BUSINESS BEAT: Alberni businesses earn recognition beyond city borders

BUSINESS BEAT: Alberni businesses earn recognition beyond city borders

Alberni Valley charities also benefit from efforts of businesses

Local optometrist Dr. Shaun Golemba and the staff members of Valley Vision Optometry, have been acknowledged by Optometry Giving Sight as Double Diamond award level fundraisers, thanks to their efforts during the 2016 World Sight Day Challenge.

Valley Vision Optometry participated in fund raising activities during the month of October for World Sight Day 2016 by holding a Silent Auction, having a blowout frame sale and donating all exam fees collected on Oct. 12. This money will be used to support sustainable eye care projects in underserved communities around the world, helping people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired and in urgent need of eye care.

“We are delighted to have received a Double Diamond award,” said Dr. Golemba.

“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for 10 years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause. The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we can take for granted.”

Optometry Giving Sight is committed to supporting programs focusing on training local eye care professionals so that people in need will have access to sustainable eye care from within their own community. Contact Valley Vision at (250) 724-0933 or


The 2016 results are in for the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program, and for the 10th consecutive year Vancouver Island grocer Quality Foods has been selected to retains its prestigious accreditation as a Best Managed Platinum member.

“2016 was a crucial year for us; we opend a second store, QF View Royal, in the Greater Victoria region,” says Ken Schley, QF’s outgoing Director of Operations and founding partner.

“When we open a new location it’s important to recognize any successes to date come from our hardworking and loyal QF people. From there, growth stems from our commitment to supporting local communities, innovations that improve our customers’ shopping experiences, and meaningful relationships with national brands and local suppliers.”


In other Quality Foods news, announced late last week, Quality Foods will no longer be owned by its original founders. On Friday evening, Quality Foods management announced founders Ken Schley and John Briuolo are transferring their controlling interest in the company to the Jim Pattison Group.

Co-founder Noel Hayward will continue with day-to-day operations under the new ownership.

The has 13 stores across the Island.


Local realtors at Royal LePage have donated a portion of their 2016 commissions to support ACAWS, totaling nearly $9,000 for the year.


Scotiabank also supported ACAWS recently with a bake sale in the branch and matching funds for the Coldest Night of the Year event.


Port Alberni resident Beccie Brennan has expanded her cleaning company Wet Coast Cleaning with the purchase of AV Clean Team. Brennan offers a free in-home estimate, detailed to meet your needs.

All the cleaning products Brennan uses are eco-friendly and she brings all her own equipment too. Wet Coast Cleaning services is licensed, insured, bonded and covered by WCB. Find her on Facebook or call 250-735-4064.


Jennifer Gillard of Belle’s Hair Care has been selected as salon ambassador for the Davines Hair Care line. Belle’s is located at Kingsway Crossing next to The Card Corner and Gayle’s Fashions. 778-419-1919.

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