Pacific Pride: Cowichan Auto Repair recognized for local automotive excellence

Vancouver Island, British Columbia — Vancouver Island business leaders celebrated the achievements of local businesses last Thursday, honouring the community’s favourite local hotspots, including Cowichan Auto Repair.

Duncan, B.C.’s Cowichan Auto Repair took home the title for the favourite automotive business category at the Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards gala, which was held at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.

Cowichan Auto Repair is a female-owned automotive repair and detailing shop that also offers mobile service. The facility is known for its frequent Women and Wheels workshops, which owner Elly Ruge introduced in 2017. 

The Woman and Wheels sessions aim to enlighten and empower women by teaching them the basics of how to care for their cars. The monthly workshops outline how to check your oil, your tires as well as other basic maintenance procedures.

The shop also hosts other informative workshops, including Teens and Wheels, which teaches the same basics to local youth.

The next Women and Wheels workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in attending, visit Cowichan Auto Repair’s site at or call the shop at 778-422-3100.

Other nominees included BMT Group Services, a fleet maintenance centre in North Saanich, B.C. and Belmont Collision in Langford.

“2019 has been a good year for business on Vancouver Island,” said Mark MacDonald of the Vancouver Island Business Examiner. “Every year, the quality and quantity of companies that take part in these awards are outstanding. These awards bring out new, exciting businesses and the judges’ job to determine winners is always a tough task.”

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