Island Ford presents a cheque for $5,000 to The Hub at Cowichan Station. (submitted)

Business notes: Island Ford helps continue to build The Hub

In May, Island Ford representatives arrived with a cheque for $5,000 donation.

For the last three years, employees of Island Ford in Duncan have driven straight to The Hub at Cowichan Station with a large cheque.

Through their Employee Give Plan and by volunteering at the charity’s annual Easter Fair, the employees have given the organization a big boost.

The Hub is a charitable community-run gathering space that provides a mix of community-run free programs for all ages, and affordable rental spaces where artists, musicians, educators, social organizations and more lead their classes.

In April, Island Ford employees donned bunny ears and safety vests once again to help the small rural community with their fourth annual Easter Fair. The fair is a family favourite with an egg hunt in the forest, pony rides, woodworking crafts, a pancake breakfast and more.

“Each year, a few hardy Island Ford staff have signed up and made a huge difference to the success of the event, putting in long hours with big smiles. We are so grateful!” says Cowichan Station Area Association President Hilary Else.

In May, Island Ford representatives arrived at the Area Association’s annual general meeting with a cheque for $5,000 donation. Supported by the Employee Giving program, the money will support free or subsidized activities at The Hub, like the “Rec and Roll” youth drop-in, Seniors Social Club, and community information sessions such as earthquake preparedness.

From 2011 to today, community volunteers have renovated most of the facility with the help of generous support from local businesses, a long-term lease from School District 79, and many donors, sponsors and grants. The Hub now welcomes well over 500 people weekly. It is a project of the charity, Cowichan Station Area Association.

“Donations like this also help us cope with maintenance and upkeep so we can keep rents affordable to support the region’s many non-profits and workshop instructors that make The Hub their home,” says Else.

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You’re going to have to act quickly on this one.

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s summer barbecue and auction will be held on Thursday, June 20.

Traditionally held on the grounds of the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre, this year the barbecue will be held at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. Registration includes a gourmet grill, prize draws and a silent auction packed with ‘stacation’ themed items. The Chamber will also be celebrating the winners of the Chamber’s first Amazing Race Cowichan event, presented in partnership with Island Ford Superstore.

There are just a few tickets left, so if you’d like to attend this great event, contact the Chamber at 250-748-1111.

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Victory Barber and Brand and Fresh Kenny’s are teaming up for a second anniversary and grand opening block party on June 15.

The event will be held at 187-191 Kenneth St. from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and the street will be closed during that time.

Victory Barber and Brand has been open for two years and Fresh Kenny’s fish ‘n’ chip restaurant recently opened.

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