Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Finalists for the 2020 Community & Business Awards have been selected and voting has commenced!

November 4, 2020

Finalists for the 2020 Community & Business Awards have been selected and our Chamber members have until Friday, November 13th to vote for their favorite business/individual. Please vote using the link sent in your Chamber email only as we are not accepting votes on Facebook.

Congratulations to the following finalists (listed in random order):

Business of the Year: Free-Lance Automotive, Smithers Feed Store, The Sausage Factory.
Business Person of the Year: Kathryn Johnson from Kathryn Johnson Notary Public Inc., Sherri Morgan from Fourth Ave On Main, Scott Olesiuk from Glacier Toyota.
Citizen/Volunteer of the Year: Matt Bruintjes, Lisa O'Sullivan, Luke Smith.
Customer Service Excellence - Business: Heartstrings Home Decor & Gifts, La Petite Spa Smithers, Nature's Pantry.
Customer Service Excellence - Individual: MaryAnn Miller from Smithers Home Hardware, Sherri Morgan from Fourth Ave On Main, Emilie Schmidt from ReJar Zero Waste.
Excellence in Education: Jonathan Boone from Bulkley Valley Christian School, Kirsten Morgan from Canadian Ski Patrol Smithers Zone, Perry Rath from Smithers Secondary School.
Family Friendly Business of the Year: Hudson Bay Mountain, Smithers Passage House, UFO on Main.
Home Based Business of the Year: Adventure Camp Tourism, Bloom Esthetics, Chef Brandi Collins (Riverside Kitchen Co.)
Major Contributor to the Arts & Culture: Smithers Community Radio CICK 93.9, Perry Rath Arts.
Public Service Excellence: Proton Foundation (Mark DeHoog), The Salvation Army Smithers BC Food Bank, St James Soup Kitchen.
Tourism Excellence Award: Frontier Steelhead Experience/Frontier Farwest, Hudson Bay Mountain, Oscar's Source For Adventure.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Nadine Huisman from Bloom Esthetics, Hudson Olesiuk from See Thru Glass Cleaning, Emilie Schmidt from ReJar Zero Waste.
Zero Waste Circular Economy Business of the Year: Braun Industrial, Bulkley Valley Wholesale, ReJar Zero Waste.

Winners will be announced at the Virtual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 25th.

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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