Nominations for business awards complete

Annual award dinner attendees get to vote for winners

The South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) nominations for the 22nd Annual Business Excellence Awards are now closed and the top 4 in each category have been chosen, says SCCC executive director Shelly Morton.

“We started doing the voting for the winner of each category differently last year. We now have the award dinner attendees vote for the winner.”

“Last year, it was a lot of work for the volunteers to count the paper votes, this year we are thinking of doing it electronically.”

There were almost 150 nominations this year and 127 of them were posted on line, Morton says, adding the total was a huge increase from last year.

Top 4 nominees

• Family Friendly Award: Canlan Ice Sports–South Cariboo Rec. Centre; Save-On-Foods; Donex Pharmacy & Department Store; and Higher Ground Natural Foods.

• Greatest Improvement in 2015 Award: Lac La Hache Bakery; Andre’s Electronics; Sears Hometown Store; and Sunrise Ford Sales.

• Rising Star Award: Nicole Weir, Village Hair Studio; Jodi Christianson, Rustic Elements; Natalie Cox, Gourmet Burger Revolution; and Sheryl Harras, At Ease Wellness.

• Top In Tourism/Recreation Award: Mt Timothy Ski Society; South Cariboo Visitor Centre; 100 Mile House Wranglers; and Cariboo Radio.com.

• Best Marketing and Promotion Award: Exquisite Florals and Gifts; Andre’s Electronics; Cariboo Radio.com; and Century Home Hardware.

• Community Inclusion Award: Canada Safeway; 100 Mile Free Press; 100 Mile Wranglers; and Cedar Crest Society for Community Living.

• Best Home-Based Business Award: Weston Roofing; Tara Grinyer, My Spare Time; Tough as Nails Aesthetics; and Soul Concepts Aesthetics.

• Best New Business in 2015: Rustic Elements; JJ’s Home Inspirations; At Ease Wellness; and Gourmet Burger Revolution.

• Non-Profit Organization Award: South Cariboo Search and Rescue; Cedar Crest Society; Whisker Kisses Food Bank for Pets; and Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, Youth Zone.

• Community Based Award: South Cariboo Farmers’ Market; Higher Ground Natural Foods; TIMBERMART, and 100 Mile Funeral Services.

• Resource Based Award: Sitka Log Homes; United Concrete & Gravel; Gus Horn & Family; and Norbord.

• Customer Service Award: Tim Hortons; Ace Hardware; Red Rock Grill; and Didi’s Boutique.

People’s Choice Award: The Bicycle Tree Eatery and Espresso Bar; K-9 Pack Pals; Village Hair Studio; and Nuthatch Books.

Folks are invited to come to this year’s Award Banquet at the 100 Mile Community Hall on April 16. Doors are open at 5:30 p.m., with cocktails at 6 p.m.

Morton suggests people get in early to vote for their favourite nominee. Dinner is catered by Psalms 23 and this year’s entertainment is comedian John Cullen from Yuk Yuks on Tour.

Tickets for the gala are $60 each or purchase a table of eight for $450. Tickets are available at Andre’s Electronics, Donex Pharmacy & Department Store and the Chamber office.