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Posted: October 13, 2015

Community, Business Awards finalists named

The Awards Committee of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 Community and Business Excellence Awards.

This was the first year that the nominations were collected only through online nomination forms. Received were 125 submissions that included 60 different businesses, organizations, and individuals.

A volunteer judging panel has gone through the nomination applications and narrowed down each category to a list of finalists. We have a community full of fantastic business and simply trying to identify the top three or four was a challenge. We are excited to celebrate the success of these great businesses at the Awards Gala on October 23.

Community and Business Excellence Award Finalists – 2015

Wapiti Music Festival 2015. Christine Shaw photo
Wapiti Music Festival 2015. Christine Shaw photo

Spirit of Fernie – Sponsored by Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge: Elk Valley Hospice;
Emily Brydon Youth Foundation;
 Wapiti Music Festival.

Community Tourism Achievement – Sponsored by Tourism Fernie: Happy Cow Ice Cream & Desserts;
 Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique;
 Spa 901.

Outstanding Customer Service – Sponsored by Fernie Alpine Resort: Elk Valley Hospice;
 Healing Hollow; 

Hyundai 4H 2New Business of the Year – Sponsored by Majic, Purdy Law Corporation: DIY or DIE;
Eye of the Needle/Fernie Forge; 
Lilac Media; The Chopstick Truck.

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay: Elevation Showcase;
 Nourish Through Nature;
 Three Sisters Day Spa.

Employee of the Year – Sponsored by EK Employment and Work BC: Catherine Sullivan;
Deanne Milley;
 Paul Rolph; Shayne Brideau.

Employer of the Year: Canadian Tire; Heaven Boutique; Nevados; Super 8 Fernie.

Fernie Business of the Year – Sponsored by Telus: Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique; 
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; 
Super 8 Fernie.

Chamber Business Excellence – Sponsored by Fernie Chamber of Commerce: Fernie Brewing;
 Mow and Snow;
 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Business Leadership Award – Sponsored by Finning: Claris Media;
 Fernie Brewing;
 Grow Children’s Boutique; Home Hardware.

Other awards to be given out at the Awards Gala include Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and The Chamber Legacy Award.

The Chamber Legacy Award recognizes a business or business person whose efforts have accomplished extraordinary things that have benefited Fernie and area in unique and meaningful ways. It is a business that is an inspiration and role model for the community. To be considered for this award, the business or individual must have been operating for 10 plus years. It is a chance for the business community to recognize those businesses that have been integral to the Fernie community.

The Chamber of Commerce thanks the many businesses and individuals who help organize and sponsor these awards. Including Telus, ISL Engineering, BC Hydro, Super 8 Fernie, Fernie Brewing Company, Western Financial Group, Freshies, and Bridge Bistro.

You can buy your tickets for the Awards Gala through the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, call 250-423-6868 or online HERE.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents over 260 business in Fernie and the Elk Valley. Its mission is to strengthen commerce in the Fernie area and is guided by principles of membership, integrity, best- practices, business excellence, and non-partisanship. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is ‘The Voice of Business in Fernie.’

Fernie Chamber of Commerce

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