Kerri Milton, pictured here at the Victoria News’ 2017 Women in Business awards gala at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, has parted ways with the Downtown Victoria Business Association, for which she served as executive director since summer 2016. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Former DVBA head breathed new life into Victoria organization: board chair

Business association board removes executive director Kerri Milton after just 16 months

The Downtown Victoria Business Association has parted ways with executive director Kerri Milton, effective Monday.

DVBA board chair Suzanne Bradbury confirmed Tuesday that Milton was removed from the position under the terms of her contract with the organization, which allowed the board to make a change within the first 36 months. While the board finds itself without someone permanently heading up DVBA operations heading into the busy Christmas season, Bradbury sounded confident that the organization is in good shape, due in large part to the work Milton did in her 16 months on the job.

“She certainly accomplished what we had hoped in terms of a real refresh for the organization,” Bradbury said. “We have a lot to move forward on.”

DVBA board members have taken over the day-to-day management of the operation. The executive search firm that recruited Milton out of the Downtown Penticton Association, where she served in a similar capacity for three years, is still under contract and is being used to find her replacement in Victoria.

Milton, who agreed to let the DVBA handle comments about the change, “threw a ton of energy” into updating internal systems like the downtownvictoria.ca website and strengthening ties with stakeholders such as the City of Victoria, Tourism Victoria and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Bradbury said.

“She breathed fresh life into a lot of our older programs, which has been really beneficial for the organization and the downtown,” she said.

In terms of helping promote downtown merchants and businesses during the holiday season, Bradbury said the DVBA has “exciting things planned for Christmastime,” some of which are already in the works. And despite the absence of an executive director, she said downtown is “booming” right now and “we have excellent, extremely professional staff to keep all of the existing projects moving forward.”

Milton will be paid a severance package, terms of which were not disclosed. Listed by the DVBA among her accomplishments during her tenure were the rebranding of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, the completion of the Waddington Alley Lighting and Pop Up Art in the Square projects, the launch of Victoria’s first park and ride and the start of the Shared Arts Space.

editor@vicnews.com

DVBA

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central Saanich police sport personalized face masks

Masks feature the crest and individual officer pin numbers

VIDEO: Ojibwe man marks completion of five-day ‘healing walk’ from Hope to Saanich

Claremont Secondary students join celebration in Cordova Bay

MISSING: Saanich police search for 18-year-old last seen Sept. 9

Robyn Coker-Steel has short purple hair, frequents downtown Victoria

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Saanich police encourage safe driving habits as rain leads to pooling on roadways

Slow down, inspect vehicle ahead of driving in wet autumn weather

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read