Village business leader steps down

Oak Bay BIA welcomes new president

Liz Smith of Athlone Travel takes on the task of past-president after nine years leading the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association.

“I’ve been the president a long time and I think it’s always good for an organization to get new blood because it brings new energy and ideas,” she said.

Martin Cownden of Chef on the Run took the helm during the monthly meeting May 11.

“He is going to do a super job. I’m very excited about the future of the BIA,” Smith said. “[The meeting] was so energetic and so positive and a good turnout with positive things being discussed. It did my heart good.”

She remains on the board and is the member responsible for the popular street market that fills the Avenue one Wednesday evening a month during the summer. The first this year is June 14.

Smith says the events, such as the market, Christmas light up and Halloween are “nailed down.”

“We’re going to start focussing now on the street itself, on placement on the look and feel of the village at both ends,” she said.