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Nomination List for Community and Business Awards

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2014 COMMUNITY & BUSINESS AWARDS FULL NOMINEE LIST

Congratulations to all the businesses who are so highly regarded and who received public nominations during the 2014 Awards process. This in an amazing honour and we extend our appreciation for the high level of service you provide. The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce received a record-breaking amount of nominations this year in 13 different categories. From this list of nominees a 5-member Selection Committee met, went over the criteria and selected three finalists in each category. Each of the three finalists will appear in Red on this compilation list. All of the three finalists have now been contacted and have been requested to supply biography information that will assist chamber members in casting their vote for the award finalist. The finalist will be announced at the Community and Business Awards that take place Saturday, November 1 at 6:30 at the Hudson Bay Lodge… Theme “Denim and Diamonds”.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Bandstra Transportation

Smithers Sausage Factory

Seabridge Gold

 

Nature’s Pantry

Roi Theatre

Heartstrings Home Décor

Hudson Bay Mountain Adventures

Barb’s Bodacious Boutique (3 NOMINATIONS)

Hawkair was also nominated but was a previous winner in 2012/13 so, as to the award policy, is not

re-eligible to be a finalist for five years. Congratulations, Hawkair, on the tremendous service you provide to our community. 

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Ali Howard, Nature’s Pantry

Jason Krauskopf, Rayz Board Shop)    (PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2007-2008 and under the awards policy

is now re-eligible for 2014) 

Barb Fassnacht, Barb’s Bodacious Boutique

Tracy Marcotte, Salon 1180

Kelly Ehalt, Hetherington & Hooper

Fred & Teresa Reitsma, Smithers Sausage Factory (FRED WAS PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2008-2009 and will be re-eligible for shortlisting again in 2015)

CITIZEN/VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Al & Bonnie McReary

Tom Grasmeyer

Fay Van Horn

Christina Briggs 

Jenny DeVries

Monika Gigleberger

Brian Hall (PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2010-2011, ineligible until 2016) 

Derek Holland

Fay Van Horn

Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – Business

Bulkley Valley Credit Union

Totem Audio Video

Sedaz Lingerie 

Northern Star Café

Extra Foods

Smithers Feed Store (PREVIOUS WINNER 2012-2013 so is ineligible until 2018)

Schimmel’s Fine Pastry

Hudson Bay Mountain

Barb’s Bodacious Boutique

Sweet Dreams Esthetics & Laser Studio

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE – Individual

Brandi Champinchini, Pharmasave

Doug Henderson, All Seasons Automotive

Nick & Mika Meyer, Bugwood Bean

Katie Froese, Bulkley Valley Eye Care

Mary Mackay, Schimmels Fine Pastries

Joey Talon, A&W

Bernard Lundy, Wooden Mallard

Bonnie Volk, Smithers Sausage Factory  (PREVIOUS WINNER 2009-2010 and is re-eligible in 2015))

Louise, Town of Smithers  

Chrissy Chapman, Hudson Bay Mountain

Donnie Hall, Safeway and Hudson Bay Lodge

Barb Fassnacht, Barb’s Bodacious Boutique (3 NOMINATIONS)

Brian Hall, Stork Nest Inn

ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS AWARD

NWCC School of Exploration & Mining and School District #54 for Dual Credit EMAP Program

Dawn 2 Dusk

Happy Pig Organic Farms (Marlene Thimer and Paul Murphy)

Town of Smithers

Natures Pantry (PREVIOUS WINNER 2013 so is re-eligible in 2018)

Bugwood Bean

Hudson Bay Mountain

 

FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

McBike and Sport

Hudson Bay Mountain

Gone Hollywood

Hetherington Hooper

Aspen Restaurant 

Big Smiles (PREVIOUS WINNER 2013 and re-eligible in 2018)

Smithers Sausage Factory

McDonald’s Restaurant

Heavenly Grinds (PREVIOUS WINNER 2012 and re-eligible in 2017)

Daddios Restaurant 

Salon 1180

HOME BASED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Deb Camenzind, Pampered Chef  (PREVIOUS WINNER 2000-2001 AND 2002-2003)

Chicken Creek Coffee

Fox Hole Bakery, Ursala Yeker

Telkwa Strength & Fitness, Julie Saunders

Jen, Norwex Products

Donna Harness, Tupperware

Ellen Krzanowski, Tupperware

PUBLIC SERVICE EXCELLENCE

ICount High School 

Smithers Community Services

Tourism Smithers 

NWCC School of Exploration & Mining and School District #54 for Dual Credit EMAP Program

School District #54

Bulkley Valley Regional Pool

Hudson Bay Mountain Adventures

Soup Kitchen at the St. James Anglican Church

Grant Gibson – Town of Smithers

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD

BV Energy Managers

TrekkingPartners.com

Paranormal Skis

TOURISM EXCELLENCE AWARD

Brian Hall

Hudson Bay Mountain

Hoskins Ford

Pharmasave

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Alana Butler, Broadway Music Studio

Theo Bandstra, Smithers Home Hardware

Dane Drzimotta, Sitka Tree Service

Amy Brandsetter, Sedaz Lingerie (PREVIOUS WINNER IN 2012)

Keelors Poo Pourite

Tory, Northern Star Cafe 

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO ARTS AND CULTURE

Joanne Campbell, Northword Magazine

Telkwa Kinsmen

BV Museum & Art Gallery

Hudson Bay Mountain Adventures

SpeeDee Interior Stationery

CICK Radio

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:43

Area All Candidates Forums

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The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce is involved in two area All Candidates Forums for the municipal election November 15.

