Armstrong and Spallumcheen have honoured their best with the annual Community Excellence Awards sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
Awards were handed out in ten categories including Organization of the Year which went to The Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society, and the Volunteer of the Year, to Emily Gunning.
Here is the complete list of recipients:
* Rising Star Frosted Tier Cakes sponsored by Chris Heidt – Tekamar Mortgages Ltd.
* Micro Business of the Year Full Circle Memory Beads sponsored by VantageOne Credit Union
* Small Business of the Year Escape Tanning & Esthetics sponsored by Blackwell Building Movers
* Mid-Size Business of the Year Country Bakery sponsored by Community Futures North Okanagan
* Corporate Business of the Year Armstrong Regional Cooperatives sponsored by Hub International Barton Insurance
* Employee of the Year Joanne Prentis – Heaton Place Retirement Centre/Tuckers Restaurant sponsored by Shepherd’s Home Hardware & Outdoor Living Centre
* Revitalization & Innovation Askews Foods Armstrong (Corporate) & One Stop Automotive (Small Business) sponsored by Okanagan Restoration Ltd.
* Hospitality & Tourism Cam Jammers ‘Rods ‘n’ Rails Carshow’ sponsored by the Township of Spallumcheen
* Organization of the Year Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society sponsored by Hytec – A Division of Kohler
* Volunteer of the Year Emily Gunning sponsored by the City of Armstrong
Chamber vice president Peter Rotzetter says they received some great nominations.
“It was evident that for some, a lot of consideration and thought went into putting the nomination together. A record number of nominations were received including a few from residents of outside Armstrong Spallumcheen that wanted to recognize local businesses.”
Chamber member The Brown Derby Café was recognized with a ‘Recognition of Excellence’ celebrating 20 years as a contributing member of the business community.
“It was noted that the Brown Derby Cafe provides support to many organizations in the community,’ said President Andrew Laird. “In addition they can always be counted on to participate in decorating challenges and events.”
“We are so thankful to have the support of our members and local businesses,’ said Patti Noonan, Executive Director Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce. “We could not present an event like this without their support. It is also important to recognize the efforts of the board, staff and volunteers who worked to make this a fun networking event.”