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Ironman Competitor Aims To Raise $3,250 For KidSport Comox Valley

Ironman competitor aims to raise $3,250 for KidSport Comox Valley

Inspired by gratitude for the support she received as a young athlete, a former Vanier grad is attempting to raise $3,250 through her latest athletic endeavour to benefit KidSport Comox Valley.

On July 24, Alyson Schmidt will be competing in the Ironman Canada triathlon being held in Whistler. But for Schmidt, it’s more than a race – it’s the culmination of a personal project of passion that benefits young girls in sport.

“As a kid growing up in the Valley I was able to participate in all sorts of sports because of the great support from my family, and sports has always been a huge positive influence in my life,” she says. “But for some kids, getting the chance to play organized sports isn’t an option. So I decided to start a project that would not only encourage me to train for an Ironman but would also benefit those kids.”

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Comox Valley Business Group Reflects Changing Face Of Business Networking

Comox Valley business group reflects changing face of business networking

What do you get when you bring together a Realtor, a mortgage broker and a financial advisor?

In addition to the start of a really bad joke, you get the founding members of Next Wave, a business group that reflects the changing face of networking in the Comox Valley. Since arriving on the scene one year ago, Next Wave has indeed created ripples within the local business community.

With more than 15 groups to choose from in the local area, the Comox Valley is no stranger to business networking groups. From the start, the idea behind Next Wave was to be more than just another group based on member referrals. Creating solid connections and offering tangible benefits to its members has always been paramount for the Valley’s newest business group. Membership fees are invested back into promotion of the group and its members, and generating learning opportunities is a main focal point.

“Networking, like business in general, is always evolving and I think our group is a prime example of an association that’s keeping up with the trends,” say Darcy Lefebvre, Next Wave’s New Member Liaison. “Because our membership owns and runs the group, it’s easy for us to adapt to change. So unlike other groups that stick to the same formula year after year, we’re committed to continually adding new elements.”

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Manatee Holdings Receives ‘Committed To Engagement’ Award

Manatee Holdings receives ‘Committed To Engagement’ award

 

Manatee Holdings, a Comox Valley company that harvests geoduck clams and sea cucumbers from wild fisheries and is developing a sustainable aquaculture operation, has just added another accolade to its list of awards and recognitions.

Last month, Manatee was recognized by Engagement Multiplier, a global leader in improving employee engagement in the workplace, with its “Committed to Engagement” award.

“We are committed to creating an environment in our company where everyone involved feels a sense of engaged purpose,” says Lourdes Gant, vice-president and director of Manatee Holdings. “This includes the owners, leaders, managers, team workers, tradespeople, customers and investors. It is every business owner’s dream to be surrounded by an involved and connected team. We are delighted to receive an award that recognizes our ongoing commitment to this kind of engagement.”

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Mountain Bike Film To Benefit Ride To Conquer Cancer

Mountain bike film to benefit Ride to Conquer Cancer

What’s better than watching two epic bike films with a bunch of bike-enthusiasts, while helping to raise money for the Ride to Conquer Cancer? Not much.

July 7 and 8, Trail Bicycles is hosting two films — Anthill Films’ Not Bad and the premiere of the highly anticipated sequel Not2Bad — at the Frelones building, 2781 Dunsmuir Avenue, in Cumberland.

Advance tickets are available for $10 at Trail Bicycles, 1999 Lake Trail Road in Courtenay, and at the door depending on availability. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200-km. bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle that raises money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

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Enduro Race Hits Cumberland June 26

Enduro race hits Cumberland June 26

The Dodge City Enduro, coming to Cumberland June 26, will feature approximately 23 kilometres of Cumberland’s legendary singletrack.

The Dodge City Enduro, coming to Cumberland June 26, will feature approximately 23 kilometres of Cumberland’s legendary singletrack.

Comox Valley mountain bikers looking for another challenge after the recent 12 Hours of Cumberland and Coal Town Classic races can mark June 26 on their calendars. That’s when the Dodge City Enduro will take place on the trails of Cumberland.

Invented in France 11 years ago as a “middle ground” between downhill and cross-country racing, an enduro race involves timed downhill sections and untimed climbs spread out over several stages.

“The rider with the fastest combined time over all the stages wins,” explains Mike Manara, president of the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), which is hosting the event. “This is the type of riding most of us do here in Cumberland – we climb up and rip down. If you’re like most of us and can only afford one bike in the garage, it’s likely suited to this kind of race.”

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Inaugural Cumby Trail Race A Huge Success

Inaugural Cumby trail race a huge success

16-year-old Torin Halvorson finished third overall in the inaugural running of The Cumby, a 20-km. trail run in Cumberland.

16-year-old Torin Halvorson finished third overall in the inaugural running of The Cumby, a 20-km. trail run in Cumberland. Creidt: Lorenz Jimenez

For a race advertised as “No frills, just hills,” the Cumby certainly exceeded expectations.

More than 160 runners hit the Cumberland forest trails on Saturday, May 28 to participate in the first annual 20-kilometre trail race. In the process, the Cumby raised thousands of dollars for the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS), a local charity dedicated to purchasing and protecting parcels of forest surrounding Cumberland.

Organized by the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR), by all accounts the Cumby is an instant classic.

“Everything went really smoothly considering it was the first one,” says race organizer Cathy Clark. “Even though the track was a bit wet, the conditions were perfect for running – not too hot and a little mist in the mountains. We’ve had a lot of great feedback about how much people enjoyed it – especially the post-race food!”

