Thursday , 20 July 2017

Business Anniversaries Marked & Real Estate Industry Changes

Melodi Wood

Melodi Wood

StaffQuest Placement Group one of the city’s most successful employment agency is marking its 20th Anniversary in business. The company’s President and CEO, Melodi Wood, has been with the firm since its inception. She moved with her family to Nanaimo from Vancouver in 1994. StaffQuest is the result of her vision for a local, professional, full-service employment agency.

She is actively involved as part of the daily client services team, working directly with clients. Because of her ‘hands-on’ approach and dedication to this company we have built a solid client-base. That client-base continues to grow each and every day fulfilling the vision that began in 1995.

She is also the President and Founder of, an online healthcare recruitment board and resource community. The website (initially launched in 2007) is a place where healthcare professionals and providers can search for and post jobs in health, access articles, career information and the latest in health-related news.


Judy Gray

Judy Gray

Thanks to the surprise announcement that Royal LePage has acquired the Coast Realty Group, its assets and in many cases it’s REALTORS®, there is a huge amount of movement occurring within the Vancouver Island real estate industry at present. Coast Realty employed approximately 160 REALTORS®, so with its acquisition by Royal LePage there is literally too much movement occurring within this sector to catalog at this time. One thing that is clear is that while Royal LePage has taken over the company, not all the former Coast Realty agents are sticking with the new management.

In Port Alberni for example, 11 of the former Coast REALTORS® have decided to move over to the local RE/MAX franchise, RE/MAX Mid-Island. Judy Gray, co-owner of the office said the new additions have turned her business into the largest real estate company in the Alberni Valley. “When Coast Realty Group closed its offices in Port Alberni, 11 of their top REALTORS® joined us at RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty. We were thrilled to welcome everyone,” she said.

“It’s been an amazing week. We’re now not only the longest established real estate company, but also the largest in the Alberni Valley and West Coast.”


peter mcgee

Peter McGee

Peter McGee, an Economic Development Coordinator with the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), is celebrating his third anniversary with the organization this month. He joined NEDC in July 2012. In this role he is responsible for such tasks as website administration, social media management, the writing of press releases, reports and monthly news media articles.

His responsibilities also include administering Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) activities, assisting business start-ups and expansions, and hosting potential regional investors (often non-English speaking). He’s also been directly involved in organizing trade shows as well as participating in various trade missions on behalf of the corporation.

Prior to joining NEDC McGee was a Communications Officer / Social Media Strategist with the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of BC where he was involved in all of the usual duties associated with being a communications officer, such as media release writing and serving as a media liaison person.