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Farewell to Executive Director

Julie Sperber, Executive Director

The time has come to give thanks and show gratitude to the Gabriola Chamber’s outgoing Executive Director, Julie Sperber.

Julie has a new horizon as the President and CEO of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, the most significant Vancouver & Gulf Island economic development non-government and non-profit organization. Her leap from our organization to VIEA is no surprise to us. Her intelligence, creativity and compassion are abundant like rain in winter and blackberries in summer.

Elation for this acknowledgment of Julie’s talent is coupled with sadness as her exit from the Gabriola Chamber comes near.

In the past 4 years, she has brought nearly a million dollars of funding into our community and helped connect our island network in ways that a master weaver might make the most practical and beautiful basket. Economic development is complex and the hoop-jumping of federal, provincial, regional and non-profit grant writing and reporting can tire and confuse even the best ringmaster. Julie’s hard work and competence will leave us in an excellent position for our next opportunities.

With 3.5 more years in our fourth consecutive contract with the RDN for Community Economic Development and our next Strategic Plan months away from completion, we are on the fulcrum of tremendous potential. The question now: who’s looking for their next interesting career opportunity? More to come very soon.
A thousand thank yous & Congratulations Julie.

~Graham, Chamber President

See VIEAs Announcement of Julie’s appointment here.


Past Chamber News

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UPDATED! COVID-19 Information April 22nd

The Gabriola Chamber is working hard to support the local businesses through this trying time, as well as inform them and link them to resources. Below are some documents to provide helpful information. The first is to inform the local population on what business...

WUB Gathering Oceanside Retreat – Gabriola Island

Location: The Haven, Gabriola Island Dates: Friday May 1 to Monday May 4, 2020 A deep journey into connection, nature and healing on beautiful Gabriola Island, BC Canada. There's always something cool happening here! WUB is bringing one of their transformational...

Gabriola Island visitor guide brochure

The 2021/22 Visitor Guide will build upon the momentum of the design change f rom last year. Although it wasn’t the regular visitor kind of year, the new look and feel of the Gabriola Visitor Guide received great reviews. This year there will be some tweaks to make it...

SNEAK PEAK at the Gabriola 2020-2021 Brochure!

There is a new look and feel to the brochure this year! The design focuses on off-season promotion, storytelling and engaging our visitor with our genuine gulf island vibe. The advertising options will be live for purchase on our website this week! Come to the AGM...

RFP Gabriola Enterprise Zone Feasibility Study & Gap Analysis

The Gabriola Chamber is seeking a consultant for this project that consists of 2 main components: 1. A Feasibility Study for The Gabriola Enterprise Zone Project 2. Island-wide Gap Analysis The intent of the Gabriola Enterprise Zone study is to research the specific...

RFP for Graphic Design of 2020 Brochure

The Gabriola Chamber is seeking a Graphic Designer to work with us for the 2020 Gabriola Visitor Guide. The Gabriola Chamber embarked on creating a visual identity for the many aspects of island life in 2018/19. Three interconnected websites launched in July 2019 and...

Volunteer for the Gabriola Visitor Centre

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Congratulations to Heart and Soil Organics  Business of the Year 2018

Congratulations to Heart and Soil Organics Business of the Year 2018

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