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Greater Victoria, BC News


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3/26/2015 Media Release
Dr. Nazmudin G. Rayani Recognized for Lifetime Achievement



Dr. Nazmudin G. Rayani Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

March 26, 2015 – Victoria, BC – The finalists for the 2015 Greater Victoria Business Awards are announced, see below, and Dr. Nazmudin (Naz) G. Rayani is being honoured as this year’s Lifetime Achievement winner.

“Naz is not only being recognized for his outstanding achievement as a leader in our business community but also for his leadership as a humanitarian, helping to raise awareness on global poverty through his work with the World Partnership Walk. The award finalists for all the categories should be proud of their achievement as they stand alongside Naz in being congratulated this year,” said Al Hasham, Vice-Chair of The Chamber.
"I feel honoured to be recognized by The Chamber,” Naz Rayani said. “I am fortunate to have found a home in Greater Victoria, and to have received so much support from the community. I also want to acknowledge our loyal employees at HEART Pharmacy - they make me proud everyday."

In addition to his work with the World Partnership Walk, Rayani has worked tirelessly to help raise funds to support Third World economic development programs through the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and in 2006, was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of this lifetime commitment to charitable causes and leadership in philanthropy.
“The Chamber recognizes the outstanding achievement of many individuals and businesses in Greater Victoria each year. Once again, this year’s finalists represent a group of businesses that have demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond in order to make their business successful and also contribute to the vitality of our community,” said Frank Bourree, Chair of the Chamber. “We look forward to recognizing all our finalists and winners at our May awards gala.”

The 2015 award finalists are:
Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings
• Inn at the Laurel Point
• BCHAZMAT Management Ltd.

Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
• Rumble
• Picture This 3D Inc.

Outstanding Customer Service;
• Bath Fitter Vancouver Island
• Harbour Air Ltd.

Sustainable Business Practices;
• The Truffles Group (Canoe Brewpub, Truffles Catering, Cascadia Liquor, Habitat and Victoria Butterfly)
• Oughtred Coffee & Tea

New Business; sponsored by Peninsula Co-op
• Kgeez Cycle
• Beverly Carter Notary Public

Business Person of the Year; sponsored by the United Way of Greater Victoria
• Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing
• Daniela Cubelic, Silk Road Tea

Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University
• Carmen Moya, Farm Food To Go
• Sharon Rai, Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry

Employer of the Year; sponsored by Air Canada
• Peninsula Co-op
• Island Savings Credit Union

Employee of the Year; sponsored by CHEK News
• Heather Greenless, English Inn
• Ryley Carter, Innovative Fitness Victoria

Business of the Year (1-10 Employees);
• Fort Realty Ltd.
• LEAP Web Solutions

Business of the Year (11-25 Employees);
• Pacific Rim College
• Graphic FX Signworks

Business of the Year (26-75 Employees);
• Orca Spirit Adventures
• Victoria Airport Authority

Business of the Year (76+ Employees); sponsored by Capital Magazine presented by Times Colonist
• Specific Mechanical Systems
• Root Cellar Green Grocer Ltd.

The Awards Gala is a sell-out event every year. This year’s Awards Gala is on Thursday, May 14th at the Fairmont Empress. Tickets can be purchased at

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, with over 1,400 members, is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region and has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Photo of Lifetime Achievement winner Dr. Nazmudin Rayani attached.
For more information contact:
Bruce Carter Chief Executive Officer Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Email: Phone: (250) 360-3470 Cell: (250) 889-2271

Naz Rayani has long been a tireless champion of community advocacy, cross-cultural understanding and inspirational philanthropy in Greater Victoria, both as a successful local businessman and distinguished community leader. He opened his first pharmacy in Nairobi, Kenya in 1972, but immigrated to Canada two years later to live and work in a more politically stable environment.

In 1991 he purchased the small independent Cadboro Bay Pharmacy. It was a business that would provide him with a greater opportunity to invest in the community and participate in fundraising activities. In 2003, he opened his second drugstore in the Student Union Building of the University of Victoria. In 2011, after recovering from a life-threatening illness, Rayani, along with his family, acquired the Peoples Pharmacy locations at Shelbourne Plaza, Fairfield Plaza and Fairfield Road at Moss Street. Working to improve living conditions in Third World countries is a cornerstone issue that Rayani holds closest to his heart. The main focal point for his time and energy these days, aside from his business, is the “World Partnership Walk”, which is held in Victoria on the last Sunday in May. Rayani helped to bring the Partnership Walk to Victoria 24 years ago to increase public awareness about global poverty and to help raise funds to support Third World economic development programs by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. As testimony to his determination to promote and expand the reach of the Walk, a record $250,000 was raised in sponsor donations in 2010, and Rayani personally raised over $60,000.

A devout Ismaili Muslim and well-known spokesperson in Victoria, Rayani has also worked tirelessly to break down barriers among people of different faiths. To this end, since the late nineties he has conducted regular tours of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre (Mosque) in Burnaby to encourage community understanding and the acceptance of others. He also works hard to broaden community support for the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, an organization that has given him a chance to play ambassador for Islam. Rayani has also participated in learning about other faiths and has been involved with St. George’s Parish and the United Church in Cadboro Bay for many years. In 2006, Naz was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada, by her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, at the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.


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