I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Hastings Crossing BIA as the new executive director. Upon being selected for the role, I knew that I would be following some pretty impressive footsteps, as Wes Regan departs. Wes has been such a leader in launching this innovative BIA, and I wish him the best in his upcoming election campaign. You, the members of HxBIA, with the leadership of Wes and a strong Board of Directors, have created a strong and unique identity and established your voice. You have fostered a healthy and competent internal culture of governance and accountability, developed a very solid programmatic foundation, and established many valuable partnerships in the community. Enshrined in your constitution and bylaws, and evident in your programming and communications, is a commitment to creating an inclusive local economy that provides opportunities for low-income residents and those with barriers. You embrace the opportunities that investment brings to the community but also recognize the need to work harder, and work smarter, in mitigating or avoiding displacement and exclusion. These are the values and principles that will continue to drive the local economy within HxBIA. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to help drive this work, especially coming in at such an important time, with the BIA’s renewal taking place at this September’s Annual General Meeting. I encourage all members to attend and continue to support this work!
As Wes is departing and I am transitioning in, we are currently out and about visiting the businesses within our BIA to meet you and share some information about the upcoming AGM. If you would like to make sure we don’t miss you, please contact me at [email protected]. You should also be receiving information in the mail in the next couple of weeks.
A little about my background… I am originally from Jacksonville, Florida and attended university in Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Following university, I relocated to Eugene/Springfield, Oregon in 2010 where I was brought on with a non-profit community development corporation to start Main Street programs for Downtown Springfield and the Whiteaker district of Eugene. These areas shared many similarities to the Downtown Eastside and HxBIA, and challenged the course of my career and me as a citizen in so many ways. I moved to Vancouver in 2011 to begin my masters of urban studies at SFU, where I studied the Granville Street Mall and the 2008 redesign that followed the construction of the Canada Line. During my 4 years at SFU, I worked in the university’s Sustainability Office leading the staff and student community engagement programs.
This new role with HxBIA will be a challenge for me, but I certainly have the enthusiasm and willingness to take it on. I truly hope to be a resource to you, the business and property owners, to continue the great work being done to make HxBIA the social innovation BIA. If there is any way that I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to many coffee chats and exploring the many shops and restaurants that our exciting BIA has to offer!
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