A total of 72 Summerland businesses and organizations have been nominated in this year’s Summerland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
“We are extremely pleased with the response we have seen from the community,” said David Hull, executive director of the chamber. “The dramatic increase in nominations is directly related to the changes made this year in how the award recipients are selected.”
This year is the 81st year for the annual Business and Community Excellence Awards.
Now that the list of business award nominees has been completed, three-person adjudicating panels will meet with the nominees in each categories.
The adjudication process will take place March 5 to 7. Nominees will meet with the panel for 30 minutes.
Hull said the process is an improvement from recent years when chamber members voted to determine the award winners.
“In previous years the award recipient was determined by a voting process. The awards are intended to be a recognition of business excellence and not a popularity contest. This year each nominee will meet with a three-person panel adjudicating their respective award category.”
In addition, Mayor Toni Boot will present the Mayor’s Award of Excellence.
This award, presented at the mayor’s discretion, is given to a business or nonprofit organization for an ongoing commitment to the community.
There are also three community awards which will be presented.
The awards are the Summerland Leadership Award, the Arts and Culture Award and the Citizen of the Year Award.
Nominees are still being accepted for the Youth Leadership Award, the Arts and Culture Award and the Citizen of the Year Award. The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. For more information or to nominate someone, please visit summerlandchamber.com/community-awards.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony which will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Centre Stage Theatre.
The following are the business nominees for 2019
Accredited Professional Services Excellence: Giants Head Dental, Avery Law, Royal LePage Parkside Realty Summerland, Bell Jacoe and Company, Yvonne Whiting Notary Public.
Agriculture and Agri-Business Excellence: Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Summerland Varieties, Saxon Estate Winery,
Apple Barn, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, Dickinson Family Farm, Pro-Ag Equipment Repair
Business of the Year: Back in Line Physical Therapy, Swiss Solar Tech, Sass Boutique, Verity Electrical Contracting, Evolution Athletics, ABK Restoration Services, The BeadTrails Experience, Streamline Mechanical
Business Person of the Year: Erick Thompson – ET2 Media, Dianne Mayhew – Beauty and the Brit, Gillilan Stohler – SummerGate Winery, Brian Callow – What the Fungus
Business to Business Excellence: Meritage Viticulture Services, Open Skies Media, Maple Roch Pure Maple Syrup, Angella Dykstra Chartered Professional Accountant
Customer Service Excellence: Beauty Box, Esthetics By Nicole, True Grain, Petkau Infotech, Your Dollar Store With More, Summerland Taxi, Summerland Library, Summerland Dental Centre, Davan Ventures, Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy, Edward Jones – Victoria Ave., Ogopogo Meats & Sausages
Hospitality and Tourism Excellence: Summerland Sweets/Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery, Ogopogo Tours, Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa, Jewell Ranch and Wellness Retreat, La Punta Norte Guest Inn, Kettle Valley Steam Railway
Manufacturing and Production Excellence: AAA Aluminum Products, Range Rider (R&R Plastics), Interior Stainless, Ripley Stainless, Arrow Industries/Arrow Truck Caps, John Rousseau Design
New Business of the Year: iKhaya Day Spa, Koncept Kalifornia, Purple Hemp, Burns Mechanical, Giants Head Barbershop, The Chalk House
Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Summerland Health Care Auxiliary, Ryga Arts Festival, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group, Agur Lake Camp Society
Retailer of the Year: Rustic and Refined, Summerland Liquor Store, Nesters Market, The Suburban Princess, Carls Flower Company
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Mark Sheriff – Deputy Diesel Performance, Karl, Konrad and Robert Nehring – Monkey Puzzle Construction, Amanda Frankham – Summerland School of Dance, Tyson Felt – Heavens Gate Estate Winery
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