Zak Upton of Oceanside Electric is our U40 Entrepreneur award winner. Zak was born and raised on Gabriola Island. He moved to the mainland at 18 for a 5-year apprenticeship before returning home to bring professional electrical services to Gabriola with Oceanside Electric. “It’s been great,” he says. “Thank you to the whole community for all the support.”

⚡️Oceanside Electric offers electrical contracting for Gabriola and Nanaimo with custom homes, renovations and service. Email, call, or message to book: oceansideelectric96@gmail.com or 604-790-5248 or DM @OceansideElectric

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Excellent service” – Keith U.

Nominations also mentioned Zak’s “leadership at a young age”, “exceptional entrepreneurial skills,” “innovation and business acumen,” “responsiveness,” and “helpful advice.”

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💐Thank you to 2022’s winner, @sarahchiasson.flowers, for gifting our next winner one of her dried flower and eucalyptus bouquets!

Congratulations, Zak, and thank you, community, for encouraging and supporting entrepreneurial spirit on Gabriola!