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Raincoast Martial Arts

Andrew Hory and Jeanne Alley

"Transforming into greatness of being" Raincoast Martial Arts. ~ Martial Arts for all ages.

Andrew Hory and Jeanne Alley opened the Raincoast Martial Arts studio on January 1st 2014. Andrew had grown up on the North Island, and had spent most of his life here, and they have both lived in Coal Harbour for the past 11 years. When asked why they started this business, both of them replied with “passion!” Raincoast Martial Arts focuses on two styles of martial arts, Aikido and Modern Arnis, which is based on a traditional Filipino martial arts system. They have different classes for all ages. For Aikido they instruct people in groups based on age. The age groups are 4-5, 6-8, 9-14, and 15+. For Modern Arnis they instruct people aged nine and up. “It’s important to understand that martial arts aren’t solely meant for kids, although it is great for kids, people of any age can love it and learn from it. We want to grow our adult classes and get people passionate” says Andrew. “The local community has been very supportive, and that’s been growing over time” says Jeanne. One of their students commented “Andrew and Jeanne are always very humble, but they are some of the best instructors I’ve ever had, and the North Island is lucky to have them!”

“Without the assistance that Community Futures provided, we probably wouldn’t have opened” says Andrew. “We’re here, we’re open, and we’d love to see you!” You can get in touch with Raincoast Martial Arts at 250-949-0627.

Town Taxi

Balwinder Bal

Balwinder Bal has lived in Port Hardy for the past 25 years. Four years ago he purchased Town Taxi. Prior to that he had worked at the business for 12 years. “I wanted to own my own business, so I bought it from the previous owner” says Balwinder.

Town Taxi provides the service of transportation, but there’s more to it than many people realize. “Normally we have five vehicles running, but we have a few extra cabs that we bring in for the busy season. Whenever the ferry comes in to Port Hardy, six vehicles are sent down there to pick people up, and we regularly transport people out to the airport. We run 24/7 to make sure everyone gets where they need to go safely”, says Balwinder.  “Moving forward we would like to purchase a few more extra vehicles and to become busier during the summer season by focusing on tourism,” says Balwinder.

During this holiday season Balwinder has his community and customers in mind when he says, “We just want to make sure everyone is safe during the holidays, and not drinking and driving.”

 

North of 49 Outfitters

Darla Tolmie

Clothes for your North Island lifestyle. North of 49 Outfitters opened in Port Hardy on July 1st, 2015, and sells clothing designed for the outdoors. Darla Tolmie moved to Port Hardy three years ago and prior to that she lived in Duncan. She fell in love with the natural beauty of the North Island and wanted everyone else to be able to experience the beautiful outdoors as well. “We try to sell products that allow people to go out and experience the natural beauty of the North Island,” says Darla. “Moving forward we would love to grow and expand our selection of adults and children’s clothing.” Darla has been amazed by the support the town has given her. “We’ve had an awesome response from the town,” says Darla. Darla has always wanted to own her own business, and believes in the potential of Port Hardy. “It’s great to live in an area where everyone knows everyone, and everyone helps everyone else,” says Darla. The store, located at 3-7053 Market Street in Port Hardy, has created one full-time Manager position. Amanda Humphrey born and raised in the community, has been with the company from day one. “This wouldn’t have been possible without Community Futures. The staff is always checking up with us and they’re always helping us get hold of the right people,” says Darla.

Flora Borealis

Tracy Williams

Port McNeill Flower Shoppe has changed hands.  For close to 20 years, Lynn Skrlak ran the Flower Shoppe in Port McNeill. In September Tracy Williams purchased the shop from Lynn. “I wanted to get into this business because you get to be creative every day, and it’s a job where I get to make people smile,” says Tracy. One of the first things Tracy did was to change the name. “Flora Borealis just fits my personality better. Although there’s a new name and the store will be undergoing a facelift, Flora Borealis will still be the same inviting place where anyone can drop on by,” says Tracy.

Tracy’s vision is to make Flora Borealis’ products accessible to people in more communities. “We’re able to do deliveries to Port Hardy, Port Alice, Alert Bay, Sointula, and even Winter Harbour. We’ve changed our hours and are now open 9:30AM - 5:30PM Tuesday through Saturday. The emphasis on the North Island doesn’t mean that Tracy has lost focus on the storefront in Port McNeill. “We’re hoping to have a little garden center attached to the business for the spring months,” says Tracy. 

“This wouldn’t have been possible without Community Futures. They helped me right from when I walked in and had a conversation with the staff, who were very positive and encouraging,” says Tracy. 

Malcolm Island Growers Ltd.

Andrew Cole

I love wasabi.  We grow wasabi on Malcolm Island in British Columbia.  The reason why we are doing it here is that it is the best climate for it.  It is really cool in the summer and not so cold in the winter compared to other places.

The funding for the second half of the project is from Community Futures.  We found them to be the best people to deal with in this area because they understand what people need to do here on the north island.  They were really easy to deal with, the results are in the greenhouse. The other thing is that we have support from the community and from the people that lent us the money to do this project.  Helping with marketing as well as making sure that it is going to be a success.

Another really good thing about this is that it does provide employment for people on the island, with the construction part of it and also when we plant and when we harvest.  We are moving into all sorts of different things, selling different parts of the plant so there will be more employment coming.  We pick it one day, we package it, we ship it out by air and then it is trucked to restaurants all over the country. Including Toronto, back east, down the western seaboard, and to Chicago and New York. 

I think that moving forward we want to expand again, they will be our partners in the future. 

Andrew Cole, Owner/Operator, Malcolm Island Growers

I love wasabi.  We grow wasabi on Malcolm Island in British Columbia.  The reason why we are doing it here is that it is the best climate for it.  It is really cool in the summer and not so cold in the winter compared to other places. 

The funding for the second half of the project is from Community Futures.  We found them to be the best people to deal with in this area because they understand what people need to do here on the north island.  They were really easy to deal with, the results are in the greenhouse. The other thing is that we have support from the community and from the people that lent us the money to do this project; helping with marketing as well as making sure that it is going to be a success.

Another really good thing about this is that it does provide employment for people on the island, with the construction part of it and also when we plant and when we harvest.  We are moving into all sorts of different things, selling different parts of the plant so there will be more employment coming.  We pick it one day, we package it, we ship it out by air and then it is trucked to restaurants all over the country. Including Toronto, back east, down the western seaboard, and to Chicago and New York. 

I think that moving forward we want to expand again, they will be our partners in the future. 

Andrew Cole, Owner/Operator, Malcolm Island Growers

 

 

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Alert Bay, Bella Bella, Coal Harbour, Echo Bay, Holberg, Kingcome Inlet, Klemtu, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Quatsino, Rivers Inlet, Shearwater, Sointula, Telegraph Cove, Winter Harbour, Woss, Zeballos

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Community Futures Mount Waddington
14 - 311 Hemlock Street
Box 458
Port McNeill, BC
V0N 2R0

T: 250.956.2220
T: 877.956.2220
F: 250.956.2221