The East Village is a very unique area as we border two historic neighbourhoods: Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodland. Did you know that west of Nanaimo is considered Grandview-Woodland and east of Nanaimo is Hastings-Sunrise? When we expanded our boundaries, we had to craft a name that encompassed the the dynamic identity of the two neighbourhoods. That is when the East Village came to be in 2012.
The East Village is a vibrant and beautiful community that sometimes needs a bit of help with safety and cleanliness. We partner to advocate for vulnerable people both in the area and the greater community. Through Mission Possible we help to provide employment to marginalized and vulnerable individuals who help keep our streets and alleyways clean. We also advocate for traffic safety and crime prevention. And those gorgeous murals? That’s us, too.
Community and municipal partnerships are part of what keeps East Village buzzing. We work with city committees and initiatives, advocate for our light industrial business owners, and research ways to continue to improve East Village. We’re responsible for the banners you see, the furniture you sit on, and the Sunrise Square parking lot.
The East Village BIA is a non-profit society that is both self-funded and self-governing. We respond to and reflect the needs of East Village, which is why we take care to understand the values and stories of the people living and working in our community.
We’d love to see more of our community members working alongside the local businesses to continue to improve the way that we go about our day-to-day lives in East Village. We’re always excited to see new faces in our offices, pitching initiatives or offering their expertise.
If you’re looking to get involved with the East Village BIA’s initiatives or events, get in touch with us! We’d love to hear from you.