Summerland Chamber announces awards nominees

Gala on March 3 will recognize business and community excellence

The Summerland Chamber of Commerce will present the 80th Annual Business and Community Awards on Saturday, March 3.

These awards celebrate entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, best business practices, contribution to the economy and to the community.

Nominations closed on Jan. 25 with 54 businesses and individuals nominated in 15 categories. T

Business of the Year

8th Generation Vineyards ABK Restoration Services Ltd.

Alder Street Autobody

Bead Trails Experience

Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple Syrup

Summerland District Credit Union

Summerland Gold and Silver Exchange

Swiss Solar Tech Ltd.

Yaki’s Pizza and Subs

Zias Stonehouse Restaurant

Rising Star/New Business

Angella Dykstra Chartered Professional Accountant

Antlers Surf

The Chalk House

Detonate Brewing Company

Giants Head Barbershop

Koncept Kalifornia

Mountain View Landscape Supplies

Nomad Cider

Rustic and Refined

Union Kitchen Inc.

Yvonne Whiting, Notary Public

Sustainability Leader Award

Ogopogo Tours

Swiss Solar Tech Ltd.

Technology and Innovation Award

ElectroMotion Energy

Swiss Solar Tech Ltd.

Award for Excellence in Agriculture

Adrian Arts

Brarstar Orchards

Summerland Sweets

Professional Services Excellence Award

ABK Restoration Services Ltd.

Beauty and the Brit

Chantelle Meriam/Retha Marsden – Edward Jones

Morpheus Graphix

Open Skies Media

Summerland District Credit Union

Wag Spa

Wanda Barkwill

Trade Services Excellence

Deputy Diesel Performance

Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence

Noah’s Ark Metal Work

John Rousseau Design

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Dustin Minty — Evolution Athletics

Huan Pham — Lakeshore Fitness and Health

Mike Hughes and Lauren Forsyth — Grasslands Nursery

Tourism/Hospitality Excellence

8th Generation Vineyards

Bead Trails Experience Donita Dyer — Summerland Bottleneck Drive Wine Association

True Grain Bread

Retail Excellence Award

Bead Trails Experience

Summerland Gold and Silver Exchange

The Peach Pitt of Summerland

Award for Excellence in Customer Service

Katerina Bakalos-Roshier — Summerland Gold and Silver Exchange/Green Gaia Products

Nicole Haddow — Esthetics by Nicole

Mirjana Komljenovic — Neighbourlink/Maple Roch

Roch Fortin — Maple Roch

Terry Sedawie — RBC

Yolanta Malkovska — 8th Generation Vineyard

The Arts Award

Bead Trails Experience

Dianne Hildebrand

Peter Hay and Dorthea Atwater — Ryga Festival

Rudy Skoreyko — Artisans of the Okanagan

Citizen /Volunteer of the Year

Dan Dinsmore

Erick Thompson

Ingrid Wuensche

Mirjana Komljenovic

Sophia Zhang

Terry Sedawie

Excellence in Community Youth Leadership Award

Grant Mansiere

Jillian Henrichsen

Tiana Ferlizza

All nominees will be honoured at a free nominees’ reception sponsored by Nesters Market, with support from Bottleneck Drive, on Friday, Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

All nominees will be eligible in the voting process. From Feb. 7 to 20, the business community will vote in all categories.

The public is also invited to vote for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year award, The Arts Award, the Award for Excellence in Customer Service and the Excellence in Community Youth Leadership Award.

All awards will be presented at the awards gala.

The Mayor’s Award of Excellence, given at the mayor’s discretion to a local organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the community, will also be presented at that time.

The awards gala will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Centre Stage Theatre. Tickets are available beginning Feb. 2 online at the Summerland Chamber of Commerce website, at

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