And the 2016 Platinum Award goes to… November 21, 2016


Bernie Legge – Artist of the Year

Winner: Susan Grieg

Susan, a talented artist and the owner of 100 Braid Street Studios, is a strong advocate and supporter of the arts in New Westminster. She has created the only co-working space, gallery, and event location in the city where local artists can create and sell their work, while the public is provided a place to enjoy different forms of art.


Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Mindful Mutts

Mindful Mutts combines all things dog in one place; training, boarding, walking, and pet first aid and have been around for a year and a half. The owner, Stefania Buolkovic, is committed to educating her staff to provide the best animal care possible and strives to support the businesses in New Westminster.


Business of the Year (Medium)

Winner: Bosley’s

Bosley’s has been in business at Columbia Square for five and a half years. They were the first store in New Westminster to offer services like pet sitting, dog training, nail trimming, information sessions, and access to a pet nutritionist. Bosley’s provides consistent staff training and education, and community and customer engagement.


Business of the Year (Large)

Winner: Fraser River Paint & Body

Fraser River Paint & Body have been in business for five and a half years and in that time, have grown their business from 5 to 28 employees. They are heavily involved with the community and support local sports teams, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.

Business Person of the Year

Winner: Dave Vallee

Dave Vallee is a Realtor with Re/Max Advantage Realty and for the past 26 years has been helping people achieve their real estate goals. He is currently the President of the New Westminster Rotary Club and has done extensive fundraising for local community groups.

Citizen of the Year

Winner: Jen Arbo

Jen has been a resident of New Westminster for the past 20 years and have become a staple in the community. Jen co-owns and edits Tenth to the Fraser, is the President of the Royal City Farmer’s Market, volunteers for the New Westminster chapter of KidSport, has provided safe rides home during the Christmas season as part of Operation Red Nose, volunteers with the McBride PAC, helps organize candidate events in the political season and serves on multiple City Council Advisory committees.

Community Spirit

Winner: Donald’s Market

Donald’s Market is an independent grocery store and have been in operation for 20 years, and opened third location in New Westminster in 2010. There vision was to create a destination that celebrates the full circle of food in a local, playful, passionate and sustainable way. In 2012, Donald’s Market launched ONE price in conjunction with River Market as a customer appreciate program and community fund.

Creative Marketing and Innovation of the Year

Winner: Douglas College/Western Media Group/Acuity

Douglas College’s online team partnered with Western Media Group to create a campaign using geo-fencing as an innovative way to directly target potential students in Brazil. The legacy of this campaign is that it has positioned both Douglas College and Western Media Group as innovators in the realm of online marketing. By attracting more international students to Douglas College, we can increase the diversity of New Westminster.

Customer Service Excellence (Business)

Winner: New West Wellness

New West Wellness Centre has been in business for 10 years. The team works together to provide excellent wellness support and customer service. They have implanted an easy to use website with online booking and acknowledge their customers through fast and helpful responses by email and phone. The patient comes first and New West Wellness Centre has a continuous cycle of returning, happy patients.


Customer Service Excellence (Individual)

Winner: Sarah Alicia Thomas Hair Stylist

Sarah Alicia Thomas has worked as a hair dresser since 2007. She offers wonderful customer service to her clients, as well, will help clients who are getting married by providing sewing services for custom made hair pieces. On top of running her own business, she volunteers her services to children with autism.

Green Business of the Year

Winner: Royal Printers

Royal Printers is a print manufacturing company that provides a variety of printing options. They are committed to a green work place by recycling 98% of waste, using hybrid vehicles for delivery, using vegetable based inks, as well as distributing and printing on sugar sheet which is 100% tree-free. They are currently working on securing a one ton truck delivery service that is green and hope that someday people say “can you believe we use to cut down trees to make paper?”

Inclusion Excellence in Business

Winner: Pacific Bolt Manufacturing

Pacific Bolt Manufacturing has been in business for 27 years. They are a heavy industrial bolt manufacturer making speciality bolts for bridges, marine applications and infrastructures. They hire people with all backgrounds, and provide workplace management to make a comfortable and safe, inclusive workplace.

New Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Mindful Mutts

Mindful Mutts combines all things dog in one place; training, boarding, walking, and pet first aid and have been around for a year and a half. The owner, Stefania Buolkovic, is committed to educating her staff to provide the best animal care possible and strives to support the businesses in New Westminster.

New Business of the Year (Medium)

Winner: El Santo

El Santo’s opened in December 2015. El Santo’s showcases the diversity of Mexican food with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients of the West Coast. Alejandro, the owner of El Santo’s, has a passion for good food and outstanding service. He shops and hires local, and promotes this initiative to others. They have also partnered with CAN to support kids with autism.


Non-Profit of the Year (over 1 Million)

Winner: Westminster House

For over 34 years, the Westminster House has been helping alcoholic and drug addicted women get a new life through sobriety. With a team of 23 employees, Westminster House creates a fun and active community of clean and sober individuals. This dedicated team helps make it desirable for women to be clean and sober.


Non-Profit of the Year (under 1 Million)

Winner: New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society

Started in 2014, this New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society wanted to offer teens in New Westminster the opportunity to come together to form a Team that would include not only girls but boys as well. There is no pageant or competition to become a team member, if they meet the criteria set out by the Society, they are accepted into the Team. The members of the New Westminster Youth Ambassador Team are volunteers within the community and represent the City as well as their individual sponsors.





CONNECTIONS November 3, 2016



Looking for help sourcing & hiring talent? 

CONNECTIONS is a free program to assist businesses in New Westminster discover local talent and provide opportunities for job seekers in the community.  Free job postings & job boards, wage subsidies for qualified job seekers and other supports for employers to access potential employees.  We can help.

We are reaching out to employers to:

  • Understand labour needs,
  • Connect you to available jobseekers through Fraser Works Co-operative, and
  • Explore other programs to help you with your hiring challenges.

CONNECT with us today! 
Phone: 236-988-8730



CONNECTIONS is a partnership between the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and Fraser Works Co-operative which runs the WorkBC Employment Services Centre in New Westminster.




2015 Annual Report- New Westminster Chamber of Commerce June 1, 2016

2015 AGM Report

James Woods02


It has been an honour to serve as Chair of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.

Through professional communications, active consultation, civic engagement and advocacy, the Chamber has become a powerful voice for its members.

We’re excited about our advocacy work. We’re discussing important issues and developing stronger relationships with business leaders, community leaders, politicians and media.


There is a lot of value in a Chamber membership. It provides an economical way to promote your business, a vehicle to serve the community, connections with other businesses, and the opportunity to develop your business skills.


We want to ensure that our members have meaningful opportunities to contribute to what we do, and that we keep finding new ways to help members grow their businesses. Our success stems from the success of our members. – James Woods- 2015 Chair



New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is hiring! May 17, 2016

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Membership and Events Assistant


The following defines the scope and type of work responsibilities characteristic of this position. In all instances, it is of utmost importance that a high degree of confidentiality is observed.

Key responsibilities include:

Actively seeking new memberships
Actively encouraging member retention
Being well informed on all membership benefits, programs and discounts and how each works;
Handle all member inquiries
Maintain all membership data sources
Promote the interest of all members
Coordinate all aspects of Chamber events to provide value to members and perceived value to future members
Develop and strengthen the feedback loop between the Chamber and its members
Provide and assist the Chamber Membership Committee in developing all related membership services marketing strategy and materials
Support the Chamber’s strategic plan

Other duties include:


Meet and visit new and potential members regularly;
Answer all email enquiries;
Develop and implement a sales strategy for growing membership;
Promote membership benefits and discounts to all members and non members on an ongoing basis while keeping all information current in new member packages, online and in renewal packages;
Ensure each member has contact at least twice per calendar year
Work with administration to collect overdue accounts;
Help maintain database and advise administration of member cancelations;
Update member information as provided (new addresses, contacts, emails, phone numbers etc.) in database
Administer membership shelves and business card rack in chamber office, keeping all material current; contact members if material is running low, ensure all material is from Chamber members;
Create member service report for the membership committee once per month
Provide new member information to other team members for inclusion in newsletter, social media and other related initiatives 


In order to provide members with the utmost value, the Membership and Events Assistant will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of member events, including:

Securing the sponsorships for the member networking events
Determining dates and appropriate venues (in consultation with the Chamber CEO)
Booking venues, catering, A/V, speakers, entertainment, etc as required and within budget (in consultation with the Chamber CEO)
Developing communications plan to notify members and the larger community of events and encourage attendance
Working with the Chamber CEO to ensure event information is communicated appropriately through Chamber channels, registration system is in place and team members are available to fill necessary event roles. 


