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On The Street: Heirloom Linens owners sell business to daughter; new CEO for Cool Aid

Bob and Joan Ianson said they have sold Heirloom Linens to their daughter, Kristen Stannix.
Joan Ianson, left, Kristen Stannix and Bob Ianson at Heirloom Linens in Broadmead Village. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Heirloom Linens, a retail ­staple at the Broadmead Village ­ for nearly 30 years, has announced a change in ownership.

Bob and Joan Ianson said they have sold the business to their daughter, Kristen Stannix, who brings fresh perspectives and an understanding of the company’s values and operations. Having grown up in the family business, Stannix has knowledge of the industry and a dedication to upholding Heirloom Linens’ reputation, the firm said.

“We are thrilled to hand over the reins of Heirloom Linens to Kristen,” said Bob Ianson. “Her unwavering commitment to maintaining our tradition of exceptional quality and personalized service ensures that the legacy we have built over the years will be carried forward.”

Cool Aid names new CEO

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has named Elin Bjarnason as its new chief executive, replacing Kathy Stinson on July 1.

Bjarnason was most recently a senior adviser with the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council and has more than 30 years of experience in the health-care industry, including senior roles at Island Health.

Bjarnason oversaw the mental health and substance use portfolio on the South Island through the pandemic and has expertise in creating access for people who traditionally face barriers to care, like many of Cool Aid’s clients.

Bjarnason said that she is eager to learn from leaders and staff at Cool Aid and to help what is already an exceptional team move into the future. She sees partnerships with other community organizations, and local and provincial governments as essential to providing the most accessible and supportive social services systems.

New president for Think Local First

Mary Lou Newbold, chief executive of Mayfair Optometric Clinic, is the new president of Think Local First, a group ­promoting local independent businesses in the region.

Newbold leads a board of directors that includes Ernest Bednarz, Malahat Valuation Group; Matt King, Robinson’s Outdoor Store; Gary Hollick, Independent; Ben Cram, Fernwood Coffee; Nicole Mackie, Peloton Technologies; Will Gillis, Page One Publishing; and Steve Pearce, Seafirst Insurance.

Nanaimo-Toronto non-stop is back

Air Canada Rouge will resume its seasonal flights from Nanaimo Airport to Toronto this summer. Flights are scheduled to depart Friday mornings starting on June 23.

The non-stop route makes it convenient for residents to vacation or do business in eastern Canada and the rest of the world, thanks to easy connections, the airline says. It also helps create tourism and trade opportunities for the Island by bringing in thousands of summer visitors.

A 120-seat Airbus A319 airliner will make the flight from Nanaimo to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in about 4.5 hours.

Travellers will have more choice of flights to Vancouver in the coming weeks with Air Canada adding to its schedule.