KCBIA Annual Meeting

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant and livable downtown core that is the focal point of Kamloops. We provide value to our members through advocacy, beautification, promotion, development and preservation of Downtown Kamloops. Here’s an overview of the KCBIA annual meeting.

The KCBIA’s Annual General Meeting took place Monday, February 5 at Hotel 540. The event included a happy hour trade show, annual report presentation, Board of Directors nomination, Leadership Awards, and the exciting new Business to Business Kudowards.

The KCBIA 2018 Board of Directors:

  • Dino Bernardo – The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge
  • Shane Brooks – Stantec Engineering
  • Mike O’Reilly – Caffe Motivo
  • Ryan Gentile – Big Boot Inn & Red Wing Shoes
  • Bill Sanesh Jr – Bikini Bills & Can 21 Developments
  • David Fuoco – McAllister and Howard Clothiers
  • Maeghan Summers – The Noble Pig Brewhouse
  • Miranda Burdock – BDO Canada LLP
  • Scott Campbell – Campbell & Company
  • Jocelyn Bennett – National Hospitality Group
  • Grayden Flanagan – Subway
  • Ted Ockenden – BCLC
  • Gloria Pain – Genesis Fashion & Beauty Complex
  • Mike Blackwell – Fulton & Co.
  • John Dumbrell – Urban Systems
  • Andy Philpot – St. John Ambulance

The KCBIA’s Annual General Meeting is also an opportunity for the organization to recognize outstanding members of the Downtown Kamloops community. The KCBIA distributed new Business to Business Kudowards and the Downtown Leadership Award.

The board of the KCBIA created the Leadership Award to recognize ongoing leadership of, and dedication to Downtown Kamloops. This award is for someone who has contributed to our goal of maintaining a vibrant and livable downtown core. The long-term plan is to have the award plaques mounted in a public gathering space downtown in a place of honour.

This year the award went to Christina Grono of The Art We Are Café. A Kamloops native, Christina is the creator of the Art We Are Cafe. She opened the cafe almost ten years ago and has loved watching the downtown core evolve. Christina grew this successful business from a small second floor artist’s gallery into the eclectic café – gallery we see today. She not only promotes healthy lifestyle choices with the delish menu at Art We Are but supports local artists by offering up the walls to display art for sale and offering up the cafe for live music. People LOVE the vibe in there and Christina is always lovely and welcoming! Very much a large part of the growing Downtown atmosphere!

The downtown business community is a close-knit group of entrepreneurs striving towards a common desire; to succeed in business and to contribute to the overall health of Downtown Kamloops. The B2B “Kudowards” were created in several categories to facilitate businesses in recognizing one another for making outstanding contributions to the downtown core.

Here are the recipients for each Kudoward category:

  • Giving Back – Social Stewardship: BC Interior Community Foundation
  • Good Neighbour : Instinct Adornment
  • Curb Appeal: Main Street Clothing
  • New Business: KSPIN Indoor Cycling Studio
  • Experience Enhancement: Caffe Motivo
  • Social Media: Red Collar Brewing

The final award category is one that KCBIA staff chose the winner for –the Downtown Star award! This award recognizes a business that is full of positivity and always on board for programs and events that we do. They happily participate with a resounding “Yes! We are IN!” The inaugural Downtown Star Kudoward goes to Stephanie at Blue Sky Clothing!

KCBIA Executive Director Carl DeSantis is “encouraged by member participation throughout the AGM and confident that this positive energy will translate into many downtown initiatives throughout the coming year.”

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can find more information on our website here. Moreover, you can also find and follow us on Facebook here.

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