8:30 p.m., Dec. 1)
Heart of Orléans BIA looks to the future after exciting
By Fred Sherwin
been an exciting past 12 months for the Heart of Orléans
BIA, but not nearly as exciting as the year ahead promises
Business Improvement organization, which covers the St.
Joseph Boulevard corridor, held it's annual general meeting
last night and the mood was positively upbeat -- and for
good reason. The BIA is coming off a year in which it
successfully launched a Framers Market near the Ray Friel
Centre, and co-hosted the most successful food festival
ever held in the east end
Ward Coun. Bob Monette, Cardinal Creek Association
president Sean Crossan, Heart of Orléans
BIA executive director Jasmine Brown and Holiday
Inn Express sales manager Véronique
Boileau go over the BIA's annual report. Fred
Orléans Ribfest, which was held Sept. 15-17 next
to D'Arcy McGee's and the CineStarz building on Centrum
Blvd., attracted over 17,000 people and was a huge success,
despite a day-log downpour on the Saturday.
Conditioning owner Curd Hos said his proudest moment as
BIA chair this past year was sitting in the eating area
at the Ribfest and watching the various activities going
on around him.
was perfect and not just because I love ribs," said
Hos. "The kids were having fun in the play area,
a band was playng on stage and hundreds of people were
enjoying their food. I thought, 'This what the Heart of
Orléans is all about.'"
the Ribfest, the BIA also organized a weekly market for
the first time in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Centre.
Both events will be coming back in 2017 along with several
other new projects.
BIA will begin publishing an e-magazine later this month,
entitled "The Beat". According to BIA executive
director Jasmine Brown, the online publication will include
feature stories profiling local business owners in both
French and English.
BIA will also formalize its Business Ambassador program
which teams up a board member with a business member and
has them go out and approach non-members and tell them
all about the many advantages of belonging to the organization.
BIA is also looking to partner up with more local festivals
in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada, and Brown
expressed her desire to hold a Dinner Under the Stars
event featuring local chefs at an unspecified location.
like to have it at a really cool outdoor location where
people can dress up, and make it a real experience,"
said Brown, explaining that the event would likely be
limited to 140 or 150 people.
so much going on, and so much more in the planning stages,
it's remarkable to think that the BIA is made up of one
full-time diector, a part time office administrator, and
an all volunteer board. What they all share is a passion
for the community and an over abundance of energy. No
doubt, they're going to need it.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)