The Peachland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose main focus right now is getting the local business community back on its feet. Here’s the latest!
A drive-in movie night in Turner Park is just the thing Peachlanders need to wrap up one strange summer.
Rick Ingram is with the Peachland Recovery Task Force, a group created this spring by the Peachland Chamber of Commerce. They’ve been thinking of ways to lift our town’s spirits and aid in its economic recovery. The Drive-In event will be limited to 50 cars, and will take place Sept 11 and 12th. Back To the Future will play the first night, and Toy Story 4 will be the feature the second night. Tickets will be available starting Aug 27 via Eventbrite, and there’s a suggested donation ($20 – $30 per car, if you can) to the Peachland Food Bank.
“The food bank is really being slammed so it’s a good one to support,” Ingram says.
He adds the Task Force is grateful to the District of Peachland and also the developer of the Turner Park property, which is lending use of the land. Cousins Park and the IGA parking lot were other options, but it was agreed Turner Park is the best place to play the movies.
People will have to stay in their vehicles (unless they’re using the washrooms, of course) and there will be a full list of social distancing guidelines on Eventbrite.
The drive-in movies are made possible thanks to Fortis BC and Fresh Air Cinema, who are doing events like this throughout the province. Peachland’s VantageOne branch is also helping out.
Ingram says the Peachland Recovery Task Force is working on a gala later this year that will support more community groups.
“Since this task force started, we’ve been thinking of other things we could do to uplift people and help raise funds.”
Have you heard about the Chamber’s Humans of Peachland series? Local writer Matthew Abrey is talking to some familiar faces, along with others you may not have met. They all have stories to tell, and you can check them out right here!
To combat COVID-19 – related losses, the Chamber partnered with VantageOne Credit Union to bring you shoppeachlandbc.com, where you’ll find all sorts of local business. Gift certificates are available in $20 denominations – so you can shop as much as you want. Gift certificates will be emailed within five business days, and you can redeem them anytime after July 1. You can also donate to local non-profits such as the Peachland Wellness Centre and the Peachland Food Bank.
Another way the Chamber is reaching out, is through a survey to members every two weeks. Responses will allow the Peachland Chamber to better gauge how everyone’s needs are evolving, and to track the effectiveness of provincial and federal government initiatives.
The Peachland Chamber of Commerce’s new home at 5878C Beach Ave. is also home to the TNI Business Centre, where once it reopens, you can rent out offices, use the boardroom and take advantage of networking opportunities. The grand opening will take place at a future date.
The Chamber is also active within the BC Chamber of Commerce, advocating for local business and passing on various programs and plans to help BC business owners during this time. Even if you’re not a Chamber member at this time, their resources are still available.
Check out the Peachland Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages for the latest updates
Phone: (250) 470-8557
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