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Mar 18, 2019

Congratulations to Budget Blinds - Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

Budget Blinds of North and Central Vancouver Island was recently recognized as the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

This local Vancouver Island business was honoured for their commitment to the community.

Based in Courtenay, the franchise serves North and Central Vancouver Island communities with a great selection of blinds, window coverings, draperies and more. Offering the latest trends and technologies, Budget Blinds also provides customers with free in-home consultations with their design professionals.

Customers can relax, knowing their window coverings will be professionally designed, measured and even installed. Customer satisfaction is paramount for this award-winning company.

Contact them today to learn more about their March special, featuring 50% off select draperies.

Call Budget Blinds at 250.338.8564 or visit their Courtenay showroom at 8-2663 Kilpatrick Ave.

Photo credit: Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

May 15, 2016

Congratulations to The Gales for Winning a 2016 Vibe Award

The Gales VIBE Award 2016The Gales in Ladysmith and their builder, GNB Builders Inc, recently won a Vancouver Island Building Excellence Award in the Single Family Production Home category. The annual event showcases the best in residential construction, design and renovation on Vancouver Island and are recognized as Vancouver Island’s premier residential housing awards program.

The Single Family Production Home award considers the following specifications when selecting a winner:
1. Exterior: architectural character, curb appeal and integration of the home into its setting  
2. Interior: creative and innovative use of space, architectural and finishing detail
3. Functionality of floor plan
4. Environmental/energy efficiency inclusions

Homes at The Gales in Ladysmith are known for highlighting the best of the Vancouver Island living. The dramatic styling, luxury finishes and wide open spaces reflect the spectacular ocean and mountain views that surround this 68-home community, while the development's Built Green® platinum designation shows a commitment to environmentally sensitive construction techniques.

Construction has recently started on Unit 8, which will be three storeys tall, with a drive-in basement for storing all of those "big boys toys" - classic cars, quads and more. For more information about this new home, their current show home, or the development, contact: 

Keith Mazurenko
: 1.866.315.0545
: 250.245.0545

Oct 03, 2012

Vancouver Island Home Builders Honoured For Their Professional Achievements

CHBA CARE Awards 2012The Canadian Home Builders Association on Vancouver Island recently presented its Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ron Egli, of Ron Egli Construction and Design Ltd. for his many contributions to the industry ranging from housing affordability to building code solutions. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding member of the CHBA on Vancouver Island in recognition of their professionalism, dedication and service to the Association and the residential construction industry.
This award is presented to the member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to the goals and principles of the Canadian Home Builders' Association. The winner will receive a "CARE Awards Lifetime Achievement" trophy and certificate.
Ron Bickford of Rob-Ron Developments won the 2012 Bill Wansbrough Memorial Award, which honours the contribution made by Bill Wansbrough to the residential construction industry.  It is donated in his memory to recognize significant individual achievements that do not necessarily fit into any of the categories of the CARE Awards. Bickford was honoured for important contributions to Builders’ Council and communications work on behalf of the association and industry.   

Sep 30, 2012

Canadian Home Builders Association Honours Island's Best in Showrooms, Customer Service and Websites

Victoria Specilaty PlumbingEuropean Flooring Group in Victoria went into the 2012 Gold CARE Award Ceremonies with three nominations for their outstanding work including Best Sales Centre or Showroom, Best Customer Service, and Best Website. The company won the Gold CARE Award for Best Showroom, and Silver awards for Best Customer Service and Best Website.
Victoria Specialty Hardware and Plumbing were honoured for their customer service with the Customer Service GOLD Care Award. The team are knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about flawless design and its execution. Building and maintaining long-standing relationships and exceeding customer expectations have always been the cornerstone of their business.
Best Website went to Jenny Martin Design.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association honours the best in Vancouver Island building projects with the CARE awards, which were presented recently in Victoria.

Sep 28, 2012

Custom Home Features By Vancouver Island Builders Honoured at CARE Awards

Gold CARE Award best media roomAfter winning several gold CARE Awards from the Canadian Home Builders' Association in previous years, M Knight Construction was once again the winner of several 2012 CARE Awards, for the Hillcrest Home in Oak Bay, Victoria. This home also won a silver award in the project of the year category.
The custom home, which was honoured with 6 silver CARE awards, also won 3 gold awards for Best Media Room, Best Residential Interior over 6,000 sq. ft. and Best Custom Millwork over 5,500 sq. ft.
The gold CARE award for Best Custom Millwork under 2,500 sq ft went to GNB Builders of Ladysmith for their work on the Commander Residence.

