Provincial and municipal elected officials, Community Futures Peace Liard, Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce, and Lake View Credit Union representatives have been meeting weekly since the pandemic began, to share their knowledge on how to support local businesses during this critical period of social distancing and the re-opening.
The solution? Shop local.
“For those who are able, shopping locally will offer the same kind of community effort, this time to support local employers and their employees in recovering from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19,” says Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier.
"Please consider local with that first consumer decision,” said Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead in a release.
The group emphasised even with the economy reopening, it is critical to follow provincial health directives and continue physical distancing, hand washing, and other safety precautions. A second wave of the pandemic would further hurt the already fragile business community.
“We need to get our local economy re-opened and supporting our local businesses in every way possible. Keeping workers safe and back to work is the objective,” added Bumstead.
The group says cashflows have been non-existent for many businesses.
“The Dawson Creek Chamber wants our businesses back in business in a safe responsible manner. We are here to help support this goal in whatever way necessary and we remain Vocal for Local,” said Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce President Chris Richards.
People who want to go further to help Dawson Creek businesses can pick up a gift certificate for use at a later time, something that can help cashflow.
“We not only appreciate and support our local entrepreneurs; in fact we were started by a group of them. Stay safe and successful in the Peace,” said Lake View Credit Union CEO Lori Archibald.
The Dawson Creek Business Resilience Team says that keeping dollars in the community will help local businesses and families and help strengthen the community through tough times.
“Shopping local is more important now than ever before. Support our businesses through their transition. Many have lost thousands of dollars over the past eight weeks and some will not recover fully for many months or years to come. They provide employment, product and services to our community every day of the year,” said Community Futures Peace Liard Chair Russ Beerling.
Dawson Creek Business Resilience Team members:
• Mike Bernier, MLA, Peace River South
• Dale Bumstead, Mayor, City of Dawson Creek
• Sue Kenny, General Manager, Community Futures Peace Liard
• Russ Beerling, Chair, Community Futures Peace Liard
• Kathleen Connelly, Executive Director, Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce
• Chris Richards, President, Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce
• Lori Archibald, CEO, Lake View Credit Union
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