Thermoproof Windows, which has been manufacturing from a plant in Chemainus since the late 1970s, has opened a new retail outlet and showroom in Duncan. The Thermoproof Store at 5311 Trans-Canada Hwy. is selling its vinyl windows and patio doors as well an indoor-outdoor entry doors, countertops and Hunter Douglas window coverings. The company is also doing kitchen-cabinet refacing, says Cam Drew, one of the eight owners of Thermoproof. He said the new 1,500-square-foot showroom is also a finalist in the Canadian Homebuilders Association annual CARE Awards for construction and design this year. Thermoproof also opened a boutique store at Arbutus Ridge, which is only open to residents of that community. Call 250-597-3330.
Realtors rally for food banksRealtors from around Greater Victoria concluded their annual Food Drive last week, breaking previous years contributions with nearly 1,000 kilograms of food valued at $5,350 as well as $3,933.78 in cash and cheques. We received an outpouring of generosity from both the real-estate community and from the public, says Wendy Moreton, chairwoman of the Victoria Real Estate Boards Community Relations Committee. This is our fourth food drive for Greater Victoria, and definitely our best result yet. I think people realize the need in Victoria is growing. According to Brent Palmer, food bank director for the Mustard Seed, more than 7,000 people now rely on food banks to get through each month. This contribution is very timely as the need is high and food supplies in our distribution warehouse are critically low, said Palmer. Those helped by the Mustard Seed as well as the Sidney, Sooke and Goldstream food banks will benefit from this generous community support.New leaders for Sunset LodgeMaj. Margaret Evans is the new executive director and Maj. George Evans the new chaplain of Sunset Lodge. The Evanses have more than 20 years of experience working with the Salvation Army and were the leadership team at Sunset Lodge 14 years ago. They are replacing Larry and Roxanne Jennings who have new appointments in Toronto. There is a tea scheduled to welcome the Evanses today at 2 p.m. at the main chapel, 925 Arm St.