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Can Tofino's model for success work for the Sunshine Coast?

Mar 12, 2018

What’s the secret sauce in Tofino’s small town success? Hint: it’s not all about tourism! Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne is the keynote speaker at the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce AGM on Friday, March 16, and will help us learn what makes Tofino’s business community tick. Mayor Osborne will discuss how lifestyle, environment, and community all impact the town’s proud small business sector – touch on Tofino’s planned economic diversification and growth – and explore how communities like Gibsons and Tofino can learn from each other. All are welcome to attend this event which includes a three-course dinner, door prize, silent auction, 50/50 draw. Ticket sales close TUESDAY AT NOON so don’t delay – act today! Click here to purchase online or pick them up at One Flower One Leaf Gallery in Gibsons Landing or at the Chamber office in Sunnycrest Mall.

Josie Osborne is serving her second term as mayor of Tofino. A self-described  ‘community builder,’ she grew up on Vancouver Island immersed in her parents’ small businesses and was strongly mentored in community service. After completing post-secondary education at UBC and SFU, she moved to Tofino and pursued a 15 year career in marine biology and environmental education before turning to small business. Prior to becoming mayor, Josie served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Tofino’s destination marketing organization, Tourism Tofino. As mayor, she inaugurated the municipality’s ‘Community Economic Development Advisory Committee’ and continues to encourage and develop strong relationships between local government and the business sector.  Josie also currently serves as a board member for the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET).
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