Downtown Kingston! | Greetings from the Executive Director

Greetings from the Executive Director

Hello! 

I am honoured to be serving you as the new Executive Director of Downtown Kingston! – arguably one of the most envied historic downtowns in Ontario. I am looking forward to meeting each one of you as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me at any time using the contact information at the bottom of this letter. If I am not immediately available, I will follow up with you as soon as I can. I will also be visiting you once COVID restrictions are lifted and time allows. 

I am from Belleville, Ontario, where I have been the Executive Director of the Downtown District BIA for the past two years. For 5 years previous to that, I ran my own business, offering marketing services to small to medium-sized businesses throughout Northumberland, Quinte and beyond. My focus was on helping business owners and entrepreneurs embrace the digital world and empower them to reach their customer base using a layered marketing approach as a part of their strategy. 

For most of my adult career, though, I was fortunate to work in the Marketing Department at Ste. Anne’s Spa, in Northumberland, Ontario. It was there that I fell in love with the art of communication, community building and destination tourism. 

As we get to know each other over the next little while, please be patient as myself and the BIA staff will be working hard to get Love Kingston Marketplace off the ground, restructure the office to be as efficient as possible and rebuild marketing and communication practices from the ground up. 

The staff are painfully aware that this unprecedented time in history has been, and still is, an incredibly challenging and painful time for small businesses. We are dedicated to doing the best that we can to support each of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of us for assistance - an ear to listen or a socially distanced outdoor visit until restrictions are relaxed. 

Certainly, we don’t claim to have all the answers, but it helps to remember that each of us have a unique set of challenges, supports, and commitments. Kindness, patience and respect go a long way toward building a strong, resilient community.  

I’ll leave you with a quote that I keep in my office and refer to every day:  

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” Coretta Scott King | Martin Luther King Jr’s wife 

I look forward to connecting.  

Marijo Cuerrier 
Office: 613-542-8677 
Cell/Text 613-661-4661 
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