The Comox Valley Road Runners kicked off 2017 in impressive fashion with several podium finishes at the Pioneer 8k road race in Saanichton January 8. While the local running club was well represented in all age categories, it…
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Comox Valley athletes had an impressive showing at the Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships in Penticton August 26, taking home five medals and even “owning the podium” in the men’s 30-34 age category.
Local triathletes Clay Ward, Derek Vinge and Tyler McCallan finished first, second and third, respectively, in that category, with Ward taking fourth spot overall. Ryan Parton took home silver in the men’s 35-39 category, and Kelsey McCallan finished second in the women’s 30-34 category. Another local triathlete, Kerry Hale, finished strong in the men’s 40-44 category in his first-ever cross triathlon race.
A cross triathlon is similar to a traditional triathlon, except all the events are “off road.” The Canadian championships featured a challenging 1.5-km. swim in Okanagan Lake, a 26-km. mountain bike and a 10-km. trail run.
No longer will cannabis users be deemed smokers – at least not when it comes to applying for life and critical illness insurance.
Regardless of how the marijuana is imbibed – be it smoked, ingested or inhaled through a vaporizer – a number of major insurers have changed their policy on the drug and are now assessing marijuana users at non-smoker rates. The change, says a local independent insurance broker, will slash the cost of life and critical illness insurance for marijuana users at least in half.
“This is a pretty big deal,” says Adam Duncan, owner of Comox-based ADI Benefits. “Like marijuana users themselves, insurance companies aren’t exactly known for their quick reactions. The change reflects research about the health benefits of marijuana and recent shifts in government and public opinion regarding legalization.”
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.”
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.”
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.”