Business notes: Cowichan Valley’s Nurse Next Door takes top prize for third time

There seems to be no end to accolades Chris Wilkinson, Tawnya Ketch and their business have earned since they began operations.

There seems to be no end to accolades Chris Wilkinson, Tawnya Ketch and their business have earned since they began operations nine years ago.

The Duncan-based Central Vancouver Island Nurse Next Door Home Care Services was named the 2016 Nurse Next Door franchise of the year from almost 100 franchises across North America at the organization’s annual conference last week.

It’s the third time the business has won the award, the first Nurse Next Door franchise to be so honoured.

Wilkinson said the business’s approximately 85 staff members across the central Island are still abuzz from the achievement.

“Our caregivers, who work closely with people in their homes, are great at their jobs and that’s one of the main reasons we are being recognized,” he said.

“Almost all of our caregivers have heath-care assistant accreditation and we conduct very thorough interviews when hiring. I tend to approach interviews as if I’m hiring someone to look after my own mom.”

Hollett’s B&H Tire celebrating long history of community service

B&H Tire in Chemainus is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Sept. 29-30.

Owner Tim Hollett said he’s inviting customers and friends of the dealership, located at 9351 Trans Canada Hwy., to Customer Appreciation Days on Thursday and Friday.

He said there will be draws for prizes held over the two days, with the grand prize being four new tires, and there will be a barbecue and refreshments by donation, with all proceeds going to the Chemainus Food Bank.

The business was begun in 1956 by Hollett’s father, Rex Hollett, who was the longest-serving mayor in the Municipality of North Cowichan.

“We have lots of loyal customers and this is our way of showing our appreciation,” Hollett said.

Duncan Tailors moving to new location near hospital

After 15 years in operation at 161 Jubilee St., Duncan Tailors is moving to a new location.

Owner Sandra Palmer said she has built an addition to her home at 5858 Kinch Ave., near the Cowichan District Hospital, and she will officially move in as of Sept. 28.

“It’s cheaper and a lot more convenient for me,” she said.

“I look forward to continue serving my customers from the new location.”

Shredding event to benefit Cowichan Basket Society

Island Savings and ACCESS Records & Media Management are holding a shredding event on Sept. 30 in Duncan to help people safely dispose of old documents, while raising funds to feed those in need in the Cowichan Valley.

As a community service, the two organizations have teamed up to securely dispose of people’s personal information in an environmentally friendly way for $10 a box.

All proceeds will go to the Cowichan Valley Basket Society via the Full Cupboard, Island Savings’ new community program that aims to ensure no Island child goes hungry.

Boxes can be brought to Island Savings’ Duncan location at 14-250 Trunk Rd. for shredding on Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Craftsman Collision teams with Save-On-Foods

Craftsman Collision and Save-On-Foods are teaming up with the Salvation Army on Oct. 1 to host a food drive to help hungry families.

Craftsman Collision is pledging to match every item donated, which will double the amount that will make it to local Salvation Army family services units.

The Salvation Army has seen an increase in demand in every community in B.C. this year as more families have come to rely on their services to put food on the table.

The food drive runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Save-On-Foods location at 181 Trans Canada Hwy. in Duncan.