A Message from Charles Gauthier

Dear members,

We have all collectively entered the second month of our temporary new reality. Like you, we have been physically distanced from our friends and coworkers for several weeks now, and are eagerly awaiting news from our health authorities advising when it will once again be safe to come together. But for now, we have seen several silver linings within in these challenging circumstances.

The DVBIA team, although physically distant, has maintained virtual connections with one another and found comfort in our shared experiences, and those of our members. We have seen our downtown businesses and the surrounding community rally around local artists, musicians, and creators, and support the important work that they do each day. We have witnessed our restaurants becoming more innovative than ever before, offering meal kits, frozen takeaway dinners, and even groceries, in order to stay afloat. We have experienced new levels of support from our stakeholders and industry partners as we all put our heads together to come up with inventive and strategic ways to help out during these unprecedented times.

Seeing all of this has given us hope for the future, and has inspired our team to think outside of the box in order to deliver programming that will support our membership and help them get back on their feet. Our economic development department is hard at work developing initiatives that we’re excited to implement when the time is right to begin re-opening downtown Vancouver.

Within this month’s newsletter, you’ll be able to read more about the ways that the DVBIA has pivoted our programs and services to meet the current needs of our members. From weekly webinars to virtual event listings, we have developed a digital suite of offerings that we hope will bring value to your business, and to you personally, during these difficult times.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on my team if you need support. We are here for you.

Charles Gauthier,

President & CEO, DVBIA