CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
TOP 20 under 40 WINNERS !
2015 Top 20 Winners
Dr. Abe Avender was born and raised in Nanaimo where he upon graduated from Woodlands Secondary School. He took his studies from Malaspina University/College to the University of Victoria, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2002. Upon graduation from UVic he pursued his Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, where he graduated in 2007 with the distinction of Clinical Honours.
Dr. Avender moved back to Nanaimo in August of 2007, where he and his partner built Island Optimal Health & Performance and Moksha Yoga Nanaimo from the ground up. Abe’s passion for health, sport, and maximizing human performance in all aspects of life is reflected in devotion to helping everyone that seeks his care and expertise.
Adam Fraser is the Senior Business Relationship Manager at Coastal Community Credit Union in Nanaimo, B.C. He holds a BBA from Vancouver Island University, is a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada, is an Accredited Commercial Lender, and is currently enrolled in the MBA program through Royal Roads University with expected completion in July, 2016.
In May, 2014 Adam was selected as the recipient of the National Young Leader Award from Credit Union Central of Canada. This award is presented to a promising young leader from across the Canadian credit union system.
Adam sits on the Credit Union National Young Leaders committee, and is a member of the Executive team of the Coastal Young Leaders Network. Adam is active in his community, and has sat on a variety of community boards, associations, and supports many local non-profit organizations.
Aidan holds a business degree from the University of Victoria and has many years of event experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry.
Awards: In 2012, Brink Events was named one of the “10 to Watch” by Douglas Magazine, and in 2013 was nominated for 2 Victoria Chamber of Commerce Awards (“New Business” and “Young Entrepreneur”).
His inspiration stems from memorable guest moments and experiences. He believes that creating these moments is a big responsibility, but also a great honour. That drives his passion to constantly innovate and push the creative boundaries. Beyond the everyday bustle of the event world, Aidan enjoys reading, camping, travelling, and playing soccer. He is also a foodie with a weak spot for poutine.
Andrea is passionate about educating today’s youth on the stigma surrounding mental health and additional societal stigmas that negatively affect people’s perceptions of themselves and others. She shares her personal story of struggle and triumph since her diagnosis in 2005. She is an award winning mental health activist, educator, facilitator, writer and speaker.
In 5 short years, Andrea has presented her story at over 150 schools, workplaces, community organizations and events, reaching over 12,000 people.
Andrea has also recently launched a new and exciting Classroom Presentations Program in January, 2016, named the ‘Stigma-Free Zone Superheroes’ in Greater Vancouver with the collaboration of co-founder Dave Richardson, President, Octaform Systems Inc.
Andrea is the named 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Winner in the category of Mental Health given by Coast Mental Health, the 2013 Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year in Victoria, BC, and is also the Winner of the 2013 Award for Mentorship from the National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, D.C.
company operating exclusively on Vancouver Island that offers service to
approximately 9,500 units through its 43 employees. Andy joined the family
business after tiring of corporate lawyer life on Wall Street and Bay Street. He
welcomed the ability to have a positive impact on the business and in the
community. Andy is proud of Proline’s commitment to community and the
numerous charitable organizations that are supported on an annual basis. He is
also a bit crazy and loves to go for really long runs in the woods. Really long.
In 2013 I was awarded a seat on the Cowichan District Hospital Board of Directors. Truly an honor to be selected to help better our medical care in our community. This is my way of bringing awareness to the importance of our local hospital. I was also voted in as Vice Chair for our local BCSPCA council. I am passionate about putting an end to animal cruelty. In fact, I make sure EK never participates on the testing of animals by keeping our products cruelty free.
My family has been in the forest industry for over a century, and it has been a part of my life since my first visit to a logging camp at six-weeks old. Determined and always up for adventure, I have a wide range of experiences and interests from traveling to undeveloped countries such as Somalia and Yemen and learning about cultures very different from my own to becoming the first female Vice-President of the BC Truck Loggers Association in its 72 year history and set to become its first female President in 2016.
At the age 5 Jeneece underwent spinal surgery to correct her curvature and rods were inserted to stabilize her spine. The first time Jeneece sat up the two of the screws pierced right though the spine into the nerves. A second surgery and 4 months flat on her back had Jeneece walking when no one thought she would.
At the age of 7 and on her 3rd body brace Jeneece became aware that Variety, The Children’s Charity had been helping the family out with medical costs related to Jeneece’s condition. Jeneece wanted to pay back some of the money that they assisted us with. Jeneece did a penny drive at her elementary school (Northridge Elementary). She raised $164.00. She presented a cheque for that amount on the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon.
Not happy with that, she elicited the help of our local news anchor to announce on the news that she was doing a penny drive, to help BC’s Special kids. The drive started 3 weeks to the date of the annual Variety, Show of Hearts Telethon. The pennies came rolling in from every corner of the island. By the truck loads they where wheeled out. By the ton they; were taken away to be counted. Her cheque for her 2nd year on the telethon was an amazing $27,000.00. (That is more than 16 tons of pennies)
That amount was matched on the show of hearts telethon bringing Jeneece’s total to 52,000.00
Through the next year Jeneece also helped “The BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation” with many of their fundraisers. She sold flowers at a plant sale, attended a Kick-a-thon for NF. She has spoken at the annual Dinner and Auction and even sold 2 pieces of Art Work for over $300.00 each. To date she has assisted in raising over $30,000.00 for The BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation.
