we do books so you can do business

‘If you think that hiring a professional bookkeeper is expensive, try hiring an amateur’

Situated in Parksville, with several decades of combined experience in financial management,

Cari McLean and her team serve business on Vancouver Island and beyond.

We are proud to be working with a host of happy customers, including:

A Batt Above Insulation Ltd. | Butterfly World | Coast & Cottage | Coombs Country Autos | Creekmore’s Coffee | Eaglecrest Golf Course

Eaglecrest Plumbing | Hosting Nation Data Inc. | Loveshack Libations | Mystic Lotus | Nurse Next Door

 Palm & Cedar Wellness Clinic | Raymond James in Qualicum Beach | Riptide Graphics

Scott Signs Ltd. | The Other Side Artisan Collective | Turf-Tek Enterprises Ltd.

Stay Compliant

We ensure that you meet all the deadlines with CRA and other statutory bodies, communications, audits and examinations will be handled by us, taking the stress off your shoulders.

Meaningful Reporting

We recognize the importance of knowing where your business is at right now, so we provide those up-to-date reports to help you make wise reactive choices in good time.

Tax Accountant Liaison

We work closely with your accountant, making them happy by providing them with accurate, clean files at year-end. Currently 85% of new clients were referred by an accountant.

A few easy steps to success
Our process is quite simple

Full-Cycle Bookkeeping and Reporting

On a monthly basis, introducing revenue and data entry of costs, reconciling bank and credit card accounts, recording cash expenses. Creation of reports that help you analyze your business and assist you in decision making in a fast-changing environment. From accounts receivable to cash flow management to profit margin analysis, and everything in between, we will tailor-make a package to serve your needs.

Payroll and Statutory Returns

Payslips for your employees and monthly payroll tax reports with reminders to pay on time.  We track your sales taxes (PST and/or GST) file the returns and send you the reports for payment. Not to forget about WCB returns and filing T5018 and T4 slips at year-end.

Year-end Preparation

Although your accountant will be completely satisfied with the clean and tidy bookkeeping file that we submit to them, it goes beyond that.  The year-end figures reflect the health of your business and provides valuable insight into trends that in budgeting you may want to feed or kill. Your business situation is unique. We can analyse your numbers and offer direction on how to grow your business, or as a trouble shooter, uncover issues and try to fix them, and help prevent you from running into trouble.

Value Pricing / Fixed Monthly Billing

Based on the volume and intricacy of your work, we prefer to set a fair fixed monthly price for clearly defined services. This eliminates the wasteful tracking of our hours, makes your budgeting a breeze and avoids those nasty surprise bills when it has been a frenetic month. It will become such a smooth process, you will be thankful and relieved to have us on your team.

About Us

Cari McLean, CPB

Landing on Vancouver Island from South Africa in 2013, Cari has had an extensive financial management career, including running her own business, so she knows the daily challenges that face busy business owners. Also coming from a teaching background, she likes to educate her clients and guide them through the foreign and complicated world of accounting. Having gained certification with the Certified Professional Bookkeepers of Canada (CPB Canada), Cari keeps up her annual accreditation by attending workshops, conferences and online webinars, to continue to learn and hone her skills. Embracing cloud-based technology, she is Quickbooks Online certified and exposing herself and her team to the ever-changing and fast-paced world of automated accounting.

Rae McLean

Rae, Cari’s daughter has assisted part-time since Cari opened her practice, thereby honing her skills and expertise over the years. In May 2020 Rae took the bold step and transitioned from her prior career choice of Early Child Education to join our bookkeeping team permanently. To reinforce and consolidate her knowledge in the field, she completed the Trifold Bookkeeper Advisor’s Bookkeeping Fundamentals Course and is currently in the apprentice level stage of the Certified Professional Bookkeepers of (CPB) Canada designation program. She is also certified in both Online and Desktop versions of Quickbooks. We are delighted that she has chosen this path, adding comfort in the knowledge that there is a succession plan in place for our client base.

Melanie Reeves

Originally from Ontario, Melanie moved to BC and embarked on a long career as a landscape gardener. Seeking change, she returned to school to acquire certification in Office Administration, Accounting and Finance through Discovery College.  In order to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of technology, she continues to study and has earned her Quickbooks Online Pro-Advisor certification. The arts and travel are also her passions, and when she isn’t in the office, you might find her at the ocean, watching live music or theatre.

Memberships and Associations




250 951 0338

823 Mallory Avenue
Parksville, BC
Vancouver Island
V9P 2M1

Office Hours are Mon-Thu 9:00 – 16:00