Excellence in Workforce Development Award – 2015 Chamber Award Nominees

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in this year's Chamber Awards.

Recognizes a business, under 50 employees and a business over 50 employees, that has demonstrated excellence and best practices in the skill development of their employees.

Sponsored by North Island Employment Foundations and North Island College


Nominees UNDER 50 employees:


Above & Beyond Tree Service

I personally started this business 9 years ago. Through the years, we have built a tremendous amount of satisfied, loyal customers. Through relentless efforts to be the best value and provide the best results in the tree service market, we are continually betting ourselves. We continue to add newer and more advanced equipment that keeps us on the cutting edge of the industry advancements. This ensure safer and more efficient usage of time and maximizes production. We are all very well ticketed and accredited with ISA certified arborists, bc certified fallers, wildlife danger tree assessors, certified tree risk assessors, first aid etc. It’s the updating and re-certification in these courses that keeps our knowledge current and up to date. We are all local folks with familes from Campbell river and the comox valley. All of our dollars from gear, tools, fuel, taxes etc stays here and goes back into the local economies. That how small towns survive


Associated Tire and Auto

Associated Tire and Auto is a full service automotive and tire repair facility, located in Campbellton. Our automotive technicians repair and maintain all make and model vehicles, ranging from vintage vehicles, race cars, hot rods to your family minivan, SUV and pick-up truck. Our Tire Department sells and repairs tires and wheels for passenger, off road, commercial and industrial type vehicles. Chances are, if it has an engine and tires we can help you, and if we can’t, we’ll do our best to find someone who can!


Boyd’s Funeral Services Ltd.

Our company started off as a way to provide families with an alternative to the traditional model of funeral services. We wanted to create a low pressure environment where the emphasis was on service, not pressure to up-sell merchandise. We also wanted to create a funeral home that utilized the existing facilities already in Campbell River. Rather than create a standalone chapel with in house catering, we wanted to be able to have the flexibility to commission outside locations and services in order to provide the most unique services possible. We have even attended private home gatherings, taking care of everything from the video tribute to washing the dishes. Our all-inclusive approach also includes free web casting for those who cannot travel to attend funeral services for loved ones.

It was important that we educate families on what is legally required and what they have the right to do under funeral service law. Many people were unaware of what they need to know before, during, or after a death, so Boyd’s regularly hosts workshops and seminars to assist with demystifying and empowering people about what they should have in place, well before they require the assistance of a funeral home.


Brown’s Bay Resort

Brown’s Bay Resort is a family run Resort that encompasses a Marina, RV Park, Restaurant and rental cabins. Situated on the outskirts of Campbell River to the North, we are truly dedicated to the overall experience of our guests. We are proud to offer such a great product to the local guests and those that travel from around the world to stay with us. With a marketing strategy stretching from local to Europe, we are dedicated in making sure that Campbell River is not only on the Vancouver Island map but rather the World Map. Brown’s Bay is also the gateway to the northern remote islands. Therefore, we are pleased to provide the “Island Locals” a base to have access to all the amenities that Campbell River offers for services and supplies. The Resort is very dedicated to the community with involvement in the parades, fundraisers and the biggest, our annual Charity Chum Derby. The Resort’s donations achieved from the Derby, benefits all of Campbell River through the dedication of Greenways Land Trust!! Brown’s Bay Resort is very proud to call Campbell River “Home”.


Fresh Dental

Fresh Dental is a modern dental clinic located in Campbell River’s new Timberline Village Mall. Dr. Hildebrand and her team offer high quality, affordable and comfortable dental care that is personalized for each patient’s needs. They are proud of the exceptional service they provide.


Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd. (HDL)

Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd. (HDL) employs approximately 35+ people and contractors to conduct falling, yarding, loading, hauling, road maintenance, roadside brushing and road construction operations. The company is also capable of dry land sorting and log booming. In addition to its contract with Western Forest Products, HDL also harvests timber and constructs roads for other licensees and through successful bids directly with BC Timber Sales.

HDL was incorporated in 1979 to provide log-harvesting services for Canadian Forest Products’ Englewood Division (Canfor), on TFL 37. HDL changed ownership in 2003 through share purchase by the Alm-Wood Group. This group has considerable experience ranging from timber development to log marketing on the coast of British Columbia.

Through its relationship with Canfor and then Western Forest Products (WFP), HDL meets the International Standards Organization (ISO 14001) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Z809) requirements. Since WFP’s takeover of TFL 37 in 2006, the company has also become part of WFP’s Chain of Custody Sustainable Forestry (SFI) certification. In addition, HDL complies with WFP’s and BC Timber Sales Environmental Management Systems (EMS). HDL is a SAFE/ Certified Company with the BC Forest Safety Council.

HDL is committed to providing efficient, high quality and above all, safe operations. The safety of our employees is paramount.


Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre

Pioneer Hardware Ltd. is Campbell River’s oldest family owned business. Gary Thulin is the third generation of the Thulin family to own the business and now with partner and daughter Allison Kilby on board she becomes the fourth generation so we are aligned to follow thru on our predecessor’s legacy of business in Campbell River which actually started in the early 1900’s with the opening of the Willows Hotel and then on to the Bee Hive Cafe. Pioneer is part of the Home Hardware group which is a true Canadian company that is owned by the dealers representing approximately 1100 stores and no other shareholders, this is the reason for our motto “Home Owners helping Homeowners with Expert Advice.” Pioneer has always been involved in the community and we are very proud of our roots which carry thru to our employees.



Nominees OVER 50 employees:


Campbell River and District Association for Community Living

The Campbell River and District Association for Community Livings (CRADACL) main activities are:

Residential Services: Staffed residential group homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

Semi-independent Living: For adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Community Inclusion Programs: Supported employment programs training individuals in job search skills and interview skills and working with local employers to assist these individuals in obtaining meaningful work. Community based programs which provide supports and teaching in areas of daily living, social, communication, pre-vocational, recreation and leisure and provides opportunity to access their community.

Children’s Services:

Infant development services: Services for infants up to the age of three who are experiencing a delay in their development.

Speech Therapy: providing services to children up to age five who have problems with communication.

Physical Therapy: For children up to age five with gross motor deficits.

Occupational Therapy: Services to children up to age five to assist them to participate as independently as possible in everyday activities.

Family Resource Programs: Act as a liaison and advocate for services in the community.

Supported Child Development: For children up to twelve years of age who have developmental disabilities to help them to fully participate in inclusive neighborhood child care programs. Community Access: Services for children aged ten to nineteen, providing opportunities for local leisure and recreational activities focusing on peer socialization and interaction.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Support Program: The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Key Worker service is a parent support program for families with children between the ages of 0 and 19 who have a diagnosis of FASD, are suspected of having FASD, or have a similar Complex Behavioral Disorder.


Campbell River Mirror

The Campbell River Mirror is Campbell River’s authoritative news source and premier advertising vehicle. With a circulation of almost 18,000, the Campbell River Mirror provides unprecedented advertising reach with award-winning community news coverage.

In 2014 the Campbell River Mirror earned first place in BC and the Yukon for Newspaper Excellence for all community newspapers of its kind. The judges base their decision on criteria including the Front Page, Community News, Editorial/Opinion Pages, Local Features, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Overall Design and Appearance, Photography, Advertising Content and Design as well as Classified Advertising.

Later in 2014 the Campbell River Mirror followed the Provincial Newspaper of the Year with a National Award beating out over 2,000 Community Newspapers in Canada (all sizes) with the Youth Engagement Award for the bi-weekly feature “Carihi Mirror”. This feature included three bi-weekly writers from Carihi School writing stories about the events and issues of Carihi.

Last year the Campbell River Mirror donated almost $1 Million in advertising sponsorship to over 120 local Campbell River Non Profit groups. These partnerships have given local non profits the ability to fundraise millions of dollars to assist those in need in Campbell River.


McDonald’s Restaurants of Campbell River

Jens & Mary Rolinski own and operate the three McDonald’s Restaurants in Campbell River. There are currently 120 employees in our market, 113 crew and 7 salaried managers, all of which have been hired locally.

At the forefront of our business philosophy is the importance to retain quality crew. In order to do this, we provide a comprehensive dental and medical benefit program, a scholarship program, a Platinum Card which allows our employees to receive discounts at many large Canadian retailers, in store incentives and regular fully funded employee outings. We also provide an extensive training and development program for all employees that allows them to excel within our business as well as teaches them invaluable skills for their future endeavors.

In addition, we work shoulder to shoulder with our crew to help them develop their confidence and abilities. We offer guidance and mentorship to those that seek it and hold regular “listening sessions’ where crew may attend to provide feedback on how to improve any area within the restaurant. We value their input and strive to provide a safe, respectful workplace for all.


New Horizons Community of Care

New Horizons is a 94 bed complex care seniors home built in 2008. This 18 million dollar three story residential facility has

  • The dementia special care unit has an open floor design which promotes the opportunity of residents to safely wander and mobilize in a social friendly environment.

  • The second and third floors have 34 units each with two double rooms to accommodate couples aging together.

  • A unique aspect of the facility is its children’s daycare centre. Multigenerational social interaction is supported through story-time and interactive play.

  • Large garden areas decorate the perimeter of the building while also serving as functional sources of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. These gathering places promote important social interaction and a source of life and growth.

  • This is a “living” facility where the focus is living the highest quality of life within one’s functional abilities. In 2013, Al and Jenny Jina a husband and wife team and owners of Park Place Seniors Living purchased New Horizons and work closely with Care Corp to provide the best care and services available to enrich the lives of seniors through innovative and creative strategies.


Strategic Natural Resource Consultants

Strategic Natural Resource Consultants is among the largest natural resource consulting firm on the West Coast. Strategic provides technical expertise and project management services from planning to implementation: utilizing on-the-ground professionals across BC. Our personnel are industry leaders in resource and land management, professional forestry, construction support services, environmental science, geomatics, as well as remote site project development.