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DVA picks up top honours

The Downtown Vernon Association has been recognized as the Best in the West

  • May. 24, 2015 8:00 a.m.

The Downtown Vernon Association has been recognized as the Best in the West.

The DVA had two projects recognized as Best in the West at the recent Business Improvement Areas of BC (BIABC) and International Downtown Associations (IDA) conference in Edmonton, Alta.

The 2014 Downtown Vernon Avenue Market and the Kindale-Downtown Vernon Home Team received awards of merit at the Best in the West awards ceremony on May 4.

“It’s great to be recognized for these projects by our peers,” said Lara Konkin, DVA executive director. “It shows that Downtown Vernon has created programs that make a measurable difference in our community.”

The Avenue Market received an award of merit in the Special Event category as a revitalization strategy to increase foot traffic in the downtown core. ‘

The Avenue Market was noted to have successfully created a dynamic downtown destination, generated a spillover effect as market goers shopped and dined in downtown businesses and created a safe and vibrant attraction on Friday evenings.

The second award of merit was in the category of Safety and Security for the launch of the Downtown Vernon Home Team.

In order to maintain and improve public safety and cleanliness of Downtown Vernon a partnership was established with Kindale Developmental Association.


This project provides full time work experience to local developmentally disabled men and women while ensuring a daily visible presence, cleanliness and beautification of Downtown Vernon.