Family enterprise recognized with awards

CAFE’s Vancouver Island region is calling for nominations for its Family Enterprise of the Year award.

We normally associate CAFE with a place to go and relax, chat with friends and get out of the hurly-burly, but when CAFE stands for the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, it’s all about hustle and business – successful family business.

CAFE’s Vancouver Island region is calling for nominations for its Family Enterprise of the Year award. So if you know a family that is successfully running a business in Ladysmith or Chemainus, let CAFE know about it.

“Past recipients of the CAFE Vancouver Island FEYA Award include the Canada Homestay Network, Capital Iron, Country Grocer, McCall Brothers Funeral Directors, Pacific Sands Resort, Robinson’s Outdoor Store, Monk Office, and Accent Inns,” Says Bernadine Rudichuk, CAFE’s managing director.

Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 15, and the winner will be announced at a celebration gala Feb. 11 at the Victoria Golf Club in Victoria.

“The Family Enterprise of the Year Award is given annually to recognize, celebrate and promote achievements of Canadian family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy,” Rudichuk said. “The recognition from the Canadian business family community is an honour and a privilege.”

Winners at the regional level can apply to participate in the National FEYA awards. Victoria’s Capital Iron won the national award in 2014.

“One national finalist will be selected from across Canada and featured at a gala dinner during which they deliver a presentation about the history and success of their business family, followed by an award presentation May 16 in Calgary,” Rudichuk said.

To nominate a family business, (self-nominations are welcome) visit the CAFE Vancouver Island Chapter’s website (go to cafecanada.ca then click on Vancouver Island in the ‘Chapters’ dropdown menu) or contact Bernadine Rudichuk, Managing Director, at 250-532-2402 or vancouverisland@cafecanada.ca.