WHITE ROCK â€” City hall has a new neighbor in the White Rock Business Improvement Association (BIA) after the organization recently moved into its new office at 1174 Fir St.
Owned by the city, the building is also home to media company Brabeia Inc., and is located on the same city block as municipal hall, the fire department and the library. The site was a former church building before the city took ownership over it in recent years.
"Our new office is a welcoming and professional space that will enable us to hold workshops, meetings, and receptions," said BIA president Lynne Sinclair in a release. "We are very pleased to be able to share space with our colleagues at Brabeia Inc. and be near to our valued partner, the City of White Rock. We are hoping the new office location will ultimately grow into a business development hub in close proximity to city hall.â€
The BIA also recently held its Annual General Meeting, during which the 2014-2015 board was elected. Current members carrying on are Laura Cornale, Pam Montgomery, Terry Ross, Shelly Oâ€™Brien, Lynne Sinclair, Sharon Greysen, Ernie Klassen, Susy Tucker, and Janet Wait. New members include Jeff Wong of Swirl Wine Store and Sandy Saran of Force Properties.
"Our board of directors is a diverse, hard-working, and dedicated group of business people who dedicate hundreds of volunteer hours for the betterment of White Rock,â€ said Sinclair. â€œI am confident that with their leadership we will succeed in building a strong business brand for White Rock in order to better meet the needs of our members, residents, and visitors.â€
Sinclair will be taking a leave of absence from the BIA as she runs for a spot on council in the upcoming civic election.
"I am really looking forward to the discussion of issues that matter to White Rock voters," she said. "I love White Rock and hope I get a chance to work with the new council for the betterment of our community."