NANAIMO – Jack Anderson of Anderson Greenplan is behind a plan to transform a nine-acre site near Hemer Park in Cedar into one of Canada’s first self-sustaining green neighborhoods. Anderson’s partner in the project is “green neighbourhood champion” Chad Thiessen of Victoria, and the development is aimed at offering long-term cost savings to residents in terms of water, heat, electrical, sewer and even food production.

Jack Anderson

An open house for the project was set for October 10 at the Cedar Community Hall at 5:30 pm.

Pat O’Dwyer has left Harris Mazda and is now the new General Manager and Operations Manager with DSG Auto in Vancouver.

A tip of the mug to Brad McCarthy and his team at White Sails Brewery, for capturing yet another provincial award for the beer they make. The White Sails team has been invited to an October event announcing the award.

Heath Dennison

Congratulations to Heath Dennison, owner of Heath Dennison Powerskating, upon having his number 19 retired by the Powell River Kings of the BC Hockey League at the team’s 2019-20 home owner in Powell River. Heath spent five years with the Kings, and is the second player to have his number retired. Heath also is arguably the best Zamboni driver in Nanaimo, as he works at Frank Crane Arena and Cliff McNabb Arena for the City of Nanaimo as well.

Cheryl Curkowskyj, Financial Services Advisor at  at Woodgrove Centre, is pleased to announce that Alex Brocklebank is the new manager at Island Savings Credit Union the branch.

Windsor Plywood’s generosity has resulted in the new Trades and Discovery Centre at Vancouver

Johnston Johnston & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants is moving their office from their long-time Wellington Road location to a new location behind Nanaimo North Town Centre on Uplands Drive. Michael Johnston sold his shares in the company in the summer.

Kathy MacLellan tells us that Around The World Travel is celebrating 60 years in the travel industry. Their office is at 163 Commercial Street.

Dodd’s Furniture Moves Into Temporary New Location Until New Building Completed

Dodd’s Furniture is busy building its new location on Uplands Drive, and has moved temporarily into the former Sports Warehouse building at 4900 Wellington Road, next to the old Island Highway and a block away from Harbourview Volkswagen. The Dodd’s new building opening is targeted for December.

Peter Van Dongen tells us that MNP LLP is expanding again, as the Chartered Professional Accounting firm has purchased the Deloitte office in Prince George.

Brooklyn Belanger has opened the Coffee Shack at 11-10862 Chemainus Road, in Saltair. Brooklyn is a clinical holistic nutritionist.

Albi Denardi is the owner of the new Gondola Italian Gelato outlet that has opened at 10862 Chemainus Road in Ladysmith.

Brooks Landing will have a new restaurant opening soon, called Tidal Tacos.

Former Nanaimo resident Owen Kelly has a new position as a sales merchandising representative at Lindt & Sprungli in Vancouver. Owen, son of Vancouver Island University professor George Kelly, played varsity baseball for the University of British Columbia before graduating.

Foxy Box Wax Bar, which also has an outlet in Victoria, has opened a Nanaimo location at 241 Milton Street.

Dr. Lucien Bellamy Orthodontics is expanding their operations into Duncan, as they’ve purchased the practice of Dr. Jay Philippson and changed the name to Cowichan Valley Orthodontics. Their Nanaimo location is on Princess Royal Avenue

Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Burden has been named the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada’s Executive of the Year. It was announced in September in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Fresh Slice Pizza is opening a new outlet in Phase II of the University Village Mall, which will also see Easy Financial move over from Phase I. Big Wheel Burger is also opening in Phase II.

Caledonia Clinic is closing on Campbell Street. They’re moving their operations to Nanaimo North Town Centre, but are looking for their own permanent space for the future.

Congratulations to Carson McPherson, former CEO of Impact Visual Communications, who has earned his PhD with Distinction from Royal Roads University. Carson is now the Managing Director of the Cedars at Cobble Hill treatment facility.

Dueck Manufacturing is opening a new CNC machining shop at 690 Comox Street.

Wingren Floors has changed its name to Nufloors. They’re still at 1612 Northfield Road.

UPPAL Building Supplies will be opening next to the Soak House on Bowen Road.

Mark MacDonald writes about business in Nanaimo. Tell him your story by emailing him at [email protected]