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Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

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“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” JAC K I E R O B I N S O N

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CONNECTING ABBOTSFORD’S BUSINESS LEADERS TO OUR COMMUNITY Honouring our Top 100 most influential people, as voted by the Abbotsford community

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Our unprecedented growth has allowed us to have convenient locations in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack and Maple Ridge. This year, we introduced our newest division of Jag’s MJM Furniture Showcase, Buy-Rite Furniture & Mattresses, located on Montrose Avenue in Abbotsford.

What is the most important rule you follow when it comes to customer service?

Understanding the importance of choosing the right furniture for every room in your home allows us to give our customers complete satisfaction. Our knowlegeable sales staff as well as our delivery staff, pride themselves in offering the kind of friendly, efficient service that brings our customers back time and time again. We stay focused on creating an outstanding shopping experience and hear our valued customers say “Nobody works harder than Jag’s MJM Furniture Showcase to make certain of our total satisfaction.”

How do you feel your business has influenced Abbotsford in the past, present or future?

Our business was built on making sure we offered a wonderful shopping experience to everyone visiting any of our stores, and continues to be our goal. We stay on top of the latest trends and styles. Attending major furniture shows in North America and working with various representatives ensures we continue to stay on top of product knowledge. All of our beautiful showrooms feature a large selection of Canadian made upholstery and bedroom collections which can be fully customized to your liking.

Do you have a mission statement?

There’s a difference with Jag’s MJM. Post-Sale commitment.

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JAG JASWAL President

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PriceSmart foods is a leader in giving back to our community. Abbotsford benefits from their dedication in supporting many local charities. Community support is a top priority and food drives are one of t he key are a s PriceSmar t foods champions.

How has your business changed or adapted in recent years? We adapt to meet our customers everchanging needs and shopping habits. We have expanded our ethnic foods and products with three aisles to offer a multicultural selection to conveniently serve our diversified Abbotsford community. In addition, we have a unique “Dollar Shop” with four complete aisles of terrific buys. We are proud to have been the recipient of the Abbotsford Community Services “Outreach” Award for 2013. We continue to be corporately responsible and offer sustainable seafood, and are industry leading with our Green initiative and commitment to choose local. Everythng we do has a focus on the community we are honoured to be part of.

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Unger Appliances & Furniture was started in 1966 by Eldon and John Unger in Chilliwack BC. The Abbotsford store is still in its original location on South Fraser Way. Jim Watkins started with the company in 1969 and purchased the business in April of 1973. Now in our 47th year Unger’s still offers the same friendly service that our now 3rd generation customers can enjoy. We stock mostly local and Canadian manufacturers with a lot of our furniture custom-built to suit our client’s needs. We still offer free local delivery on our large selection of home furnishings and major appliances. If you are in the market for new furniture or need to replace that old washer, dryer be sure to stop in and talk with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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We Serve to Sell Again At PriceSmart foods we believe in keeping it fresh and local.

FREE LOCAL DELIVERY

CHOOSE FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF FARM FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE AND PRODUCTS, AVAILABLE EVERY DAY! Need some guidance and direction reading nutrition labels? Sign up for an in-store tour with a Certified Dietitian. Our friendly staff are here to help you keep your family’s nutritional needs met.

2 FLOORS OF GREAT STYLE & SELECTION

Now Celebrating our 47th year! We have a great selection of bedroom suites, dinettes, reclining and stationary sofas and love seats. Power lift recliners and occasional chairs which are available in a large selection of fabrics. We carry Whirlpool and Danby home appliances.

300 - 32700 S. Fraser Way, Abbotsford 604.854.5318 • pricesmartfoods.com OFG: Proudly local for nearly a century.

32661 South Fraser Way Abbotsford, BC

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“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” J O H N F. K E N N E DY

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At 360 Car & Marine Audio we give top priority to understanding our customer’s needs. Stop by and view our extensive line of in-dash GPS Navigation, DVD audio/ video receivers, CD receivers, amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers that take you well beyond the traditional car stereo.

