February 6, 2024

VICTORIA –  Peter Cowan has been named President and CEO of Innovate BC, effective February 5.

Eric Bird has recently taken on a new role as a Teacher at School District 61 in Victoria.

Tim Quocksister of Silver Arrow Cars, a Victoria-based dealer mainly dealing in rare luxury cars, set a new record at a collector-car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, selling a classic 1956 Mercedes-Benz that had been fully restored in Victoria for $3.4 million US.

Subaru Canada, Inc, (SCI) hit the ground running in 2024, retailing 5,675 units for a best-ever January. In January 2023, Subaru Canada sold 3,058 units, making the same period in 2024 an 85.6 per cent increase.

The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) awards for this year have been presented to first-year student-athletes Adrianna Hilton, Anais Chace, and Sadie Schneider by the University of Victoria Department of Athletics and Recreation.

Katherine Rankin

Katherine Rankin has recently joined Bird Construction as a Project Assistant.

The Vancouver Island Construction Association is partnering with Canadian Construction Association – Association Canadienne de la Construction and CAGBC on a nationwide Low Carbon Training Program, funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Fat Sisters, the only plus-size vintage and consignment clothing store in Victoria, has opened in the former Salt clothing store on the 800-block of Fort Street, near Blanshard Street.

Victoria Transmission & Auto Care, a long-standing business located on Government Street at Chatham Street, will soon be replaced by a new mixed-use rental and retail development, as Nicola Wealth recently unveiled their proposal for the complex at 1885 Government Street and the nearby historic Sam Kee Laundry Building on Chatham Street.

Kuku’s Take Out, Delivery, and Catering is celebrating 15 years in Victoria.

The proposal for the 1,900-unit Roundhouse at Bayview Place has been approved by the Victoria Council.

Tacofino has opened a new location at the Westshore Town Centre in Langford.

Cinemaplex is offering $5 movies and popcorn every Tuesday throughout the month of February.

Jim Zeeben

Jim Zeeben celebrates his 6-year work anniversary  with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Seth Goodwin, a member of Langford Fire Rescue, has been promoted to the position of Lieutenant.

Orbus Business Networks will host a networking lunch meeting at the Strathcona Hotel in Victoria on February 8th.

OpenTable has ranked the Vista 18 Restaurant + Lounge in Victoria among the top one hundred most romantic restaurants in Canada for 2024.

The Belmont School Theatre will host a free family movie screening in collaboration with the Victoria Film Festival and the City of Langford on February 16th.

Viva La WestShore, a member favourite, will return on April 12 after a five-year hiatus, as announced by the WestShore Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with its Title Sponsor, Elements Casino Victoria. The 14th of February marks the sale of a limited quantity of Early Bird tickets for $75 each.

Steve’s Poke Bar has recently opened at 2401 Millstream Road in Langford.

Lustre of Pearl is celebrating its third anniversary with a party at #113 3031 Merchant Way, Langford.

A special $4 million Agritech Innovation Funding call has been issued by BCCAI to assist BC’s CEA businesses. It strives to position BC as a leader in global agricultural innovation, ensuring improved food security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. Additionally, it aims to support Indigenous food systems and promote greater participation from underrepresented groups.

A new campaign has been launched to raise funds for the Cool Aid Dental clinic. An anonymous donor has generously pledged to match all contributions made during the month-long effort, up to a total of $50,000.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music has prepared Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 900 Johnson St., for one of the year’s most significant concerts, Spark to Flame 2024, which is scheduled for February 24, 2024.

Thomas and Courtney Kala

Thomas and Courtney Kala from Pinnacle Homes Group – eXp Realty have achieved the highly regarded MLS® Gold Award for five consecutive years and three consecutive years, respectively.

Frank Pecorelli has developed AutoBid60, a new app that helps sellers maximize the value of their trade-in cars. By connecting sellers with buyers who are specifically interested in unique features of a vehicle, AutoBid60 ensures sellers get the best possible deal.

Brentwood Bay’s Beacon Community Services has partnered with the District of Central Saanich to launch a satellite office at 1209 Clarke Rd.

A new rental project called Park View is almost ready for occupancy in Sooke’s town centre. The project consists of two buildings with a total of 77 units, as well as ground floor retail spaces is set to be completed by mid-2024 in Sooke.

South Shore Gallery & Framing, one of the oldest businesses in Sooke, located on Otter Point Road between West Coast and Eustace roads, has been placed up for sale at a price of $90,000.

Applications for the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Culture Grant program are now open to members of the ArtSea Community Arts Council. The funding is being provided by the District of North Saanich and the Town of Sidney.

The Sidney Museum and Archives is thrilled to announce the return of the Exhibition of LEGO® models, presented by Peninsula Co-op. This event is now in its eighteenth year and will be available for viewing until April 1st, 2024.

Martin and Lisa Pedersen celebrate their 5th year as owners of Ecotopia Naturals located at 101-9816 Seaport Place, Sidney.

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