Sep 22, 2012

Stunning New Vancouver Island Homes Honoured At 2012 CARE Awards

2012 CARE AwardsA number of Vancouver Island new home builders were honoured for their works this month at the presentation of the 2012 Gold CARE Awards in Victoria.

Winning award for single family homes were:
Hemsworth Master Builders Inc, for the best home under 2,500 sq ft – the Dolphin. Hemsworth have won multiple Gold CARE Awards, as well three 2011 Gold Georgie Awards. They are based out of Victoria.
GT Mann Contracting Ltd, for the best custom home between 2500-3500 sq ft – Vista One Eighty. The company is run by third generation builder, and based out of Southern Vancouver Island.
Terry Johal Developments, for the best custom home over 3,500 sq ft. - Sea Breeze. Based out of Victoria, Terry Johal Developments was also honoured with a gold CARE Award for best kitchen over 400 sq ft for the same home.
The award for Best Spec Home under 2,000 sq ft went to Palladian Developments, for the Cross Residence. Based out of Nanaimo, Palladian Developments were also honoured with 2012 gold CARE Awards for Best Residential Renovation under $125,000, and Best Commercial Project.
Best Spec Home over 2,000 sq ft was presented to Method Built Homes for Olympic View in Victoria. The home was also awarded best kitchen under 175 sq ft and best bathroom under 175 sq ft.
The award for Best Single Family Home priced from $1-2 million went to Citta Group for Sea Wind Cottage. Citta Group is based out of Victoria and builds homes in Greater Victoria, the Western Communities and Saltspring Island.
The big winner of the night was C.A. Designs and Camelot Homes, who were honoured for their work on a home called Music By The Sea. This home was named Best Single Family Home over $2 million, as well as being honoured with Best Home Design, Best Kitchen 175-200 sq ft, Best Residential Interior 4,000-6,000 sq ft, Best Custom Millwork, 2,500-5,500 sq ft, Project of the Year and People's Choice Award winner. Camelot Homes was also named small volume Green Builder of the Year.

Sep 21, 2012

Nanaimo's Rockwood Height Townhomes Earn 2012 Gold CARE Award as Best Multi-Family Project on Vancouver Island

Rockwood Heights CARE AwardRockwood Heights, near Departure Bay in Nanaimo was honoured as best Multi-Family Project at the 2012 CARE Awards. Presented by the Canadian Home Builders Association in Victoria on Sept 14, the awards honoured the best of Vancouver Island home construction.
Rockwood Heights features townhomes and single family strata homes offering amazing attention to details- custom front doors and stair railings, Italian porcelain tile and hardwood flooring. But the innovation in these new Nanaimo townhomes is more than skin deep. They also enjoy an advanced geo-technical design and seismic code compliance, an elevator in each unit for added accessibility, and environmental initiatives that protect the area.
Townhomes at Rockwood Heights start at $477,200. Developers Hazelwood Holdings Ltd. has many years of experience building residential communities, roads and bridges. Floral Woods and Pinewood Lane are two of their multi-family projects in Nanaimo.

Sep 20, 2012

Woodland Creek in Sooke Honoured as Best New Subdivision and Green Builder of the Year


gold care awardWoodland Creek in Sooke was honoured with the 2012 Gold CARE Award as Best New Subdivision on Vancouver Island by the Canadian Home Builders Association. As well, the builders, S.C. Smith Building Co. Ltd. were honoured as the Large Volume Built Green Builder of the Year. The 2012 CARE Awards were presented last week in Victoria.
Woodland Creek, a devlopement by Totangi Properties Ltd, is located in Sooke, near Victoria on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. New homes, priced from $389,900 feature geothermal heating and cooling.
Woodland Creek is a planned residential community, set close to schools, parks and the Sooke shopping and service core, with the fundamental commitments of quality construction, lasting value and the long term commitment of an established local developer. With more than 80 new homes and townhomes now built and occupied, Woodland Creek is recognized as one of Sooke’s most livable neighbourhoods.
Totangi Properties has launched the fifth phase of the Woodland Creek development with 29 single family homes in Callumwood Lane. The homes in Callumwood Lane will offer a selection of contemporary floor plans delivered in Craftsman Style Built Green™ certified homes.  

