Family Business Association (FBA)

Newsletter May/June 2019

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In this issue:

  • Upcoming FBA Event- Let's Play Ball
  • New Season Line-up
  • Get the Details - Gain Skills, Learn More
  • 2018/19 Sponsors
  • 2019/20 New Season Keynote Event Sponsors
  • 2019/20 New Season Sustaining Sponsors
  • FBA Members Practicing Work/Life Balance
  • Thank You Family Business Stories Team
  • 2018/19 Event Highlights & Resources
  • Welcome New Member
  • Member News
  • Meet Some of our Members
  • Become a Member
  • Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team Retreat
  • Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team
  • FBA Board of Directors
  • FBA Mission & Vision
  • Join us on LinkedIn


FBA Member Benefits & Fees

FBA Non-Solicitation Policy

Coming Up

HarbourCats Ballgame - Year-end Social

6:35pm, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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50 free tickets available , email to confirm your ticket(s);, or call: 250-532-2402

Enjoy refreshments and snacks on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus.

Complements of your host, Wilson's Group of Companies

FBA Family Member & GOLD Sponsor.

See event flier: LET'S PLAY BALL

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New Season Line-Up

All events are catered - enjoy the food, company & topic!

Watch for news on registrations.

Get the Details - Gain Skills, Learn More

FBA is excited about offering you presentations on topics of interest along the way. We'll add new, small, information sessions during the year if there is interest.

Please make your suggestions.

Right now, we have three ideas:

  • LinkedIn - how it works, will it work for you?

  • Cyber Security - what you need to know to protect yourself and your business?

  • Environmental Navigation - what property owners, some leasers and individuals looking to invest in commercial properties need to know.

Are you interested in any of these topics? If so, let us know and when we have enough interest, we'll get you together, email:

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Welcome 2019/20 New Season Sponsors

Special THANK YOU to the many valued sponsors who committed over 40K in cash and in-kind support for our 2019/20 season starting September 1, 2019.

Tom Dean's Keynote Event Sponsors

Sustaining Program Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge our generous media in-kind sponsors:

Black Press & Business Examiner.





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FBA Members Practicing Work/Life Balance

Work/Life fit is such an important concept for the family business owner. Kathy and Murray Tough, Serenity Home Care, are taking care of this with an epic trip that starts on May 12th.

This trip was started by Murray’s desire to celebrate his 50 years in Canada, as he immigrated here in Feb 1969 (to Alberta in the middle of winter!).

Murray decided he wanted to cycle across Canada but did not want to rough it so he and Kathy bought an RV and while Murray cycles his way across the country , Kathy plans to check out as many golf courses as she can.

You can follow their progress on their website

Have a great trip!

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Thank You Family Business Stories Team

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Thanks to our Facilitator and Panelists for an informative and entertaining March 14th event.

Back of photo: Wendy Dagg, Hot Douse Marketing (Event Facilitator); L to R Event Panelists: Andy Spurling, Proline Management; John Wilson, Wilson's Group of Companies and

Bruce Mullen, JUSU

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Miss an event that was important to you? We add resources from past events. Just go to our website and select EVENTS.

Welcome New Member

Discovery Coffee, Family Member, John Riopka Principle

Member News

Sean and Robin Bacon, Dynamic Shift Consulting, were officially named as a Mental Performance Coach for the Canadian Men's Soccer Team for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Our organization has been providing a community of support to family businesses on Vancouver Island since 1999. We help families in business succeed through shared experience, education and resources. FBAVI is where Vancouver Island business families go to connect, grow and learn for sustainable success across generations.

Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team Retreat

by Jennifer Wilson, Canada Homestay Network

Every year, our FBA Team escapes to a secluded location for a weekend of team building, learning, and fun. This year, we stayed at the charmingly rustic Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew. We all arrived in time for dinner at the pub, followed by an evening of music at the Lodge.

Our original plan involved a day of fishing on Saturday. The forecast called for high winds, which swiftly divided our normally steadfast group into two camps: the I’ll-brave-anything-for-a-story folks, and the I’d-rather-not-overdose-on-Gravol types. To our relief, the guides cancelled the trip on Saturday morning.

As resourceful as ever, we came up with a Plan B. We had a beautiful hike to Botanical beach, a beach fire (thanks, Andy!), and enjoyed all the joys of spring on the coast: rain, wind, sun, and hail. We spent a restful afternoon napping and hot tubbing, and topped off the day with a spontaneous facilitated session on the Kolbe assessment by our very own trained facilitator, Jennifer Wilson. Kolbe is a validated instrument that measure one’s striving instincts, and helps people understand how they naturally approach problem solving. We each took the assessment and then discussed our results individually and how we function as a group. Everyone came away with new insights about themselves and each other! To learn more, visit

We all agreed that we couldn’t have planned a better weekend, and it just goes to show that sometimes the best outcomes arise from the unexpected!

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Staying dry & keeping warm.

L to R: Ron Rosvold; Trevor McCall; Oliver Drew; Suzanne Bradbury;

Stewart Story; Shelagh Rinald; Andy Spurling;

Not shown: Jennifer Wilson & Becky Murray

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Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team

The teams serve as your own mini board of directors, supporting you in your challenges and opportunities as a family business. Members leverage the perspectives of other family businesses, industries and generations.

We encourage all family business member to join an FBA Team. This is their unique opportunity to learn from each other, to work on their family business is a special way and to have the security of confidential discussions in a trusting and inviting environment. Many members of family businesses feel alone and these groups end the isolation because those in the group understand that operating a family business brings its unique challenges.

The experiences from those who have been there on topics like working with the family, managing the business and succession are among the areas discussed.


Call 250-532-2402 or email for more information.

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Family Business Association (FBA) Vancouver Island

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Our Mission

To promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island business families by providing education and support through

community and shared experience.

Our Vision

We are an engaged and supportive community of vibrant Vancouver Island business families and advisors who connect, share ideas and learn from each others’

unique experiences.

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Newsletter produced by Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director.

We welcome your comments and ideas for newsletter articles.

Contact us:

T. 250-532-2402