COVID-19 has devastated small business in communities across British Columbia.
As the representative of communities on the Southern Gulf Islands I have received a steady stream of stories of heartbreak and economic turmoil caused by the global pandemic.
The revenue generated from off-islanders visiting from late-spring to early-fall power Island economies year round.
As public health and safety orders have shut down the early part of the tourist season, and they are likely to severely limit the flow of visitors for the remaining months, many people are concerned about the viability of their businesses and communities.
Amongst the challenges are stories of ingenuity and resilience. Entrepreneurs rapidly pivoting their operations to comply with orders and evolve their service or production.
While these examples inspire us, it’s important that they are celebrated in the context of the pain people are feeling.
So, you might wonder how you can contribute to ensuring the talented people can continue to create the beautiful products and services in vibrant Gulf Island communities?
Enter Island Comeback and the Rural Islands Economic Partnership. This initiative is an powerful way you can support Island business now, to give them a better opportunity to be there when we all can visit again.
Please participate if you can!