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When you know your product lines inside and out, you can educate customers on making the best buying decision. If you misinform your customers and don’t recognize their needs, it leads to a bad buying experience. From mild to wild, we carry the largest selection of high-performance car and marine audio. If you can dream it, we can build it.

What is the most important rule you follow when it comes to customer service?

Put yourself in the customer’s shoes and give them the buying experience you would expect. Excellent customer service and product knowledge allows your customer to make a good buying decision. At 360 Car & Marine Audio, we proudly guarantee 100% satisfaction on all products and services.

Describe the way(s) your business has given back to the Abbotsford community.

Our staff donates their time to many great causes. 360 is a major sponsor of the Abbotsford Christian Knights high school drag racing team, and we have customized a one-of-a-kind public service vehicle for the Fraser Valley Regional Library. From May to September we’ll be holding our successful Hot Valley Nights Cruise In and helping to raise donations for the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

What does the future hold for your business?

The sky is the limit! We have a fantastic, award-winning team and we are always working on something to change up the game. We have some really crazy projects on the go and are working on some ideas that will really blow people away.

How has your business utilized social media to engage customers?

Social media is a great way to reach out to people at virtually no cost. Our facebook page is regularly updated and hugely popular with car enthusiasts.

www.360fabrication.com

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JP DESCHENES

Executive Sales Manager

360 Car & Marine Audio Specializing in making

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md cosmetic & laser clinic offers a wide array of the most advanced and effective skin treatments available today including Botox Cosmetic and Therapeutic, injectable fillers such as Juvederm, laser hair removal, laser skin treatments, photodynamic therapy, HydraFacial MD, fractional skin resurfacing, non-surgical body contouring,skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.

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As a leader and pioneer in the cosmetic industry, md cosmetic provides safe and effective cosmetic rejuvenation treatments addressing various cosmetic concerns. Dr. Alibhai is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the field of aesthetic medicine and frequently appears in the media as an expert in aesthetic medicine. The clinic is a national physician training centre and over 1,000 doctors have been trained by Dr. Alibhai at md cosmetic.

How has your business changed or adapted in recent years? Being the first of a new generation of cosmetic rejuvenation centres, we have always ensured that our staff are well-trained and equipped with advanced techniques and technologies. In turn, we inspire trust and confidence in our patients.

Describe the way(s) your business has given back to the Abbotsford community: md cosmetic is a proud supporter of the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley, Salvation Army Toy Drive and various fundraising events throughout the Fraser Valley.

What is your mission statement?

md cosmetic strives to deliver safe and effective cosmetic rejuvenation treatments, administered by medical clinicians supervised by an experienced physician. We aim to provide outstanding customer service and strive to offer our patients a valued experience that exceeds their expectations.

What does the future hold for your business?

md cosmetic will continually strive to be a globally recognized leader in the field of cosmetic medicine. We will continue to provide the most advanced and effective cosmetic rejuvenation treatments.

DR. HANEEF ALIBHAI

www.mdcosmetic.ca

BSc, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP

FREEZE TIME REVERSE AGING™ Through Thermal Magnetic Rejuvenation

NOW OFFERING THE VENUS FREEZE FOR • Non-surgical body contouring • Skin tightening • Cellulite reduction • Wrinkle reduction

FOR THE FACE, NECK & BODY

107 - 2051 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford 604.557.7777 www.mdcosmetic.ca

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• Dermal Fillers

• Acne Treatments

• Lip Enhancement

• Rosacea Treatments

• Botox for Headaches • Laser Hair Removal • Botox for Sweating • Photofacial Rejuvenation • Pigment Removal

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The Wild Orange spa is a warm and inviting, yet contemporary day spa for men and women. Desired amenities such as private men’s and women’s lounges, eucalyptus steam rooms and refreshments will enhance your spa experience.

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The Wild Orange spa features over 6000 square feet of tranquil relaxation. We are the only spa in the lower mainland that has private men’s and women’s lounges, rain showers and steam rooms. Each of our guests are offered a warm waffle spa robe, sandals, and provided with a private locker for their belongings.

What is the most important rule you follow when it comes to customer service?

