Helen Armstrong, executive director of the North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA), left, and Wayside’s Nancy Wilde stand with the award-winning sign Wilde designed and Wayside built for the entrance of NONA’s Foord Clubhouse.
A Vernon business has been honoured with a national award.
Wayside designed the sign for the North Okanagan Neurological Association’s Foord Clubhouse, which shows a wood club house perched atop a tree with a 3D design.
The effort claimed the top prize in the building sign category from the Best of Canada’s Sign Industry Awards.
Wayside co-owner Neil Perry calls it an iconic win for Wayside, and credits Nancy Wilde and her team for making it happen.
Wilde worked closely with NONA and its executive director, Helen Armstrong, to come up with ideas for the sign.
They wanted to recognize the welcoming atmosphere that NONA provides to its young clients and their caregivers as well as therapists, and also the Foord family.
Tom Foord, founder of Kal Tire, and his wife, Norah, were long-time contributors to NONA.
“Many of the sign’s whimsical symbols can be attributed to the Foords, including the Kal Tire jet, an old tobacco tin, in which Tom is said to have kept his receipts, as well as a sheep, representing Norah, who was born to a sheep farming family,” says Wilde.