Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Business Awards attracted over 200 people to celebrate the award category finalists

November 20, 2019

Attendees applauded the winners at the 2019 Community & Business Awards held by the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce at the Prestige Hudson BayLodge on Saturday, November 16th

President Greg Wacholz introduced the MC, Shane Loughran and Nick Meyer who orchestrated the evening's events and announced winners in 13 categories along with Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards and a Telkwa Business Leadership Award.

The three finalists for  Business of the Year (sponsored by The Interior News)  were Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Local Supply Co, Roadhouse Smithers. BulkleyValley Credit union was announced Business of the Year. Up for Businessperson of the Year (sponsored by Edmison Mehr Chartered Professional Accountants) was Michael Des Harnais of Babine Animal Hospital, Scott Olesiuk of Glacier Toyota and Avi Ranjan of Subway. The award recipients for Business Person of the Year was Avi Ranjan. Customer Service Excellence for a Business (sponsored by Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge)  finalists were Bulkley Valley Insurance, Bulkley Valley Wholesale and Daddio's Family Restaurant with Bulkley Valley Wholesale being announced as the finalist. For Customer Service Excellence as an individual (sponsored by Salvation Army) Amy Brandstetter of Sedaz Lingerie, Duane De Vries of Bulkley VBalley Credit Union and Caroline Marko of Salt Boutique were the three finalists with Duane Des Vries taking home the coveted Alpenman trophy. In other categories the awards went to Mark De Hoog for Citizen/Volunteers of the Year, sponsored by RBC Smithers; Nature's Pantry for Environmental Business of the Year, sponsored by the Town of Smithers and Regional District of Bulkley Nechako; Bulkley Valley Bright Beginning Day Care for Family Friendly Business of the Year, sponsored by BV Credit Union; Rustica Wood Fired Bakery for Home-Based Business of the Year, sponsored by Smithers Lumber Yard; Witsuwit'en Wednesday for Major Contributors to Arts and Culture, sponsored by Scotiabank; Smithers Fire Department for Public Service Excellence, sponsored by the Aspen Inn & Suites; Smithers Brewing Company for Tourism Excellence Award, sponsored by Tourism Smithers and Jennah Gainer from Telly's Grill for the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by the BV Credit Union.  Also presented during the evening was the David McLenzsie Community Champion award sponsored by the Interior News. The was presented Posthumously to Sandy Nixon for all her contributions to the community and especially to youth through her volunteer work at the schools and in the dance community.   Her husband and daughter accepted on her behalf.

In the Residential Building Excellence Category, sponsored by the Town of Smithers, Goodacre Place was awarded honours. In the Commercial/Industrial Building Excellence Category, Raven Adventures was the recipient and for the Mixed-Use Development, it was Smithers Home Hardware.   

On behalf of Mayor Brad Layton, Chamber President Greg Wacholtz presented the Telkwa Business Leadership Award to Triple Ventures.

The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce appreciates the tremendous support of the business community for contributions to the event that result in the evening's success. 

We have tried to build on what Don and Tom started here years ago. Our philosophy is somewhat simple, we try to work hard every day and provide straightforward communication with our customers. We tell our staff, ‘treat our customers like we ourselves would like to be treated.’

-Mitch, Tyler and Don Pederson, Co-owners, AquaNorth Plumbing and Heating

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