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BusinessTRACK Mission Chamber of Commerce connect • influence • prosper

Alternate seniors' housing offered here H

ow many initiatives can you think of that will inject millions of dollars into the Mission economy while at the same time providing an unparalleled quality of life for local residents? Cedar Valley Manor, a project of the Mission Association for Seniors Housing (MASH) is a $10-million investment that will soon be home to an innovative community for those 55 and over, a community that will be a first in Canada. MASH and Cedar Valley Manor are working with Kate Mancer of Terra Lumina Life Lease to develop the project. Mancer is Canada’s foremost authority on life lease housing and the author of a book entitled The Future of Seniors Housing: Planning, Building and Operating Successful Seniors’ Housing Projects. “Life lease is the perfect mechanism for harnessing the energy and commitment of the nonprofit sector to develop and operate housing for seniors that provides a very high quality of life for its residents,” notes Mancer. Cedar Valley Manor is not unique given the hundreds of life lease projects throughout Canada. One of the biggest in the country is located in Surrey (Elim Village). They are popu-

Cedar Valley Manor will be built on Janzen Avenue, just off Cedar Street.

lar because they work so well. Put simply, it is a cross between owning and renting. A non-profit sponsor owns the buildings, which is paid for by the people moving in. When they move out, they get 95 per cent of their money back. In the meantime, the building is managed by the nonprofit organization. In a recent research publica-

tion, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported that every single life lease resident involved in the study was “extremely happy with their choice of housing.” What makes Cedar Valley Manor unique is that it will also be a “virtual retirement community,” a phenomenon that has grown quickly in the U.S. over the last decade.

Virtual retirement communities aren’t places — they are organizations that exist to provide services to their members. Services can range from advice on navigating the health system to finding appropriate volunteer opportunities to transportation. Cedar Valley Manor Connect will enable almost everyone to live there happily for the

remainder of their lives. Recent census stats indicate there are 10,093 people over the age of 55 now living in Mission. In 2036, it is estimated that there will be 19,913. With limited housing opportunities for this demographic; Mission will need to shift to meet this growing need. Over 70 per cent of the 55-plus population in

Mission lives in a single family house — in Abbotsford, that number declines to 40 per cent. Abbotsford has successfully developed 55-plus housing for more than a decade; in fact, there are two life leases from which to choose. Maple Ridge also has two life lease projects, although waiting lists in both communities are long, up to 12 years in some cases. Here, options are limited for those 55-plus looking to downsize, making Cedar Valley Manor a viable project. The economic impact of the building will also be significant. The last multi-storey residential project to open was The Mews in 2007. Cedar Valley Manor will provide 42 units and an estimated $67,000 in annual municipal tax revenue. Moreover, the contractor is interested in using local trades and suppliers. On average, every $1 of construction equals $2 of economic impact in a community, so Cedar Valley Manor will be of greater benefit to all in Mission. With a few more presales, construction on this innovative housing project will begin giving Mission’s 55-plus population an alternate choice for their housing need. Submitted by Kate Mancer, Terra Lumina Life Lease

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President's message Cal Crawford


Sean Melia


Trevor Girard



Vicki Gould



would like to thank those who nominated me, and I would like to thank our mayor and council for naming me, the District of Mission’s Citizen of the Year. This is an incredible distinction, that I am surprised and flattered by. Having grown up in Mission and having chosen to return in order to continue my father’s law practice, I have watched so many others donate their time and effort to the development and benefit of our community. I could not have imagined that one day I would be acknowledged in this way, as a member of this esteemed league of community builders. This is truly an honour and I thank you so much! The Citizen of the Year award has been granted to me in recognition of the work I have done in celebrating, promoting and badgering all three levels of government about the incredible value of the Fraser River to both our community and our region. As President of the Chamber, I was proud to stand at the BC Chamber AGM and speak to the policy we developed that will see the Fraser brought back to its use as a sustainable transportation route. Following much collaboration and education, we are beginning to see both our federal and provincial governments actively work together to resolve short-term barriers and to develop longer-term programs for our river’s maintenance. As I round out my presidency, I see the value in how this role allowed me to do the work for which I am being recognized. For supporting the community work we are able to achieve at the Chamber, I thank you! Elyssa Lockhart PRESIDENT

Attila Davalovsky DIRECTOR 2011

Satti Grewal


Pam Alexis


Allan Main


Mayor Ted Adlem DOM LIAISON

Fraser Valley Chambers event celebrating sixth anniversary T he Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase is back for a sixth year April 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Tradex in Abbotsford. As the largest Fraser Valley Chamber networking event of the year, the show has gained exponential growth since inception. Event organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend the tradeshow and about 200 businesses to exhibit. The show is a joint event put on by Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce with a total membership exceeding 4,500 businesses. It is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves to a targeted audience of business leaders and decision makers.