With a clear understanding of the benefit agreements in place the Membership and Events Manager will: 

Review monthly group insurance statement to ensure all businesses on the program are members and monthly payments are correct, update Chamber database with group insurance information; maintain contact with group insurance rep to report any discrepancies to rep and CEO
Review reports from BC Chamber and benefit reps to ensure businesses that are on the program are members
Update Chamber database with pertinent information on benefits;
Provide membership confirmation letters as required to benefit reps.
Other Administration tasks as required
Update website weekly
Develop and distribute membership welcome packages, letters, certificates etc 


Increase Chamber relations with the members, business community and other Chambers of Commerce, develop personal professional relationships with these and other stakeholders. 

Represent Chamber at community or business events when required;
When required, speak to groups and organizations on benefits of membership and what Chamber is all about;
Send out hand written thank you notes and congratulations letters on an ongoing basis to contacts/new contacts; general membership


The Membership and Events Assistant, as directed, will assist in the coordination of the Chamber Membership Committee and work with the volunteers to assure that projects which evolve from this committee (whether on-going or new) be achieved with success.
This may include promoting and increasing usage of the Member Marketplace and/or other member benefit programs.
This person will assist with research for programs outlined by the Membership Committee. He/she will be responsible for implementing, under direction of the CEO and volunteer workers, the program of work and policies as adopted by the Board of Directors.  


Cooperation with the Chamber CEO will be essential to this position. Tasks may be assigned that have not been listed as part of the job description. This person shall be responsible for taking the initiative for completing the tasks once asked.  



  • Event planning, communications, public relations, sales and marketing experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high degree of professionalism
  • Must be a self-starter with exceptional organizational skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills with the ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong technology skills with knowledge of database management systems and social media platforms
  • Use of own vehicle will be required. Paid mileage, Valid BC Driver’s license with Business Insurance

 Closing Date: Close of Business (4:30 p.m.) Friday June 3, 2016

 Send Resume and Cover Letter to:     Attention: Cori Lynn Germiquet, CEO

New Westminster Chamber of Commerce,







A new program is being launched to help businesses in New Westminster hire local talent. The program is the result of a new partnership between the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Fraser Works Co-operative which runs the WorkBC Employment Services Centre in New Westminster.

“This is the first time a WorkBC Centre has formally teamed up with a Chamber of Commerce in Metro Vancouver to meet the needs of both businesses looking to hire new employees and job seekers looking for work,” says Fraser Works Co-op President, Megan Brown.
“We think this is a win-win for everyone,” says Cori Lynn Germiquet, the CEO of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. “Our members will be introduced to a wide range of qualified candidates they might not have otherwise considered and local residents will get an opportunity to apply for jobs in their community.”

The new program, called Connections, will survey Chamber members to understand their hiring needs and challenges and will connect them to qualified candidates who are seeking jobs through the New Westminster WorkBC Centre. The program will start in July and be located in the Chamber’s offices and work closely with Chamber staff. This initiative is part of the Fraser Work Co-op’s efforts to better serve employers and achieve higher employment outcomes for job seekers.

The Fraser Works Co-op provides employment services in New Westminster and Eastern Burnaby. It is owned by four community organizations – AWARE, Fraserside Community Services, MOSAIC and Pacific Community Resources Society. The New Westminster WorkBC Centre is at 519 7th Street.
The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is the main voice for business in New Westminster. For 133 years, it has been a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community.

For more information, contact:
Megan Brown, Fraser Works Co-operative President, at and/or 604 374-2475.Cori Lynn Germiquet, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce CEO at and/or 604 521 7781.
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