Our business is all about customer service from the moment a guest calls to schedule their treatment to when they leave. Every detail must be considered to ensure each visit is consistent and professional and that our guests leave feeling wonderful.

How has your business utilized social media to engage customers?

Facebook has been a very influential and fun way to engage and interact with our ‘fans’. We designed a contest when the spa’s facebook page first went live and within a few short weeks our fan base grew to over 2,000 people. When social media is used responsibly and respectfully it can be a very powerful and effective tool to create growth in a new or existing business. It has been a great way to stay in touch with our customers keeping them updated on spa news, treatments and product launches.

What do you attribute your business’ success to?

The spa has been in business over 9 years and, without a doubt, our amazing and dedicated staff are a huge component of this success. Most of our team has been with us since we opened in 2004. They really enjoy what they do and it shows. We’ve created a spa family and it makes coming to work a lot of fun for everyone.

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Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

F E AT U R I N G A B B OT S F O R D ’ S

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A L L A N ASA P H Executive Director, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce JA N E T B A R R I E Hub Financial KEN BAERG Ecomonic Development, City of Abbotsford, Run for Water

ANDREW FRANKLIN Publisher, The Abbotsford News

PAT R I C K G I E S B R E C H T Past President, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this year, Mark was an integral part of the bid that won Abbotsford the 2016 BC Summer Games.

MOE GILL City Councillor

Other major projects under Mark’s leadership include renovation of Centennial Pool, improvements to the city’s trails system and expansion of the Discovery Trail; and the three Plan A projects.

KEVIN GODDEN Superintendent of Schools, SD #34 JAC K G O E S O N GM, Abbotsford Pilots

H E N RY B R AU N City Councillor

SUZANNE GREENING Executive Director, The Reach Gallery

PA M E L A B R E N N E R GM, Agrifair

M A N P R E E T G R E WA L Manager, Immigrant Services, Abbotsford Community Services

K E L LY C H A H A L Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association

Mark provided passionate and dynamic leadership in his role, managing a team of 300, and was always quick with a smile and hello for everyone. For 12 years Mark spearheaded projects and events that included Abbosford hosting the 2004 BC Summer Games and 2006 BC Senior Games.

KEN FUNK Businessman

DR. BRUCE BANMAN Mayor of Abbotsford

JAS O N B LU M E N F E L D GM, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre

Abbotsford lost one of its most influential in March, with the tragic passing of Abbotsford Parks & Recreation Manager, Mark Taylor.

A I R D F L AV E L L E MSA Computers

SIMON GIBSON City Councillor

CHIEF DON BEER Abbotsford Fire Department

M A R K TAY L O R , In memoriam

J OA N N E F I E L D Executive Director, ARJAA

SAT W I N D E R B A I N S Director, Indo Canadian Studies UFV

LES BARKMAN City Councillor

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S O P H I E S C H M I DT At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sophie Schmidt and team set out to defeat France in the Bronze medal game.

G A I L G R O M AS K I Executive Director, Abbotsford Arts Council

GERRI CHARLES Champagne & Lace PAT C H R I ST I E Abbotsford Community Services D I A N N E CO M M O N Professor, University of the Fraser Valley

What ensued was an absurdly dramatic 1-0 victory, and Schmidt had a hand in Diana Matheson’s game-winning goal in injury time. It marked the completion of an emotional roller-coaster ride for the Canadian squad, coming as it did in the wake of a devastating 4-3 loss to the United States in the semi-finals .

MUSLEH HAKKI Abby Fest MADELEINE HARDIN Associate Dean of Faculty, University of the Fraser Valley

DON CURTIS Sales Manager, Magnuson Ford

YVO N N E H AY D E N Manager Visitor Services, Tourism Abbotsford

Since becoming an Olympic medalist, Schmidt has committed herself to as many public appearances as possible, including a special visit to her middle school “Colleen and Gordie Howe”.

TA N YA C U R T I S Director of Marketing, Highstreet

G O R D H O L LOWAY KPMG

HONOURABLE MIKE DE JONG Minister of Finance, MLA - Abbotsford West

“With skill, desire, commitment, and a little luck, you can achieve your dream,” she said.

