The Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association was formed in January 1991 with the mandate to build and maintain a strong business community, and to promote the commercial district of Tsawwassen (Delta), so that our businesses thrive and prosper. The 'uptown area' of Tsawwassen along 56th Street and 12th Avenue is the heart of town; with over 250 businesses ranging from retail shops, award-winning restaurants & unique cafes, and a variety of professional services - from Centennial Beach to Tsawwassen Springs; and from the Canada/US border up to Highway 17 in our southern-most community of Delta, BC.
Our members range from small retail owner-operated businesses to larger corporate entities, and member breakdown is equal between the professional sector and retail/service sector. Now in its sixth 5-year term, the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association and its volunteer board of directors continue to focus on promotion & business development, and on creating economic opportunities for its members through many avenues including: marketing & advertising programs; commercial and municipal-owned area beautification and streetscaping; advocating & liaising with the Mayor & Delta Council and tourism/business organizations; and by sponsoring many of the special events which bring people here and keep reminding us all of why we love our family-friendly beach community of Sunny Tsawwassen! What is a “BIA?” Business Improvement Area (BIA) organizations are not-for-profit societies which work behind the scenes to unite commercial property owners and businesses located within the boundaries of specific neighbourhoods. You may not be aware that they even exist, and that’s partly the point, because their role is to make the community look and feel good - not to promote their own work! BIA’s are often responsible for things like marketing programs, streetscape enhancement (like Christmas lights, flower baskets and street banners,) and event planning in partnership with local service groups. They also work closely with local businesses as the glue that holds them together; creating a seamless, united community-feel. BIA’s are managed by a volunteer board of directors who set the priorities and direction for the organization. Depending on the size of the BIA, the vision and strategic initiatives may be implemented by a working board and its committees, themselves; or by staff who report to a board which functions in a more visionary/advisory manner and provides accountability and connection with membership as a governance board.
The Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association (TBIA) board is comprised of 10-14 directors; representing commercial property and business owners; from a variety of industries and geographic areas of our commercial district. Board members serve two year terms and are elected at our Annual General Meeting each spring. Their terms run July – June in following with our fiscal year. The board meets monthly in person, with committee and/or email discussions for pertinent matters as scheduled or required. Those interested in serving on the board or a committee of the TBIA are invited to email our office for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any point throughout the year.
2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
Lindsay Eldridge, President (Nurse Next Door - Delta)
Shannon Taylor, Vice-President (Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall)
Tina Thygesen, Secretary (Century Group)
Josh Jensen, Treasurer (Sublime Art Supplies & Gallery)
Dr. Joan Hansen, Director at Large (Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic)
Cara Thien, Director at Large (Cara Thien Personal Training)
James Latheron, Director at Large (Southside Flooring)
Mike Saysell, Director at Large (Thrifty Foods)
Rob Gillespie, Director at Large (Muscle Memory)
Tyson Parrett, Director at Large (Tsawwassen Springs)
Josh Middler, Director at Large (Chang’s Taekwondo)
Lydia Elder, Executive Director
Michelle Barlow, Office Administrator