Campbellton Neighbourhood Association
The Campbellton Neighbourhood Association is a non-profit group of volunteers who are committed to enhancing living experiences in the Campbellton River Village. Together, with residents, business owners, the City of Campbell River, Vancouver Island University, and other community partners; we work to improve and beautify this part of our city.
We all believe the Campbellton River Village has so much potential!
The CNA meets every third Wednesday at 4:30. At this time, we are meeting over Zoom.
We always welcome new energy! Please contact us email@example.com
if you'd like to attend one of our meetings.
2021 Board Members
Chair: Brian Shaw
Vice Chair: Laurel Cronk
Secretary: Kim Barry
Treasurer: Penny Roberts
Director: Morgan Ostler
Director: Carol Couture
Director: Dustin School
Director: Kris Nesbitt
Director: Shaun Laughy
Director: Richard Cronk
RCMP: Inspector Jeff Preston
City Councillor: Ron Kerr
Chamber of Commerce: Mary Ruth Snyder
A Brief History of the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association
The CNA was created in 2011 when local businessmen Jim de Hart and Brian Shaw decided some things needed to be done to bring urban renewal to the historic but then-decaying area of Campbell River. De Hart, Shaw and other business leaders assembled several dozen residents, business operators and other community activists from inside and outside Campbellton to begin working with city officials on issues such as graffiti and pedestrian safety.
At the instigation of former planner Ross Blackwell they also brought in students from Vancouver Island University's new urban geography program to develop a complete inventory of Campbellton's assets and liabilities, which prompted the City to soon add sidewalks on several residential streets as well as traffic and pedestrian crossing lights at the busy 14th and Petersen Road intersection, and other improvements.
Those initial successes encouraged the founders to incorporate the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association as a not-for-profit volunteer-run society at the beginning of 2014, with Shaw - a local investment advisor - becoming its first elected chair.
The students' inventory also discovered the neighbourhood's lack of a community garden so with the support of City Council and staff the group acquired use of a vacant piece of park land in Spring 2015 and within weeks the CNA members constructed a 22-bed organic garden aided by large amounts of donated materials and labour. It recently won an environmental award from the City and has become the subject of a documentary film.
Other actions delivered as a result of CNA lobbying include safety improvements on Petersen Road hill and the imminent installation by B.C. Hydro of about 20 new streetlights in the commercial core of Campbellton.
Those successes have spurred the CNA to push several other projects, notably improving public access to the river front in downtown Campbellton and along the Myrt Thompson Trail, and developing an "entrance feature" on the vacant parcel of land at the northwest end of 14th Avenue between Tamarac and Willow streets which also are the north and southbound lanes of the inland Island Highway; it would include a replica of a Beaver float plane on a pedestal, with parking spaces and signs directing tourists to downtown attractions.
So what exactly IS the CNA? The answer is it's whatever the residents and business operators want it to become!