Aug 28, 2012

Congratulations to Our Communications Team Mia Heitland and Evan Coty!

Evan Coty, CommunicationsI am so proud of our communications and social media team, Mia Heitland, Communications Director, and Evan Coty, Communications Assistant.

Together their eye for detail and their ability to meet timelines based around client needs, have helped us at 1stView achieve online success on behalf of our clients. Their combined efforts also helped us be named as finalists at the 2011 MISTIC Innovation Awards for Information Technology, and for two 2012 West Coast Social Media Awards.

Together this team of Mia Heitland and Evan Coty is committed to getting the writing, postings and social media implemented so that our clients are achieving great exposure online. Great Job!

- Clarice

Jun 08, 2012

1stView a Finalist at Tonight's West Coast Social Media Awards

1stView new real estate on vancouver islandThe new Vancouver Island real estate marketing done by this website - 1stView.ca - has earned us the honour of being named finalists for the West Coast Social Media Awards in the "most innovative social media technology or product" category. In addition our sister site, ClariceCoty.com is a finalist for Best Business Blog.  The awards will be presented tonight in Victoria, in conjunction with the third annual Social Media Camp. ClariceCoty.com, the Vancouver Island real estate and construction blog, was the top vote-getter in its category in the initial round of public voting which determined the finalists. A panel of industry experts will determine the winners from among the finalists in each category.

May 24, 2012

Bonnington Ridge's Community of Fairwinds Recognized for Community Spirit

Lots at Bonnington Ridge, FariwindsCongratulations to Fairwinds, which was recently named a finalist for the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Sterling Awards, in the Community Spirit category.  The Fairwinds Development was nominated based on work they do with local community organizations and charities.  
Earlier this spring, Fairwinds undertook a collaborative video project with two students from the Digital Media Studies Department at Vancouver Island University to highlight some of the community groups and charities that they support.  Learn more about these groups by watching the video here.
The Fairwinds real estate development features a variety of homes and lots for sale, many with ocean and golf course views. The lots at Bonnington Ridge offer both. Set in a quiet cul-de-sac, Conveniently located near the Fairwinds Centre, the residential lots for sale at Bonnington Ridge range from .31 - .88 of an acre and start at $209,000. An additional lot at Bonnington Heights is now available for $159,000.

May 11, 2012

Vote for 1stView for West Coast Social Media Awards

1stView.ca1stView.ca has been nominated for a West Coast Social Media Award as Most Innovative Social Media Product or Technology.
As well, our sister site, the ClariceCoty.com blog has been nominated as Best Business Blog
The winners will be selected by a judging panel from among the top vote getters in the initial round. Please help us become finalists by voting. You can vote once a day, every day until voting closes at noon on May 14. 
Awards will be presented during the 2012 Social Media Camp in Victoria. 
Please vote for ClariceCoty.com as Best Business Blog and 1stView.ca as Most Innovative Social Media Product or Technology.

Feb 21, 2012

Building Award Nominees Sought for Commercial Construction on Vancouver Island

VIREB Commercial building awardsThe Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) is seeking nominations to celebrate the best in commercial, multi-family, and institutional building on Vancouver Island. March 16 is the closing date to have nominations submitted. A PDF version of the nomination form can be downloaded here.
The organizers are looking for submissions in the following categories: Mixed Use for Commerial and Residential; Community Projects; Retail; Industrial; Multi-Family Projects; Hospitality; and Commercial Renovation or Restoration. The awards will be held on April 12 at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville.
For more information, contact Sue Lessard at VIREB at 250-390-5781 or email at slessard@ vireb.com

