Published On: Friday, 18 May 2018

Re/Max of Nanaimo Adds to Leadership Team

Re/Max of Nanaimo Adds to Leadership Team

NANAIMO - RE/MAX of Nanaimo has announced a change at the ownership and management level, as majority owner Charlie Parker has bought out minority partner Mike Heinrich’s shares in the Nanaimo operation as well as RE/MAX Camosun in Victoria, and Mike has resigned as Managing Broker. Mike will become a real estate salesman with RE/MAX Camosun after returning from holidays.

Charlie notes that Justus Edmundson has been p[romoted to General Manager and Managing Broker in both the Nanaimo and Victoria offices, and Ian Thompson is also a Managing Broker in RE/MAX of Nanaimo.

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Congratulations to John Hirst, Associate Manager of Sun Life Financial, who has been named President of the Nanaimo Gyro service club. Sun Life’s office is in Nanaimo North Town Centre.

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Coastal Community Credit Union President and CEO Adrian Legin notes they have new directors elected to three year terms, re-electing Lynne Fraser and Michael Mascall and electing Susanne Jakobsen. Evelyn Clark has been re-appointed as Board Chair, with Fraser now the Vice Chair.

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Ryan Woods is the new manager of the Nanaimo Golf and Country Club.

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There’s a new restaurant at the Westwood Tennis Club. The location has been home to eateries in the past, and it is now called the Piccadilly Bistro.

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Ramsay Lampman Rhodes law firm is opening a new office in Courtenay, on 6th Street.

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The Molnar Group of Vancouver has announced plans to build a $40 million townhouse and apartment complex in downtown Nanaimo, on Machleary Street at the former site of what was originally the Nanaimo Hospital, then Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University), and a senior’s home.

The project, called Ocean View, will feature 150-165 units. Molnar bought the property eight months ago, and has plans for rowhouses on Machleary Street, and three, four-storey strata apartment buildings. Construction could start in 2019, with an 18 month completion date.

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Craft beer specialist Amber Morin of Rain Coast Brews is excited about work she’s been doing, making The Cambie in Nanaimo a Tap house. She is putting on an event May 11 at the establishment called the Sisterhood of Island Beer Drinkers.

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Also, a tip of the hat to Christopher Briggs of CIBC Wood Gundy, who has been named Serauxmen of the Year for his work at the long-time Nanaimo service club.

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Michelle McLean is pleased to note that Balance Esthetics is now open at 104-6330 Dover Road.

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Hair Sports Clips is being opened by Larry Monkford by Smitty’s Restaurant in the Rock City Centre.

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Andy Hatfield has been named the new base manager of West Coast Helicopters in Nanaimo. Their Nanaimo office is at 1985 Boxwood Road, and they also have bases in Campbell River, Port McNeill and Bella Coola. Port McNeill is the company’s head office.

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The former home of Gluten Free Bakery on Terminal Avenue has been purchased by Turner Land Surveying.

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Congratulations to Adam Fraser of Coastal Community Credit Union upon completing the BMO Marathon in Vancouver on May 6.

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Andrea Paris (Bonkowski) is pleased to announce that she is now a real estate agent with Pemberton Holmes, serving the Duncan to Parksville region.

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Former Nanaimo Clippers coach Mike Vandekamp has been announced as the new coach and General Manager of B.C. Hockey League rival Cowichan Valley Capitals.

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Cathy Dick has joined Nanaimo Community Hospice as their Community Development Assistant.

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Party Girl Fashion Exclusives opened its doors in Woodgrove Centre in April. The new store offers prom, bridesmaid and all occasion party dresses.

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Congratulations to Cody Dreger of RE/MAX of Nanaimo upon being named a recipient of the 2017 REALTORS Care Award from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.

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Timber and Grey is now open at #202-1925 Bowen Road.

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A tip of the hat to Tammy Leslie of Palmer Leslie Chartered Professional Accountants upon being elected as the 2018 Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce President.  Joining Tammy on the board are Millie Stirling of Waypoint Insurance as Vice President, John deLeeuw of Ladysmith & District Credit Union as Treasurer, and Cheri Mactier of RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty as Secretary.

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Pyramid Games and More is a new store that has opened its doors at 134 Nicol Street.

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VMAC is at it again. . .the south Nanaimo manufacturer of underhood air compressors has been named the 2017 Innovative Solutions Supplier of the Year award winner by Finning International Inc., notes VMAC Vice President of Sales and Marketing Gordon Duval.

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A new Papa John’s pizza outlet is opening beside Pattie’s Party Palace on Rutherford Road.

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Nanaimo Cold Storage is opening beside UPS, which is at 425 Madsen Road.

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