The Tsawwassen BIA was formed in January 1991 with the mandate to build and maintain a strong business community, and to promote the commercial district, 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 coffee shops, and a variety of professional services across our town - 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 BIA and its 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 tourist other business organizations; and by sponsoring many of the special events that bring people here and keep reminding us all of why we love this family-friendly community!
What is a BIA?
Business Improvement Area (BIA) organizations are not-for-profit associations 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 and 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 community and make decisions to keep everyone on-track with the various initiatives they support.
2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
Michelle Laviolette, President (Vancity - Tsawwassen Branch)
Randy Scott, Vice-President (Randy's Excel Tire & Auto)
Josh Jensen, Secretary-Treasurer (Sublime Art Supplies & Gallery)
Tina Thygesen, Director at Large (Century Group)
Shannon Taylor, Director at Large (Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall)
Dr. Joan Hansen, Director at Large (Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic)
Lindsay Eldridge, Director at Large (Nurse Next Door - Delta)
Grace D'Adamo, Director at Large (Synergy Hair & Beauty)
Tony Elvin, Director at Large (Precision Eyecare)
Michelle Sullivan, Director at Large (Boutique Blanche)
Bob Matheson, Director at Large (Home Hardware Building Centre)
Roland Smith, Director at Large (Illuminate Restaurante)
Lydia Elder, Executive Director
Sheima Rezai, Staff Intern
Emily Kettleson, Office Assistant