Pheasant Hill Homes – Nanaimo Chamber Newsline Profile

Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Newsline Profile

Pheasant Hill Homes

A full-service new home builder and renovation specialist, Pheasant Hill Homes prides itself on award-winning custom work. Serving Central Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, they use a collaborative approach to turn their clients’ desires into reality. Respectful of each budget, they ensure clients receive the best value for their investment.

Pheasant Hill excels in energy efficient work to reduce environmental impact, and create healthier living spaces. Looking at air tightness, insulation, and other features, they can significantly shrink energy costs and carbon footprint, much to the delight of their clients.
With all their designs, Pheasant Hill considers the relation between function, aesthetics, and comfort. When a client wants something altered, Pheasant Hill shows how the change could impact other areas of their home, or office.

A California client recently moved into a house in Nanaimo. They indicated the dining room was too small for their lifestyle, but couldn’t envision how to change it. Pheasant Hill designed and built a custom addition on the house. The extension nested into the existing roof lines, looking like it belonged there since day one. With their new expanded space, the client moved in, and loved it.

With so many options and details to manage in a reno or build, it takes a team of people to pull together all the puzzle pieces. Owners Ken Connolly, and Jason Schmidt, get energized when they hear the great feedback they receive about their staff, including the receptionist, carpenters, project managers, and everyone in between.

They are extremely proud of their recent peer recognition, winning three CHBA Vancouver Island Excellence Awards for: Renovator of the Year, Best Environmental Initiative, and Best Kitchen Reno over $50K.

To benefit from their expertise, Chamber members should contact Ken Connolly at 250-618-6880 for a free consultation, for home or commercial property.

Written by Bonnie Chomica,


Chamber Helps Make Tourism Matter

By Kim Smythe, CEO, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

This summer, the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce unites forces with Tourism Nanaimo to focus the spotlight of our local tourism industry on a networking, professional development and leadership awareness program called “Tourism Matters”.

With annual visitor spending of over $75,000,000 in the Nanaimo area, tourism is clearly vital to our community and its economy. From hotels to campgrounds, retailers to car rentals and restaurants – Nanaimo has more than 1,200 businesses that cater to visitors year-round. Therefore, a partnership of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Nanaimo makes perfect sense to salute this sector on a regular and frequent basis.

“Tourism Matters” is a sector-focused endeavor — just one more way of bringing the working parts of that particular business community together to get to know each other, educate themselves about their industry, and share in professional development events.

The first partnered “Tourism Matters” event took place in July at Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, with the venue sponsored by the Nanaimo Port Authority. Additional sponsorship came through the DNBIA. Representatives of major summer events and festivals provided an overview of Nanaimo’s coming celebrations. Intense networking spread the word about other tourism businesses in the community, and there were plenty of ‘outside the box’ idea exchanges to add energy.

Whether you’re a Chamber member or not, “Tourism Matters” events are a great way for businesses to get to know each other, contribute to the offers we make to tourists and help enhance Nanaimo as a great destination. Watch the Chamber website for announcements of future events.

The Chamber will also be creating similar future opportunities with the manufacturing, export, and technology sectors in the coming months as well. Those efforts won’t be a duplication of “Tourism Matters”, instead programs will be developed that suit the individual needs and demands of each sector. Keep connected.
NOTE: “Feast-ival” is coming September 26. It’s a new and exiting showcase of the local food and beverage scene featuring some of the finest locally-sourced products, ingredients, talent and attractions on the mid-Island. Meet the folks who make and grow your favourite food and drink, all in one place, at one amazing event. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce 250-756-1191, ext #4 or email:

Nominations open for Green Nanaimo Awards

Nominations are now open for the Green Nanaimo Awards. Recipients are awarded for their contributions to enhance, preserve and protect Nanaimo’s natural environment.

Individuals, groups and companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by another party for six available awards. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm.

Strategic Link: Environmental Responsibility


* There are six available awards: Jeff Thomas Environmental Award, Green Home/Neighbourhood Award, Healthy Living Award, Energy Conservation Award, Environmental Awareness Award and Merve Wilkinson Award with Distinction.

* Nominations forms can be found on the City website and in City facilities.

* Nominations for the Green Nanaimo Awards close Tuesday, September 15 at 12:00 pm.


“There are a lot of individuals and groups in Nanaimo doing their part as stewards of our natural environment, whether they are at home, at work, or volunteering. These awards are a small way we can recognize their efforts.”

Rob Lawrance
Environmental Planner
City of Nanaimo

Green Nanaimo Awards
Awards information and nomination form



Business Before Business July 2015

Thank you to Berwick on the Lake for hosting the Business Before Business on July  22.  As always, it was a terrific breakfast, the view is stunning and we had a few laughs. We appreciate all those who came to the morning event.  We also wish our MC with the mostest, Bill Jones, a very happy birthday.

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July 2015 Luncheon

Thank to everyone who joined us for our July Membership Luncheon at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Big shout out to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre for sponsoring – it was very interesting to hear how you help children in our community – and your plans to help more in the near future. We are lucky to have such an inspiring group as part of Nanaimo.

We also appreciated hearing from Commander Darren Rich, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR). He told us all about the less top secret things that happen at the Nanoose Bay Base.  We have a lot of visitors to the area, lots of economic value and we also learned that their care of our oceans is very high.

It was a very interesting luncheon – and we were able to welcome three of our newest members to the audience.


