From left: Patricia Rogers, Member Services representative; Lee Smith, Basket Society board chair; Bill Rae, manager, Member Services; and Shanna Oud, Member Banking specialist. Coast Capital Savings donates $75,000 to food banks across B.C. this holiday season, including this $3,000 donation to the Duncan Cowichan Valley Basket Society. (submitted)

Business notes: Spade Excavating rides to the rescue of Malahat Legion

Kudos to a Shawnigan Lake business for coming to the rescue when a major flood threatened the Royal Canadian Legion Malahat #134 Branch.

Judy Bobke has high praise for Spade Excavating who showed up after an underground stream sent water flowing into the parking lot and blocking the front entrance of the Legion.

“It wasn’t safe to come into the Legion no matter how much salt we put out and the salting company put on,” Bobke said.

“Craig Partridge, the owner of Spade Excavating showed up at the Malahat Legion and volunteered his equipment and his men to help with the water problem that we were having. Grant Anderson, Greg Purdy and Steven Hancar and Mid Island Aggregates Russ Crawford all helped.

“It was wonderful support for the Legion to receive such a needed quick response and gift from this generous company owner and his friends and employees.”

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Coast Capital Savings, Canada’s largest credit union by membership is donating a total of $75,000 to food banks across the province. Duncan Cowichan Valley Basket Society is receiving $3,000 to help families and young people in the Cowichan Valley with food security through the holiday season.

“Coast Capital is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work. We work to build a richer future for youth in our communities and we know that at least one third of those who access food banks in Canada are children and youth,” said Maureen Young, director of Community Leadership at Coast Capital Savings.

“We hope that our donation will help make the season brighter and merrier for those who need it most.”

Laura Lansink, executive director of Food Banks BC, said support from corporate donors like Coast Capital is vital to the successful operation of food banks, and donations of funds are able to go even further than food, thanks to the buying power that food banks have.

“Thanks to relationships with grocers and farmers, food banks across B.C. are able to maximize donations to make a significant impact on hunger in B.C. This means that Coast Capital’s donation of $75,000 translates into 225,000 healthy, nutritious meals,” said Lansink.

“As demand grows over the holiday season, Coast Capital’s generous donation will mean that much more to vulnerable families and young people across the province.”

Coast Capital Savings is one of Canada’s most significant corporate community investors with seven per cent of its budgeted pre-tax profits invested into its communities annually. This year alone, that totals almost $6 million and more than $71 million since 2000.

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The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and has recently added five new members to the fold.

• Field and Vine Gift Co. curates luxury gift boxes featuring local artisan foods and specialties, each with its own unique theme and occasion. These gifts are ideal for clients, staff, best friends or anyone that deserves a little West Coast pampering. Each gift box is created with the finest hand-selected must-haves sourced along the coastal farm and wine communities of British Columbia, with a focus on Vancouver Island.

• Xanadu Estate is an 11-acre vacation rental property in the Cowichan Valley with one- and two-bedroom private executive suites. Guests can stay for one to several months whether looking for a house, escaping Canadian winters or spending the summer, or working temporarily in the area.

• Cowichan Brain Injury Society’s mission is to support, educate and advocate for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.

• White Pacific Services is an unrivaled, highly skilled and efficient service provider in the automation and control industry. Their team is up for every job, managing SCADA and PLC projects and paying attention to detail with skill and experience that clients have come to expect.

• Thoughtful Place Design is a cultural and community planning firm that works with the community and for the community through creative community engagement processes. They ensure creative projects work in partnership with the municipality and the local First Nation identifying visual storytelling priorities; fostering a sense of trust, pride and ownership. The goal is to create thoughtful, meaningful places that celebrate and commemorate stories of place.

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Steve Hancar, Glen Purdy and Spade Excavating owner Craig Partridge managed to fix the water problem at the Malahat Legion. (submitted)

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