Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Community & Business Awards 2013

Customer Service Excellence

Annette Ingham of Hearstrings was the recipient of the Individual Customer Service Excellence Award. Runner-up is Brenda Dupras pictured with Rick Apperson, Salvation Army sponsor.

Scotch Tasting with James at Business Awards

Fabulous sounds of String Licorice fit in with Vintage Theme. Great Band!

The evening's program

Vintage flower arrangements were provided by Larkspur Floral and Design.

Business Person of the Year

Business Person of the Year went to Dean Moore, BV Printers

Telkwa Business Leadership

Telkwa Business Leadership award was prsented to Julie Saunders of Telkwa Strength and Fitness by Mayor Carman Graf

Public Service Excellence

Smithers Volunteer Fire Department is the finalist in Public Service Excellence

Technology Award

Holger Rode, along with his business partner Shirley Neilsen of Rode to Math Fluency, were presented the Technology/Innovation Award, sponsored by Northwest Science and Innovation. Presenting on the sponsor's behalf is Chamber director Jason Krauskopf.

Young Entrepreneur

Janik Heer of Robin Creek Dairy; Dane Drzimotta of Sitka Tree Services and Amanda Dorsch of Creative Roots Performing Arts. Amanda Dorsch was the Finalist.

Major Contributor to Arts & Culture

George Whitehead of Scotiabank presented certificates to the three finalists in Major Contributor to Arts and Culture, Poppy Dubar; Mike Doogan-Smith and Sharron Carrington. Mike was the Finalist.

Home Based Business

Harry Hofsink of Smithers Lumber Yard provided acknowledgement to the three shortlisted businesses in the Home-based Business Category. Joe Bolster of Extreme Signs & Stripes; Charon Carrington Music, and W.Diamond Rach. The award went to W. Diamond Ranch

Chamber staff, Heather Gallagher and Susan Bundock donned their fascinators for the Centennial 2013 Community and Business Awards, "Night of Fascination".

Business of the Year

the three finalists for Business of the Year were Aspen Inn, Smokescreen Graphics and Hawkair, with Hawkair taking the Alpenman Trophy home.

Centennial Committee

during the evening the Centennial 2013 Committee were honoured for their hardwork and dedication in organizing a year-long celebration. In the picture is Sean Mitchell (Legacy Committee); Sharon Carrington (Entertainment Committee); David MKenzie (Treasurer, Homecoming/Legacy and Core Committee); and Gladys Atrill, the Chair of the Event.

Volunteer of the Year

Gladys Atrill displays her three certificates as she was shortlisted to the top three in three categories: Business Person of the Year; Citizen/Volunteer of the Year and Tourism Excellence (Nothern Sun Tours). Gladys shared the Citizen trophy with David McKenzie.

Public Service Excellence

Smithers Child Development Centre; Toby Coupe and the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department were the shortlisted top three in Public Service Excellence. Smithers Volunteer Fire Department was the category finalist.

Family Friendly Business

essie Wright of Big Smiles, middle, was the award finalist in the category of Family Friendly Business.

Environmentally Friendly Business

Dawn to Dusk; Nature's Pantry and the Aspen Inn vied for Environmentally Firendly Business. The award went to Nature's Pantry.

Lovely ladies from Driftwood Dental show off their fascinators and their certificate at Awards Night.

Colin Bateman displays one of his category certificates. Tha Aspen Inn was shortlisted in Environmentally Friendly andBusiness of the Year and Colin Bateman for Business Person of the Year.

Customer Service Excellence

Smithers Feed Store was the finalist in Customer Service Excellence for a Business. Shorthlisted as well was Smithers Home Hardware and Spee-Dee Interior Stationery

Business of the Century

Once every 100 years the Chamber can award a Business of the Century -- Canadian National Railway was the recipient this Centennial Year. Steve Anderson of CN with Chamber president, George Whitehead

Steve Anderson of CN was present during the evening to recieve the Business of the Century Award for Canadian National Railway.

I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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