Chamber Member of the Year
Lisa Beecroft, Gabi and Jules
Lisa Beecroft and her husband Patrick are the owners of Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies and Bakes Goodness, as well Caffe Divano (with locations in Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Burnaby). In 2016, Lisa and Patrick opened Gabi & Jules in Port Moody which was named for their two daughters, Gabriela & Juliana.
Inspired by the fact that Juliana has autism Gabi & Jules committed to creating an inclusive work environment at the bakery. Building on its mission to be an accessible employer currently 30% of the team at the bakery are individuals with diverse abilities.
Lisa is also a member of the Presidents Group, a group of business leaders that model and champion inclusive employment practices to make accessibility a hallmark of how British Columbia does business.
In 2019, Gabi & Jules was recognized by the Tri-Cities Employment Roundtable as Inclusive Employer of the Year and was the recipient of the Port Moody Spike Award for Inclusive Excellence. Gabi & Jules were also awarded the Peter Hulbert Accessibility Award by the City of Port Moody in 2016 for their efforts in employing and creating opportunities for individuals with autism.
Lisa, a vocal advocate for small businesses, was a founding member of Shop Local Port Moody, a group of small business owners dedicated to promoting the benefits and value of shopping locally.