From left: Pat Jacobson (Citizen of the Year); Bonnie Wallis, SOS (accepting on behalf of Ron Jarrett – Volunteer of the Year); Cindy and Len Thomson, Bailey’s in the Village (Business of the Year); Travis Ramstad, Dolly’s (Customer Service Excellence); Maggie Bugg, Crossfit (Young Entrepreneur of the Year); Bill Luchtmeijer (Lifetime Achievement). Not pictured: Bridgett and Arnold Lescorbeau, Blackbird Schnitzel Haus (New Business of the Year); Brian Wiese (Newsmaker of the Year). (Lissa Alexander photo)

Qualicum Beach doles out Community Awards

Jacobson is Citizen of the Year; new mayor Wiese named top newsmaker

Qualicum Beach honoured its own on Wednesday night.

The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce staged the 2018 Community Awards at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

Each year the Chamber honours individuals and businesses for their contribution to the community and excellence in business. This celebration follows a nomination period during which Qualicum Beach residents and visitors are encouraged to nominate those they consider deserving of recognition.

Nominees and recipients for the 2018 Qualicum Beach Community Awards:

Business of the Year

Sponsored by the Career Centre

Final Approach

Qualicum Beach School of Dance

2018 Business of the Year: Bailey’s in the Village

Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by Society of Organized Services

Lindsey Genoe

Pat Jacobson

2018 Volunteer of the Year: Ron Jarrett

Outstanding Customer Service

Sponsored by Waypoint Insurance

Blair Stewart (BMO)

Cockney Pride

David Zuehlke (QF)

2018 Excellent Customer Service Award: Travis Ramstad (Dolly’s Home Hardware)

New Business of the Year

Sponsored by Community Futures Central Island

Knockananna Grill

2018 New Business of the Year: Black Bird Schnitzel Haus

Newsmaker of the Year

Sponsored by Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers

2018 Newsmaker of the Year: Brian Wiese; A New Mayor for Qualicum Beach

Citizen of the Year

Sponsored by Qualicum Foods

Lindsey Genoe

Shari Selva

2018 Citizen of the Year: Pat Jacobson

Young Entrepreneur

Sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union

Christie Carter-Tokairin – Revived Vintage

Megan Richardson – Mod Apparel

2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Maggie Bugg – Crossfit.

Also presented was the Parksville Qualicum Beach Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Luchtmeijer.

The chamber thanked the volunteers who helped to make the evening a success and the support of sponsors: Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Society of Organized Services, Community Futures Central Island, Qualicum Foods, Waypoint Insurance, the Career Centre, Coastal Community Credit Union, and the Parksville Qualicum Beach Foundation.

— NEWS Staff

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