This year support local – and win! – with LIFT VIPs and #BCBuyLocal

LIFT members (aka LIFT VIPs) help you win in at least three ways.

  1. LIFT VIPs have access to free tickets to our workshops and even our special events. How to get free tickets:
    • Find someone you know in the list below and ask if they can get you a free ticket.
    • Then, offer to do a shared selfie with them, because…
  2. Your social media posts help grow local businesses – and help you win prizes! It’s an easy way for you to get in the habit of supporting local businesses on Vancouver Island via your social media. How to win:
    • Post some shared selfies to Instagram with the LIFT VIPs on this list.
    • Remember to include the #BCBuyLocal tag in your posts – that’s it, you’re in to win prizes!
  3. When you support local businesses you put money back into the local economy, creating jobs and prosperity. Win win win when you #BCBuyLocal 😊

Thanks to Atlas Café, Bosley’s (Courtenay), BodyNetix, Coastal CoworkingDerm Essentials Medi SpaLaughing Oyster Books, Lupine Art Studio, Panther WorkwearThe Waverley Hotel, Sure Copy Courtenay, My Tech Guys, [add your business herefor fuelling our “lift local” social media promotions!

Participating businesses (aka LIFT VIPs)

(We call them LIFT VIPs because our members are Very Important People to us at LIFT, and to our communities!)

Adil Amlani, Sure Copy Courtenay Solution Sponsor
Leif Jason, Mastermynde Strategy Solution Sponsor
Nazaneen Dizai, 50th Parallel PR Solution Sponsor
Sue Finneron, Finneron Hyundai Solution Sponsor
Allison Mandzuk & Lee-Ann Dixon-Phillips, 98.9 The GOAT Solution Sponsor
Jabin Postal, Jabin Postal Films Solution Sponsor
Ann ScottPresley & Partners, Solution Sponsor
Bob Wells, My Tech Guys Community Partner
Danny Zanbilowicz, Island Word Community Partner
Karen McKinnon, McKinnon Photography Community Partner
Paul Hansen and Daniel Kooman, The Creator Space, Community Partner
Don McClellan, The Waverley Hotel, Community Partner
Jason Heflin, Investors Group, Community Partner
Lise Gyorkos and Kerry Slavens, Douglas Magazine, Community Partner
Shane Philip, Island Soul Films Community Partner

