New Westminster, BC – The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been working to develop a Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that have been affected by the fire last week. In partnership with Westminster Savings, an account has been be opened into which any funds raised or donated can be deposited.

Led by Bart Slotman, Director, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, a committee of community members will be set up with a Terms of Reference and Criteria for the purposes of deciding how money raised for victims of the fire should be disbursed. Additional representatives from the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Improvement Association and the New Westminster Media will be invited to participate in the committee.

 “The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has been doing a fantastic job in coordinating relief efforts in the wake of last Thursday’s fire” says Gavin Toy, President and CEO Westminster Savings. “New Westminster is a close knit community and Westminster Savings is pleased to help coordinate an account into which donations can be made to support those who have been affected.”

The Fire Relief Fund Distribution Committee will be tasked with determining the distribution of aid to the business owners and employees directly impacted by the Columbia Street Fire.

 “The business community has responded with generosity.  It has been very encouraging to see businesses across New West support other businesses for the greater good of the downtown area”, says Christine Conway, New Westminster Chamber President. “The community can get involved both by making donations to support the affected businesses and also by continuing to frequent their favourite downtown shops.”

Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account #452538201)




Thank you Cassady and Company for your generous donation of $2500 for the Fire Relief Fund!

On Saturday October 19, Leona and her Greens and Beans team held a fundraiser for the Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund. One Source Productions donated all of the signs and Key West Ford purchased $200 worth of soup. The total amount raised  was $1120.00. Greens and Beans will be keeping a jar on the counter until the end of the month.

The New Westminster branches of Vancity are organizing a change drive to collect donations for the relief fund.  They  will be kicking it off with a $1000 donation.!

Donations to the Fire Relief Fund may be made at any branch of Westminster Savings (please reference account  # 452538201). Cheques are to be made payable to the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.

Janet Lucarino is offering the Paddlewheeler Pub as a venue for a fundraiser. 604-524-1894.

Roe Gabriel of St. John Ambulance has large commercial space available. 604-521-1606.

Garry from The Pantry is offering his restaurant, all the food and the services to anyone looking to host a benefit for up to 100 people. 604-549-9010

Marie and Tandrea from De Dutch Restaurant are offering a buffet dinner for 90-100 people with all proceeds going to benefit the businesses affected. 604-786-1328

Dolores Kirkwood from Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts is offering her “Parade ” routine  recently performed @ Disneyworld –Also a “Ragtime routine (from the era of old New Westminster! ) 604-521-3255

Dublin Castle could provide some food and beverage for the benefit concert being organized or they would like to offer our restaurant as a space to hold a fundraiser and provide complimentary food and beverage.604-544-5020

Sheila Comer from Pink Ribbon Bakery would love to donate cupcakes to be served at the benefit concert! 604-837-4025

Jenny from Mid Century Modern Home, has arranged for free ads in the Georgia Straight when event planners are ready to advertise the benefit events. 604-515-1865

Fire Chief Tim Armstrong has offered his firefighters and his fire trucks for use in any of the benefit events! 604-519-1006

Giuseppe Ganci from Last Door Recovery Society and his team are will to assist in any volunteer capacity. 604-525-9771

Dave Brown and team from the Lookout Society is available to help in any way they can. 778-288-8887

Thank you to the New Westminster NewsLeader for their donation of a full page being featured next Wednesday that will assist us in matching the needs of the affected businesses


Many businesses are stepping forward with offers of support such as:

Adam Isfeld from Key West Ford is offering any of the affected businesses the temporary use of a vehicle and also he and all of his staff have offered to volunteer in any way necessary. 604-834-9771

Harm Woldring from The Wine Factory will be contributing $5 for every wine ordered till the end of October to the disaster relief effort in support of our neighbours and community.

Gary Steele from The Pantry has offered lunch vouchers for those business owners affected by the fire. 604-549-9010

Justice Institute of BC is donating 100 x $10.00 Cafeteria Certificates for all of the affected businesses, first responders and others who are helping to make a difference. Certificates can be picked up at the Chamber.

