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Community Futures Central Island's small business specialists are dedicated to taking the time to really understand your business ideas – and then rolling up their sleeves to help you make them happen.

We can help you apply for business loans, advise on your  business plan, understand your cash flow and access new markets. We have in-depth knowledge of the unique characteristics of this region's local and regional economies and active partnerships with business and community leaders, local government, educational institutions, other business lenders and not-for-profits. Contact us today to get your business dreams moving forward.

Jolynn Green
Executive Director

My favourite quote is actually a song lyric: “I get by with a little help from my friends."  (The Beatles, 1967). I do believe that the relationships we build over the years are worth gold. They support us, they engage us in healthy debate and they make us accountable.

The most interesting job I have had was as a waitress the summer after high school.  I discovered that I was not cut out to be a waitress and decided to continue my education. The experience gave me the incentive to move on. It allowed me to align my values with my strengths and my life goals. During the years I was self employed, I learned to be aware of my intentions as a business owner. It was not my business to run as I pleased, I was there to help my customer ... taking care of every customer was my livelihood!

One major expertise I bring to Community Futures is the ability to understand and provide change management advice. I appreciate systems thinking: working through a problem to find the best solution. I enjoy facilitating strategic planning and focus group sessions.

One of my life’s goals is to retire financially secure so that I can experience culinary travel. I love great wine, good food and traveling, so it is the best way to experience all three together.

It is hard to pick just one favourite book, but if I had to it would be “The Book of Negroes” (Hill) which I read while on a vacation. I could not put it down. It was a riveting historical fiction account of the life of a young African girl, through the American Revolution, to her senior years. Another favourite book is “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” (Stone, Patton, Heen). This book provided me with the skills to look for the underlying structure of every difficult conversation and find the tools to approach those conversations with less stress and more success.

Wanda Zink
Loans/Office Administrator

My most interesting occupation was Co-Manager of the Self Employment Program (maternity leave relief).  The main duties included liaising with HRSDC concerning contract issues, budgeting and supervision of staff.  I did my best to find creative ways in dealing with clients’ issues and treated them all as my customer as our program success depended on the success of each business.

An amusing story from my life happened back in the 1980’s. Don McMillan, our General Manager at the time, had the brainchild of starting a mixed league ball team and all the staff and several Board members and community partners joined.  We became the mighty “Masterbatters”! Until the year the printer left out one of the ‘T’s on our team shirts.

One thing I have learned about running in business is attention to detail is key. As a hobby, my husband and I run a small bed and breakfast on our property.  We want our guests to have a memorable stay and come back again and remembering the small stuff brings them back. Off the top of my head … one piece of advice I would give is, “when you’re having a bad day, don’t pass it on to your customers.” In business, one only has one chance to make a good first impression.

Growing up, I always wanted a horse; I got piano lessons instead!  I’ve had my own horse for many years now and although I don’t ride as often as I used to, horses remain my passion—just being around them is like a tonic. And as horses don’t come cheap, my life’s goal is “Freedom 95.”   It's not too hard to pick my favourite book. I really enjoyed Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, the true story of the little horse that  did!.  I consider the fact that I have been with Community Futures for 34 years -  and they haven’t fired me yet - to be my greatest achievement! 

Kelly McBride
Business Development & Credit Officer

I bring comprehensive experience in public service and non-profit environments to Community Futures, along with superior knowledge of human resources, partnership development, staff leadership and financial management.

Assisting with the planning and delivery of events which were part of the 2014 International Festival of Business, a global showcase and  50-day festival in Liverpool attracting 68,600 business attendees from 92 countries at 415 events was my most challenging and interesting occupation to date.

After all these years of being in the business and non-profit sector, I have learned to always be open to learning.  I believe it is important to be willing to receive advice, know that you have room for improvement, but also be selective in the advice upon which you act. If I were asked to offer one piece of advice for business people it would to “Be bold!’ Don't be afraid to try and fail – many times you will succeed!

As Alice in Alice in Wonderland notes, “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” We are defined by our choices, experiences and our perspectives. So, every day, we wake up a new person, with new thoughts and ideas.

 Elizabeth Gilbert of "Eat, Pray, Love” said it best during her Ted Talk titled Your Elusive Creative Genius. “Follow your curiosity because passion is sort of a tower of flame that is not always accessible. Your curiosity may lead you to your passion or it may not. It may have been for "nothing", in which case all you've done your entire life is spend your existence in pursuit of the things that made you feel curious and inspired and that should be good enough."

During my time as the Director of Operations and then Acting Executive Director at with the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, we were the proud recipients of three industry awards: 2016 Aspect Organization of the Year, The 2017 BC Career Development Association, Career Development Organization of the year award and the Non-Profit Organization of the Year 2017 from the Nanaimo Chamber Business Achievement Awards.

Brenda Boyd
Office & Loans Administrator

I bring a background in Financial Services and Marketing along with superior customer service, organization and problem solving skills to my role at Community Futures. My volunteer role on their Marketing Committee helped me to truly understand what Community Futures is about and its impact on the local small business community.

When I started a position as an Advertising Sales Representative at a local newspaper, I really thought  I was connected in the Central Vancouver Island community. I had worked, volunteered and raised my family in the area but I had barely scratched the surface. In fact, I was only connected with the businesses and individuals that were within my inner circle. Working at the newspaper allowed me to meet so many interesting and passionate business people and it was exciting to share in their dreams.

If I could offer one piece of advice to business people, it would be to put in the hard work. Businesses don’t just happen; they are the result of a lot of hard work where you will have many job descriptions that are constantly changing. As Richard Branson says, “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

One of my favourite books is Life of Pi by Yan Martel. Key lessons learned from this book that can be applied to business are to stay focused, strength comes from within and life is all about the adventure. With the ever-changing marketplace, it is equally important to build and promote long lasting customer relationships. It is imperative to expand your network to include other businesses, community members, business groups and local government.

Outdoor adventures are high on my priority list. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and just being in the outdoors. Every summer, I challenge myself on multi-day adventure. Some of my trips include a kayaking trip up to the Broughton Achipelago, backpacking trips on the West Coast Trail and in the Canadian Rockies. My goal is to continue to be active and challenge myself for many years to come.       

Related jobs and achievements include Advertising Sales Manager; Financial Advisor and Loans Administrator; Community Futures Marketing Committee Volunteer; Volunteer and Director for Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice and Parksville Beach Festival; Outstanding Customer Service Award Recipient, Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce  

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Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, Lantzville, Nanoose, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser, French Creek, Lasqueti Island

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Community Futures Central Island
#14 - 327 Prideaux Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 2N4

T: 250.591.7499
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