The fastest to complete the course was Powell River’s Graham Cocksedge, who finished in an impressive 1:26:27; close behind was local favourite Derek Vinge at 1:29:03. Among females, Victoria’s Aoibhe Glynn was first across the line in a time of 1:56:23, with local runner Natalie Ward of Cumberland finishing second with a time of 1:59:01.

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12 Hours of Cumberland returns June 11

Comox Valley Media Release 

The 13th annual running of the 12 Hours of Cumberland mountain bike race takes place June 11. For details, visit www.unitedridersofcumberland.com.

The 13th annual running of the 12 Hours of Cumberland mountain bike race takes place June 11. For details, visit www.unitedridersofcumberland.com.

The annual 12 Hours of Cumberland, one of the Valley’s most popular and sociable mountain bike races, returns to Cumberland Saturday, June 11.

Hosted by the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), 12 Hours of Cumberland features riders of all ages and abilities competing to complete the most circuits of a “fun for all” racecourse over a 12-hour period. Riders can compete in the solo category for the prestigious Twelve Hour Cup, or they can vie for a selection of equally coveted Beardsley Pottery mugs as a team of two or four in the male, female or mixed category.

“This is always a great event with a really fun atmosphere,” says UROC director Erik Holbek. “Our famous UROC Barbecue is going to be in full effect, and there are lots of great prizes to be won, whether you make the podium or barely manage to cross the finish line. And because you can’t ride for 12 hours without properly fueling your body, we’ll have some hearty, healthy snacks on hand to keep you going.”

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Wine Cottage wins four medals, best in show, at global wine festival

Comox Valley Media Release

(L to R) Wine Cottage owners Lyle Brodie (with Charlie) and Pamela Brodie, with employees Claude Poirier (with Lutzy), Chad Hinsz and Nick Maud.

(L to R) Wine Cottage owners Lyle Brodie (with Charlie) and Pamela Brodie, with employees Claude Poirier (with Lutzy), Chad Hinsz and Nick Maud.

Staying true to the techniques that have garnered it countless awards over the past two decades, the Wine Cottage is celebrating its 20th anniversary with yet another impressive medal count at the world’s largest consumer-made wine competition.

Competing amongst nearly 3,000 entries in the 2016 Wine Maker International Amateur Wine Competition, the Wine Cottage’s products took home two gold medals, two silver medals and even a Best in Show for their Peach Apricot Chardonnay.

“Our products won the most medals overall, including a Best of Show, and we had more gold medal winning lines than any other brand,” says Lyle, who’s also the Wine Cottage’s head vintner. “But the best part, in my opinion, is that anybody in the Comox Valley can make these award-winning wines themselves in-store.”

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New Vancouver Island bus schedule connects with Vancouver and Victoria thrice daily

Tofino Bus All Island Express has expanded its service for the summer, offering three daily runs between Victoria/Vancouver, Port Alberni and Tofino/Ucluelet, as well as daily departures from Courtenay and Campbell River. Founded in 2002, Tofino Bus All Island has grown from a single run to the West Coast into a true Island-wide coach service that now connects to the Lower Mainland three times a day.

Tofino Bus All Island Express has expanded its service for the summer, offering three daily runs between Victoria/Vancouver, Port Alberni and Tofino/Ucluelet, as well as daily departures from Courtenay and Campbell River.

Summer may not officially arrive until June, but for the Tofino Bus All Island Express, it started May 19.

That’s when the Vancouver Island bus line added a third daily run to its schedule, so that Tofino Bus All Island now links Vancouver Island communities with Victoria and Vancouver three times a day.

The new summer schedule, in effect until October 10, is just the latest change for Tofino Bus All Island Express, which took over Vancouver Island routes north of Nanaimo from Greyhound last October. At the time, the company added an additional bus between Victoria and Campbell River and expanded service in the North Island. This will be Tofino Bus All Island’s first summer since launching its “All-Island Express” service.

“It’s pretty exciting now that all of our routes connect with Vancouver; that was something we wanted to make sure we could introduce this summer,” says Tofino Bus All Island founder and president Dylan Green. “It’s never been easier for residents and visitors to get where they want to go, be it across the Island to the West Coast, over to the Mainland or from community to community.”

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New ‘fee-only’ financial planning firm opens in downtown Courtenay

Financial planner Patrick Hayton has opened the first ‘fee-only’ financial advising firm in the Comox Valley.  

Financial planner Patrick Hayton has opened the first ‘fee-only’ financial advising firm in the Comox Valley.  

Patrick Hayton believes people deserve to have more say in the way they manage their finances – even when working with a financial planner. That’s why the longtime Valley resident opened TidySum Financial Planning in downtown Courtenay earlier this month.

“This is the only business in the Comox Valley dedicated to providing ‘fee-only’ financial planning under the guidance of an unbiased, independent financial planner,” explains Hayton. “I don’t sell products or get paid commissions to refer people to someone who does. Instead, I offer trustworthy and unbiased financial advice to help people retire, manage their cash flow and eliminate debt.”

“Fee-only” financial advising is relatively new in Canada. Fee-only advisors are not licensed to sell investments or recommend specific mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or individual stocks. What they can do, however, is review a portfolio and analyze its asset allocation, risk and fees, and then measure its performance against a comparable benchmark or index.

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