Hello my friends, my neighbours, and colleagues,

As promised, our Advocacy Committee has hit the year running. We are already working diligently toward our top priorities: Transit and Transportation in our community; supportive housing and community need; economic development and as always, monitoring community safety and protection.

Our Chamber has called over 300 businesses to connect, gather opinions and hear about the challenges, opportunities and obstacles to running their busi¬nesses as efficiently and profitably as possible. These stories and testimonials have galvanized our efforts to push for better transit access, roads and infra¬structure. We will be presenting position papers on these issues soon. Please be sure to check back often and to contact us with your input!

We are working towards road improvements for the intersection of 177 street and highway #10. It is vitally important that we address the safety issues that have caused many accidents and injuries. Moving a hydro pole from the side¬walk as well as accessibility and ramp inconsistencies that need to be remedied. At this time, we have support from provincial representatives and are moving forward in working with the city on this project.

Additionally, we are keeping on top of current developments with the City’s safety and first responders as well as working to ensure the best interests of the community speaking for local residents and businesses with regard to development design and permits. And finally, along with the Cloverdale BIA, we are in support of an initiative to further develop Hawthorne Square in order to further enhance the area to attract visitors and customers to businesses.

As always, we are seeking your help in ensuring that we continue to weather the COVID19 storm; we ask that you remember to shop local; visit local restaurants and call for local services. Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance and follow the guidelines put forth by the Provincial Health Officer. We are only as strong as our weakest links, so, please remind and help your neighbours, friends and colleagues in this endeavour. We must bend the curve back down so we can one day soon, resume our lives and businesses together.

Remember, Cloverdale and District Chamber of Commerce is here to work for and with you! I am here to stand with you! Together – we will build a Better future for all! As always, it is my pleasure to live in, work for and serve my hometown – Cloverdale.

Submitted by Rebecca Smith, Advocacy Chair