Nexus Modular Solutions: Small Homes Solving Big Problems

Nexus Modular Solutions: Small Homes Solving Big Problems

(Alan Jackson second from the right with his crew at the Nexus headquarters) Alan ‘Al’ Jackson has been an active member of the entrepreneurial community in the Cowichan Valley for decades. He started Jackson Grills, a brand of quality barbeques whose market expanded...
Cowichan Cycles – Growing the mountain biking community in Cowichan

Cowichan Cycles – Growing the mountain biking community in Cowichan

When Grant Lestock-Kay purchased Cowichan Cycles from its previous owner in 2016, he had a plan: to grow the mountain biking community in Cowichan by bringing people together. With the recent move to the new location on James Street in Duncan, it was time to put the...
Cowichan Watershed Board – Working together for our watershed

Cowichan Watershed Board – Working together for our watershed

Founded on an internationally-recognized co-governance model, the Cowichan Watershed Board provides leadership for sustainable water management and the ecological protection of the Quw’utsun (Cowichan) and Xwulqw’selu (Koksilah) watersheds. The Cowichan...
Merging fashion and function to become a destination

Merging fashion and function to become a destination

Jean Cardino, originally from New Zealand, made her way to the Cowichan Valley nearly two decades ago. Jean saw an opportunity to apply her expertise in the fashion industry to build a destination shoe store in the heart of downtown Duncan. Cardino’s Shoes takes...
Cutting the boundaries between business and community

Cutting the boundaries between business and community

Forward-thinking entrepreneur and barber, Ian Smith, was commuting daily to Victoria from his hometown in the Cowichan. He had a vision to bring his passion closer to home and on June 15, 2017, this became a reality when he opened his own Victory Barber & Brand...
Brewing the Cowichan Dream

Brewing the Cowichan Dream

It takes passion and skill to start a craft brewing operation – and in Chemainus, they’re having a riot building a new marketplace for homegrown ale. Former Vancouverite Aly Tomlin, one of the first female brewers in the industry, and long-time friend Ralf Rosenke...