Previous participants herald this as the most cost effective and productive trade show they attend: “This was a beautiful, wellorganized event that was very well attended. It was affordable and a great place to make fabulous connections. The food was amazing. I will definitely participate again next year.” “Being a new member, the

Business Showcase was our first event attended. It is an excellent forum to connect with potential clients as well meeting other local businesses that we can support in the future.” “This event is a great way to reconnect with existing clients and also meet potential prospects. The catering service was outstanding. Two thumbs up!” With exhibit space starting

at only $199 for a 10 x 10 spot, it is an incredible chance for organizations of all sizes to get involved. Participating chambers include Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Cloverdale, Langley, Mission, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, Surrey and South Surrey and White Rock. For more information and registration, as well as complimentary event tickets, visit

...for your generous support of the

2012 Christmas Bureau Campaign… With the overwhelming support of the community, we were able to raise over



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BusinessTRACK Chamber Luncheon Speaker: Steve Araki, Return to PST Place: Ball Room, Rockwell's Bar and Grill, 32281 Lougheed Hwy. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 1 Abbotsford Heat Chamber Night Last Loonie Toonie night. Place: Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Centre Time: 6-9 p.m.

March 21

Michelle Norman (left) and Robyn team up at Wine Kitz in Mission to help their customers select the right wine.


Business built around family By Kathleen Rake Click Media Works


n 2000, Michelle and Mike Norman opened Wine Kitz in Mission’s Junction Shopping Centre, with an eye to build a business that could include the whole family. Fast forward to 2005 and you find their family business bursting at the seams and ready to make a move to new facilities on London Avenue. Daughter Robyn Norman recently joined the team and today you find Michelle and

Robyn responsible for looking after all aspects of the business. “People come to us from all over the Fraser Valley,” said Michelle. “They are mostly from Mission, but some come from as far away as Chilliwack to work with us. They become our friends.” Customers at Wine Kitz can choose from five levels of wine-making kits: Ultra Premium, Premium, Value, Specialty and Limited Release. Less common varietal wines such as Petit Verdot and Brunello are offered on

a limited basis and varietal wines considered the signature of a region — Pinot Noir from New Zealand, and Shiraz from Australia, for example — are available more often. Many red, white or rosé varietal and blended-wine kits are available all year. “Our customers like the range of products they can make here. We have kits that take four, five or eight weeks,” shared Robyn. “We help our customers select the kind of wine and length of aging that will suit them and the wine

best. Everyone’s different.” In addition to the grape wine you can make every day, specialty seasonal wines, fruit wines and products like portand sherry-style wine kits are available. If you need advice about aging, decanting, etc., you get that, too. Wine Kitz is located at #133111 London Ave. It is open Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 604-826-9529 or visit for more information.

Chamber AGM Speaker: John Winter, B.C. Chamber Shared Prosperity Place: Chapel Room, Rockwell's Bar and Grill, 32281 Lougheed Hwy. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Chamber Snapshots: A close-up look at members that keep Mission humming

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Michelle Favero

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Clare Seeley Visitor Services



Athena Green Member Services

Young entrepreneurs can compete for “Membership $100,000 top prize


has its benefits!”

he Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is accepting applications for the 2013 edition of the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. To win the $100,000 grand prize, entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35 are invited to present a turning point their company has reached and the solution they propose to take their business to the next level. A second prize, consisting of $25,000 in consulting services, will be awarded to the runner-up. The deadline for submitting applications is April 2, 2013, at noon, eastern time. The contest is open to all Canadian entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35 as of Dec. 31, 2012. Entrants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents responsible for the daily management of a Canadabased business for at least two years as of Dec. 31, 2012, and must hold at least 20 per cent of the company’s capital stock.

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Free land, tax exemptions and we’ll build your factory


n celebration of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce 120th year, a part of the Chamber’s story will be told on this page each month. We hope to capture how innovation, entrepreneurship and resiliency have shaped our district. You could say it all began with the “Great Sale of Mission City” back in 1891. Early land developers, Mr. F.S. Timberlake, Mr. L.H Mershon and Mr. J.W. Horne (street names we are all familiar with today) saw Mission’s potential and staged the event; attracting around 1,000

people who travelled by rail and two chartered steamboats, with the intention of purchasing property. Mission was dubbed as the “New York” of the west coast, with train terminus, docks and steamboat passage. Two years later, in 1893, the Mission Board of Trade was incorporated, following on the heels of Mission City’s incorporation. The fourth board of trade in B.C. to be given Queen’s Assent by the Canadian government; Mr. Harry Brown French was elected as its first president.

One of its first roles was to create an enticing package of incentives for business, which included free land, water, power and tax exemptions. As if all this wasn’t enough, they also offered to construct the factories, mills and commercial buildings for those that took them up on the offer. As a result, many new businesses moved to Mission, including the still present Mission City News (now known as The Mission Record). This was the beginning of the Chamber’s role in economic development of the region.

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