We’ve been nominated for TWO awards

Business Impact Award & Premier's People's Choice

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Not one, TWO awards! Wow! We are feeling so many emotions right now and none of it would have been possible without your continued love and support.


Many of you know me, as Mei, the market maker or the gal running around the market saying hi to new and old vendors, selling tickets, cleaning up after. Yup, I have many jobs, but my favorite is seeing all your friendly faces year after year at our markets. My philosophy in life has always been to practice self-sufficiency and empower those around me to find opportunities to grow through adversity.


Vancouver Island Market is a family, all our vendors, market goers, hard-working staff, and the behind-the-scenes team, we are all one big family. We came together with one big dream, to work for ourselves, show our creative side, take care of our community, and that’s why we have all been supporting local first. I am grateful for everything that this journey has taught me and for all the felt loved moments and creativity you have all brought to our family.


VIM came to fruition from a place of love, and we hope to spread our love for talent, creativity, and entrepreneurship for as long as possible with our community. We have been blessed to see our Vancouver Island community come together year after year, through different means, despite the tough times, to support our neighbours and friends. It has always been our aim to cultivate a space for shopping, nurturing, and supporting our local economy and our talented creators.


What started out as a dream, has become one of Nanaimo's successful events of the season, and the impact it has had on all our lives, from the networking opportunities to the loved moments, has been incredibly rewarding to witness.


We hope to use this recognition to inspire other small business owners and supporters to hold on to their dreams and build with passion. Everything we do at VIM is rooted in our commitment to our local community and our love for connecting dreamers with supporters.


Now, we have three days left to get all the votes we can. We would be very grateful if you could support our dream by casting your vote for us here or through the link below. You can look us up by name in the search bar of each award category to find our profile as well. 


1) Click the link 

2) Click "Vote for This Business" in the profile 

3) Select awards 

4) Enter your email address

5) Confirm your vote in the email your entered (unfortunately if you don't confirm the vote doesn't count) 

We have been nominated for the Business Impact Award and the Premiere’s People Choice Award. Look at our profile and read our responses to learn more about our journey and our mission. Your vote makes all the difference to our small business community and family.

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