Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Dec 3: 2021 Community & Business Excellence Awards Virtual Awards

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | Virtually Broadcast VIA Zoom and Facebook Live


Awards Finalists have been announced!



Congratulations to the finalists of the 2021 Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Community & Business Excellence Awards.

These awards serve as an opportunity to unite our community by coming together virtually and in spirit, to celebrate the achievements of our business and greater community.

These incredible achievements and remarkable acts of service and community support have continued in spite of the challenging last year and a half.

This year more than ever, the awards will celebrate the efforts and passion of our local entrepreneurs, businesses and community groups. Together we recognize the achievements and contributions to the community and economy across the Bulkley Valley.


Celebrate with us by setting up a virtual awards Covid safe Facebook Live viewing party for December 3rd. The event will start at 5pm

If you are a finalist or a sponsor please join us via the ZOOM link.
(Meeting ID 891 8258 5180Please call the office {250-847-5072} if you need the passcode)
Business Person of the Year - Sponsored by Edmison Mehr Chartered Professional Accountants

FINALIST ARE: Alpenhorn Bistro & Bar, Nature’s Pantry, and Smithers Brewing Company


Business of the Year - Sponsored by Interior News

FINALIST ARE: Sascha Hillebrand, Alpenhorn Bistro & Bar; Peter Karnouskas, Telly’s Grill and Meg Roberts, Rustica Wood Fired Bakery


Citizen/Volunteer of the Year - Sponsored by RBC Smithers

FINALIST ARE: Christine Bruce, Inderjit Grewal and Guido Holenstein


Customer Service Excellence - Business - Sponsored by Hudson Bay Lodge

FINALIST ARE Heartstring Home Décor, Glacier Toyota, and Oscar’s Fly & Tackle


Customer Service Excellence - Individual - Sponsored by the Salvation Army

FINALIST ARE Duane DeVries, Bulkley Valley Credit Union; Sadie Little, Pharmasave and Deborah Townsend, Smithers Brewing Company


Excellence in Education - Sponsored by Nature's Pantry

FINALIST ARE Inderjit Grewal, Smithers Secondary School; Mary Neto, Walnut Park Elementary and Lilliana Pesce, Muheim Elementary School


Family Friendly Business of the Year - Sponsored by Bulkley Valley Credit Union

FINALIST ARE: Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, New to you and Smithers Bowl


Home Based Business of the Year - Sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard

FINALIST ARE: Bulkley Valley Hive & Honey, Camus Photography and New Creation Mobile Repairs & Restoration


Major Contributor to Arts & Culture – Sponsored by ScotiaBank

FINALIST ARE: Bulkley valley Brewery, Facundo Gastiazoro and Raven Tacuara Arts Collective


Public Service Excellence - Sponsored by Aspen Inn & Suites

FINALIST ARE:BV District Hospital/Northern Health Care Workers, Salvation Army Foodbank and Northern Society for Domestic Peace


Tourism Excellence Award - Sponsored by Tourism Smithers

FINALIST ARE: Bulkley Valley Exhibition, Camus Photography and Hudson Bay Mountain Resort


Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by Bulkley Valley Credit Union

FINALIST ARE: Olivia Hunter, Olivia’s Café; Aimee Steers, Sweet Dreams Esthetics and Jordan Young, Local Supply Co.


Zero Waste Circular Economy Business of the Year - Sponsored by the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako

FINALIST ARE: Bulkley Valley Wholesale, Gredelicious, Riverside Kitchen


Building Excellence Awards – Sponsored by Town of Smithers

Residential – 3920 Alfred Avenue (Smithers first skinny home development)

Mixed-Use – 3764 Third Avenue (Edward Jones)

Institutional – 4092 Mountainview Drive (Walnut Park School)


Local Leadership Award - Sponsored by Village of Telkwa

Riverside Kitchen


Also being presented during the evening is

the David McKenzie community Booster Award - Sponsored by The Interior New


the Community Legacy Impact Award - Co-Sponsored by the Town of Smithers and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce


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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