Oct 11, 2011

1stView a Finalist for MISTIC Information Technology Award

1stView named finalist for MISTIC Award1stView.ca has been named a finalist in the 2011 Mid-Island Science Technology and Innovation Council Information Technology Award.
The "Oscar-style," sixth-annual MISTIC awards ceremony will be held Nov. 2 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo.
A total of 33 Vancouver Island businesses will be up for awards, which are divided into 12 categories. 1stView is one of five Comox Valley based-businesses nominated.
"There is a huge wealth of technology, ideas and creativity in this region and these finalists demonstrate a diverse mix of businesses pursuing innovation everyday," said Paris Gaudet, executive director of MISTIC.
Courtenay's Natural Pastures Cheese Company is nominated for top spot in the Agri Foods category.
Another Courtenay business, Island Labs, is up against Nanaimo's Inuktun Services Ltd. in the Island Coastal Economic Trust Excellence in Technology Award.
And three firms are in contention for the Innovative Start-up of the Year Award, including Swinkey Golf Inc., a Courtenay-based, golf training tool company.
Finally, Comox's Woodland Flooring is competing against two other firms for the Value Added Product Award.
Past MISTIC awards from the Comox Valley include My Tech Guys, Pentlatch Seafoods and Island TimberFrame Ltd.

Jun 08, 2011

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Comox Valley Hotel Honoured for Guest Satisfaction

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Comox ValleyThe Courtenay hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites Comox Valley was recently honoured with the 2010/2011 OSAT Award from the Intercontinental Hotel Group. This award represents Overall Guest Satisfaction and is voted on by guests of the Comox Valley hotel who have stayed at this new Holiday Inn Express and Suites. After their stay, all IHG hotel guests are emailed a survey that asks them to rate their overall experience. As a result, the Comox Valley Holiday Inn Express took 1st place by maintaining an average score of 94.81% for the previous 12 months - the highest score of any of the 21 other IHG properties in British Columbia and 2nd place of 36 hotels in Western Canada. After opening its doors in March 2009, this Courtenay hotel has become a favourite with business travellers and families looking for accommodations in the Comox Valley. The Vancouver Island hotel features luxurious guest rooms including Family Suites, Jacuzzi Suites, Accessible Rooms and Pet Friendly Rooms. All guests are provided on a complimentary hot breakfast and can enjoy amenities such as a 24 hour Business Centre, 24 hour Fitness Centre, 24 hour Guest Laundry, free Wi-Fi and free parking. For more information or to make a reservation, visit their website.

Mar 09, 2011

Vancouver Island Real Estate Board to host Commercial Building Awards


Vancouver Island Real Estate BoardWho is the best of the best in commercial building on Vancouver Island north of the Malahat?
That will be revealed at the annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards, set for April 14 at the Crown Isle Resort in Courtenay.
March 18 is the deadline for nominations to be sent in for the awards. To be eligible, institutional, commercial or industrial building or renovation projects must be located within the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board area, and completed between January 1 and December 31, 2010.
Re/MAX Commercial has signed on as Title Sponsor for the event, and Roy Anderson, Assistant Regional Manager for Re/MAX Western Canada, says he is excited about the event. “We are pleased to be a part of such a great event again this year, it’s a tremendous opportunity to help recognize the efforts of these proud building owners and developers,” says Anderson. “The more of these events that I attend, the better appreciation I have for the outstanding work that’s being done in the community.”

There will be at least nine commercial categories:

• Mixed use (commercial/residential)
• Community - Senior’s Housing
• Community Institutional
• Retail
• Industrial
• Multi-Family Apartment
• Multi Family Townhouse
• Hospitality
• Commercial renovation/restoration

A Judges’ Choice award will also be given to the best overall entry. Adjudication will be performed by a select team of judges from the real estate industry.
The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s Commercial Building Awards is one of several such events held throughout the province. “As the event grows it’s exciting to realize that these developments and buildings, that are earning accolades now, are the structures that will shape the future of their Vancouver Island communities,” said Anderson.
Tickets to the event are $95 plus HST. For nomination forms, click here.
Click here to purchase tickets to the awards.