DAV E H O L M B E R G Community Supporter

D I A N E D E LV E S President and CEO, Quantum Properties JA N N A D I E L E M A N Community Relations Coordinator, Abbotsford Community Services T R AC E Y D U E C K Owner, Traceycakes Bakery Cafe JA M E S L E P P Abbotsford golfer, founder of Kikkor Golf HUGH ELLIS AVP & Branch Manager, Canadian Western Bank

B A L B I R KA M B O Royal Bank of Canada

BOB RICH

A DA M H A DW I N Abbotsford professional golfer, Web.com Tour regular

Chief Constable Bob Rich has taken Abbotsford from the “Murder Capital of Canada” to a city we can all be proud to live in. Bob believes strongly in our community, and says, “APD is responsible for making Abbotsford safe. Each year we look at what needs to be fixed to make the community better. We then set measurable goals to deal with each issue. We have made some progress in the last few years to make Abbotsford safer. We call that a good start! We have more to do.”

C H R I ST I N E L A N E Director of Sales & Marketing, Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre F R E D DY L AT H A M Artistic Director, Abbotsford Children’s Theatre BRIAN LEE Lee’s Fine Jewellery

PAU L E S P O S I TO Esposito Group

DAV E LO E W E N City Councillor

DR. MARK EVERED President, University of the Fraser Valley

DEB LEHMANN Executive Director, Abbotsford Hospice

E D FAST Member of Parliament for Abbotsford

ROB LEPP Lepp Farm Market

ENTER TO WIN! IN-STORE GIFT CERTIFICATES

Last Christmas, Bob and the APD received national attention for targeting criminals in Abbotsford with a “Christmas card” urging them to think twice about doing the wrong thing, ever again.

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Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

I S T W H O T H E Y F E LT E O P L E I N O U R C I T Y. . .

Whether it be politicians, coaches, business professionals, teachers or just someone you felt makes a difference, we wanted to know their names. The readers have spoken. The following is a list of Abbotsford’s top 100 most influential people as chosen by you. The list is in no particular order.

D I A N E D E LV E S Pioneer Square, located on the corner of Gladys and Essendene, is one of Abbotsford’s most unique developments, and is the latest in a string of successful developments being built right now by Diane and her team at Quantum Properties. Construction is nearly complete on the 20,000 sq. ft., 3-storey commercial facility. Diane’s comprehensive real estate market knowledge and extensive industry experience guide the direction of Quantum Properties’ projects. Diane has also contributed many volunteer hours within the Appraisal Institute of Canada as both Chairperson of the F.V. Chapter and as a member of various association committees. Diane believes in spreading a positive message to the City of Abbotsford via Twitter and posts good news on a daily basis!

E D FA S T The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. He had previously served for two terms as an Abbotsford School Trustee and three terms as a member of Abbotsford City Council. Ed’s role as Abbotsford’s MP is still a top priority, despite his international travel schedule. His office deals with local issues, including immigration, visas and pension concerns. “One of the things I think Abbotsford residents probably should remember is that the work I do for Canada directly benefits Abbotsford, Fast said.” He thinks his constituents, for the most part, seem content with the work he is doing.

City of Abbotsford Manager George Murray has become deeply entrenched in operations since starting his position earlier this year. Murray intends to provide leadership to each department and let them do their designated work. He said he is one part of a team that relies on the exchange of information and expertise between employees. “You can look from the outside of an organization and think you understand how decisions were made . . . but you truly don’t understand until you get inside.” I’m an accountant, but I’d like to think I am going to spend just as much time working on systems, processes, governance and culture,” he said.

