Local company earns Eco Fashion honours

Divina Denuevo, a Burnaby-based company, won the Award of Excellence in Design in the accessories category at Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver at the beginning of October.

The company's designers, Victoria Ronco and Dave Kelly, use keys and other antique hardware to embellish leather bags and accessories.

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The award includes a distribution deal in the United States, according to Ronco.

Divina Denuevo was profiled in the Burnaby NOW on Oct. 5.

Ronco and Kelly sold their wares at the Vancouver's Eco Fashion Week trade show and boutique, which ran from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7.

They'll also be at the Fab Fair on Nov. 19 and 20 at Vancouver's Heritage Hall on Main Street, and many other craft fairs throughout the region.

A full list of where you can find the company's wares is available on the Divina Denuevo website, divina-denuevo.com.

G&F HELPS KIDS

G&F Financial Group, a Lower Mainland credit union with headquarters in Burnaby, raised $45,100 for SOS Children's Village B.C. at its 2011 annual golf tournament and charity raffle in September.

SOS Children's Village B..C is a Surrey-based nonprofit that provides community services for foster children and families.

More than 120 participants gathered at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby on Sept. 19 for a day of friendly competition and on-course activities, according to a press release from the company.

Tournament and raffle proceeds were presented to SOS B.C. at the credit union's corporate office on Kingsway in Burnaby on October 5.

LOCAL COMPANIES ON TOP 100 LIST

Mediacorp has named two organizations with Burnaby connections in its annual Top Canada's 100 Employers list.

Stantec Consulting Ltd., which is based in Edmonton but has an office in Burnaby, was named to the list of the country's top employers for 2012.

The list was compiled by Mediacorp, also known as the Media Corporation of Singapore, which aims to be Asia's top media company, according to the company website.

It is the second year Stantec has made the list.

Stantec was chosen for being a diversified building consulting form with a focus on sustainability, for supporting employees who were new mothers, for allowing flexible work hours, providing a share purchase plan for employees, providing tuition subsidies and job training opportunities, and retirement planning assistance for employees, as well.

Simon Fraser University also made the list, for the fifth year in a row.

The post-secondary institution was picked because it provides support to employees who are new parents, including its on-site daycare, new living options in the area because of the UniverCity development, employee development through tuition subsidies and job training, retirement assistance, and three weeks' vacation for new employees, as well as time off during the holidays.

The competition receives entries from 2,750 employers across the country, according to a press release from SFU.

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