Chris Wilkinson, part owner of Nurse Next Door Home Care Services and a columnist for the Cowichan Valley Citizen, has begun a new life-coaching venture.
Called Chris Wilkinson Coaching, the business is intended for anyone who wants to elevate and improve their lives, including key pieces like their careers, relationships, finances and health.
He said statistics show that most people rate their life satisfaction scores below seven out of 10, and that’s not good enough.
“A lot of people don’t feel positive about their lives all the time,” Wilkinson said.
“I hold coaching conversations with my clients and that’s a partnership and not just me telling people what to do. It’s more of a collaboration. My job as a great coach if to ask great questions and be present.”
Wilkinson brings decades of experience in business and in relationships to his life-coaching role, as well as years being a nutrition coach and a personal trainer.
He also recently completed a life-coach training program with Erickson Coaching International, and intends to continue his education in the field to be the best life coach he can be.
Everyone’s favourite cookies are back this September; and Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie Week promises to once again make a big impact in the community.
From Sept 19-25, 100 per cent of proceeds from every Smile Cookie sold at the Beverly Street, Trunk Road, Bench Road, Berkey’s Corner and Lake Cowichan Tim Hortons will go to local charities and community groups; including Tims Camps, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley, Nourish Cowichan, and Clements Centre for Families.
The local Smile Cookie Campaign has raised more than $15,000 in past years and this year, Tim Hortons owners and charity partners are confident community support will blow that number out of the water.
“The Smile Cookie Campaign is a tasty week where everyone has fun and enjoys a delicious cookie while making local impacts,” said Erin Generous, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley.
“A big thank you to Tim Horton’s, together we can help children and youth reach their full potential.”
Triple O’s restaurants across B.C., as well as the one in the Cowichan Valley, are celebrating their 25th anniversary on Sept. 20.
For that day only, Triple O’s Original Burger will be available for $3.49, the same price they were at the original location on Robson Street, Vancouver, on opening day.
And for every Original Burger sold that day, Triple O’s will donate 50 cents to Food Banks BC.
The provincial association of food banks supports 105 hunger relief agencies throughout the province, ensuring that the anniversary celebration donations stay in the B.C. communities where the funds are raised.
Cathy Tostenson, vice-president of sales and marketing for White Spot and Triple O’s, said giving back to the community is a key element of the anniversary celebration.
“It’s exciting to reach such a milestone, but knowing we can help raise awareness and funds to fight hunger makes it even more meaningful and relevant,” she said.
Neko Ramen Japanese Cuisine will soon be opening at 171 Canada Ave. in Duncan.
According to its website, Neko Ramen wants to be a fun place where people can share more than just ramen-crafted authentically Japanese food and culture.
“Along with the evolving Cowichan Valley, we also hope to offer fusion cuisine that remixes the flavors of Japan and Canada,” the website said.
The restaurant’s chef and owner Shige trained under a Japanese chef in French cuisine, then moved to the south of France for further training.
After returning to Japan, Shige opened a French restaurant and has tasted and prototyped not only French cuisine, but also Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and dishes from many countries.
Shige moved to Canada with his family in 2015, and after working as a sushi chef for three years, he began serving ramen, a Japanese noodle dish, at Small Block Brewery in Duncan.
He said he’s excited about the new challenge of opening Neko Ramen in downtown Duncan.
Midi is the director for Neko Ramen and she’s in charge of creating the concept for the restaurant, logo creation, renovations and the opening of the restaurant.
After years of hard work to expand its pig pasture and infrastructure, Duncan’s Keating Farm has successfully doubled its pork production this year and is now offering a fall pork harvest in addition to its regular spring harvest.
The pigs for the farm’s fall harvest were purebred Tamworths and they were enormous beasts, with the biggest one dressed out at 340 pounds.
The farm’s website said its pork is unlike what you find in grocery stores and meat markets.
“Pastured heritage breed pork is deeply flavourful, tender, and juicy,” the website said.
“We offer bacon, sausage, tenderloin, thick cut loin chops, smoked hams, butt roasts, ribs, ground, smoked hocks, as well as all the other ‘bits’ such as jowl, trotters, offal, fat, and skin. Please see our product list for a complete list of our available cuts and pricing. We are happy to offer a five per cent discount on all pork cut orders over $500. As with all of our products, these pork cuts will sell out quickly so please don’t delay and get your orders in as soon as possible.”
Call 250-797-6179 or go to http://keatingfarm.ca for more information.
It’s a new fiscal year at the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, and with that comes a call for expressions of interest to serve on its board of directors for the 2022/23 term.
Chamber directors lead the strategic direction of the organization and play a vital role in supporting and advocating for the Cowichan business community.
If you have energy and ideas, want to create a positive impact in your community and contribute to the success of the chamber, have five to eight hours per month to contribute, want to broaden your professional experience, and if you are a chamber member in good standing, the chamber would love to have a chat about the opportunity to serve on its board.
Connect with executive director Sonja Nagel at 250-748-1111 or at email@example.com to learn more about what the role of the director entails.
The chamber can also send you an application package complete with terms of reference, directors’ code of conduct, bylaws, and an application.
You should connect with Nagel before Sept. 22.
The chamber’s AGM will be held on Nov. 22 where there will be an election for the board.