A warm welcome to Lea Silver from Roar Public Speaking, Sabrina Yeudall from Candid Legal and Aaron Fujikawa from Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc.

Our next luncheon is on August 12th at the Cactus Club. Limited spacing – so be sure to book your spot now-ish. You don’t want to miss out on this fun, networking lunch event.  Call Debra at 250-756-1191 ext 0.


Bathtub Race/Marine Festival time!

Marine Festival T-shirts

Marine Festival T-shirts

Exceptional price on Nanaimo Marine Festival 2015 T-shirts. We are able to offer a sweet deal to our members. Just book them ASAP. Turn around is great, but some lead time would be swell (hahah – ocean pun). Check out the order form just beside here – or give Senini Graphics a call at (250) 754-7788.


To kick off the whole weekend be sure to come to the Bathtub Weekend Launch Party! This is a 1-day concert festival taking place in Diana Krall Plaza on Friday July 24th. STARTS at 4PM. Ends at 11PM. This will be great entertainment – Bif Naked, Bend Sinister (they are rather awesome), Platinum Blonde and more.

Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Special Ticket Offer For Members

Promote your business, impress your favourite clients or use as an incentive for staff.
Help support this great BATHTUB EVENT !

Here’s the offer:
10 tickets $300 plus GST (reg. price $350 + GST, save $50)
20 tickets $550 plus GST (reg. price $700 + GST, save $150)
50 tickets $1250 plus GST (reg. price $1750 + GST, save $500)

Please place your order by EMAILING with BATHTUB OFFER in the subject line. Or call me at 250-751-4321 (cell/text)
Payment can be made by cheque, cash, or by credit card. We will deliver your tickets right away.
This offer is good until July 20th

Nanaimo Marine Festival and World Championship Bathtub Race Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26, 2015.

This year they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Joint Use of the CFMETR Test Ranges by the Canadian and United States Navies

New Finish Line in 2015 for the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race is at Maffeo Sutton Park.   Exciting weekend ahead for sure.

Thursday to Sunday

Food Vendors, Beer Garden, Entertainment Stage, Arts & Crafts Fair, Children’s Craft Tent, Static Displays, Kiddies Karnival, Military Displays

Saturday, July 25th at 10:30 am
Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade
Starting at Selby Street, proceeding down Fitzwilliam Street to the Bastion then along Front Street to Cliff Street.

Saturday, July 25th at Dusk 


Sunday, July 26th at 11:00 am

World Championship Bathtub Race
Race starts in Nanaimo Harbour and finishes at approximately Noon at Maffeo Sutton Park (new for 2015)

Great fun for the whole family. Check out the website for the whole event at

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Opportunities for Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Members

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance “VIEA” is working to help Island businesses market their products and services by registering on the BuyBC website. We want to let our members that you can benefit from profiling yourselves to prospective business partners and international investors. It’s FREE!

The BuyBC website is being used by the Ministry of International Trade to showcase the range of business services and products available to support major projects and investments being attracted to the province. Therefore, when potential clients search for business services on Vancouver Island, only those businesses with online BuyBC profiles will appear in the search results. The Economic Alliance encourages you to take advantage of this free opportunity. Registering your company and building your online profile will only take 15-20 minutes by following our step-by-step instructions:

Registering and profiling your business is free, easy and quick!
1. Go to:
• Click ‘Register’
• Fill in name, company and email address
• Read and agree to terms (tick box)
• Click ‘Create an Account’
• You will see a message thanking you for registering and that an email is being sent to you

2. You will receive an email welcoming you to LNG-BuyBC
• Click on the link included in the email
• Follow the cues to complete your registration by providing your business number, year established, company intro, description, logo, etc. (You can copy and paste from your website)

Potential clients globally and locally looking for a service will be able to quickly find your business on the website and you can visit the site at any time to search for projects that might be of interest.
If you have questions and/or difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact

July Member Profile

Nanaimo Chamber Newsline Profile

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Berwick On The Lake
Berwick on the Lake offers an inviting new lifestyle for seniors. Residents can experience truly independent living, while staff members do all the hard work like cooking, cleaning, and laundry service. Caring staff make this retirement residence a true home, and not just another senior’s facility.
Berwick offers three levels of care: Independent Living in separate suites (meals and cleaning provided); Assisted Living, includes medications management and help with personal care; and Licensed Residential Care, round-the-clock care for those that simply can’t be on their own anymore.
Situated on Long Lake, the grounds are spectacular. Red Seal Certified Chefs prepare three meals daily with several options, focusing on locally-sourced products. There is transportation service for appointments or group outings; a hair salon, library, and games room; and guest rooms where family can stay. Residents are thrilled to have so many choices.
For some it can be a scary change to downsize into a small suite. But they are soon happy and relieved, because they have new friends, they feel safe, and are confident in their care from Berwick’s supportive staff.
One of six Berwick communities on Vancouver Island, Nanaimo’s Berwick on the Lake is family owned with Victoria headquarters. Executives visit often to hear the praise and concerns of residents, so they can ensure that quality of their property is maintained, and are readily available to address any needs or situations in a hurry.
Berwick on the Lake consistently meets or exceeds rigorous high standards to earn the BC Senior Living Association’s ‘Seal of Approval’. Incoming residents, and their families, can feel confident and reassured that they are making the right decision.
Berwick on the Lake is proud to host the Chamber Business before Business, on July 22, at 7:30 am. See you there!

For more info visit their website:

Written by Bonnie Chomica,