Here’s how to kickstart the “new normal” and keep our community strong

It takes a village to stop a virus. Each and every one of us has had to adapt to a “new normal” to keep our homes and communities safe. As a result, we’ve “flattened the curve” and restrictions are slowly being lifted—bravo!

Local businesses have been leading the way as they continue to find opportunities to provide the goods and services people need, all while adhering to provincial guidelines.

Here are some of the local businesses that are open and providing services safely while helping us all adapt to this new normal:

DLC Dynamic Mortgages - Karen Hall- 2929 St Johns St, Port Moody

These have been tough financial times for people, but help is available. Karen Hall, Mortgage Broker/Owner, is passionate about helping the residents in the Tri-Cities. She can work with all credit types, people who are separated or divorced as well as self-employed entrepreneurs. Her personable approach means she’ll go above and beyond to get their mortgages, renewals, and refinances approved. And if you think a more spacious home office is in your future, she has all the tools to help. If you want Karen in your corner, drop in and visit her office, call at 604-936-7740 or email

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce- 2773 Barnet Hwy #205, Coquitlam

More than ever, we need to work together to get through the social and economic upheaval caused by the novel coronavirus. The TriCities’ largest and most influential business organization is ready to hit the ground running.Find opportunities to connect and network with like-minded business professionals, access to resources, and learn from experts on a variety of topics as well as access to exclusive benefits and discounts. Small business is the backbone of our economy and the Chamber is working hard to build a stronger and more resilient community. Here’s a list of resources to let the world know that the TriCities are—safely—open for business. #SupportLocal #WeGotThisTriCities

Evergreen Cultural Centre- 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

It may be true that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone but, as the past few months have proved, nothing can stop the arts from being a vibrant part of the TriCities community. The Evergreen’s online presence is thriving! Through its social media channels, it is providingfree visual and performing arts video workshops on Wednesdays for everyone to try, including watercolours, bookbinding, kids combo dance and yarn weaving. Take a virtual guided tour of the Art Gallery at Evergreen’s latest exhibition, Gwenessa Lam and Hyung-Min Yoon: Trace, or bring your bubble to Vancouver-based artist Annie Briard’s free walk-by photo installation exhibition on Evergreen's outer lobby windows. CDC approved! Find out more here.

Share Family and Community Services- 699 Robinson St, Coquitlam

Canada’s safety net has been stretched taut to catch people whose lives are upended by the pandemic. But as the quarantine and resulting job losses continue, the financial strain is evident. More and more people are reaching out to the TriCities’ largest social services provider to tide them over until the economy bounces back. You can help them, too. Supportthe SHARE Food Bank without ever leaving your home. Just select the hamper of your choice here and make your donation for that dollar amount. You will automatically receive a charitable tax receipt and the families who receive your gift will know that we really are all in this together.

LIVE WELL Coquitlam- 412-2963 Glen Drive, Coquitlam

Life in quarantine is not easy. Falling into bad habits, losing focus, worrying about the future? That’s easy—and understandable. There is another option though.  LIVE WELL Coquitlam is not a gym. It’s an ultra-private medical fitness clinic that helps you sleep better, improve your blood pressure and give you more energy so you can live life to the fullest and feel young again. It has highly skilled workout coaches who understand your limitations perfectly. Since your safety and health are LIVE WELL’s top priorities, it offers both remote and in-clinic training options in accordance with provincial guidelines. Take your first step towards feeling good about yourself here.

Driving Miss Daisy

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the threat of COVID-19. If they stay at home to stay safe, they risk feeling isolated and may ignore health concerns. If they go out, do they risk taking public transit? Driving Miss Daisy is more than a transportation service. Brigitte, a local franchise owner, also offers companionship and home support servicesthat improve the quality of life for seniors and those with disabilities or special needs. Her catchment area includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Call her at 778-237-7433 to find out how she can help.

Nurse Next Door-  88 10th St #209, New Westminster

The economy may have come to a standstill during the pandemic, but the needs of the elderly, people with dementia and patients requiring help at home have not. Nurse Next Door has been providing home care services 24/7 during the COVID-19 crisis, including companionship, caregiving and nursing care. It is clear that Nurse Next Door Home Care Services will play an integral role in supporting our communities as the government gradually reopens B.C., especially when that includes opening hospital beds and resuming elective surgeries. Call 604-553-3330 for your home care needs in Burnaby and New Westminster.

NewPort Dry Deck- 818 Rochester Ave Garage, Coquitlam

Enjoy time on your deck, it’s one of life’s simple pleasures, and Dr. Henry approves! NewPort Dry Deck can provide you an OmegaDeck surface that will not rip, tear, or stain. With a 20 year warranty it’s very easy to clean with no seams. The Nisbet/McKinney family work (and live) together as a team throughout these difficult times. They can keep customers and their family safe. Decks are outside, with exterior access, that gives you peace of mind when you need a quote for your deck coating or repairs. Physical distancing is strictly adhered to during on-site visits, as well as throughout the entire OmegaDeck process. If you are home, you get to watch us transform your deck from behind your patio door! To find out how NewPort Dry Deck can give new life to your worn weathered deck, while implementing all of the Provinces safety guidelines, visit their website and read their COVID-19 newsletter Or call 604-916-6403.


Keystone Painters- 19567 Fraser Hwy #425, Surrey

Home sweet home. We’ve all certainly been spending a lot more time there recently. It’s given us the opportunity to focus on everything we love about our home—and everything we’d like to improve. Keystone Painters has the expertise and the ideas to help. Maybe it’s an instant refresh with a bright new paint colour, or refinishing kitchen or bath cabinets for an updated look. The home’s exterior can also lose its winter drabness with a thorough pressure washing. With more than 25 years’ experience, this team of professionals will have you staring at the walls — with pleasure. Call 604-719-2070 or visit the Keystone Painters website to get your free quote today.

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