DVA Holds its’ 2019 Annual General Meeting | Downtown Vernon Association
The Downtown Vernon Association held its 2019 Annual General Meeting on May 30, 2019, with members approving the 2018 Annual Report including Financial Statements and electing the 2019 Board of Directors.
“The DVA is pleased to announce the re-election of Shanna Rowney of Evolve Beyond Education Solutions, Alysia Lor-Knill of Teassential, Umang Patel of RBC and David Scarlatescu of The Fig. We are also pleased to welcome Cody Walker of Nixon Wenger as our newest Director, and thank the existing Directors including Selena Stearns from Work BC, Andrew Fradley of Eclectic Med, Tegan Carruthers of BDO Canada, Shaun Daniels from Nature’s Fare, Catherine Christensen owner of Your Calm Oasis and Keelan Murtagh representing Wayside.” “The DVA’s volunteer Board of Directors are an excellent representation of the downtown Vernon business community, and I’m eager to continue to work with them in achieving their Vision for downtown Vernon. Each Director brings unique and valuable skills and expertise to their roles in directing the work of the Association and in representing their industries and community,” says Susan Lehman, Executive Director of the DVA. “This is also an opportune time to express our gratitude for the many Directors and volunteers in the DVA’s 52 years that have contributed their time and strengths to representing the downtown Vernon business community”.
2018 was a strong and busy year for the DVA including 30 new businesses located in the Business Improvement Areas, announcement of redevelopment the old Liquidation World site, record-breaking public event attendance numbers at DVA activities, and continued infrastructure investment from the City of Vernon. Despite the anticipated challenges to businesses in 2019 around employee recruitment, succession planning, tech security, and the ever-rising taxes that impact the costs to business owners, we anticipate 2019 to be a solid year for the DVA, including the 25th Annual Sunshine Festival, a revitalization of the Heritage Murals, increased activities in support of the growing Vernon bike scene and active transportation, our new Try It @ Justice programming, the welcome of 50+ new residents upon the completion of The Hub, improvements in the social stability of downtown Vernon and many more areas of continued improvement and development. Says Lehman, “The property and business owners in downtown Vernon are the most creative, resilient, engaged and supportive community with all the small-town charm, kindness and authenticity that makes downtown Vernon a very special neighbourhood.”