Mar 08, 2011

Builders of The Texada in Nanaimo Honoured for Excellence


The Texada Luxury oceanview condos in Nanaimo on Vancouver IslandCarrington Communities, builders of the Texada, an oceanview condominium in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, have been nominated for four Canadian Home Builders Association Awards of excellence for their developments in Edmonton, including for best Multi Family apartment building.
Carrington Communities has been developing apartment style condominiums for more than 35 years. As a proud member of the Carrington Group of Companies, Carrington Communities is part of a diversified group of companies forming a powerful force in the housing industry.
Carrington's expansion to the B.C. Coast focused on Vancouver Island real estate, and in particular Nanaimo. The Texada has become Nanaimo’s fastest selling luxury condominium building. These luxurious condos are part of Nanaimo’s new Georgia View Village, which is comprised of retail stores, restaurants and a residential community. The Texada is within walking distance to parks, beaches and shopping facilities including Woodgrove Mall. Owners can enjoy lifestyle options such as golfing, boating and access to the arts and culture activities at the Port Theatre. The Texada condominiums in Nanaimo are a must see, with spectacular Ocean and Coastal Mountain views.
An open house is held daily, except for Fridays, from 11am to 4pm at 6310 McRobb Ave. in Nanaimo. Prices start at $249,900.

Feb 03, 2011

Business Examiner's 2011 Awards Honour Comox Valley Businesses

1stView named Vancouver Island Real Estate Company of the YearFour Comox Valley businesses brought home impressive hardware and accolades from the 11th annual Business Examiner awards.
Island Gourmet Trails' owner Gaetane Palardy was honoured as Vancouver Island Entrepreneur of the Year, coffee company Royston Roasting was name Manufacturer of the Year, 1stView was named Real Estate Company of the Year and Two Eagles Lodge was named Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year.
“Celebrating Business Excellence on Vancouver Island” the BE Awards were presented Jan. 27 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Awards were presented in 17 categories.
“To add this Island-wide award to our mantle leaves us a bit speechless,” said Carolyn Touhey, who along with her husband Steve, runs Two Eagles Lodge. “We are so pleased to be ambassadors for the Island, and the Valley in particular. We are happy that guests who nominate us recognize our efforts and our sincere desire to turn their vacations into incredible memories.”
Two Eagles Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Union Bay also won the 2010 Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
Real Estate Company of the Year, 1stView, offers a unique way to find new Vancouver Island Real Estate.
“We are thrilled to win this award as it acknowledges a new type of real estate business, which is internet-based,” said owner Clarice Coty. “Our business is growing quickly as a result of our online presence and we have increased our growth by 55% in the past year. Our entire team is responsible for this achieving this award and we are very appreciative.”
Manufacturer of the Year, Royston Roasting Company produces quality, fair trade organic, artisan roasted coffee. They also go one green step further and package their fresh roasted beans in eco friendly bags made of rice paper.
"Our success and this award would not be possible without the tremendous excitement and support we have received from our Comox Valley community and the many small businesses, friends, and colleagues that make our coffee a daily ritual and promote our company wherever they go," said owner Dyan Spink.
Entrepreneur of the Year, Gaetane Palardy is the owner/operator of Island Gourmet Trails, which offers exciting, delicious, day-tours within the Comox Valley. Their culinary adventures are planned to cover different trails throughout the Valley, and from Parksville to Campbell River.
“I am honoured to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Palardy said.“The success of Island Gourmet Trails is a reflection of the Comox Valley’s vibrant and dynamic agri-tourism sector. It could not have been possible without the collaboration and partnership of many local ventures who share a kindred spirit. It speaks to the growing potential of the valley as a culinary tourism destination.” 


Feb 01, 2011

1stView named Vancouver Island Real Estate Company of the Year

1stView has been recognized as the Real Estate Company of the Year at the 11th Annual Business Examiner Awards.

“Celebrating Business Excellence on Vancouver Island” the BE Awards were presented Jan. 27 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. Awards were presented in 17 categories.

“I was honoured,” said Clarice Coty, owner of 1stView, of winning the award. Not a traditional real estate company, 1stView helps people find new Vancouver Island real estate including homes, vacation units and investment properties. 1stView is the premier online directory for home buyers and investors looking for new Vancouver Island real estate.

“There are some amazing stories to be told,” said Mark MacDonald, Business Examiner and Business Vancouver Island publisher, “and we are grateful to have the opportunity to highlight as sterling examples of what can be, and is being done in our region.”

In 2010, 1stView grew to see more than 20,000 visits per months, expanded its staff with the addition of a new marketing director, and a sales person for the launch of its new Vancouver Island Real Estate and Construction Directory. 1stView will soon launch a redesigned website, making it even easier to find new residential real estate and homes on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island real estate is just one click away, find your perfect property at 1stView.ca

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Office Phone: 250-338-5466

Courtenay, British Columbia