4 local power companies merge to form Surepoint Vancouver Island – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Four electric companies in the Cowichan Valley have merged under one banner.

Since January 1, Greencoast Electric, Nightingale Power, Gregstar Electric and 87 Electric have been working together as Surepoint Vancouver Island, which is a subsidiary of the Surepoint Group, a leading industrial contractor specializing in electrical and instrumentation services, automation, mechanics, equipment manufacturing and integrated modular solutions.

Andrew Gudmundseth, regional manager of Surepoint’s Island division and owner of former Greencoast Electric, said he and other SVI partners [Tom Nightingale, Dan Gregson, Corey Turcotte, Jordan McGarvey] are all longtime friends and have collaborated on many megaprojects in British Columbia and Alberta.

He said the merger was led and executed by Kevin Shillito, the Surepoint Group vice president of operations, who is a former resident of the Cowichan Valley and now lives in Fort. St-Jean.

Gudmundseth said the merger allows the partners to tackle some of the challenges of running a small business in today’s market, while delivering quality work and reliability that people would get from a local small business. .

“We had found that acquiring the necessary materials became more difficult, but now we buy supplies in bulk and get them much faster than before,” he said.

“We also offer our employees benefits and stock options, which is important because employee retention is also difficult in today’s markets.”

Gudmundseth said SVI currently operates from Greencoast Electric’s Duncan headquarters, but is preparing to move into a new location on Boys Road on March 1.

“We look forward to spreading the word to inform our past, present and future customers of this significant merger happening right here in the Valley,” he said.


The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s Dine & Sip Cowichan Festival is back for its sixth year.

This iconic local food festival is your chance to enjoy the flavors of the Cowichan Valley.

Participating establishments will be offering a range of inspired food and beverages at special prices from February 9 through March 6.

In the fifth year of the festival, the program has expanded to include the craft beverage sector, and this year the Chamber is continuing the Sip portion of the program, which will include some of Cowichan’s wineries, breweries, cider houses and distilleries.

In partnership with the Downtown Duncan BIA, the Chamber was able to secure a federally funded Shop-Local grant for the 2022 Dine Sip and Shop Cowichan campaign.

This funding allowed more sites to participate and helped the Chamber run an impactful marketing and advertising campaign.

The result was a record number of participants; including 43 restaurants, pubs, cafes, food trucks and specialty food stores and 10 breweries, wineries, distilleries and cider houses.

This year’s food festival offers venues across Cowichan, from Malahat to Ladysmith and everywhere in between.

“It is important that we continue to support our local food and beverage operators,” said Sonja Nagel, Executive Director of the Chamber.

“Whether you’re trying the Dine menu at your favorite spot or going somewhere completely new, Cowichan’s food and beverage industry offers something for everyone.”

For the third year, the Chamber will be partnering with Island Savings to incorporate a throwback element to the culinary festival.

This year, for every Dine Cowichan meal purchased during the campaign period, Island Savings will donate $5 to local food banks in the Cowichan area (up to $10,000), through their flagship cause, The Full Cupboard.

Each $5 donation can provide up to 15 meals to someone in need in local communities.

For a complete list of participating sites and offers, visit www.dinesipcowichan.ca or call the Cowichan Regional Welcome Center at 250-746-4636.


After 10 years in business, Duncan’s Monkey Bar Gym closed its doors for good on December 31st.

Owner Simon Young said ongoing restrictions and closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the business and it has lost about 75% of its members since the pandemic began in 2020.

Young said he has returned to personal training and he hopes it will be successful for him.

“But I think guessing the lottery numbers would be easier than determining my success,” he said.


Four lake-view rest areas, public artwork and cycling infrastructure will improve connectivity between the center of Shawnigan Village and the nearby lake shore, thanks to $28,000 in financial support from the THRIVE Small program Capital of the Island Coastal Economic Trust.

This project represents the first phase of a comprehensive plan to develop the village as a complete community, create a vibrant tourism sector and revitalize the small business core.

Connectivity between the village and the lakeside walking/cycling path was identified as a priority through a robust engagement process launched in 2019 and updated during the pandemic.

The funding will be used to create four distinct sites to sit and enjoy the scenery along the Rail Trail Park waterfront “suitable for all ages and abilities,” adjacent to the commercial core of the Village of Shawnigan.

Outdoor seating will consist of colorful benches, tables and chairs, which will be coordinated at each site to symbolically link the four viewing portals.

The THRIVE Small Capital program was launched in late May to help stimulate and promote the vitality of the region’s downtowns, main streets and business districts.

One-time financial support of up to 100% of eligible project costs is available.

All applications for the THRIVE Small Capital funding stream are now accepted on a rolling basis until the program is fully subscribed.

“Projects that improve accessibility and walkability, while creating more ways to gather outdoors, help communities build resilience during and after the pandemic,” said the chairman of the board of directors of ICET, Aaron Stone, who is also the mayor of Ladysmith.

“These improvements will also support visitors and local activities year-round, which is a key aspect of the THRIVE program. »

For more information on the THRIVE Small Capital funding stream, visit www.islandcoastaltrust.ca.

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