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S O P H I E S C H M I DT Olympic Medalist

D E P U T Y C H I E F R I C K LU CY Abbotsford Police Department

W E N DY S C H U LTZ General Manager, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre

S U SA N M C A L E VY Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Foundation

L AU R I E S H O P L A N D Director of Development, Canuck Place

DEANNA MCINTYRE Fundraising, Event and Volunteer Coordinator, MS Society B I L L M ACG R E G O R City Councillor V I JAY M A N U E L Vice Principal, W.J. Mouat Secondary School B A R RY M A R S D E N Founder & Chairman, Cascade Aerospace KA R E N M AT T Y Developer/ Matsqui Land Corporation DAV I D S H E AC H Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters DAV E M U R R AY Manager, Abbotsford Food Bank KO R KY N E U F E L D School District #34 Trustee W E N DY N E U F E L D The Co-operators Insurance S GT M I K E N OVA KOWS K I Abbotsford Police Department BEV OLFERT Executive Director, Abbotsford Youth Commission STA N P E T E R S E N School District #34 Trustee G E O R G E M U R R AY Manager, City of Abbotsford D R . DA R RY L P L E C AS UFV Criminology/Criminal Justice RON PRICE Former President, Abbotsford International Air Show

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PREET RAI School District #34 Trustee A N G E LO R E A General Manager, Dignity Funeral Home of Fraser Valley CHIEF BOB RICH Abbotsford Police Department PAT R I C I A R O SS City Councillor LO R R I SAWATS KY Executive Director, Hunger Response International R O D SA N T I AG O Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Services C I N DY S C H A F E R School District #34 Trustee

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A N DY S I D H U Publisher, Punjabi Patrika M A R T I N S I LV E R ST E I N Criminology Professor, University of the Fraser Valley JAT I S I D H U President, Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association JOHN SMITH City Councillor DA N ST E FA N S O N Executive Director, Tourism Abbotsford DAV E ST E P H E N Manager, Communications, Abbotsford School District #34 F R E D ST R U M P S K I Developer L A N E SW E E T I N G Forsite Developments Inc. M A R K TAY LO R (In memoriam) General Manager, Abbotsford Parks, Recreation & Culture JAY T E I C H R O E B GM, Economic Development, City of Abbotsford F R E D T H I E SS E N Stonecroft Group ST E V E T H I E SS E N Former CEO, Communitas Supportive Care Society D O R OT H Y VA N D E R R E E Executive Director, MSA Museum Society B I L L VA N D E R KO O I President, Bakerview EcoDairy/CEO, Nutriva Group J O H N VA N D O N G E N MLA, Abbotsford South M I LT WA L K E R Executive Director, Kinghaven Peardonville House RYA N WA LT E R President, Abbotsford Heat C H R I ST I N E W I E B E Long-time community supporter SHIRLEY WILSON Director of Development, FV Child Development Centre D O R I S WO O D M A N - M C M I L L A N President, Numbers Unlimited M I K E W E LT E President, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce

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What is the most important rule you follow when it comes to customer service? Every day we strive to meet, or exceed clients expectations in their Sales, Parts & Service interactions with our team members – our staff are friendly, helpful & truly interested in making your experience here the best it can possibly be.

Describe the ways your business has given back to the Abbotsford community: Sunrise Toyota is very proud of its ongoing support for numerous local charities (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Abbotsford Food Bank and Run For Water) and Abbotsford Hospice, that directly affect people in our community. We have also enjoyed a long history of supporting youth sports teams in the community. It is our belief that a key to our current & future growth is our ties to, and our giving back to the community that also supports our business.

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We have expanded into social media through Twitter (sunrise_ toyota) & Facebook (Sunrise Toyota Abbotsford) to allow us to interact with clients in new ways so that we can continue to enhance your every experience with Sunrise Toyota!

Tuesday, April 16th began like any other day. Sixty-two year old Ron was getting ready for his day. He was looking forward to sitting down in his easy chair to watch “Let’s Make a Deal”. At the other end of town eighty-two year old John was getting ready for his weekly volunteer service of delivering Meals on Wheels. Ron was one of his scheduled stops. But John didn’t get an answer at Ron’s condo which was strange. After explaining why he was there to another owner in the building, she let John in. Something was very wrong. John knew Ron lived alone and didn’t get out much. He was determined to get in there and check in on him. Ron had suffered a major stroke just before John arrived. He was lying on the floor in his bedroom unable to communicate. Thanks to the quick thinking of another resident in the building and John’s patience, emergency responders arrived and rushed Ron to the hospital. Had it not been for John’s persistence in getting that meal delivered, it is doubtful that Ron would still be alive today. So what is the value of Meals on Wheels? Priceless.

