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Family Business Association (FBA) Vancouver Island Names Awards Recipients

VICTORIA, January 3, 2019 – Trevor McCall, President of Family Business Association (FBA) of Vancouver Island, is pleased to announce that Proline Management Ltd. is the recipient of the 2019 Family Business Excellence (FBE) Award. Finalists for the award were Bliss and Be Love and Two Eagles Lodge B & B. Andrew Wilson of The Wilson’s Group of Companies is the recipient of the 2019 Family Business Young Entrepreneur Award.

Proline Management Ltd., which was founded in 1985, continues to work to transform the property management industry with a philosophy of helping people live and grow together by creating connections within and amongst the communities they serve. They do this through relentless improvement and the development of educational programs and a work product that fosters understanding. This growing and expanding business includes founder Eric Spurling, his son Andy Spurling (President), his wife Marilyn and son-in-law, Brad Felt. The company has grown to over 50 employees in offices in Victoria, Westshore, Nanaimo and, most recently, in Courtenay.

Café Bliss, founded by Heather Cunliffe, opened its doors in Victoria in 2008 and good things have been flowing through them ever since. Heather’s brother, Joe Cunliffe, joined as business partner in 2010 and their father, Ayrie, designed space as they expanded. They opened Be Love in 2013, a second Café Bliss location at Whole Foods in 2016 and a third location in downtown Vancouver during the summer of 2018.

Two Eagles Lodge is a waterfront bed-and-breakfast and vacation rental in the Comox Valley which started with the purchase of 12 acres of forest. The lodge was designed and built by Carolyn and Steve Touhey in 2007. Together their aim was to ensure guest privacy, plenty of community space, and to showcase the million-dollar view of the coastal mountains, islands, and Salish Sea. Two Eagles Lodge has become an internationally acclaimed and award-winning lodge.

Andrew Wilson, 30, is Fleet Manager with Wilson’s Group of Companies where he oversees 30 staff and the purchasing and selling of all the Wilson’s Group fleet. He assumed the position at the age of 24, making him the youngest manager in the company, as well as one of the youngest in his field. Under his leadership, the fleet has grown to almost 200 vehicles which is one of the largest and most diverse fleets in British Columbia.

The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at the Union Club of BC, Victoria, on February 13th. The awards are given annually by FBA to recognize youth leadership and to celebrate and promote achievements of Vancouver Island family businesses and the considerable contributions they make to their local communities. To purchase tickets, click here.

Past award recipients include: DriveWise BC; Titan Boats; Tru Value Foods; Wilson’s Transportation; The Canada Homestay Network; Capital Iron; Country Grocer; McCall Gardens Funeral & Cremation Service; Pacific Sands Resort; Robinson’s Outdoor Store; Monk Office and Accent Inns.

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Media Contact: Bernadine Rudichuk  250-532-2402; info@fbavancouverisland.ca

Family Business Association Vancouver Island Mission: To promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island business families by providing education and support through community and shared experience.

Thank You to Gold sponsors: Business Examiner; CIBC; Country Grocer; Country Grocer Salt Spring Island; Hot House Marketing & Wilson’s Transportation.

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