Business notes: North Cowichan’s CAO recognized for long service


North Cowichan CAO Ted Swabey has received a long-term service recognition award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.

The award from CAMA, which is a network of professionals employed in senior-management positions in Canadian municipalities, recognizes and celebrates CAMA members’ dedication to public service and municipal management.

The awards are based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment members have had in municipal government in a management capacity.

Swabey, who was hired as North Cowichan’s CAO in 2017, has spent more than 35 years working in a variety of senior roles in municipal governments, including 26 years with the City of Nanaimo where he served as that city’s CAO and general manager of planning and development services.

North Cowichan Mayor Rob Douglas thanked Swabey for his years of service to the municipality at the council meeting on April 3.

“On behalf of council, I want to say that it’s a pleasure to work with you and we want to recognize you for this important achievement,” he said.


The Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area is planning for an eco-friendly extravaganza with the Downtown Duncan Earth Day event that will be held on April 20.

Earth Day is an annual event that is held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Charles Hoey Park, this year’s festivities, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., centre around sustainable fashion choices.

Following the success of last year’s Clothing Swap Tent, it’s making a triumphant return, sponsored by Goldstone Boutique.

People can also explore the Eco-Fair, sponsored by PlentiFILL, where 15 vendors will showcase their eco-friendly services and products; and the Sustainability Showcase stage will be another focal point of the event, where businesses and organizations will demonstrate and discuss their green products and initiatives.

Adding to the vibrant atmosphere, the event will feature a Busker’s Station, generously sponsored by Wishes and managed by Jim Scales, in which local musicians and performers will provide live entertainment, infusing the air with melodies and rhythms that celebrate the spirit of Earth Day.


In other DDBIA news, the association has announced that nominations for the annual DDBIA Business Awards are now open.

These awards are the association’s way of recognizing the outstanding contributions of its downtown Duncan retailers, professional service businesses, and not-for-profit organizations, and to celebrate their hard work, dedication, and innovation.

This year, there are two prestigious awards up for grabs; the Excellence and Innovation Award and the Best New Business (or Organization) Award.

To be eligible for the Excellence and Innovation Award, your business or organization must have been actively operating in the DDBIA since May 1, 2022.

For the Best New Business Award, eligibility requires active operation in the DDBIA after May 1, 2022.

The nomination forms for both awards can be found on the DDBIA’s website.

All nominees must attend the association’s Annual General Meeting, scheduled for May 13.

“We encourage you to seize this opportunity to showcase your achievements and the contributions of your team,” the DDBIA said.

“If you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for being an integral part of our vibrant downtown community. We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating your successes together.”


In yet more DDBIA news, the business association will be hosting a social gathering for members at Cowichan Independent Living Resource Centre on April 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at its location at 531 Canada Ave.

This event is more than just a chance to enjoy refreshments and good company, it’s an opportunity to shine a light on the remarkable work Cowichan Independent Living is doing for the community.

“We invite you to strengthen bonds, share insights, and brainstorm how we can collectively cultivate a more inclusive and thriving local economy,” the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce said on its website endorsing the event.

“Chamber members, this is a special invitation for you as we unite in our commitment to support local. No RSVP needed; just bring your passion for community and local business. Let’s make this gathering a meaningful step toward a brighter, more connected Duncan.”


Calling all adventurers!

Excitement, adventure, and unforgettable memories await you at this year’s Amazing Race Cowichan, brought to you on June 24 by the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Malahat SkyWalk.

It’s not just a race; it’s a journey through the beautiful landscapes of south Cowichan this year, filled with fun challenges that bring teams closer together.

A fundraiser for the chamber, the Amazing Race involves teams making various stops after figuring out their next move based on clues.

“Gather your squad of four and sign up for an epic adventure for only $250 plus GST,” the chamber said.

“Not only will you compete for awesome prizes, but you’ll also enjoy exclusive team T-shirts and a celebratory BBQ bash. It’s the perfect mix of competition and celebration.”

Contact the chamber at [email protected] to sign up a team or become a sponsor.


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