Telkwa All Candidates Forum Tuesday October 28 7:00 pm at the Telkwa Community Hall

Smithers All Candidates Forums Wednesday October 29 7:00 pm at the Della Herman Theatre This event will be moderated by Kelly McCormack of McCormack Management with Rick Apperson minding the stopwatch. Also involved is the BC Northern Real Estate Board providing beverages and snacks during the break. In order to field questions you want the answers to please feel free to provide us with your priorities by responding by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a question that you would like the moderator to ask during the forum

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:42

Area All Candidates Forums

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The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce is involved in two area All Candidates Forums for the municipal election November 15.

Telkwa All Candidates Forum Tuesday October 28 7:00 pm at the Telkwa Community Hall

Smithers All Candidates Forums Wednesday October 29 7:00 pm at the Della Herman Theatre This event will be moderated by Kelly McCormack of McCormack Management with Rick Apperson minding the stopwatch. Also involved is the BC Northern Real Estate Board providing beverages and snacks during the break. In order to field questions you want the answers to please feel free to provide us with your priorities by responding by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a question that you would like the moderator to ask during the forum

It's a Hat Trick - Smithers Wins three UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities) Awards and

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Smithers Chamber welcomes Open for Business Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Smithers, September 24, 2014 – Local efforts to boost Smithers’ status as a great place to do business have won our town a key provincial award: the province’s
2014 Open for Business Award. 
“This is fantastic news for Smithers and a tribute to our town’s excellent leadership in creating a business-friendly community,” said Heather Gallagher, 
Manager of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. Just nine communities in all of B.C. won the award this year, out of 162 municipalities in the province. 
“It’s great to see Smithers recognized as a standout performer in all of B.C.,” and the award carries a $10,000 grant to fund more business-friendly developments in town. 
This will boost Smithers’ reputation province-wide as a great place to do business. “We hope this award will telegraph to businesses throughout B.C.:
“Come to Smithers and do business here.”
 
Just last week Alison Watson, Town Planner, led a group on a walking tour of downtown to display some of the improvements. Starting off at the Central Park Building 
which has been updated with a courtyard developed, over to the ex-Mohawk site with new landscaping, large courtyard and seating areas; down to Bovill Square 
with its magnificent Legacy Stage. There have been extensive changes to downtown C-1 parking regulations and elected officials have met for Business Let’s Chat Sessions, 
organized initially by the Town and continued  by the Chamber of Commerce, to listen to the needs of business owners. The Town is also experiencing one of the biggest 
building booms in years with retail outlets developed at the Smithers Mall; several multi-unit complexes, the new Perry and Company Building, and new arena  
rounding out over 12.4 million in building permits issued by June’s end, with more to come.
 
“Winning this award is a great honour for Smithers and a recognition of our town’s tireless efforts to build a strong economy and strengthen our job-creating 
businesses,” Gallagher said. 

And to celebrate Smithers’ Hat trick at the Union of BC Municipality’s AGM and Policy Sessions, Smithers has also won a ‪UBCM Community Excellence award for Community Engagement and 
was honoured to accept the annual WoodWorks Community Recognition Award on September 24 on behalf of all of the volunteers and builders who contributed to the timberframe stage at 
Bovill Square. The award, presented by the Canadian Wood Council, recognizes communities that have showcased the use of wood in local projects.

The BC Chamber of Commerce also commended Smithers for its win. “Smithers should be very proud of what it’s achieved here,” said John Winter, president and 
CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “These awards recognize role model communities throughout the province that are taking tangible steps to build a 
better British Columbia.” The BC Chamber represents 125 Chambers and 36,000 businesses in BC.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:41

Calling for nominations for the 2014 Community & Business Awards

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Each year the Chamber honours businesses at the Annual Awards night, this year being hosted Saturday, November 1 at the Hudson Bay Lodge.  From Business of the Year to Youth Entrepreneur; Environmentally Friendly Business to Tourism Excellence, each year we receive hundreds of nominations for your favourite businesses.

Think of when someone provided you with exemplary service or went out of their way to get you the answer to a question; someone who went over and above the call-of-duty because they're happy to have you as their customer. You can nominate a business in each of the 12 categories or just choose a couple categories. You can either drop off the nomination ballots at the Chamber office (behind the museum and rail car); fax it back to us at 250-847-3337; mail it to us at Box 2379, Smithers V0J 2N0; scan it and email it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It's even available on line here by clicking on the form that you can print out.

DOWNLOAD YOUR NOMINATION FORMS AND AWARD CRITERIA HERE

 


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:27

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