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Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

MOST INFLUENTIAL

Sustainability has been the core of our business. Our primary source of heat is wood pellets made from reclaimed pine beetle wood. We use biological pest control which reduces our need to use chemicals. We give our customers quality plants at a reasonable price.

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Family owned and operated. All plants grown on site. Open to the public.

What attracted you to living and working in Abbotsford?

My family has been dairy farming here since the 1950s – growing up in the area we loved the mountains and the climate. Abbotsford has always been home. We’ve never considered moving elsewhere.

How has your business changed or adapted in recent years?

Our production has changed from primarily cut flowers to container grown flowers for spring (hanging baskets and bedding plants) and poinsettias for Christmas. We continue to try and add new varieties to our plant selection every year.

What is the most important rule you follow when it comes to customer service? We treat our customers as we want to be treated; with honesty, integrity and personal service and by providing them with the best quality plants.

What does the future hold for your business?

One of our sons is working full time for the company. He will be the fourth generation Vaandrager to earn a living farming this land.

MARK & SUSAN VAANDRAGER

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• We are part of the largest flooring co-op in the world “Carpet One Floor & Home” but still locally owned and operated. • We are the only store that offers the “Beautiful Warranty”. Simply, if a customer does not like their new flooring for any reason, we will replace it including labour! • We offer no charge in-home estimates and no charge short-term loan of flooring samples • Chosen as Abbotsford’s favourite flooring store for 5 consecutive years.

How has your business changed or adapted in recent years? This industry just like many is constantly coming out with new products (greener) and technology and it’s our job to stay up-to-date on all new products so we ensure our customers get the best products & knowledge for every application. With the advent of box stores venturing into flooring, we are finding consumers have ‘been there done that’ and rely on us for our expertise and installation advantages.

What is your mission statement? Our goal is to remain as the valley’s most trusted reliable flooring store, offering the best service, up-to-date products and the ability to transform your space into a functional and beautiful environment.

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Our clients enjoy the attention to detail, timely communication and the positive attitude we bring to every project. The team aspect of our business means that clients receive follow thru services and successful completion to their project.

Describe the way(s) your business has given back to the Abbotsford Community: When a local design firm drafted and constructed a large H.O.M.E.S Society build, they required our services to finish  beautifully. With help from our Design Services team and our Contractor of Flooring sales and Correct installs, the  results were beautiful but also safe. Upgrades were provided by Pro-Pack free of charge. Shelly and the Design Services team finished with quality furniture supply and staging to compliment the whole build.

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Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

MOST INFLUENTIAL

Abbey Eye Doctors has been in business for 20 years. They moved to their new location in The Newgen Building in 2010–the same year they introduced Face Beautiful Cosmedic. Dr. Bubra and his family have been proud Abbotsford residents since 1978. Abbey Eye Doctors looks forward to continuing to serve the community, to being good at what they do, and not getting bigger, but better!

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What do you enjoy doing in Abbotsford during your spare time?

We are members of The Rotary club, The Abbotsford Executive Club, and are actively involved with our young boys’ lacrosse and hockey teams. We are sponsors of The Crystal Gala Foundation and this year we will be sponsoring The Run for Water.

How has your business changed or adapted in recent years?

In recent years we have become more client-focused as patients have an abundance of choices. We only use the very best materials and lenses for our eye-glasses.

What is your Mission Statement?

At Abbey Eye Doctors , we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing your vision to the highest level possible, using the most advanced technology, and customizing everything to your personal needs. We strive to exceed your expectations in caring for your precious gift of sight, for the entire lifetime that you entrust your care to us.

How do you feel you have influenced Abbotsford, either in the past, the present, or the future?

