Chamber announces awards finalists

The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has announced its short list of nominees for the 78th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards.

The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has announced its short list of nominees for the upcoming 78th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards.

Earlier this month, a selection committee chose two  finalists in each category. A total of 59 names had been submitted.

The selection committee consisted of Chamber vice-president Robert Hacking, Colin Powell representing the business community, Coun. Janet Peake and John Topham representing the community.

Business of the Year

o Dirty Laundry Vineyard

o True Grain Bread

Citizen/Volunteer of the Year

o Paul Barber and Charlotte Burley

o Karen Hooper

Rising Star/New Business

o Artisans of the Okanagan

o Rotary Summerland Sunday Market

Young Entrepreneur

o Corrine Inman, Morpheus Graphix and Publications

o Carrie Mayes, Peanuts and Pumpkins Kids Shop

Tourism/Hospitality Excellence

o Kettle Valley Steam Railway

o Mike West, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Trade Services Excellence

o Summerland Glass and Mirror

o Summerland Tirecraft Auto  Centre

Professional Services Excellence

o Terry Sedawie, RBC Royal Bank

o Mike Stohler, Remax Orchard Country

Retail Excellence

o Cherry Tree Quilts

o The Suburban Princess

Sustainability Leader

o Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

o What The Fungus

Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence

o Okanagan Vinegar Brewery

o Lone Tree Coffee

Technology and Innovation

o Cordillera Consulting

o What The Fungus

Members of the business community are able to vote for the finalists until Feb. 18.

The public may vote for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year.

Voting is done electronically on the Summerland Chamber’s website at summerlandchamber.com

The Mayor’s Award of Excellence will also be presented at the awards gala.

The award is given at the mayor’s discretion to a local organization which has made an outstanding contribution to  the community.

The gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 at Summerland Waterfront Resort.

Tickets are available from the Summerland Chamber of Commerce office.