December 29, 2023

Driftwood Great Chinese Buffet Adds Fifth Island Location

Mark MacDonald


NANAIMO – Executive Director Jolynn Green has announced that Community Futures Central Island has moved from downtown Nanaimo to 106-205 Jensen Avenue East in Parksville.

Susan Herman has been promoted to Vice President, Finance at the Peninsula Co-op.

Long-time Nanaimo hockey promoter Myles Parsons has announced he is starting a new senior men’s hockey team, the Nanaimo Steelmen, and he has plans to have the club compete next year in the AA Coy Cup championships, emblematic of senior men’s hockey supremacy in the province.

Congratulations to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for raising $243,157 in its single day Giving Tuesday Campaign in November. Through corporate and community support, the Foundation was able to more than double its goal of $100,000. Corporate donations included large gifts from the Port of Nanaimo, Re/MAX of Nanaimo realtor Shannon Gorgichuk, the Nanaimo Theatre Group, Nanaimo Airport Commission, Royal Canadian Legion Seaview Centennial Branch 257 and a $50,000 gift from the Nanaimo Community Foundation. The funds will go towards critical care beds for the hospital’s High Acuity Unit.

Congratulations to the GEM Real Estate Group at Royal LePage, for finishing 34th in Canada for units sold out of over 20,000 agents.

Dan Stelk

Array has added sales executive Dan Stelck to its marketing team. Dan, a well-known local hockey player, has a diverse background in global business, management, marketing, politics and sales, including a stint with the Business Examiner.

Driftwood Great Chinese Buffet is well known for its all-you-can-eat buffets, and is now up to five locations across central Vancouver Island. Their latest outlet opened in Courtenay recently at 1130 Cliffe Avenue, adding to their other locations in Nanaimo, at North Nanaimo Town Centre, Port Alberni, Parksville, and its first restaurant in Campbell River.

Beloved long-time city of Nanaimo employee Bob Rowledge, the driving force behind brick sales that resulted in the building of the Lions Great Bridge spanning the Millstone River, passed away recently.

After almost two years of delays, Caged Athletics Inc. has officially re-opened its doors at 341 Irwin Street in south Nanaimo. Brady Rogers owns the business, which features batting cages and baseball/softball Hittrax leagues.

Sandstone, the major south end Nanaimo project straddling the Trans-Canada Highway in the Chase River – Cinnabar Valley – Cedar area, has finally made it through the public hearing stage. Owner Seacliff Properties is planning commercial space in the Cedar portion of the project, industrial land in Duke Point, and 900 condos/apartments, 800 single family homes and 500 townhouses.

Sean McLintock is the newest partner in the Re/MAX Generation ownership group after 16 years with Re/MAX of Nanaimo. Sean joins the ownership team of Ron Neal, Alex Burns, Dallas King, Jennifer Allen and Ally Earle at Generation.

Costco Wholesale will have a new company offering optometry services at its Nanaimo store, as Kelowna-based Hatchard Optometry Group is no longer operating at the location.

Mark MacDonald is President of Communication Ink Media & Public Relations Ltd.


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