Fresh off the tails of Made In Strathcona’s Most Walkable Street initiative, we’re gearing up for our 2018 Walk Strathcona campaign: 10 Blocks of Passion.
10 Blocks of Passion will highlight 10 unique art pieces inspired by intimate personal stories from Strathcona. Showing a human look at tales from behind the scenes of our diverse array of businesses.
As one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, nestled just east of downtown, Strathcona is home to over 450 businesses, 7,000 employees and 11,000 residents – home to thousands of unique stories and voices. The area also boasts one of the highest concentrations of artists in Canada. Its rich history and unique offerings have attracted a number of different businesses and people.
10 Blocks of Passion Street Gallery
To celebrate our unique business community, the business district will be transformed into a walkable street gallery. Featuring original artworks inspired by the personal stories of Strathcona business members who have contributed to the culture of our neighbourhood.
We hope to inspire more people from across the Lower Mainland to #WalkStrathcona and learn more about what makes us one of Vancouver’s most inspiring neighbourhoods.
We will be selecting 24 business members to highlight, all of which will be featured on our social media channels. Of the 24 selected, 10 stories will be paired with an artist commissioned to create an original work inspired by these stories to be displayed in Strathcona. We’ll be looking to highlight businesses from all areas of the SBIA and across all sectors.
Applications are now open.
Are you an SBIA business member with an intimate personal story to highlight?
Are you an artist who would like to be featured in 10 Blocks of Passion?
All applications are due by December 1, 2017 – final selections will be announced December 15th, 2017.Read More
Photo credit: Kellan Higgins
The Holiday Social at Pat’s Pub in December was a huge success. Around 100 SBIA members and partners came out to enjoy some holiday cheer. Attendees enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere created by Pat’s Pub, great beer from onsite Hastings Mill Brewing Company, yummy bites from Railtown Catering, and of course the great company of SBIA members and partners. It is safe to say we had the best prizes of any holiday party in town, generously donated by SBIA members. The grand prize quiz tradition was back with a very difficult set of questions this year. Trumps Fine foods continued their lucky prize winning streak from previous years and did a sweep of the two grand prizes. Savoury Chef was the SBIA member winner of the Recycle In Strathcona gift certificate, and are excited to take advantage of some free recycling services. Thank you to all of our members and partners that came out to the holiday social this year, what an enjoyable time as always!
And a special thanks to the following members for providing door prizes for the event:
We are pleased to announce that at the 2016 Annual General Meeting held on September 28, 2016 at the Pink Pearl Restaurant, members unanimously voted in support of the renewal term of 7 years, the cap of $7.449M and the 17/18 budget. The Board of Directors expresses its thanks and gratitude to the many members for their time and input for face-to-face meetings, survey participation, open house attendance and conversations over the phone to help set the mandate and budget for the next seven years.
The final step of the renewal process will be a letter from the City of Vancouver in late 2016 to officially inform SBIA members of the BIA’s renewal application. Then the renewal application will go to Council in spring 2017 for approval.
At the AGM, we said farewell to two outstanding directors, Toby Barazzuol and Colin Stansfield. Toby served on the Board for over ten years, including three years as the Chair, and was instrumental in spearheading the SBIA’s sustainability work and community-building efforts. This work has allowed the SBIA to represent the interests of its members in a much broader spectrum of community dialogues and to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in external funding to deliver innovative projects. Colin served on the Board for four years and was instrumental in redefining the work of the Community Relations Committee by initiating the Policy & Positions document and advocacy strategic direction and was a key resource to the bring local news back to the Board table. Thank you Toby and Colin for your many years of service to the Strathcona BIA.
Board of Directors 2016-2017
Appointed by acclamation, we welcomed two new directors, Darryl Ray and Anu Kainth, to fill the vacant seats left by Toby and Colin. Darryl Ray is the Partner and General Manager of the Butler Did It Catering and Anu Kainth is a property manager for buildings in the Railway area. Re-elected to the Board were Emma Carscadden (Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects), Tammy Tsang (My Loud Speaker Marketing), Rick Havlak (Homestead Junction) and Jason Gilron (Pacific Restaurant Supply) while Peter Joe (Sunrise Soya Foods), Wayne Nelsen (Patricia Hotel), Amanda Dalla Zanna (Savoury Chef) and Braden Parker (Low Tide Properties) will be serving their second year of the two year term.
