On March 11th the Summerland Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 79th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards with an “Oscar-style” gala ceremony. Held at Summerland’s Centre Stage, the evening was a wonderful celebration of business excellence and community support in Summerland. At the reception guests enjoyed fabulous, unique bites by Union Kitchen Inc., a signature cocktail called Summerland Sunset, from Okanagan Crush Pad and Maple Roch Pure Canadian Maple Syrup, and live entertainment.
The returning emcee was Erick Thompson of ET2media, the Chamber’s Board President, who kept the evening running smoothly with his quick humour and professionalism.
In many award categories online voting was very close; an indicator of the strength of the business community in Summerland.
The award recipients are:
Business of the Year, sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union: awarded to True Grain Bread.
Citizen/Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Nesters Market: awarded to Grant Stone.
The Mayor’s Award of Excellence, sponsored by the District of Summerland: awarded to the Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society.
Rising Star/New Business, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank Summerland: awarded to Main Street Yoga.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by IGA Summerland: awarded to Kari Harding of Rock Star District.
Professional Services Excellence, sponsored by Brown Benefits: awarded to the Summerland Credit Union.
Retail Excellence, sponsored by the Summerland Review: awarded to IGA Summerland.
Excellence in Customer Service, sponsored by RE/MAX Orchard Country: awarded to Johanne Roy of Nesters Market Summerland.
Trade Services Excellence, sponsored by Alder Street Auto Body: awarded to Integra Tire Auto Centre.
Tourism & Hospitality Excellence, sponsored by Sumac Ridge Estate Winery: awarded to Zias Stonehouse Restaurant.
Excellence in Agriculture, sponsored by Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive Winery Association: awarded to LocalMotive Organic Delivery & Okanagan Crush Pad in a tie with What the Fungus.
Manufacturing/Industrial Excellence, sponsored by Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen: awarded to Backyard Beans Coffee.
Sustainability Leader, sponsored by SummerGate Winery: awarded to Okanagan Crush Pad.
Technology and Innovation Excellence, sponsored by Accelerate Okanagan: awarded to ET2media.
The Arts Award, sponsored by the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa: awarded to Maureen King.