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2023 CARE Awards celebrate projects and people

The 32nd annual event presented over 50 awards to Canada’s leaders in home construction and renovations
Wilf Gorter, Gorter Construction (right) is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Casey Edge, Executive Director, VRBA.

The Victoria Residential Builders Association (VRBA) returned to the Fairmont Empress Hotel to announce the Gold winners for the 2023 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island on Friday, October 20.

Fifty-one awards were presented at the 32nd annual event attended by 280 builders, designers, trades and suppliers - Canada’s leaders in west coast home design and construction. The full list of the CARE Awards winners and projects can be found online at

“Congratulations to the winners and finalists for again showing their leadership in housing,” says Ellie Sercombe, Chair of the 2023 CARE Awards. “These projects demonstrate the gold standard for design, sustainability, and professionalism. A special thank you to Astrid Chang of Destination Greater Victoria for making the CARE Awards a wonderful evening.”

GT Mann Contracting and Spaciz Design Company, Water's Edge. Photo provided by VRBA

Project of the Year – Single Family went to GT Mann Contracting and Spaciz Design Company for Water's Edge. Project of the Year – Multi-Family was awarded to Abstract Developments for Bellewood Park. The popular People’s Choice Award was won by Terry Johal Developments and KB Design for Legato.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Wilf Gorter, Gorter Construction for his leadership in the industry and community. Two companies received the Building Better Futures Community Award – Aryze Developments for developing much-needed missing-middle housing for young families and Denford Construction Management for their creative retirement communities serving a growing seniors population. 

Abstract Developments, Bellewood Park. Photo provided by VRBA

Excellence in Creating Housing Affordability was won by Chard Development for their innovative partnership with BC Housing creating more affordability in two multi-family projects – Haven and Vivid at the Yates. The Heritage Award for preserving architecture was presented to Goodison Construction and Jenny Martin Design for Laurel Park.

Green Builder of the Year promoting sustainable residential construction practices was won by Verity Construction. The Bill Wansbrough Memorial Award was presented to FortisBC for their partnership with the CRD creating RNG from waste/biogas at the Hartland Landfill addressing both climate change and housing affordability.

Terry Johal Developments and KB Design, Legato. Photo provided by VRBA

In addition to celebrating the CARE Awards, the VRBA advocates for professionalism, education, consumer protection and housing affordability. Incorporated as a non-profit in 1940, VRBA is comprised of 180 builders, renovators, designers, trades and suppliers. 

VRBA’s popular online Expression of Interest form enables consumers to submit a request for a new home or renovation and receive quotes from VRBA’s contractors, many of whom are CARE Award winners. Visit for more information.

2023 CARE Awards Sponsors:

GOLD: BC HousingBCCA Employee Benefit TrustBuilt Green Canada; FortisBC; Hourigan’s FlooringMcLaren Properties Ltd.; Slegg Building MaterialsTravelers Insurance Company of CanadaVictoria Real Estate Board

SILVER: Coast Capital SavingsTrail Appliances

BRONZE: Mike Geric Construction

MEDIA: CFAXCTVTimes Colonist

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