A little light in the window can promote community togetherness. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A little light in the window can promote community togetherness. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Shines can be taken quite literally with white window lights

Show of togetherness and support proposed by the Chamber of Commerce for the next month

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Well, there’s going to be some light in the window sills of Chemainus anyway.

In light of what’s been going on with COVID-19, the Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce would like to invite everyone to enjoy some bright moments in their lives. To keep everyone beaming, the Chamber has created Chemainus Shines.

Residents are being invited to put a standard white light in their front window on the street where they live between Dec. 5 and Jan. 2 and encourage neighbours to do the same.

“It’s an idea I had and it doesn’t cost anything,” said Roy Summerhayes, a director for the Chamber.

“Hopefully, it promotes the Chamber, we’re doing something for the community and I think it’s a simple thing.”

The concept is the same as the Our Chemainus – A Celebration event held for the first time last year where people from different walks of life got together to share details of their various businesses or volunteer organizations.

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Chemainus Shines also falls into the premise of promoting a sense of community.

“We need to offer them a way to get together, in a way that Dr. Bonnie Henry would approve, at no cost, and say ‘hi, we are here and our community is strong and caring,’” added Summerhayes.

“A simple white light bulb is all that’s needed to join in this simple, yet meaningful display of togetherness.”

Meanwhile, the new Chamber executive is led by Stephanie Ballantyne as president. Members of the board of directors include: Corey Jansen, Michael Pickard, Sara Gibb, Kristy Landry, Betty Hewitt and Drishtpreet Singh Monga.



A light in the window can go a long way toward brightening the holidays. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A light in the window can go a long way toward brightening the holidays. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.

Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.

Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.

Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce.

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