2016 Winners

Abe Avender, BSc., D.C., C.S.C.S., ART®, DNS® Island Optimal Health & Performance

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.

Adam Fraser, Senior Business Relationship Manager – Coastal Community Credit Union

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, and an Accredited Commercial Lender.

Aidan Henry, Creative Director and Founder – Brink Events

Aidan is the founder and creative director behind Brink Events – an award-winning event design agency based out of Victoria, Canada. This full-service event company specializes in unique signature events and private parties for corporations and private clients.

Andrea Paquette -Executive Director, BDSBC – Classroom Presenter & Group Facilitator

Andrea Paquette, AKA Bipolar Babe, created the Bipolar Babe project in 2009. She is now the Executive Director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of British  Columbia, which she founded in 2010 in collaboration with seven dedicated Board of Directors.

Andy Spurling, President – Proline Management Ltd

Andy is the President of Proline Management Ltd., a property management company operating exclusively on Vancouver Island that offers service to approximately 9,500 units through its 43 employees.

Angelique Madone Pelan, Senior Sales Manager – Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Madone is a passionate traveler and lifelong learner. After 18 years in the hospitality industry, she brings a wealth of valuable relationships, hands-on experience and unquenched enthusiasm.

Brandon Ford – Manager – Albertson Home Centre

Brandon has worked his way up form yard laborer to Store Manager at 21.  At 25, he received the “Outstanding Young Retailer” Award, and national award given to one manager per year in the Building Supply Industry.

Chris Johnstone, Financial Services – Freedom 55

A Vancouver native, Chris Johnstone returned home in 2009 to Vancouver to start his financial services practice with Freedom 55 Financial, and to be closer to his great network of friends and family.

Genevieve Grieve, Owner – EK Hair Salon

In 2006 my vision became a reality and EK Hair Salon was born. EK today employs over 22 local jobs in our community and will continue to keep growing.

Jacqui Beban, General Manager – Nootka Sound Timber Co. Ltd

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.

Jeneece Edroff – Director of Programs – Power to Be Adventure Therapy

Jeneece was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Neurofibromatosis type 1 which causes tumors to grow on nerve pathways anywhere in the body.

Jennifer Williamson, RN, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Flight Nurse – LIFESUPPORT Patient Transport

Based in Parksville, British Columbia, Jennifer leads and oversees the daily operations for LIFESUPPORT Patient Transport, a fully integrated medical transportation and worldwide emergency services organization.

Jenny Deters, Owner – Rattan Plus Home & Patio

Jenny Deters owns Rattan Plus Home & Patio with her husband Todd in Downtown Courtenay.

John Close, Owner – Lush Eco Lawn

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.

Love Dodd, Owner – Dodd’s Furniture

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, merchandise and marketing.

Matt Beckett, Senior Financial Consultant – Coastal Community Financial Management Inc – Credential Services Inc

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.

Richard Van Leeuwen, Owner & Director – Academy of Learning

Richard Van Leeuwen has been an active member of the Victoria BC business community in since 2005.

Samantha Hackett, Director of Operations – Long Beach Lodge Resort

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”.

Trina Brubaker, Lawyer – Johnston Franklin Bishop

Trina Brubaker is a lawyer with Johnston Franklin Bishop, practicing in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, and civil litigation. Originally from Lake Cowichan, Trina obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Malaspina-University College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria.

Zack Jones, Store Manager – Save On Foods

Zack Jones is a store manager with Save On Foods with over ten years experience in retail leadership, and spirited team work. He is a dynamic and passionate leader with a proven ability to deliver strong financial results in complex, competitive, and challenging environments.

Check out our 2016/2017 Winners Full Biographys VIEW HERE