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Downtown Ambassador – International Village BIA
Are you passionate about the direction that downtown Hamilton is going? Do you take an interest in the shops, restaurants, events and services in International Village? Then you might just be the person we are looking for.
Tasks and Responsibilities: The Downtown Ambassador will promote downtown activities, events, services and businesses. They will act as a liaison between the community and the businesses in International Village. Their time will be divided between being out in the community (70%) and in our offices (30%). Out in the community they are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable in all downtown activities, businesses and available community services such as immigrant settlement, homeless shelters and programs, etc. They respond in real time to enquiries from the public on the street and direct them accordingly. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL DESCRIPTION.

A message from the Chair, Herb Wodehouse:

With the upcoming LRT project plans well underway, it is important for each and every one of our members to understand the role of the International Village BIA board of management and how we can help you through the LRT process. We want to make it clear that the BIA is neither for or against LRT. We have members who are strongly in support of LRT, and members who strongly disagree with elements of this LRT project. The role of the BIA is to be the connector and communicator of information to and from our membership, the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx throughout the LRT project. We are not involved in the political decision making of this project. The board is made up of a group of volunteers from various businesses and properties around the village and we have a great cross-section of opinions and views.

Our executive director Susie Braithwaite sits on several committees which deal with LRT and related issues and is able to bring our board valuable information from those meetings. She is also able to tackle issues that face our BIA in a timely manner by having a seat on these committees. Again, Susie has been very clear that she is neither for or against the LRT project but is here to represent our BIA members as we go through this process.

The next several years of LRT consultation and then construction are going to be especially tough for our businesses and property owners. As a board, we are working very closely with the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx LRT staff to keep current on all information about this project and to make sure that nothing is ‘slipping through the cracks’. We will continue to host public meetings at least twice a year and more leading up to construction. We encourage you to take the time to attend these meetings as they are extremely helpful in educating us about the LRT project and are also a way to have your voices heard – whether for or against.

Your views, concerns, comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can reach out to Susie, myself or to any of our board members. We want our members to feel that you do have a voice and that you are being properly represented. LRT is proving to be a very complex project. As I write this message, we are told that the LRT project is moving ahead, which is why we wish to emphasize the need for you to follow all developments very closely, to voice any concerns you may have, and to adjust your business practices, plans and policies wherever necessary to put the best interest of your business at the forefront. As a business or property owner, this places a very significant undertaking and responsibility on you. On behalf of the International Village BIA board of management , I want you to know that we are here to help you channel whatever representation you feel is needed, to the appropriate decision-makers, and to do all that is within our powers to help you through this project.

Herb Wodehouse, International Village BIA Chair

2015 BIA Awards of Excellence

This year International Village BIA honoured two businesses within our BIA. Congratulations to Norm Legault of Denninger’s Foods of the World and Peter Deluca of Red Rockets Wings and Ribs on accepting the façade awards on behalf of your businesses.

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Norm Legault of Denninger’s
Red Rockets receiving award image
Peter Deluca of Red Rockets

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International Village BIA Office
Has Moved as of July 1st

Our new address is 12 Ferguson Ave. N., 2nd Floor.

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King William Art Walk
Public Art Focus Group

See details here.

News & Events Photo Theatre Aquarius
In the Dofasco Centre for the Arts
Theatre Aquarius is in its 32nd season as Hamilton's professional theatre; located at the corner of Ferguson Avenue North and King William Street

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