The AGM concluded with keynote remarks from David Lewis, Team Lead for the Integrated Graffiti Management Program for the City of Vancouver.Read More
The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2000. We serve more than 850 business and commercial properties within our catchment area and provide advocacy, marketing, property maintenance, safety and sustainability services to our members. Funding is provided through a BIA levy, mandated by a City of Vancouver bylaw that is required to be renewed at the end of each renewal term. The current seven-year renewal term expires in March 2017, and your BIA Board of Directors, a volunteer group comprised of property and business owners from the area is seeking a renewal agreement for a new seven-year term, to run from April 2017 until March 2024. Renewal was a major initiative by the Board of Directors in late 2015 and 2016 and the SBIA engaged members in a number of outreach initiatives to get feedback and seek approval for another seven year term. These initiatives included:
- Development of Proposed Directions for 2017 to 2024: Renewal, which highlights key activities and achievements from 2010 to 2017 and proposed strategic objectives for 2017 to 2024
- Two surveys of members to solicit feedback on past achievements, future direction and budget
- Open House on June 28
- Door to door outreach and in-person meetings with property and business owners
- At the 2016 AGM, there will be a vote on the renewal term of seven years, the budget cap over this period and the 17/18 budget.
On December 9th, SBIA members and friends reflected on and celebrated the year at Pat’s Pub. The social continues to grow with over 90 people attending this year. Guests enjoyed fabulous food & drinks and wonderful door prizes provided by members and vendors.
A special thanks to the following members for providing door prizes for the Social:
On behalf of all the staff and directors of the SBIA, thank you for your support and we look forward to continue working on your behalf!
Dear Strathcona BIA members,
Please join us at the Annual General Meeting & Members? Luncheon:
Please contact the Strathcona BIA office for a copy of the membership form to be eligable to vote at the AGM. Forms must be completed and emailed, faxed or mailed the to the SBIA bySeptember 23. Forms will not be accepted after this time.
To be a voting member you must have been a property owner of tenant of a class 5 or class 6 property within the Strathcona BIA’s boundaries for six months prior to the date of registration as shown on the current City of Vancouver Tax Assessment Roll.
Non-members, unless invited otherwise are not permitted to attend this event.
To RSVP for the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SBIA office at 604-258-2727Read More
On Wednesday, December 11 the Strathcona BIA held our Annual Holiday Social at Chapel Arts. The event saw a turn-out of over 75 people and was a great opportunity for business owners, community stakeholders and SBIA partner organizations to network and build relationships.
We would like to thank the following generous member businesses and partner organizations for providing donations for our Holiday Social:
Floral & Hardy Edible Plants
G&F Financial Group
Sunrise Soya Foods
The Butler Did It Catering Co.
Thank you to everyone who attended and look forward to working with you in 2014!
Bike Strathcona, Rain or Shine
Strathcona Business Improvement Association hosts Fall & Winter Cycling Workshop to encourage more cycling to and within our neighbourhood
|Don your rain gear and polish your fenders! Join the Strathcona Business Improvement Association and HUB: Your Cycling Connectionon Thursday, October 24th at Chapel Arts as they share tips and tricks for cycling in the Fall and Winter months with local business owners and Strathcona community members. “I would like to know how to keep riding all year round without showing up to work soaking wet,” says Mark Lee, an interested participant.?This fun and interactive workshop will also present ways to attract new cycling customers and employees.Strathcona is the first Business Improvement Association in Vancouver to engage their members and their community with a cycling workshop.?”As a community organization, the SBIA is working to create a fully sustainable business district. This includes shifting to more sustainable modes of transport, and supporting our members who want to cycle more,” says Meg O’Shea, SBIA’s Sustainability Coordinator, “Attending this workshop will help prepare them — and us! — to safely and comfortably bike throughout the year in our neighbourhood.”Event Information
The Strathcona Business Improvement Association recognizes the important role that cycling can play in attracting new customers and skilled employees, cultivating healthy workplaces and promoting sustainability. As more residents of the neighbourhood and region adopt cycling as a means of transportation, the Strathcona BIA wants to empower people with the knowledge and tools they need to cycle safely all year-round. Seen as a leader in community building and sustainability, the SBIA is also promoting biking to work and will be present at the Union & Hawks celebration station during the HUB Fall Bike to Work Week (Oct 28 – Nov 3, 2013).
“We run these on-site workshops year-round, with topics ranging from cycling skills to bicycle maintenance and fall and winter riding tips,” says Donna Chen, the?HUB Bike Friendly Business?Program Manager,?”It’s exciting to see organizations like the Strathcona BIA go above and beyond to help their community realize the social, environmental, health and economic benefits that cycling can bring to the neighbourhood.”
For more information about HUB Workplace Cycling Workshops, visit: bikehub.ca/bfb.