Through our charity work and causes we have assisted many individuals. Through our work as optometrists we have saved the eyesight of countless individuals and helped many children to excel in school and sports. We donate used glasses to third world countries, and through The Rotary Club we have done screening for vision testing in elementary schools.

DR. SUKH BUBRA

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does.” W I L L I A M J A M E S

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The demand upon resources has dramatically increased, and the complexity of challenges we face as a community is immense. At The Salvation Army we are always trying to address tough questions and we commit ourselves to diligently looking for innovative solutions to the challenges we face.

We support local artists through our annual Art in the Barn and provide numerous gift baskets and gift items for local fundraisers. We enjoy hosting visitors from all over the world because of our partnership with Abbotsford Tourism.

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For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has strived to meet human needs, alleviate suffering and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. Through support and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, it is our desire to equip individuals to move past the barriers that stand in their way and restore families in the process.

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Sweet treats for the Skin & Soul Flavoured Honey Honey Comb Honey Straws

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Looking for that special gift? Try our delicious “Honey Wines” • Self-directed tours during all open hours • Formal group tours by appointment • Did you know that May 29th is the ‘Day of the Honeybee?’

SINCE 2006 Visit the Country Store at 2595 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford 604-856-2125 | www.bchoney.com


Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Hallmark’s two family-owned retirement communities border one of Abbotsford’s beautiful parks situated on Discovery Trail. Both communities are uniquely and creatively designed buildings.

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What is the most important rule you follow when it comes to customer service? Valuing people’s stories and lives by listening with respect, responsiveness and love.

How do you feel you (or your business) have influenced Abbotsford, either in the past, the present, or the future?

Various local community involvements including: Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice, an annual neighborhood barbecue and car show, development and production of a DVD: “Conversations with Aging: Waterguns and Wisdom” & also a book: “This Small Window: True Stories from Well-aged People”, founding members of BCSLA, and annual service trips to Guatemala that invite resident and staff participation.

How has your business given back to the Abbotsford community?

• Non-proprietary with our model within the industry. • Commitment to changing the way people view aging. • Recognizing and promoting the value of living nestled between nature and neighborhood as it enhances healthy living in every aspect.

Do you have a Mission Statement?

To offer the freedom to be alive in a community where age doesn’t matter.

www.hallmarkretirement.com

Hallmark resident Dave Kandal chats with Executive Director Linda Rau and Owner Stan Hindmarsh.

Hallmark Retirement Communities. Real People. Real Place. 604-859-0053 www.hallmarkretirement.com

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Abbotsford News Thursday, April 25, 2013

“We can influence who we will be tomorrow, for tomorrow can only be built on today.” A N N E W I L S O N S C H A E F

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Growing up here, I love the feeling of being in both the city and the country at the same time. Abbotsford still has a small town feel even though it continues to have awesome growth, and I love that. It is a beautiful setting to raise our family in and we appreciate the cultural diversity and the strong roots in the Sikh community.

What is your most important rule for customer service? Our primary goal is to meet our customers’ needs and always provide a solution that best fits their interests. We have a ‘think outside the box’ approach and provide solutions that other stores often cannot. We are also big on empowering our staff so they can make decisions on the spot instead of having to get in touch with management.

What does the future hold for your business? We hope to continue opening Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile locations throughout the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland to increase our footprint as a established dealer in the wireless industry. We also hope to continue giving back to our community as we have over the past few years.

How has your business given back to the Abbotsford community? Most of our charitable commitments have been geared towards children and youth. For the last 6 years we’ve been involved with the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) helping to raise funds for research aimed at children living with Type 1 Diabetes. We host an annual fundraiser in Abbotsford where we’re able to raise thousands of dollars for this cause and we are very proud of this event. Smart Wireless also sponsored 2 soccer teams this year through the Abbotsford United Soccer Club. We’ve been supporting the Kids Help Line for several years now which helps kids across Canada get access to anonymous and confidential professional counselling. This year we were able to also make a significant contribution to the Abbotsford Food Bank as well as the Fraser Valley Hindu Cultural Society. Smart Wireless is also planning to take part in this year’s Vasakhi celebrations.

PAUL NARANG Owner

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