The Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and CEPCO celebrated the 19th Annual Business Excellence Awards on Saturday January 25th. 15 awards were presented along with a special recognition – the Junior Legacy Award given to Kai Manning on Monday January 20th. Kai Manning raised money for cancer research over the summer with his series of Lemonade Stands throughout the community.
The awards were presented as follows:
“Agricultural Excellence Award” sponsored by TD Bank – This business has distinguished itself and shown leadership by promoting the betterment of agriculture in our city. This award will be presented to any individual or agriculture-related business who has made outstanding contributions in the advancement of agriculture in our community.
And the award goes to Sparkes Corn Barn
“Business of the Year” sponsored by Baker Newby – This business has been in operation for three years or more. This business has established itself in Chilliwack by exemplifying excellence in performance, customer service, leadership, innovation, management, marketing and community involvement. This organization offers exceptional value to customers and the community. They set an example to others by demonstrating their ability to meet their customer’s changing needs.
And the award goes to Omega & Associates Engineering Ltd.
“Development Excellence Award” sponsored by CADREB – Residential and Commercial – This award recognizes and rewards excellence in new development. The development will be of superior design and engineering. It will enhance the existing neighborhood, be of the utmost quality in construction and finishing and provide long term value to Chilliwack. The residential or commercial development will bring additional jobs and economic growth to our community. This development will also give strong attention to the development of local roads, infrastructure, neighborhoods and architectural design.
And the award goes to Squiala First Nation for Eagle Landing Development
“Dining Excellence Award” – Is awarded to a restaurant who consistently demonstrates excellence in food service, quality and presentation. This award recipient is proactive with regards to changing market trends, provides a variety of menu choices and gives good value. This recipient pays special attention to making their customers feel special and comfortable while, at the same time enjoying exceptional food, atmosphere and service.
And the award goes to Bravo Restaurant & Lounge
“Professional Services Award” sponsored by Scotiabank – Presented annually to an accredited business that provides professional services to our community. The deserving professional services practice must exemplify innovation, professionalism, honesty and integrity. This category includes lawyers, doctors, dentists and accountants.
And the award goes to Valley Veterinary Services
“Citizen to be Recognized – The Legacy Award” sponsored by MNP – Awarded to any Chilliwack business person who has taken an active role in making our community a better place. This recipient has enhanced community life by volunteering, participating in community beautification projects, putting on community awareness programs – all as an example. This individual stands out amongst peers and is a good corporate citizen.
And the award goes to Harry Geddes
“Manufacturing Award” sponsored by CEPCO – The Manufacturing Award category is for new or established businesses in the manufacturing sector. This category is to measure advanced technology, quality control, innovation and value this organization contributes to our community.
And the award goes to Sandel Foods
“Chamber Award” sponsored by The Chilliwack Progress – Awarded to the individual who has stood out amongst all other Chamber Members. This member has contributed their time and effort to the Chamber movement. This is a Chamber staff pick award.
And the award goes to Chilliwack Economic Partners Cooperation
“Directors Award” sponsored by 89.5 The Drive – Awarded to the Chamber Director who has stood out from other Directors. This Director has volunteered their time and effort to the Chamber movement. This is a Chamber executive committee pick award.
And the award goes to Jordan Forsyth
“Retail Excellence Award” sponsored by Canada Lands Company – This category recognizes a retail establishment which has demonstrated outstanding business success and innovation. This retailer has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. The retailer is widely respected throughout Chilliwack for achievements and community involvement.
And the award goes to Little Mountain Greenhouses, Garden Centre & Florist
“Sustainability Leadership Award” sponsored by The City of Chilliwack – The City of Chilliwack and the Chamber of Commerce are pleased to recognize outstanding contributions via sustainable initiatives. The recipient of this award has actively implemented, integrated and promoted sustainability into the workplace. They are recognized for their outstanding contributions to community sustainability through economic, social and environmental excellence and have demonstrated a visible commitment to sustainable business practices.
And the award goes to Groundswell Co-Housing Ltd. Yarrow Eco Village
“New Business of the Year” sponsored by KPMG – Presented to a new business in operation for less than 3 years and more than one year. This business has demonstrated excellence in the areas of innovation, management, marketing, customer service, and integrity.
And the award goes to Mt. Waddingtons Outdoors
“Employee of the Year Award” sponsored by The Chilliwack Times – This employee exemplifies excellence in customer service, is a team player and leader, and is involved in our community. This employee believes honesty and integrity are important to success.
And the award goes to Debra Archer from Scotiabank
“Young Entrepreneur of the Year” sponsored by Murray Honda Chilliwack – The recipient of this award must be under the age of 30, exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit, and should make valuable contributions to the community. This award symbolizes the achievements for innovative entrepreneurs who provide inspiration, exemplify excellence, and carry out their unique vision.
And the award goes to Amanda Quinton, Project Dance
“Not for Profit/Service Club of the Year” sponsored by Chances Chilliwack – A local non-profit organization that exemplifies excellence in service to the community – this category will represent both large and small organizations. We will select one organization to be honored annually, which will receive donations from select chamber events throughout the year.
And the award goes to Chilliwack Learning Community Society
Congratulations to all nominees and recipients.