Business notes: Duncan’s Kate Lindsay recognized for forestry excellence

Lindsay is the vice president of sustainability and environmental partnerships

Duncan’s Kate Lindsay has been named to Canadian Forest Magazine’s Top 10 Under 40.

The annual Top 10 Under 40 highlights the significant contributions of some of Canada’s rising stars in forest management.

Lindsay is the vice president of sustainability and environmental partnerships with Forest Products Association of Canada.

She is responsible for working with FPAC members, government officials, environmental partners, academics, and local communities on policies related to climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable forest management.

Lindsay was selected for her commitment to excellence and the leadership role she is playing in supporting healthy forests and vibrant forest communities.

“I know I speak on behalf of our entire team and membership at FPAC when I say that Kate Lindsay’s smarts, her work ethic, and her commitment to the health of our forests and our forestry communities puts her among the very best in Canadian forestry today,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor.

South Shore Cabinetry tops in construction awards

South Shore Cabinetry has, once again, won a number of awards for its work.

The Lake Cowichan-based company took home three awards at the 2018 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence Awards of Vancouver Island, held Sept. 29 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Sixty awards were presented at the 27th annual event, which was attended by 300 builders, renovators, designers, trades, suppliers.

South Shore Cabinetry, along with partner Terry Johal Developments, took top prizes in the categories Best Condominium Unit, Best Contemporary Kitchen 175-275 sq. ft., and Best Contemporary Kitchen 276-325 sq. ft.

“The CARE Awards highlight Canada’s finest West Coast homes and the skilled people behind them,” said Casey Edge, executive director of the Victoria Residential Builders Association.

Fuel Good Day raises funds for community charities

More than 180 local organizations and causes across western Canada are “fuelling” good after more than $600,000 in donations from Co-op.

The funds were raised as part of Fuel Good Day on Sept. 18.

During the day, a minimum of five cents of every litre of fuel sold at participating Co-op Gas Bars, including those in the Cowichan Valley, was donated to a local charity or non-profit organization.

Co-op’s Fuel Good Day has raised almost $1.2 million for local organizations over the last two years.

“Co-op has a long history of serving Western Canada and we are proud to build on that with investments like this,” said Cal Fichter, vice-president of energy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which is owned by more than 170 independent retail co-operatives across western Canada.

“With the help of Co-op members and customers, we are able to make a significant contribution that will benefit communities of all sizes across Western Canada.”

Triple O’s restaurants rake in thousands for KidSport

Triple O’s restaurants on Vancouver Island, including the one in Duncan, raised almost $4,000 of the $80,000 raised this year by the chain to support KidSport BC.

For nine years, the 41 participating Triple O’s restaurants has helped under-privileged kids learn teamwork skills and build self-confidence through team sports.

On KidSport Day, held this year on Sept. 28, a Loonie from the sale of every combo at the restaurants was donated to KidSport chapters across the province.

“Every year, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Triple O’s guests,” said Triple O’s and White Spot President Warren Erhart.

“On behalf of our whole team, I’d like to say a big thank you for helping so many kids grow through sports.”

New Ale Trail features Cowichan Valley breweries

The BC Ale Trail has launched a new Vancouver Island Ale Trail, featuring 14 craft breweries showcased in two separate itineraries.

The first trail allows visitors to cruise eight breweries from farm to sea in the Cowichan Valley to Nanaimo.

Those breweries include the Cowichan Valley’s Red Arrow Brewing, Small Block Brewing, the Craig Street Brew pub and Riot Brewing.

The other Ale Trail on the Island is north of Nanaimo.

Less than two years since the BC Ale Trail launched in the fall of 2016, the project now promotes more than 150 craft breweries and features 17 different regional Ale Trails in the province, offering resources including itineraries, maps, photography and videos for craft beer tourists to plan excursions within B.C. that involve craft beer as well as other regional activities.

“Vancouver Island is its own unique place with a completely different vibe from the rest of British Columbia, and we’re really excited to be able to add to that atmosphere with these new Ale Trails,” says Joe Wiebe, director of content for the BC Ale Trail.

“Beer lovers can spend a day, a weekend, or a week exploring the breweries, restaurants and other activities on the Island.”

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