Langford-based limo company earns international business honour

Limousine charter award follows up Better Business Bureau Torch award

The West Shore’s own L.A. Limousines & Transportation Services earned the title of Global Operator of the Year at Limousine Charter Tour Magazine’s 27th annual awards gala Feb. 14 in Las Vegas.

L.A. Limousines edged out competitors from both London and Paris based on ratings of various business components.

“I was looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for my wife and partner, I think I found it,” company president Edison Kahakauwila said in accepting the award, adding it was a great way to follow their surprise BBB Torch Award won last year for Community Service.

In the community

Thrifty Foods continues its One Buck at a Time Hospital Campaign through March 13 to rise money for local hospital foundations.

From each four-pound bag of organic Buck Brand navel oranges, $1 will go to the hospital foundation nearest the Thrifty Foods store where the fruit was purchased.

Gordon Head/Mt. Tolmie area residents have more opportunity to pick up their oranges as Thrifty Foods at Tuscany Village joins the Cloverdale location in opening 24 hours.

Ross Place Retirement Residence is recognizing the importance of community health workers in a March 16 celebration.

Jointly hosted by Life & Death Matters and Ross Place, the event is open to all community health workers, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 2638 Ross Lane. RSVP to 250-381-8666 or with your name, phone number and email address.

New & Notable

After working for the last six years at Oak Bay’s Avenue Income Tax, Fin MacDonald has opened Fin Tax Service in James Bay. Call 250-389-6729. is a new, local website providing a place for businesses to post local promotions and partner with charities registered with the website for micro-fundraising campaigns.

SeaFirst Insurance Brokers opens March 12 in its new Brentwood Bay location at 7178 West Saanich Rd., decorated by the award-winning designer and neighbour Kimberly Williams.

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