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Downtown Kelowna from Knox by: Kim Thomas

About Us

The Downtown Kelowna Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a safe and desirable place to conduct business, live, work, play and enjoy through the cooperative efforts of its members and government.

The sixth, five year term mandate began in January of 2014 and will continue to December 2018.

The Downtown Kelowna Association is part of a vibrant movement towards downtown revitalization currently taking place in cities around the world.  In North America, downtowns are enjoying a resurgence in interest by citizens as they look for places where they can interact more with one another; walk more and drive less, and be recognized as vibrant, creative places.  Currently, there are more than 1,400 BIAs across North America and more than 70 in the Province of British Columbia.  These associations continue to build and enhance their neighbourhoods through cleanliness, safety, security, business development, promotion, and event initiatives.

Board of Directors for 2016-2017

The Downtown Kelowna Association Board of Directors is voted by annually by the membership and serve a two year term. Any property owner, leasee, or tenant located of a Class 5 or 6 property within the Downtown BIA boundary is eligible for nomination and election. Those interested in running in the next election are encouraged to contact Peggy Athans, Executive Director, at for more information.

President – Dan Allen, Doc Willoughby's Public House
Vice President – Yarden Gershony, Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP
Treasurer – Rob Collins, Grant Thornton LLP
Secretary – Angie Bricker, Georgie Girl Vintage
Past President - Dustin Sargent, Streaming Cafe & Davara Enterprises
Ex-Officio - Councillor Maxine DeHart, City of Kelowna
Nikki Csek - Csek Creative
Jason Guyitt - Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Jan Johnson, Tigerlily Fashions
Brent Lobson, Imperial Parking
Jim Meiklejohn, Meiklejohn Architects
Renata Mills, Festivals Kelowna
Trevor Neill, Mosaic Books
Renee Wasylyk, Troika Developments


Goals for 2014 - 2018

1. Clean

  • Immediate expansion of the Cleaning Program to include enhanced service to members through the use of a full-time staff member
  • Immediate purchase of additional tools including a pressure washer, vehicle, and other tools to enhance cleaning services offered to the membership
  • Establish regularly scheduled cleaning of sidewalks and alleys in front of and behind properties
  • Enhanced Graffiti removal program
  • Explore additional partnerships to make downtown ‘greener’ (i.e. On-street recycling program, energy efficient public space lighting, etc)

2. Safe

  • Ability for expansion of Downtown On Call program (i.e. expanded hours, additional members on street, visitor information program, etc)
  • Build upon the initial successes of Downtown On Call through improved role definition with RCMP and Bylaw
  • Improve member response times
  • Develop Safe-related education programs and presentations
  • Work with Entertainment Business Owners to address afterhours customer behaviours, transportation, and future integration into the neighbourhood

3. Fun

  • Actively recruit and host additional events which engage the community and highlight our neighbourhood’s best attributes: people, buildings, shops, services, and restaurants
  • Grow the Concierge program by exploring additional partner funding opportunities to add more members each summer
  • Partner with new and existing events to provide expertise, potential sponsorships (in-kind or through financial contributions)

4. Inform

  • Utilize new forms of communication (e-news, text messaging, etc) to maintain contact with stakeholders, partners, members, visitors and guests.
  • Enhance media relationships in an effort maintain accessibility and to share positive stories of what’s happening in the neighbourhood

5. Invest

  • Build on Business Recruitment (Kelowna Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Commission) partnership efforts to continue to position Downtown Kelowna as an area ripe for investment
  • Educate and communicate with property owners on Façade Improvements programs, building renovations, and redevelopment.

6. Monitor

  • Maintain strong relationships with City of Kelowna, RCMP, and other neighbourhood stakeholders
  • Continue to monitor issues related to the neighbourhood including planning, social/street issues, economic changes, parking/transportation, afterhours entertainment, development, and more
  • Conduct regular evaluations of all programs and initiatives to ensure effectiveness and financial responsibility.

 * To view the Downtown Kelowna Business Improvement Area Bylaw (Bylaw No. 10880), please click here.