When Jeneece was 9 she was unable to attend camp Shawnigan. They serve kids with disabilities but not with those who are undergoing chemotherapy. Jeneece’s medical condition requires her to be permanently on chemotherapy. Although Jeneece’s tumors are not presently malignant, the doctor’s feel that she is at a very high risk for getting cancer.
Jeneece had to go to a camp for kids with cancer. So Jeneece now goes to Camp Good times. As you can guess, she started raising money for that as well, helping Thrifty Foods with their hot dog sales on weekends for “Cops for Cancer” fundraiser.
At the age of 10 she shaved her hair off and had raised $1000 dollars for the cause. Her total after three years of head shaves is $10,000. She is a spokes person for the Cancer Society making appearances with the Tour de Rock riders and sharing her story.
After the second year, Jeneece decided that she would set herself a goal of raising $1 Million for BC’s Special Kids, even if she has to do this one penny at a time. Her total for Variety now towers over $1.5 million and is still increasing. She has been given the title of “The Penny Girl” here on Vancouver Island by the Province of BC and was recognized as such during question period.
- Jeneece gives motivational talks around her condition and how to overcome.
- Jeneece gives talks at schools, optimists clubs and rotary clubs in Victoria to large corporations in BC and Canada wide.
- Jeneece has done several commercials for Variety the Children’s Charity
- Jeneece is also the poster child for Variety and appears in yearly “Faces of Variety” ads.
- Jeneece is an honorary team member for the “Cops for Cancer” “Tour De Rock”
- Gives talks at local functions for Tour de Rock.
- Jeneece has opened a Golf Tournament for Help Fill A Dream Foundation.
- Participates yearly in the BC Children’s radio-thon for the kids. She talks about her surgeries and drug treatments she has received.
- Participates yearly in the Tour de Rock Rider-thon promoting cancer research.
- She does appearances on local radio stations talking about her condition and also about her fundraising.
- She has done numerous TV appearances for various fundraising efforts.
- She has appeared on the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon for the past 13 years.
Jeneece in 2009 purchased 4 “Sunshine Coach” vehicles for Vancouver Island in her name to be used to transport disabled kids around the island.
In August 2009 Jeneece began her new dream project, a home away from home for families who need to travel to Victoria for Medical Treatment or care in hospital. She drew up the plans met with various individuals to make this happen. In January 2012 on Jeneece’s 18th birthday, the doors of Jeneece Place opened for business. One of the fastest builds in Victoria, 1.3 million under budget (mostly because contractors and the general public donated the construction costs) and we raised over 1 million more than our target goal. “Jeneece Place”, lovingly named after Jeneece was build by the community, because Jeneece wanted it built. Jeneece Place has assisted over 1000 families, more than 300 babies were born at Jeneece Place and 22 sets of twins. The longest stay for one family has been more than a year.
To date Jeneece has raised more than 9 million dollars.
assurance and human resource roles within a diverse corporation that combines transportation, aviation and medicine into a single, integrated suite of products. Jennifer’s firm works around the world, in every time zone, in complex, evolving and high risk circumstances. As a member of the Premiers Women’s Economic Council, Jennifer works with other top women in business, advising the Premier, Senior Cabinet Ministers and government leaders on issues related to women in business. Jennifer’s work on the Premier’s Council includes a specific focus on women in leadership, as well as a targeted focus on the BC Jobs Plan, by working to identify specific roles for women in non‐traditional jobs, as well as issues related to aboriginal women and immigrants.
Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2009, I’ve worked hard to make my presence known in the community through my professional work and community service. During a recession and with no prior experience in natural lawn care or running a business, my wife and I launched Lush Eco Lawns with multiple locations in mind. The choice to remain pesticide free and develop our own Lush Alive Lawn Care program was definitely the road less traveled, requiring much risk early on. A strong belief in our plan and a refusal to give in or give up resulted in a Black Tie award in our first year of business, and solid growth in our second. Our third year was our strongest yet as we hired three more employees, increased our services beyond lawn care, including garden and tree maintenance, a unique Christmas light program and, for the third year in a row, we doubled our revenues. We were awarded Best Green Business at the Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards and were a finalist for Best Business.
Love and his Father believe in giving back to the community that made them what they are today, a staff of over 50 employees. Love overlooks the accounting, warehouse, sales, buying merchandise. and marketing. Dodd’s furniture hosts two annual dinners during Christmas and Thanksgiving in both Victoria and Nanaimo for the less fortunate. They also organize numerous clothing and food drives to help people in need.
Matt started his career with Coastal Community in 2004 and is now a Private Wealth Advisor where his expertise lies in financial planning with personal and business clients.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Royal Roads University, earned a Fellowship of the Credit Union Institute of Canada from Dalhousie University, and is a Certified Financial Planner. He is often quoted in local and national news regarding his mastery in financial planning. He grew up on Vancouver Island, enjoys travelling and loves to spend time with his wife, Chelsea and their two young daughters, Mya and Makenna.
Self-professed lover of all things wild, Samantha gave up the city life in hometown Victoria and found her way to Tofino. “As a lover of whales and wildlife I knew it was the place for me”. Samantha is passionate about giving back, “my mum & dad instilled the value of giving to others and your community in me at a young age and I have continued to do this throughout my life”. The other passion not demonstrated on her resume is politics attending Encounters with Canada in Ottawa, leading a group of students to promote the youth vote, and then a strong run for Tofino Municipal Council.
In his downtime, he enjoys overnight kayaking trips, all day hiking adventures, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family.