Published On: Tuesday, 03 April 2018

April Opportunities To Get Involved In The West Shore

April Opportunities To Get Involved In The West Shore

WEST SHORE - On April 27th 2018, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce is holding its second annual Viva La WestShore event. This is a fun-filled evening of dressing to the nines to enjoy casino games, prizes, silent auction, live music, champagne and photos on the red carpet, all at Olympic View Golf Club.

In 2017 our members let us know that they’d like more opportunities for social interaction and to support the local community and Viva La WestShore does both.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will support the Pacific Centre Family Services Association’s (PCFSA) Youth at Risk programming. PCFSA provides vital services to support families, children and seniors in the West Shore and we are delighted to support their work with our 2018 event. Tickets are $60 for Chamber members, $75 for non-members, and can be purchased by contacting the Chamber office at 250-478-1130.

Viva La WestShore is by no means the only show in town in April. If you are a supporter of the arts you will want to check out Arise, a fundraising event celebrating arts and culture.

Put on by the West Shore Arts Council, the evening will include guest artists Maureen Washington and Daniel Cook, live painting, silent auction, interactive art including the “Registroid,” appetizers, and a DJ for dancing.

It all takes place at the Royal Colwood Golf & Country Club on April 21st. Go to to purchase tickets, which are only $25 each!

April is also the month where registration opens for Best of the West Shore Awards (BOWSA). From the end of April to the end of May, organizations will be able to register with the WestShore Chamber so that their business name appears on the BOWSA voting platform against a preferred category.

In 2017 there were over 20,000 votes across 43 categories, so this means immediate name recognition for those who register. Both WestShore Chamber members and non-members are invited to take part.

Look out for the announcement of the registration process at the end of April on Twitter, Facebook and via our e-news. Public voting for Best of the West Shore Awards will open in July and run through to Labour Day, and the winners and finalists will be announced at the Awards Gala at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort Community on October 25th.

Julie Lawlor is the Executive Director at the WestShore Chamber of Commerce. You can reach her at