At the June 9th Annual General Meeting of the Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association (“Downtown
Prince George”) announced the appointment of the 2021-2022 volunteer Board of Directors, and the continuation of the
President – Eoin Foley (Nancy O’s, Betulla Burning, Birch & Boar Charcuterie & Provisions)
Vice President – Dr. Reverend Bob Fillier (Trinity United Church)
Treasurer – Derek Dougherty (KPMG LLP Canada)
Secretary – Valerie Eberherr (MNP LLP)
“I am, once again, proud to continue on as Downtown Prince George’s President, and look forward to working with a
passionate and committed board” said Eoin Foley, prominent downtown business, and property owner. “Our members,
downtown businesses, have proven to be nimble and strong throughout the pandemic. We can already see the energy
returning to our downtown. We urge Prince George to continue to support local and to support downtown.”
Four new board members: Kim Hayhurst (The Makerie), Jessica Righi (Integris Credit Union), Shonda Shaw (F. Hausot
Holdings Ltd. and Shirley Tiller (Ramada Hotel Downtown) are joined by returning Directors: John Kason (Fieldhouse Capital
Management Inc.), Kirk Gable (Downtown Business Representative), Darren Low (City Furniture & Ashley HomeStore), Martin
Krell (PG Farmer’s Market, Dominion Lending). Representatives from the City of Prince George, Tourism Prince George and
the Prince George Chamber of Commerce will be appointed to add further strength and diversity to the Downtown Prince
George Board of Directors. Appreciation was offered to two long standing Board Members: David Hillhouse (Majestic
Management), Rod Holmes (Downtown Business & Property Owner) who have stepped down from the Board.
At the meeting, Eoin Foley and Executive Director, Colleen Van Mook shared the many accomplishments of the association
over the last year and talked about the changes and resiliency that our Downtown businesses demonstrated during these
different times. The meeting discussions showed optimism in the recovery of our downtown as we move through BC’s four-
step Restart Plan. In 2020 Downtown Prince George continued to promote and beautify downtown despite the pandemic.
Several funding partnerships contributed over $100,000 towards eight 2020 special programs and events. For 2021, a safe
and clean downtown continues to be a priority. A new Operations Coordinator, Katherine Anderson was hired to oversee the
Downtown Clean Team Programs with the PG Brain Injury Group and DART. New programs for 2021 include Graffiti and
Biohazard Removal for downtown properties in the C1 Zone. Downtown Prince George is pleased to be participating in the
Community Safety Hub which is an alliance of multiple agencies and organizations working together to strengthen
communications, collaboration, education, and collective action for a safe, clean and inclusive downtown. Wendy Pollard,
Events & Promotions Coordinator, is looking forward to bringing events back to our downtown once it is safe to do so.
About Downtown Prince George:
The Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association is funded by and exists to serve its members – the
downtown (C1 Zone) business and property owners. Our vision is to support and grow the economic vitality and energy of
Prince George’s downtown. We do this through advocacy and partnerships that focus on events, promotions, beautification,
and business development initiatives.