History of Cowichan Petroleum

Putting the "Customer" back into Customer Service!

John Ballard started Cowichan Petroleum Sales in 2003 feeling that there was a need to bring back local personal service to the Community.  It all began with John, Wayne Dobbs, Tracy Pitts(Bulcock) and Leesa Slade.  One truck led to another and soon Ken Bulcock was added to the staff. Darcy Pridham joined the team in 2006, followed by Mel Stevens and Tracy Torok-Both in 2007. John decided to retire in 2007 and Darcy took over the reigns. With Mel’s retirement in 2008 we welcomed Danny Tiesu to the crew. Wayne decided it was time to retire in 2009 and Darcy’s son Kevin came on board. It was with great sadness that we lost Danny to illness in 2010, but were lucky to have Chris Hearsey up to the task of filling his shoes.

  Danny Tiesu

Danny Tiesu


Every year we give away:
1 - $500 4-H Bursary

 Mathew Brandsma

Mathew Brandsma

1 - $500 Danny Tiesu Memorial to the Cowichan Secondary School

Hannah Gunderson

Meet Cowichan Petroleum Sales Ltd. Staff


John Dodds – Manager
After 15 years away, John is back on the Island and back in the fuel business.  Give him a call for all your questions.


Darcy Pridham - Retired Owner
Darcy comes with 30 years experience, keeping the family tradition alive in the Cowichan Valley, now enjoying his time off.

Kevin Pridham – Driver/Sales
Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Kevin is following in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather in the oil business.

Tracy Bulcock –Owner/Office Manager
30 years in the petroleum industry serving Cowichan Valley residents with pride.

Chris Hearsey – Driver/Sales
Born into the trucking industry, Chris comes with 10 years experience delivering fuel in the Cowichan Valley.

Ken Bulcock – Owner/Driver/Sales
29 years in the fuel industry and retired from active service with the Cowichan Bay Volunteer Fire Rescue after 31 years.