Gabriola, Mudge and Decourcy

Community Economic Development

 

Gabriola Chamber

Welcome to a deeper perspective on island life

Whether you are a long time islander or a wanna-be resident, this website is a great source for tapping in and connecting to what is happening in our community.

The island community is inclusive, queer friendly and ability focused. We strive to build sustainability and have a strong network of community organizations with many engaged volunteers that are passionate about creating positive local impact.

There are resources here to help you understand the lay of the land beyond being a visitor.

Love where you live – Support Local! 

The Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce is providing a tool for all local businesses to outline and update their current services being offered, in one common location.

This resource page will assist residents to quickly determine what level of modified business services are available during this difficult time.

Latest News and Projects

Cover Contest

Gabriola Island 2021/22 Visitor Guide COVER CONTEST 

It’s the 2nd Annual Cover Contest for the Visitor Guide and once again we are looking for an original image that showcases the beauty and vibrancy of the island, this year with an off-season focus. We are looking for imagery that sparks love for the other seasons – the ones full of rain and cozy slippers, emerging flora, autumn mist… Imagery that speaks to the creative spirit that resides here would also be a welcome submission.

The image can be a photograph, painting, drawing or graphic art. A picture is worth a thousand words and we’re looking for the picture to turn the off-season on. 

  • The contest will be open for submissions starting on July 2nd, 2021 and ending on Friday July 16, 2021. 
  • Submissions are sent to julie@gabriolachamber.ca with your name, contact, details of the image and why it represents island life in the off-season to you.
  • Accepting all mediums of vibrant imagery – drawing/painting/photography/graphic art
  • The top three submissions will be presented to the public on Monday July 26th. Community voting will then be open until August 1st. 
  • The winning cover will be announced and presented on August 3, 2021

CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS

What we are looking for:

  • We want something creative, unique, and eye-catching that showcases Gabriola’s ‘off-season’ 
  • The photo must be taken on Gabriola. If artwork, it must relate to Gabriola.
  • The image should be vertical, full color and high res (minimum 300 DPI). 
  • Empty space in the image for legible text overlay is important to consider.
  • Images that do not meet the above guidelines will not be considered.

What we are NOT looking for:

  • No black and white images. 
  • No horizontal images
  • No Malaspina Galleries
  • No distinctly summer vibes

What will the top submission WIN???

  • Round trip ticket with Gulf Island Seaplanes
  • Plus a $150 gift certificate to a local business of their choice
  • The winner’s photo will be featured on the front cover of the 2021/22 Visitor Guide. Photo credit with details will be listed in the brochure.

A few more things to keep in mind for the contest:

  • All artwork/photos must be received within the cover contest time frame, July 2-16.
  • Applicants can only submit their own artwork/photographs, and the artist/photographer will need to agree to signing off the full rights of the photo for use on the visitor guide cover, on our website, social media, and other Tourism Gabriola promotions in perpetuity if chosen as the winner. Photo credit will be given where possible.
  • The photo can contain people, but model releases must be provided to Tourism Gabriola for anyone recognizable in the photo.
  • Contestants can enter up to two (2) images BUT they must be submitted individually.
  • The top three submissions will be selected by a judging panel made up of the staff and council of the GICC, as well as the graphic designer for the publication. Top three contestants will be informed by the email address they provide.
  • The judging panel reserves the right to not use any of the submissions for the cover if none are deemed suitable.

Gabriolans will vote for their favorite of the top three and the contest winner will be featured on the cover page of the 2021/22 Gabriola Visitor Guide.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Community Business Directory

The Directory component is a newly developing resource for locals and visitors alike. Sign up is free for all local businesses and enterprises and we hope to encouraged the use of it widely.

The 3 linked websites, Tourism Gabriola, the Gabriola Chamber and this site are all fed by the same directory database. The goal is to get all businesses, community organizations and enterprise listed for the 3 islands in one, online searchable place, for both locals and visitors to use. The more fully subscribed the Directory becomes the better it will be as a tool for marketing, promotion, collaboration and networking.

 

The goals for this Community Economic Development site

To be full of resources, links and information for the many kinds of enterprise on the island.

To create a positive mindset and approach to our local economy, where we collaborate to build sustainability and we understand that fostering resiliency creates positive community wellbeing.

To connect, network and info share between local businesses, residents, organizations and visitors.

To share the projects, collaborations and initiatives being worked on by the Community Economic Development Officer.

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