Former CPA Firm Partner Joins Team at 460 Realty

 

Tali Campbell

Congratulations to Tali Campbell upon being named the new General Manager of the BC Hockey League’s Nanaimo Clippers club. Team owner Wes Mussio promoted Tali from his Business Development Manager position, after he came over from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs franchise.

 

Bastion Physiotherapy will be leaving Caledonia Clinic near the end of January and will be moving to 404 Prideaux Street in early February, sharing space with Podiatrist Dr. Adrian Bright.

 

V2V Vacations has announced it has ceased its Victoria to Vancouver foot passenger ferry service after three years.

Does this bring about possibilities for Island Ferries Ltd.’s plans to provide downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver foot passenger ferry service? Only time will tell.

As the community waits for that company’s next steps, there are whispers that BC Ferries is sniffing around the possibility of not only a Nanaimo to Vancouver foot passenger route, but also from Vancouver to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.

Some believe BC Ferries would be the best entity to provide the service, considering its existing infrastructure and provincial government connection, but it’s hard to tell when rumours of such interest arise whether the crown corporation is seriously looking at it, or trying to discourage other private interests from proceeding against a potentially limitless subsidized competitor like BC Ferries.

Most agree that a downtown to downtown service would provide a major boost to central Vancouver Island real estate, since it would encourage lower mainland commuters to consider the Island for residence, and by so doing would spend their Vancouver-area dollars here.

 

David LeNeveau

Rockmoor Wealth Financial Management will be moving to 204-5160 Dublin Way, and Westmark Construction is doing renovations at their new location. The company is currently at 110B, 5279 Rutherford Road, and former Nanaimo Clipper and National Hockey League goaltender (Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers) David LeNeveau is a founding partner.

LeNeveau played on the Canadian National Junior Team in the World Championships, and the other goalie for Canada was Marc-Andre Fleury, three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, now with the Vegas Golden Knights.

 

The Nanaimo Memory and Complex Care residence at the corner of Wills Road and Rutherford Road is now known as Avenir Memory Care at Nanaimo. It provides services and assisted living for cognitively challenged people.

Last May, the company received a development permit from the City of Nanaimo to build phase two of their plan, a seven-storey, 160 residential unit building at 4979 Wills Road next door. It will include 110 congregate care units and 50 dwelling units for seniors.

 

Congratulations are in order to Eve Laird and Sarah Cartwright, who pitched their Eve’s Crackers business on the CBC’s Dragon’s Den investor program in the fall.

The Nanaimo sisters started the business in their parents’ condo in Whistler.

 

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston, formerly a partner in Johnston, Johnston & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants, has joined 460 Realty as their new Director of Accounting and Michael’s father, Doug Johnston, founded the CPA firm, which recently moved behind Nanaimo North Town Centre and is now “retired”.

 

A familiar name in the Central Vancouver Island golf community is back. Barrie McWha, who formerly managed Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose and Pheasant Hills in Qualicum Beach, is now managing Morningstar Golf Course in Parksville through Wedgewood Golf Management, a company he owns with brothers Mike and Ray Riva.

Nanaimo Business News

Master Air Conditioning and Heating will be in a new, expanded location at 1925 Boxwood Road soon. They are moving from their current location at 2-4801 Wellington Road, next to    Fountain Tire.

 

Cloverdale Paint quietly opened a second Nanaimo outlet recently, in Southgate Mall.

Speaking of Southgate, there’s a new owner at Anytime Fitness in the Mall, who has also opened an Anytime Fitness in Wembley Mall in Parksville. Friesen Rentals & Hardware in Cedar is also a Cloverdale Paint dealer.

 Mark MacDonald writes about business in Nanaimo. Tell him your story by emailing him at mark@businessexaminer.ca