In a surprise announcement Sasha Angus, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) has stated he will be leaving his position in October. Angus has headed up the city owned but independently operated entity for the past three years, replacing the controversial Susan Cudahy who only helmed the corporation for eight months. The NEDC was created as an ‘at arm’s length’ body that promotes the City of Nanaimo as a suitable place for business development, among many other duties. Angus had been a player in the attracting of companies such as Tilray to Nanaimo and to the opening of downtown’s SquareOne tech incubator.
He has announced that he will be moving to Victoria for family reasons. His wife, a professor at UVic, has recently been offered a prestigious research position that will take up more of her time, requiring her to be onsite more than at present. Currently she has been commuting daily to Victoria. By giving several months notice the NEDC says it will have sufficient time to search for a suitably qualified replacement. Angus has said he is willing to stay on a temporary basis, even after his announced departure date, if no candidate is immediately found.
Nanaimo’s 460 Realty has a couple of new REALTORS®. Long time local real estate sales professional Betty-Ann Huberts recently joined the firm. Having been a REALTOR® at the Coast Realty Group for many years Huberts had been with RE/MAX of Nanaimo for the last couple of years, before making the decision to join many of her former Coast co-workers at 460. Moving to Nanaimo in 1993 she has been involved with real estate sales since the 1980s when she began her career on the Lower Mainland working with Realty World.
When not working, her main passions are her family (including one grandson), cooking and music. Her natural empathy for the needs of her clients, and her artistic and creative temperament have helped her create a successful real estate sales career, one she is excited to continue at the city’s newest real estate office.
Another new face at 460 is Kristina Fedorak, whose primary focus is the North Island region. A resident of Port Hardy for the past 26 years, Fedorak’s attention is on the marketing and sales of properties across the North Island area. Having lived in the northern part of Vancouver Island for most of her life, she brings a local knowledge and understanding of the character of the region that could not be had in any other way.
While relatively new to real estate sales, she had a wide range of previous experience buying and selling properties on her own before becoming licensed. She also has a varied background in business, including operating a sports clothing store. When not working she likes outdoor recreation such as kayaking and hiking.
While keeping with the real estate theme, RE/MAX of Nanaimo’s Braden Wheatcroft has added a new duty to his role as REALTOR® with the firm – that of Director of Career Development. Wheatcroft first became a REALTOR® in 2010, having worked previously at Jordan’s Rugs. RE/MAX has a wide range of training and career development tools that he uses as part of his duties.
Wheatcroft has also been very active with the Young Professionals of Nanaimo (YPN), where he served as the Membership Director (2011 – 2013) and Public Relations Director (2013 – 2014). He is also an avid supporter of various community and charitable organizations including the Children’s Miracle Network and Habitat for Humanity.