  • Dan and Nadine / Stock Blinds
  • Ellie Karas / EllieKaras.com
  • Ashley Sykes / Ashley Sykes Music
  • Rob Parker / ACME Marketing
  • Sean Elliott / TapBikes
  • Dr. Patrick Johnson / Ocean Chiropractic
  • Jackie Sarginson / Jackie Sarginson
  • Corey Hobbis / Secret Windows Images
  • Christina Hillan / The Sprightly Portal
  • Angie Barnard / The Network Hub
  • Spencer Marshall / Marshall Small Haul & Property Services
  • Trina McNeice / Hornby Island Soap
  • Ryks Davies / Ryks Davies Music
  • Leanne Zdebiak-Eni / Studio IPF
  • Erik Aase / Erik Aase Real Estate
  • Melissa Stiglitz / Investors Group
  • Mike Slota / Slota Marketing
  • Linda Doerksen / Doerksen Bookkeeping
  • Saltwater Waldorf School
  • Chef Kevin Frisch / Toscano’s
  • Stacey Wright / Broken Fish Studio
  • Steve Blacklock / Jackson & Associates
  • Emerson Smith / Immediate Weld Service (YBL-YQQ)
  • Aaron Bellmore / FreshCoast Investments
  • Alena Pochailo / Fifth Element Massage
  • Ali Roddam / Bella Photography
  • Allyson Hamilton
  • Amie & Jeff / Motif Music Studio
  • Amy Criss / West of Cedar
  • Amy Englemark Coaching
  • Andrea Fuller / The Wet Coast Shop
  • Aysha Nuttal, Inner Strength Acupuncture And Health
  • Brenda Flannery / SendOutCards
  • Brittany King
  • Brooke Ferguson / Wags Doggy Bags
  • Caila Vorster / Project Watershed
  • Campbell Dick / Consultant (YBL)
  • Carl Sidl / Sidl Masonry Heating
  • Carmen Wakeling / Eatmore Sprouts
  • Chantelle Mailer / Courtenay Appliances
  • Chantal Stefan / EDAS: Everybody Deserves A Smile
  • Chelan Schwindt / Derm Essentials
  • Coleen Anderson / Relay Rentals
  • Danielle Farrant / Bluebird Essentials
  • Danika McDowell / Danika Sea Design
  • David Frisch
  • David Stapley / DS Consulting
  • Denise Ropp / DR Health Solutions
  • Dyan Spink / Royston Coffee School
  • Erin Postle
  • Esther Sample / Artist
  • Evelyn Gillespie / Laughing Oyster Books
  • Fabien Gendron / Duncan & Company CPAs
  • Garry Bow / Coast Capital Savings
  • Gaynor Bereza / Pitch Assist
  • Grant Powers / BMO Financial
  • Greg Chadwick / Investors Group
  • Heather MacKenzie / Pure Results Marketing
  • Ian McKenzie / STRIDR
  • Ivan Loubier / Ivan’s Truffles
  • Jace Pierson / Sunlife Financial
  • James Flawith / Lil Worker Safety Gear
  • Jani Martinius / Panther Workwear
  • Jeff Baker / Positive Futures
  • Jen Burt / Island Art Therapy & Psychotherapy
  • Jennifer Walsh / RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
  • Jess & Derek Kaufman / Lupine Art Studio
  • Jessi Morris / J Morris Athletic Therapy
  • Jessica Dorzinsky / Fully Alive
  • Jodi Einarson / Cause and Effect Coaching
  • Joyce McMenamon / Speedibin Composters
  • Julian Rendell / Make it Zone
  • Kelly Maguire / KCKB Arts
  • Kevin Wilson / JiffyLube
  • Kory Wagstaff / Prime Chophouse
  • Kyrle Symon / Prisym Renewable Developments
  • Lauren Dean / New Leaf Marketing
  • Lesley Gibson / Vancouver Island Community Connections
  • Lindsay Charles / Prüvit
  • Lisa Joan Gooding / Isla Life Designs
  • Liz Wootton / Human Nature Development
  • Lyle Carlstrom / Old House Law Professionals
  • Luciano Rollin / Aero Art Screen Printing
  • Mallory McGowan / Coastal Coworking
  • Marg McKenzie / HiTec Brazen
  • Marty Douglas / RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty
  • Mary Crowley Coaching
  • Mary Veronneau / Mary’s
  • Maureen Olsen / Maureen Adele Design
  • Max & Aaron / The White Whale
  • Meaghan Cursons
  • Mel Karlick Design (YCD)
  • Michael Holding / DJ em.ash
  • Michele Vanderwoude / Comox Valley Arts
  • Monica Parkin / Invis Mortgages
  • Nancy Farey / The Mustard Lady
  • Natalee Rhodes / Generations Laser
  • Nick Ward / The Update Company
  • Pat McKenna / Habitat North Island (YQQ-YBL)
  • Pieter Vorster / TideChange.ca
  • Rahel Mashruky / Rahel’s Food
  • Rob Kelly / Modern Rocket Media
  • Ron Campbell / Island Coffee Roasters
  • Ross Bodenmann / RossArt.co
  • Ryan Hughes / Hughes Timbercraft
  • Sandra Viney / Atlas Cafe
  • Shawn & Jane / Happy Island Diaper Service (YCD-YQQ)
  • Shantina Rae Photography (YBL)
  • Shelley Nickerson Real Estate
  • Shellie Yates Smyrichinsky / UB Diving
  • Sonya Jenssen / Viking Suns
  • Spencer Marshall / Marshall Services
  • Step & Robin / Lucky Village Enterprises
  • Steve Stewart / Edible Island
  • Steve Terris / Pure Audio Centre
  • Tim Ennis / Comox Valley Land Trust
  • Tracy Freeman / Skinny Dip Fitness
  • Tracy Kobus / Artist
  • Vanessa Raven-Vipond / Sea Salt Design
  • Vivian Vaillant / CV Youth at Boys & Girls Club
  • Wendy Nixon Stothert / Choral Valley Retreats, Workshops, and Festivals
  • Yiyang Lu / Bosley’s by Pet Valu

YQQ = Comox Valley = #WeAreYQQ
YBL = Campbell River = #WeAreYBL
YCD = Nanaimo = #WeAreYCD


Together, we are #WeAreVanIsl