• Greater Vernon Chamber announces 2020 Business Excellence winners

    VERNON – Hard work, leadership and ingenuity were celebrated during the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards gala Oct. 23.

    Awards were handed out in 12 categories during the virtual event, with Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, as the presenting sponsor.

    “It was an exciting evening as the winner in each category was announced, and this year was truly a celebration of entrepreneurial spirit, vision and thinking outside of the box as our businesses and non-profit agencies navigate the challenges created by the pandemic,” said Krystin Kempton, Greater Vernon Chamber president.

    “We also want to recognize all of the nominees for their determination, passion and contributions to the community.”

    The winners of the 2020 Business Excellence Awards are:

    • Business of the Year sponsored by Valley First:  The Med
    (Honourable mention: Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery)
    • People’s Choice Award sponsored by Total Restoration Services: Turning Points Collaborative Society
    (Honourable mention: Sterling Centre Remedy's RX Pharmacy, J.C. Tompson Construction, The Bridge Educational Society)
    • Small Business of the Year sponsored by Community Futures: Anna’s Vitamins Plus
    (Honourable mention: Home for Dinner, Kalamalka General Store, Ritual Barbershop)
    • New Business of the Year sponsored by MNP LLP: Fill – Vernon’s Refill Store
    (Honourable mention: Bottle None, Boarding House Cafe, Cheese on Wheels)
    • Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Nixon Wenger Lawyers: Alysia Lor-Knill, Teassential
    (Honourable mention: Mitchel Derksen, Numu Consulting; Elmaz Wilder, Ritual Barbershop; Kayley Letendre, Sugarbees Ice Cream Company)
    • Businessperson of the Year sponsored by Kal Tire: Tony Dyck, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
    (Honourable mention: Brad Pelletier, Predator Ridge Resort; Richard Finn, Wayside; Joe Pearson, Remax)
    • Employer of the Year sponsored by City of Vernon: Sproing Creative
    (Honourable mention: Community Futures North Okanagan, Valley First, The Home Depot)
    • Customer Service Award sponsored by Okanagan Spring Brewery: Sterling Centre Remedy’s RX Pharmacy
    (Honourable mention: Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar, Vernon Teach and Learn, Olive Us Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room, Okanagan Restoration)
    • Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by Tekmar Control Systems: UnderGround Kombucha
    (Honourable mention: Kekuli Bay Cabinetry, Summit Tiny Homes, Planet Bee Honey Farm)
    • Non-Profit Excellence Award sponsored by Community Foundation North Okanagan: Social Planning Council North Okanagan
    (Honourable mention: Venture Training, Greater Vernon Museum & Archives, North Okanagan Valley Gleaners)
    • Community Leader of the Year sponsored by De Vine Vintners: Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
    (Honourable mention: The Fig Bistro, Lake City Casino, Vernon Teach and Learn)
    • Innovator of the Year sponsored by TD Bank: The Med
    (Honourable mention: Caufields Engraving, Turning Points Collaborative Society, Martens Holdings)

    The winners will be invited to a private event to receive their awards in person.

    With the People’s Choice Award, partial proceeds from online voting will establish a scholarship for a local business student while other proceeds will fund Chamber initiatives to support local business.

    The gala included video messages from Ken Holland, general manager of the Edmonton Oilers; and Jillian Harris, founder and creative director of Jillian Harris Design, former Bachelorette and co-host of Love It Or List It Vancouver. There was also a live performance by Andrew Allen and the MC was Betty Selin from Sun FM.

    “Thank you to Jillian, Ken, Andrew and Betty for making the gala an evening to remember. Also a big thank you to our sponsors and residents, who submitted nominations, for making the 2020 Business Excellence Awards a tremendous success,” said Dan Proulx, Greater Vernon Chamber general manager.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:    
    Dan Proulx, General Manager    
    Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, E: manager@vernonchamber.ca  P: 250-545-0771