Duncan’s A&W restaurant will host its annual Show ’n Shine on June 5. Pictured is owner Kevin Miller. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan’s A&W restaurant will host its annual Show ’n Shine on June 5. Pictured is owner Kevin Miller. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Business notes: Duncan’s A&W hosts annual Show ‘n Shine on June 5

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Duncan’s A&W restaurant is hosting its 27th annual Show ’n Shine on June 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s the first Show ’n Shine that A&W has held in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and owner Kevin Miller said he’s excited to finally start hosting them at his restaurant again.

He said the event is also a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and he hopes to raise up to $1,500 during the day.

“We’re expecting to have between 50 and 100 cars at the show, depending on the weather that day,” Miller said.

“It’s typically classic cars, usually from the 1920s on up, that attend this event. We’re blessed with a lot of great old cars in this area and the owners like to get together.”

Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a donation, and Miller said participants will be treated with live music at the Show’n Shine.

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Coastal Community Credit Union has made Forbes Canada’s Best Employers list for 2022.

This award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

Forbes and Statista selected Canada’s Best Employers 2022 through an independent survey applied to a vast sample of more than 10,000 Canadian employees working for companies with more than 500 employees.

The evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from employees that were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family.

It’s not first time Coastal Community’s workplace culture has been recognized.

The business leader is currently certified as a “Great Place to Work”, and in past years has been recognized for its engaged culture and emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

“We’re thrilled to have our company culture recognized,” said Bruno Dragani, chief people and administration officer at CCCU.

“This achievement belongs to our entire team. We’re a people-centred organization, and our employees are what set us apart. As an organization, we’re committed to delivering a healthy, connected and inclusive work environment so every employee can reach their fullest potential. That focus has allowed our talented experts to bring our core vision of improving people’s financial health to life through thick and thin for over 75 years.”

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The Arbutus Ridge Golf Club and the family of Steve Huska, a local businessman who died in 2020 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, will host the second annual Steve Huska Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25 at the golf club.

The event is also a fundraiser for the ALS Society of B.C.

All golfers and friends and family of all skill levels and ages are invited to participate in the tournament, which will feature a Scramble Golf Tournament, dinner, silent auction and other activities.

The cost for the day for each person is $150, and club members will pay $60.

“There is a bench dedicated to Steve’s memory at hole #17, and participants in the tournament are encouraged to say hello to Steve and take pictures with the bench as they play the hole,” an ad for the tournament said.

Call 250-743-5000 or email info@arbutusridge.com for more information.

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Cowichan’s ever-popular Wine Tasting Tour will be held June 1-30 this year, giving guests the opportunity to see vineyards at an inspirational stage of growth when blossoms have evolved into berries and leaves are young and green on the twisting vines.

Ticket-holders are given a map to take a self-guided tour of Cowichan and the wineries and spend time directly with winemakers.

Participants will be served three tastings at each winery, including a mix of reds, whites, rosés, sparkling, and Vancouver Island’s own bubbly Charme de L’Île, the local alternative to Prosecco.

“I’ve sampled my share from all the Cowichan wineries and they all offer something special,” said Terry David Mulligan from Tasting Room Radio.

This is the third year the wine-tasting tour will be held over 30 days so guests of the wineries can enjoy the region at their own pace.

In addition, the iconic Cowichan Valley Wine Festival has added a new event this year that brings award-winning wineries and guests together for an evening celebration of Cowichan wine, simple food pairings and music.

The Cowichan Valley Wine Festival Launch Party will be held Aug. 4 to kick off a month of promotions and winery events during August.

The launch party will be held on the courtyard grounds at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, overlooking the Saanich Strait.

From 7-10 p.m., 250 guests will mingle among 12 wineries and taste 36 different wines that have won awards in B.C., Canada and internationally.

This event lets guests meet the producers behind the wines they’re tasting, ask questions and get to know the people who have dedicated themselves to the craft of wine making in Cowichan.

Tickets are on sale for both events now at cowichanwineries.com.

Tickets are $40 each for the Winery Tasting Tour, and $100 each for the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival Launch Party; or $115 each when both events are purchased together.


robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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