At Cowichan Eyecare, we believe that our communities deserve the best vision and eye care available! Eyes are important indicators of overall health, and comprehensive eye care goes beyond a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. It’s important to have regular eye exams whether or not you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, and even if your vision is sharp. At Cowichan Eyecare, with offices in Chemainus, Lake Cowichan, Duncan and Cobble Hill, we take the time to get to know you, your vision and your lifestyle.
Equipoise Bodyworks, established in 1999, is an Online Health & Fitness Studio providing Holistic Health & Resilience Coaching, classes in Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation and health/wellness seminars. Accessing private coaching and group guidance online provides convenience, comfort, customization, and accessibility. With her background of more than 25 years of diverse teaching and private health coaching, Lise Duncan uses her demonstrative, all-levels teaching style with well-communicated attention to modifications and alignment, resulting in a safe, engaging and rewarding online experience. Lise Duncan is a certified coach, instructor, and bodywork therapist and is available for private, corporate, and class health & fitness programs.
Gerard’s Specialty Foods Ltd. is a family operation, started in Lake Cowichan in the summer of 2012. Our Founder, President and CEO, Gerard Burg (Gerry) was a Master Pastry Chef, with over 60 years experience and actually developed his concept of ‘beef strudel’ in his native country, the Netherlands.
He was born in 1934 and lived in Holland during the Nazi occupation. He began his training at the age of 14 years. By the age of 19 years, he won First Prize in the prestigious Brussels Fair, with a 5 foot chocolate and sugar statue of a bull fighter on horseback and a bull. Gerry went on to Africa where he was a Chef on the famous Blue Train. Meanwhile, his family has emigrated to Canada; he joined them in 1958 and quickly acquired his first job as Chef in the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. He went on to own three companies, taught at Georgian College and finally moved to Vancouver Island in 1998.
He continued with his craft, creating breathtaking wedding cakes, crafted in the old style of European masters. (some of his amazing cake samples are still on display in his office.) But he had always dreamed of creating a business with his delicious strudels and with the help of family, he finally pursued his dream in Lake Cowichan.
Gerry’s brother-in-law is our Vice-President, Graham Brawnell. Born in Vancouver, he grew up on a cattle ranch in B.C.’s Interior. He eventually owned Tinit Manufacturing and from this business he gained manufacturing knowledge to Gerard’s’. He is in charge of Inventory, Shipping and Receiving.
Secretary-Treasurer and Office Manager is Gerry’s widow, Glenda, who brings organization to our company. She has had a varied career, including real estate and civic celebration management. She has written a book about her family’s adventures on their cattle ranch.
Glenda’s son, William Osborne, who was trained by Gerry to assume the leadership, is now our President and CEO. He joined the company with an interest in franchising our company in the future. He was our Director of Sales & Marketing.
William’s partner, Dana is our Director of Product Development and is currently overseeing Sales and Marketing until we appoint a replacement.
Gerry’s twin, Father Joseph Burg, has joined our Board of Directors.
Brenda Bernhardt DVM, retired
Recently retired from traditional veterinary practice with 25 years experience, Dr Brenda now focuses on providing affordable telephone Wellness Consultations for your pets to optimize their health and longevity. During the 90 minute phone consult Dr Brenda will draw on her extensive experience, scientific research and commitment to support your pet’s amazing ability to heal and flourish. Health isn’t just the absence of disease, it’s the presence of vital life-giving energy that supports our pet’s ability to thrive. Detoxing, appropriate diets and alternative natural supportive care form the basis of Wellness Consultations. You will come away with a pet wellness plan, a strategy that will help you and your pets build a quality of life together for as long as possible. You’ve likely heard of holistic wellness for people, doesn’t it just make sense to apply this to your beloved best friends? Whether your pet is sick or injured, young or old, we can make a positive impact and help them be healthier and happier! Let’s work together to make this happen!
Connect with Dr Brenda today to set up your affordable consult!
You’ll be glad you did – so will your pets!