Don Goodison Retirement

This past weekend the Kemp Harvey Group celebrated the retirement of long time member Don Goodison. Don has been in the accounting profession for more than 30 years and has been a member of the Kemp Harvey Group for 20 of those years. In 1994, Don was awarded CGA Canada’s highest award, the Fellow designation, in recognition of his contribution to the association and the profession. In 2000, Don was awarded a Life Membership by CGA BC. The Life Membership is the highest award that CGA BC gives out and is for service to the association.  

Don will continue to lend his talents contributing insightful articles to CGA Magazine which is printed 6 times a year. We will be sure to post these articles on our website.

We have been proud to have Don as a member of our Group and wish him and his wife Sue all the best!

Cindy Hamilton and Don Goodison

West Kootenay CGA-BC Chapter PD Day

Sylvia Burch, Jim Burch and Leanne Harris

Sylvia Burch, Jim Burch and Leanne Harris

Five members of the Grand Forks office attended a Professional Development day on Thursday May 19, 2011 put on by the West Kootenay CGA-BC Chapter.

Garth Rustand from Investors-Aid

Garth Rustand from Investors-Aid Co-operative of Canada gave a very interesting presentation on how to take control of your investment portfolio. Investors-Aid provides independent and objective information to investors. If you are interested in learning more about investments and hidden fees, reducing costs, and determining what investments are best for you please visit the Investors-Aid website.

Tax time cut-off

Our “cut-off” is the last date we can accept a tax return and still commit to having it ready for filing by the April 30 deadline.  Each office establishes its own policy and date.  Below are the cut-off dates for those office that have a cut-off policy:-

Burnaby:   April 27, 2011 (note they are closed May 3)
Grand Forks:  April 18, 2011 (and note they are “closed” on April 30)
Vernon: April 18, 2011 (and note they are “closed” on April 30)

Rise in B.C. minimum wage rate

Premier Christy Clark has announced that British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase to $8.75 an hour effective May 1, 2011. The current rate of $8.00 had not been changed for ten years and is the lowest in Canada.

In addition, the minimum wage rates will increases to $9.50 effective November 1, 2011 and $10.25 effective May 1, 2012.

A special minimum wage will also be introduced for employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in a licensed premises as a regular part of their work. Effective May 1, 2011 this minimum rate will be $8.50, increasing to $8.75 on November 1, 2011 and $9.00 on May 1, 2012.

The province is also eliminating the training wage, which allowed employers to pay first-time workers $6.00 an hour for the first 500 hours of employment.

Stairclimb a Success

It’s no walk in the park but it turned out be fun. KH  Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam office  is proud to say we survived the 48 floors of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Sunday February 27th. You can see from the smiles on our face our sheer excitement as we were about to start our climb. We are delighted to support the cause for Clean Air.  Thank you for all those who supported us and helped us with their donations. Donations will be accepted until March 25, 2011.

With this behind us, we are ready to tackle the upcoming tax season. The training we had weeks and days before the event  will also help us meet the challenges of this tax season with healthier mind, body and spirit.

We say Bring it On…. 

Stairclimb at Sheraton Wall Centre- supporting BC Lung Association