Parksville chamber announces award finalists

Annual business achievement gala set for March 15

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce will be honouring the outstanding business members in the community this week.

The category winners will be officially announced at the Business Achievement Awards Gala Thursday, March 15, at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.

There was a record number of nominations, according to a release from the chamber, due in part to the nominations committee heading out into the community and promoting the awards. With input from the chamber’s selection committee, which reviewed all nominations, three finalists in each category were selected.

This year there are six categories and a special Community Spirit Award sponsored by the City of Parksville.

The finalists for this years awards are:

For Service Excellence Award: Angela Giannotti of Cruise Ship Centers; Beth Ross of bDigital Video Productions; and Neelam and Mark Nagra of M&N Mattress Shop.

For Small Business of the Year: Coombs Junction Sign Shop, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company and Namaskar Yoga Studio.

For Large Business of the Year: Parks West Business Products, Eat Fresh Urban Market and The Kit and Kaboodle Trading Company.

For Outstanding Workplace – Employer of the Year: Yates Memorial Services, Kiyo Salon & Boutique and Jake’s Roofing.

For Young Professional of the Year: Kyla Campbell of Realm Food Co.; Meaghan L’Heureux of Iron Warehouse; and Tyler Cody of Osprey Electric.

For Not-for-Profit of the Year: Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band Association, Society of Organized Services and Forward House Community Society.

The chamber also announced the recipient of this year’s Community Spirit Award, Renate Sutherland, former executive director of the Society of Organized Services (SOS). The award recognizes a business or individual that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing and encouraging community spirit and pride.

To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, call the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce at 250-248-3613.

— Submitted by the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce

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