Archive | June, 2011

Jim Hurtado – 2011 Road Rescue Volunteer of the Year!

1 Jun

Jim Hurtado has been a volunteer with the Vanderhoof Volunteer Extrication Association (VVEA) since its inception in 1978.

He has played an integral role in the VVEA as a volunteer, donating hundreds of hours to support training and fundraising to ensure the association’s viability and substantial growth under his leadership.

The costs of purchasing and maintaining equipment are substantial, but Jim has secured funding to replace the road rescue truck three times, most recently in September 2010.

Jim possesses a great deal of compassion for his fellow volunteers. No matter what the call was, Jim was there to greet the team that had ventured out – invariably on bad roads, at any time of the day or night. He was also ever-present to meet the team after they returned to the fire hall following calls, knowing that moral support was a vital part of ensuring volunteer responders were okay.

Jim recently retired from the VVEA, so it is only fitting to recognize his 31 years of dedicated volunteer service. Jim Hurtado is the 2011 Road Rescue Volunteer of the Year.


Burrard Market Square’s Big Impact

1 Jun

Today, it was announced that Burrard Market Square in Vanderhoof, BC has been recognized in the Employment Category of the Scotiabank and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Small Business Big Impact Challenge. “Congratulations to the owners of Burrard Market Square, Nechako Markets Development Society, for winning in the Employment Category of the Challenge,” said David Wilton, Director, Small Business, Scotiabank. “Burrard Market Square is really many small businesses within a small business, bringing together a multitude of employees, products, and customers under one innovative roof. This business beat out more than 100 entries in the Employment Category because of their creative approach to driving employment for small business owners and entrepreneurs to Vanderhoof.” Burrard Market Square is a year-round retail venue that houses a variety of products from more than 15 local vendors and entrepreneurs in Vanderhoof, BC. Customers can purchase anything from antiques, clothing, and jewelry to chocolates, candles and horse riding tack apparel. Burrard Market Square is a company which encourages customers to support local businesses by buying locally.