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Congratulations to 2012 Greater Victoria Business Awards Winners

Sector Learning Solutions congratulates all the winners and runners-up of the 2012 Greater Victoria Business Awards.

We are so proud to receive recognition from the community as runner-up for the Business of the Year (1 to 10 employees) Award.

Compliments to the winner in our category:
Luxe Home Interiors.

A few words from CEO, Gerry Brimacombe,
recorded on the evening of the awards ceremony:

“I am very proud of Sector and our wonderful staff and contractors. Tonight we were recognized as the BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2012 RUNNER-UP. Congratulations to Luxe Home Interiors who edged us out for the win. And thank you to the Chamber for your continued support.”

-posted by Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
on behalf of the Sector Learning Solutions Team.

5th Annual “Unsung Hero” Banquet Honours Walter Adams

Gerry has emceed the Unsung Hero Banquet for the past four years. This year he is helping to organize the event but will not be attending as he will be representing Sector Learning Solutions at the Chamber Business Awards Gala – where we are nominated for Business of the Year (1 to 10 employees) Award.

Gerry urges you to please consider attending the 2012 Unsung Hero Banquet to  support Walter Adams and the Rainbow Kitchen.

Walter Adams, a tireless volunteer at the Rainbow Kitchen, has been chosen as this year’s “Unsung Hero” by the First Unitarian Church of Victoria and the Community Council. He will be honoured at a banquet on Friday, April 27.

This is the fifth year that the church and Council have honoured a local person for their low-key quality public service. The Rainbow Kitchen will receive a donation of up to $4,500 and Adams will be Guest of Honour at a celebration dinner in the church attended by 100 guests.

The project partners describe unsung heroes as ordinary people doing extraordinary things within “social profit” (otherwise known as non-profit) organizations. The annual award is intended to awaken the rest of the community to “some quietly remarkable people in our midst.”

Other nominees for this year’s award are Jennifer Powell, a home care nurse and co-founder of the Moms and Mentors Society, Don Cain a mentor for street people, Dominga Passmore, a Montessori teacher and president of the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association, active with the Inter-Cultural Association, Hazel Meredith, executive director for the BC Schizophrenia Society; Clive Beal and Pam Oliver for their work in art therapy and founders of the Pandora Arts Collective Society; Linda Geggie for her work in food security and founder of LifeCycles Project Society; and Geoff Hughes, executive director of the Vancouver Island Addiction Recovery Society.

“Picking a winner is a tough exercise,” said Ted Humphreys, one of the organizers, “because each of these nominees is, in fact, a local hero, with a track record to prove it.”

For details about the banquet, go to www.communitycouncil.ca and to reserve a tickets contact ghonlnst@gmail.com or 250-385-7595.

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

Sector Thanks Nexus Facilitation and Coaching

Sector Learning Solutions would like to thank  Niki Kux-Kardos, Family Business Coach and Founder of Nexus Facilitation & Coaching for making a $35 donation to the Victoria Restorative Justice Society as a token of her appreciation for our input in her Professional Development Survey.

We applaud the unique, community-focused incentive she offered her clients and colleagues as an expression of her gratitude.

We’re excited to announce that we will be working with Niki in the spring of 2012 to be able to offer an exciting new course – details to follow!

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

Thank you Copy Plus!

Sector Learning Solutions would like to say:

We were in a sticky situation:
We realized on a Wednesday at 5:00pm that we needed twelve 300 page colour manuals printed and ready for use by 8:30 am the next morning.

Downtown Copy Plus Centre, who closed at 6pm, made that happen – and talk about service with a smile! Because of their outstanding customer service and ability to deliver, we recommend them to all of you for all your printing needs.

The Downtown Copy Plus Centre
777 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
(250) 386-3333

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

Sector – Finalist for Business of the Year

Sector Learning Solutions has been chosen as a Finalist for the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year (1 to 10 employees) Award for 2012!

Awards will be awarded at the Awards Gala on Friday April 27, 2012 at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa.

Stay tuned to hear the results!

Sector would like to congratulate all of the other businesses who have been nominated:

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions

Maximum Express : Above and Beyond

Sector Learning Solution’s CEO, Gerry Brimacombe, wants to thank Al Hasham of Maximum Express Courier, Freight & Logistics for their outstanding customer service.

You see we were hoping to pay our subcontractors prior to Christmas and were awaiting a large cheque in order to do so. The cheque was promised by Dec 23rd, and this is what happened…

‘Twas the day before Christmas while deep in the office 
Gerry Brimacombe had a problem that made him feel nauseous.

He promiosed his sub-contractors’ payment for work
They had toiled hard and never did shirk.

We had  hoped that end-of-the-year cheques would be there
But without client’s payment, cash flow is rare.

With Gerry in Victoria and his client in Vancouver, 
They finally agreed on a tricky maneuver

A cheque on her desk, her office closed at noon,
a courier needed, not a moment too soon…

The cheque was cut and sitting on a desk in Burnaby, and their courier could only get it to Sector by Dec 28th. So with only an hour to spare, Gerry decided to ask Maximum Express for help. He dialed Al Hasham’s cellphone and reached him mid-commute into Vancouver.

Gerry explained the situation: “We have a cheque sitting in Burnaby, their office closes in an hour, and I want to pay my subcontractors. Can you help?”

Al responded, “No problem. Do you want us to deposit the cheque into your account?”

Gerry, dumbfounded, replied, “You can do that? YES!!!”

Within an hour Gerry received a call back telling him to check his bank balance: the money was there and Gerry started calling subcontractors saying:

“If visions of sugarplums dance in your head.
Then pop over to Sector where we’re not in the red”.

He was able to pay all the subcontractors, immediately, and with joy.

This superior treatment of their clients goes above-and-beyond the level of service that we’ve received from larger well-known corporate courier companies, (one of which recently delivered a “Guaranteed Delivery” a day late and refused to offer us a refund for their error).

So once again, THANK YOU Maximus Express for not only following through with exceptional service, but providing a creative solution!

-Kelly Marshall,
Sales and Marketing Coordinator,
Sector Learning Solutions
Gerry Brimacombe,
Sector Learning Solutions