April 23, 2024

Fraser Valley Business News 


Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara

Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara of Tsawwassen have started a skincare and cosmetics company called Face Club.

Mark Booth, a sports editor, was named B.C. School Sports’ Media Person of the Year.

The Delta Council has recently made significant changes to their bylaws, aiming to make it easier for secondary suite owners. These changes include the removal of various barriers such as the elimination of suite rental permits, rental permit license fees, and penalties. Additionally, the general manager of development now has the authority to issue and revoke occupancy permits and approve decommissioning work.

The six-story mixed-use housing project, featuring condos on the upper floors and commercial space and parking on the lower levels, was approved to be built on the former Dunbar Lumber site, which is located at the intersection of Bridge and Elliott streets.

In a groundbreaking initiative, the Delta Community Living Society (DCLS) and researchers from the University of British Columbia will work together to help high school-aged individuals with autism or developmental disabilities get the help they need early on and increase their chances of finding gainful employment.

The council granted approval for a Heritage Revitalization Agreement and development permit for the Olaf Stokkeland Residence in the 11000-block of River Road, subsequent to a public hearing last year.

The Delta Film Academy, which was housed at the Delta Manor in Ladner, will not be operational for the 2024–25 school year, according to the Delta School District.



Dastaan Modern Indian Cafe and Bistro will be opening its doors on April 28th at 14989 Marine Dr. White Rock.

Luv Ya Mom, a self-published retail product for women and families, will be launched on May 5 in White Rock by business partner and friends, Rosslyn Delmonico and Candace Chaput.



The ground-breaking fitness company Safe Sweat, founded by Emre Ozgur and Andrea Kloegman, has opened up franchise opportunities for business owners.

The PacBio Revio long-read HiFi sequencer has been bought by the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer in Canada. They are now ready to take samples for HiFi sequencing.

The 21st Annual Breakfast With The Bank 2024 by Surrey Food Bank will take place at Taj Park Convention Centre on May 9th.

The Little Nest Child Learning Centre will soon open at 2561 168 St., Surrey.

BC Housing has been awarded one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the 9th consecutive year.

The BC Non-Profit Housing Association will hold a webinar on April 26th to provide additional details regarding BC Builds.

Ticket sales for the 2024 Hometown Heroes Lottery have begun, in collaboration with the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Sales will continue until midnight on July 11, 2024, or until all tickets have been purchased.



Tareq Hadhad

Tareq Hadhad, the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, will deliver a keynote address at the PARQ Hotel Vancouver on June 7 for the BCFB’s FoodPro24 Thrive Conference.

The Jennie Gaglardi Place has officially opened at 21201 56 Ave., providing the Township of Langley with 98 new affordable rental homes.

The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest member, Precise CFO Solutions, Jones Fire & Safety, and Bez Arts Hub.

Pattison Food Group has awarded six of its employees with Extra Mile Awards including Junaid Islam, Denine Hoffman,  Davin Veitch,  Jason Wedel, Teresa Smith, and  Laurie Rochon.

Coupe Beverages (Duchess Cocktails), a woman-owned business that debuted in December 2020 with the Duchess Cosmo, is the newest member of BC Food & Beverage.



Vancouver Community College (VCC) participated at the 30th Annual Skills Canada BC competition in Abbotsford, honouring skilled trades innovators.

Walmart Abbotsford has announced the grand re-opening of its store following an extensive 10-month renovation.

The Community Health and Social Innovation (CHASI) Hub at the University of the Fraser Valley presented seven research projects at the Pacific Sociological Association conference. Its director, Martha Dow, was given the 2024 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis award.



Dr. David Moniz, a well-known local physician, has been named the BC United candidate for Chilliwack North in the provincial election that is coming up, according to BC United Leader Kevin Falcon.

Keri Collie, a branch manager at easyfinancial in Chilliwack, is celebrating her tenth anniversary with the company.

The 63rd Annual Rotary Dinner, presented by Murray Honda Chilliwack , is set for June 8th, 2024

The Salvation Army Chilliwack is celebrating 100th anniversary this year.

A lottery home has been announced by Hometown Heroes atop Promontory on Crimson Ridge in Chilliwack.

The Farmer’s Market at the 5th Annual Hops & Heritage event on June 8, 2024, is currently accepting vendor applications.

Woww Delivery Service Inc. has recently been launched in Chilliwack.

A townhouse development in Chilliwack, BC’s Sardis neighbourhood is being worked on by JCR Design Ltd.



The Ridge Meadows Chamber is partnering with the City of Maple Ridge to host May’s Business After Hours at UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest on May 8, 2024.



The Nut Coffee Shop located at 22638 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge, is now for sale.

The Province and the City of Maple Ridge have collaborated to allocate $3.5 million from the Growing Communities Fund to support the finalization of the Abernethy Street expansion from 224 to 230 Street.

Maple Ridge‘s biggest-ever community event is scheduled for September 14, and the town is preparing to commemorate its 150th anniversary with a number of exciting events and initiatives, such as public art and heritage projects and a new street banner created in conjunction with Indigenous allies.



Green Valley Sunshine Kids will soon open at 7332 Grand Street, Mission, BC.

BC Hydro will be conducting their annual maintenance on the Wilson Street Hydro Dam (Ruskin Dam) from April 29th to May 7th.

The Secondary Suites Program’s Registered Suite enrollment period has been extended by the City of Mission until May 16, 2024.

Mission Station Grill, located at 7230 Horne St, Mission, has announced its re-opening on April 25th.

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