Monthly chamber luncheon delayed to Feb. 11

Nanaimo Community Hospice and the Canadian Home Builders' Association Vancouver Island are the featured guests for the next Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon which has been delayed to February 11. They will provide a sneak peak at the 2022 Dream Home being built in the Foothills in Lantzville by Momentum Design Build. 

Kerriann Coady – CEO of Canadian Homebuilders Association Vancouver Island (CHBA VI), and Project Manager of NCHS Dream Home Lottery. CHBA VI represents more than 170 member firms across Vancouver island and is the voice of the residential construction industry. Their mission is to support the industry's ability to meet the aspirations of Canadians for housing affordability, quality and choice.  

Paige Karczynski – Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Hospice Society – Nanaimo Hospice is a pillar in the Nanaimo community actively advocating for a future where every person and their loved ones can access the finest standards of hospice palliative care at end of life in a timely manner with compassion, comfort and dignity. 


First Nations storytellers add to Downtown celebrations

211206 – Organizers of Downtown Nanaimo’s holiday activities happily announced the addition of two afternoons of Indigenous storytelling and one of puppet shows over the next two weekends. 

Geraldine Manson, Snuneymuxw Elder and Knowledge Keeper Dave Bodaly will provide several shows on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 & 12 at Literacy Nanaimo, 19 Commercial Street. Geraldine will take the stage at 2 pm each day, with Dave taking a show at 1 & 3 pm on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. Registration:

Geraldine has served her First Nations community as an elected Council member and worked for her community since 1980. She gives credit for he cultural wisdom and education her Elders, present and passed. Dave is a Snuneymuxw Knowledge Keeper, photographer, harvester, tour guide, genealogist, and weaver! Dave says that sharing culture with youth is part of his journey. He encourages all youth to connect with many cultures to explore and expand their creativity.

On Saturday, December 18, families can enjoy “A Penny A Sketch” performance of a holiday puppet show at Literacy Nanaimo as well. Shows are at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Storytelling and puppet show performances are free, but you must pre-register to guarantee your seats. Covid protocols are in place and masks are mandatory.


Just across the street, Santa’s Gingerbread Village offers a chance for families to visit with Santa, safely distanced at pre-registered times on Saturdays and Sundays until December 19. While waiting for their appointment with Santa, children can also engage in some craft activities in the Village. ‘Corner Concerts’ at Diana Krall Plaza happen at the same time.

Registration for Santa visits:

For more information, contact: HEATHER FISK 250-713-1124