June 4, 2024


News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business


Rachelle Dempster

Rachelle Dempster has recently started working as an Organizational Development Consultant at the City of Victoria.

Kris Rice is scheduled to assume his new position as Oak Bay’s deputy police superintendent on July 3.

Colton Lidstone has recently joined Active Earth Engineering Ltd. as a Data Management Specialist and Junior Environmental Technician in the Victoria Office.

Gary Bond Jr has been hired as the new People & Culture Coordinator at the City of Victoria.

Jarvis Dashkewytch has a new co-op job with O’Brien Investment Group – CIBC Wood Gundy as an administrative assistant.

Kimberley Ilott has been hired by Island Health – Vancouver Island Health Authority as a Senior Project Manager.

The Auxilium Mortgage Team is celebrating Tallulah Adams’ second anniversary with the company.

Baggins Shoes, which has been operational for five decades and is situated on Johnson Street, is scheduled to stop operations in October but will continue their business online.

Leo Powell and Jordan Illingworth, owners of The Pet Store, will soon launch a second location in Oak Bay.

The Vancouver Island Construction Association‘s (VICA) first Vancouver Island Business Industry (VIBI) awards presented Wes-Tech with the Supplier of the Year Award.

FRS Clipper, a leading provider of fast ferry and vacation planning services in the Pacific Northwest, is offering a 20 per cent discount for weekday sailings from Victoria to downtown Seattle this summer, encouraging Canada residents to treat themselves to Seattle events and festivals.

In the Greater Victoria region, five members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been awarded the Order of Military Merit. These members include Captain Peter Scott Robinson at CFB Esquimalt, CPO2 Leslie Biller of the Naval Tactical Operations Group, MWO Drew Russel Scott of the Real Property Operations Unit, Jean Julienne Tsannie of the Canadian Rangers, and CPO1 Steven Joseph Wist of the Naval Training Development Centre.

Beginning in December of 2024, the BC Cancer Foundation is running a trial at BC Cancer Victoria on cancer diagnosis and available treatments.

On June 12, Berwick House, located at 4062 Shelbourne St., will host two open houses to celebrate the beginning of summer. The second event will take place at Berwick Royal Oak, located at 468 Elk Lake Drive, on June 13.

The City of Victoria has welcomed a new electric fire truck to its fleet, based out of the downtown No. 1 Fire Hall on Johnson Street.

Maize restaurant in Cook Street Village is now offering an appealing menu of Mexican and Central American fusion dishes.

The Salvation Army has announced the opening of its newest store in the southern region of the island, located along Langford Parkway at the former Capital Iron location.

Two adjoining parcels, 1620 Blanshard Street and 741 Fisgard Street, with views of the intersection south of the recently finished multi-phased, high-density Hudson District—where Victoria’s two tallest buildings are located—have been planned to be rezoned and developed by developers Tri Eagle Development Corporation, Jawl Residential, and Cascadia Architects.

During the celebration of Filipino Heritage Month at the Bayanihan Community Centre, the expanding Filipino community in Greater Victoria has revived its plans for a community centre and housing complex to replace their current facility on Blanshard Street.

The WestShore Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest members: Hatley Memorial Gardens, Driftwood Sport & Wellness, Evolution Health Clinics, A.R.T. Electric, Mike Harris – Century 21 Queenswood Realty, Changing Lanes Drivers Education Ltd., DesignWealth, Canada Outdoor Kitchens, Solutions SMP, SparkHive Digital, Andre’s Electronics Experts, Stor-X Organizing Systems Greater Victoria, and Stevenson, Luchies & Legh.

The Maritime Museum of BC is launching a brand new fundraiser for the next three weeks, in support of programs for all ages: the Sea Song Showdown, which aims to raise $10,000 by June 24.

Beaver Lake will host its annual Strawberry Festival on July 7.

The North Saanich Farm Market has resumed on June 1st and will be held on Saturdays until October 12th.

Hazel’s Ice Cream is returning to Sweet Street for the third consecutive year on June 22, in the Cineplex parking lot.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store – Canada announce the grand opening of its newest location at 975 Langford Parkway, Langford, in the Westshore area on June 6.

Over $1 million was raised for Victoria Hospital during Langford’s Miracle on the Mountain event, which was hosted at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.

Gordon ‘N Gordon Interiors will be constructing a 106-unit apartment building between Jacklin and Peatt roads, to be named Gordon Place Apartments, on the 800-block of Orono Avenue in downtown Langford.

The District of Central Saanich has approved the acquisition of land near Stelly’s Secondary School for the development of a multi-use trail, that will serve as an alternative route for cyclists, pedestrians, and other users, connecting Stelly’s Cross Road and Wallace Drive.

Mary Dunn, the vice-president of the Sooke Region Communities Health Network, is currently seeking donations to support the Sooke Gathering Place.

Willow + Glen, a collection of move-in ready townhomes by Abstract Developments, will begin selling in Langford this June. The townhomes are located near the intersection of Jacklin Road and Sooke Road.

The Sooke council has approved the issuance of a tender for the purchase of Engine 2, a brand-new rescue pumper apparatus truck, with a maximum price of $946,899; this amount is covered by the financial plan for the years 2024–2028.

WATERLiLY shoes, located at 101-2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Provenance Fine Things celebrated its 10th year anniversary on June 1st.

Miss Bliss Boutique is marking its 15th anniversary.

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