Mike Noel from C2K Solutions is offering computer set up and support plus he is willing to help businesses in any way. 604-944-0165

Carolyn Egan, Shops at New West, is offering Commercial space to all of the businesses affected. 604-242-9045

Evan Thomas from Blue Sky Properties is also offering Commercial space at the 625 Fifth Ave Location. 604-376-3662

Rose Tiernes from Cadeaux Gifts is offering businesses to use her unoccupied space in Sapperton 604-521-5269

Katie from Medical Esthetics is offering free facials and de-stressing services to all business owners affected 604-764-1274

Gill Perron is offering stackable chairs, desk & other office items. 604-521-5990

Karima from Bosley’s Pet Food Plus of offering to help pets from pet friendly businesses who have been affected and is willing to help the businesses in any way. 604-522-5280

Jay Catalan from Network Hub is offering free space to all of the businesses affected and use of the large board room. They have high speed internet and a printer scanner available as well. As well if any of the displaced businesses need a place to receive their mail, Jay can offer them up to 6 months free subscription to their Mailing Services. He will receive their mail, and send them an email whenever he receives any piece of mail or package for them.  604-544-5045

The River Market is  offering affected businesses and organizations use of Market’s kiosks, Community Square, Food Hall, etc. free of charge for up to 6 months

Monica from A Win Insurance is offering a boardroom and complimentary office space to the affected businesses. 604-590-1251

It’s Your Time will be providing their services (such as bookkeeping, social media, phone & email, document preparation) for free indefinitely to any businesses currently affected by the fire. 604-648-8799

Bart Slotman from the Uptown Property Group offering their only vacant space to one of the businesses affected by the fire and is willing to help in any other way. 604-525-8866

Cherylann Colby would like to gift a 1 month personal/family membership to LegalShield, for unlimited access to legal advice/assistance, to the Business Owners and their employees affected by the fire. This offer is available until the end of 2013. 778-668-8714

Landmark Cinemas is offering movie passes for those affected by the fire.

They will be available for pick up at the Chamber office.

Vivian Chan of Service Canada is offering a group session for businesses and their employees on how to access EI Benefits at this time. Also, please find here some useful phone numbers: EI enquiries for workers: 1-800-206-7218; Employer’s Contact Centre: 1-800-367-5693 (including Records of Employment enquiries)

United Steel Workers Union 2009 has office space available. Christopher Ross 604-818-9700

The Chamber is offering its assistance as well in terms of office space, use of office equipment, telephones, or any other services these affected businesses may need. Our door is always open!

If you would like to offer assistance as well, let us know and we will send your offers and contributions to our downtown business colleagues!

If you are a business that has been affected, call us today and let us know what you need and how we can help! 604-521-7781; After Hours 604-363-6973 (Cori Lynn).


Sincerely, Your New Westminster Chamber Board and Staff



The Royal City Builders Awards Winners Are: October 5, 2013

42nd Annual Royal City Builders’ Awards a Success


New Westminster, BC – On October 2, 2013, the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce presented the 42nd Annual Royal City Builders’ Awards.  These awards honour outstanding projects completed in 2012 in New Westminster. Over 100 people were in attendance at the gala dinner event held at the Inn at the Quay. Keynote speaker Robert Fung provided insight into the transformation of historic Downtown New Westminster. This year’s award recipients are:


Winners in the Modern Development category:

Commercial Renovation

337 Sixth Street, Head to Toe Spa


Modern Residential

709 Twelfth Street, The Shift


Modern Commercial

811 Columbia Street, Shops at New West


Modern Institutional

217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit


Winners in the Heritage category:

Exterior Heritage Renovation

(tie) 101 Agnes Street and 123 Seventh Avenue


Exterior Heritage Restoration (The Heritage Shield)

127 Queens Avenue


New Home Construction that Respects New Westminster Heritage

239 Osborne Street


Winners in the Universal Access category:


326 Columbia Street, Taverna Greka


217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit


Winner in the Sustainability category:

390 – 800 Carnarvon St, Landmark Cinemas


Overall Royal City Builders Award, Building of the Year:

811 Columbia Street, Shops at New West


People’s Choice Awards:


Exterior Heritage Restoration (Shield) and Renovation

213 Fifth Avenue


New Home that Respects New Westminster Heritage

239 Osborne Street


Modern Residential

423 Eighth Street, Moody Park Homes


Modern Commercial

403 Sixth Street, Noort Homes Building Façade Renovations


Modern Institutional

217 – 610 Sixth Street, Fraser North Kidney Care Clinic and Community Dialysis Unit


The Royal City Builders’ Awards are proudly supported by several local businesses. This year’s Sponsors include Canadian Western Bank, Thrifty Foods, First Capital Real Estate and The Royal City Record newspaper.


For more information about the Royal City Builders’ Awards, please contact the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce at 604-521-7781 or the City of New Westminster Development Services Department at 604-515-3767.