On the Street: Island construction firms honoured

Three Island winners recognized at this year’s B.C. Construction Association leadership dinner.

Victoria’s Knappett Projects took home a construction leadership award for its work in support of apprenticeships, Gold Seal credentials and best-in-class fair, open and transparent procurement practices.

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Farmer Construction won the BidCentral award for its use of technology for construction procurement and in setting the standard for simplifying the intention to bid process.

Nanaimo’s DenMar Electric won the STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) as a champion of supporting apprenticeships.

“These awards and B.C. Construction Month are a chance to showcase individual industry success stories like this year’s winners and how they are using innovation and best practices to grow their businesses, diversify our workforce, and support our communities,” said Chris Atchison, president of the B.C. Construction Association.

Broadmead Care expands programs

As a result of winning a provincial bidding process, Broadmead Care will now be providing adult day programs at Veterans Memorial Lodge and Rest Haven Lodge, while expanding an existing program at Beckley Farm Lodge. The idea is to expand respite care and adult day programs that might allow seniors to continue living safely in their own homes instead of opting for long-term care.

“Our purpose is to build communities in each of our care homes that truly help people experience well-being and happiness,” said David Cheperdak, chief executive of Broadmead Care. “The addition of these adult day programs will help to advance that goal.”

The new programs will be available seven days a week. It is estimated more than 60 seniors will access the programs each day.

Nanaimo appoints communications manager

The City of Nanaimo has hired Farnaz Farrokhi as its new communications manager.

She brings a decade of experience in strategic communications and public affairs. This includes integrated marketing communications practices, such as using digital platforms to enhance public awareness, engagement and trust, the City of Nanaimo said in a statement.

Farrokhi previously worked in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Environment Canada, the B.C. Automobile Association and most recently, the City of White Rock as the city’s manager of communications and government relations.

While in White Rock, she was responsible for the development and implementation of communications, government relations, media relations and issues management, strategies and activities.

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