What defines a Cowichan Changemaker?
Our Changemakers are the influencers, activators, connectors and innovators within the Cowichan Valley. Whether working in business or volunteering for community organizations, they are the builders and collaborators who embody new ways of doing things. Changemakers see the potential that others miss and they connect the dots between people and ideas. Join us in celebrating and learning about the people who are shaping the future of the Cowichan Region.
Building an inclusive, dynamic workplace
Gordon Smith, owner of Cowichan Woodworks Limited, is a highly talented artisan and entrepreneur who constantly pushes his limits, reinventing his business and embracing cutting-edge technologies. Thanks to his forward-thinking approach, his company has become renowned for its extraordinary custom millwork and beautiful high-end cabinetry.
In the summer of 2017, Gordon was honoured to receive the inaugural Champion of Inclusion Award from the Cowichan Intercultural Society in recognition of his efforts to bring new workers from across the globe to his Cobble Hill location. “Of course I want to hire workers who are motivated to do well and create a better life for their families,” he says. “But if I can offer them a fresh start and a welcome to life in Canada, then it’s a win-win for everyone.” For Gordon, it’s all part of making his company the best it can be.