Barrhaven BIA declares June as I LOVE BARRHAVEN Month

The Barrhaven Business Improvement Area (BIA) is thrilled to announce its recognition by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) for its outstanding I LOVE BARRHAVEN campaign. Awarded an Award of Merit in Marketing, this initiative has been lauded for its  efforts in fostering a strong sense of community identity within the suburbs and challenging perceptions about suburban life.

Jason MacDonald, Chair of the Barrhaven BIA, added, “We are incredibly proud of the recognition bestowed upon us by OBIAA for the I LOVE BARRHAVEN campaign. This award is a testament to the hard work and passion of our staff and businesses who brought this initiative to life.”

In celebration of this provincial accolade, the Barrhaven BIA proudly declares June as I LOVE BARRHAVEN Month. Throughout the month, the community will come alive with exciting new placemaking features, events, and promotions aimed at highlighting the pride and vibrancy of Barrhaven.

Crystal Logan and Andrea Steenbakkers of the Barrhaven BIA accept an award from the Ottawa BIA Association.

Kicking off the festivities is the highly anticipated I LOVE BARRHAVEN Market, scheduled for June 2nd, 2024, from 10am to 2pm at the Nepean Woods Park & Ride. This collaborative effort between the Barrhaven BIA, Ottawa Farmers’ Market, and Locally Crafted Markets promises to be the standout event of the season, featuring over 60 vendors, free family-friendly activities, and a pet-themed ambiance in support of Marshall’s Dog Rescue, Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue, and Freedom Dog Rescue.

Andrea Steenbakkers, Executive Director of the Barrhaven BIA, commented, “I HEART BARRHAVEN Month is a celebration of everything that makes our community special. It’s a testament to the dedication and  spirit of our residents, businesses, and organizations that Barrhaven continues to thrive and grow.”

Since 2006, the Barrhaven Business Improvement Area has been dedicated to enhancing and promoting the economic development and vitality of the Barrhaven community. Through collaborative efforts with local businesses, residents, and stakeholders, the Barrhaven BIA creates a vibrant and welcoming environment for all.