site at

The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 29. You can submit them through the online form, e-mail them to or mail them to the Qualicum Beach Chamber Office, 124 West 2nd Avenue, V9K 1S7.

— NEWS STaff/Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce news release

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